KemPharm goes public

Coralville, Iowa-based specialty pharmaceutical company KemPharm Inc has debuted its IPO after pricing its over 5 million shares at $11 per share. The stock began trading Thursday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “KMPH.” Cowen and Company and RBC Capital Markets are the lead underwriters. The company’s backers include Deerfield Management.

Belgian biotech company seeks to go public in U.S.

Belgian biotech company Galapagos NV has filed for a U.S. IPO. The company plans on listing the stock on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “GLPG.” Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Cowen and Company are serving as lead underwriters for the U.S. IPO. The company currently trades its shares on the Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels under the ticker symbol “GLPG.” Galapagos’ backers include Johnson & Johnson, Van Herk Investments and The Capital Group Companies.

Virtu’s IPO set to land, a year after postponement-Reuters

Shares of Virtu Financial Inc (VIRT.O), an electronic market maker that postponed its IPO a year ago amid the furor over Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys,” are slated to begin trading on Thursday in a possible sign that public angst over “high-frequency” trading is waning, Reuters reported.

VC-backed Cidara Therapeutics rolls out IPO

San Diego-based biotech company Cidara Therapeutics has raised $76.8 million for its IPO after pricing its 4.8 million shares at $16 per share. The stock begins trading Wednesday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “CDTX.” Jefferies LLC and Leerink Partners are the lead underwriters. Cidara’s backers include 5AM Ventures, Aisling Capital, Frazier Healthcare and InterWest Partners.

VC-backed aTyr files for IPO

San Diego-based biotherapeutics company aTyr Pharma Inc has filed for an IPO. The number of shares that will be sold as well as the stock’s pricing terms have yet to be set. The company plans on trading its stock on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “LIFE.” J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc will serve as the lead underwriters. The company’s backers include Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners, Domain Associates, Polaris Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, T. Rowe Price Associates Inc, Federated Investors Inc, Deerfield, Rock Springs Capital Management, EcoR1 Capital and Sphera Global Healthcare.

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