The Daily Dish (2/18/21)
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Quantum-Si, a Pioneer in Semiconductor Chip-Based Proteomics, to Combine with HighCape Capital Acquisition Corp.
Founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg in 2013, Quantum-Si is focused on revolutionizing the growing field of proteomics. The Company’s suite of technologies are powered by a first-of-its-kind semiconductor chip designed to sequence proteins, and digitize proteomic research in order to advance drug discovery and ultimately diagnostics beyond what has been possible with DNA sequencing. Rothberg has also taken one of his other healthcare companies public via SPAC recently, Butterfly Network $BFLY.
Quantum-Si has created the first next-generation protein sequencing platform with the goal of revolutionizing the growing field of proteomics. Our unique semiconductor chip has the power to decode the molecules of life, starting with proteins, and holds the potential to expand the scale of the genomics and proteomics market beyond that of next-generation DNA sequencing.
QSi’s end-to-end solution, including Carbon and Platinum, which is on track to launch commercially in 2022 for research use, has the potential to significantly disrupt an existing addressable $21 billion market of pharmaceutical, academic research and drug discovery. The platform also may enable new diagnostic applications in healthcare.
The transaction with HighCape Capital Acquisition Corp. $CAPA is expected to deliver up to $540 million of gross proceeds, including up to $115 million of cash held in HighCape’s trust account (assuming no redemptions are effected). The transaction is further supported by a $425 million PIPE at $10.00 per share, led by Foresite Capital Management, LLC, Eldridge, accounts advised by ARK Invest, Glenview Capital Management, LLC, and Redmile Group, LLC. The combined company is projected to have approximately $514 million in cash on the balance sheet after closing.
Seattle-based satellite imagery specialist BlackSky is the latest space venture that will soon begin trading publicly, with the company on Thursday announcing a SPAC deal.
BlackSky is merging with special purpose acquisition company Osprey Technology $SFTW. BlackSky will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker BKSY when the deal closes, which is expected in July.
“This transaction fully funds our growth plans and accelerates our vision of providing our customers with a ‘first-to-know’ advantage. This is an important inflection point for our industry as commercial and government users demand access to real time information about the changes that matter most to them,” BlackSky CEO Brian O’Toole said in a statement.
BlackSky expects to raise about $450 million in cash proceeds through the deal, including $180 million in a PIPE round with investors including Tiger Global, Mithril Capital (the investment firm of Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel), Hedosophia (the venture fund of U.K. investor Ian Osborne), and Senator Investment Group.
The merger’s value is expected to be $1.5 billion based on the value of the PIPE, according to the release.
The company plans to use the funds to further progress toward its goal of a network of 30 imaging satellites, to capture imagery of anywhere on the planet every 30 minutes. To date BlackSky has five satellites in operation, an plans add nine more satellites in orbit later this year. The company’s vertically integrated joint venture LeoStella, with French-Italian manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, builds the BlackSky satellites.
The flashiest trend in finance has Wall Street tycoons, professional athletes and celebrities.
Now it also has a rap song.
Oakland, Calif., recording artist Cassius Cuvée released a music video about his experience investing in special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, on YouTube earlier this month. Called “SPAC Dream,” it has more than 80,000 views. One Twitter booster: hedge-fund manager William Ackman, who last year created the largest SPAC ever and recently tweeted a link to the video, saying “Watch this.”
“I don’t know how many rappers with less than 500 followers have had their music videos shared by billionaires,” Mr. Cuvée said.
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