Leen Kawas, Athira

Seat­tle-based Athi­ra, aim­ing for tough Alzheimer's and Parkin­son's tar­gets, rais­es $204M for IPO

Fol­low­ing an $85 mil­lion Se­ries B round back in June, Athi­ra Phar­ma is set to be­come the third biotech in the last three days to go pub­lic Fri­day.

Athi­ra raised $204 mil­lion for its IPO af­ter pric­ing shares at $17 apiece, the high-point of its ex­pect­ed range. Ini­tial­ly peg­ging $100 mil­lion in fi­nanc­ing, Athi­ra said it of­fered 12 mil­lion to­tal shares and will trade un­der the tick­er $ATHA.

Now that Athi­ra plans to hit the Nas­daq, there have been more than 50 biotech IPOs this year, more than the to­tal from last year. Com­bined, the com­pa­nies have raised more than $11 bil­lion. Over half of those biotechs, in­clud­ing Athi­ra, raised at least $200 mil­lion each.

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