The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: August 18, 2021


The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: August 18, 2021

Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. 

Latest SPAC News: Sportradar files for IPO following SPAC flop, SomaLogic and Twist Bioscience announce partnership to create novel antibodies, and Swvl buys on-demand bus service Shotl

Sportradar Files for U.S. IPO After SPAC Merger Flops

Sports data provider Sportradar Group AG  has filed for an IPO in the U.S. after merger talks with a SPAC collapsed.

The company, based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, in its filing Tuesday with the U.S. SEC listed the size of offering as $100 million, a placeholder that will likely change. Sportradar had held talks with Horizon Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE:HZAC), a blank-check company started by Eldridge Industries co-founder Todd Boehly.


SomaLogic And Twist Bioscience Corporation Announce Partnership To Discover Novel Therapeutic Targets and Antibodies

CM Life Sciences II (NASDAQ: CMIIU) and proteomics technology leader SomaLogic, Inc. and Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, today announced a collaboration aimed at creating novel antibodies and enabling innovative drug discovery based on key disease biomarkers.

The collaboration will allow Twist to use the SomaScan® Platform to quickly identify antibodies against targets resulting from SomaLogic’s industry-leading 7,000-plex assay, believed to be one of the broadest views of the proteome available.


Swvl Buys On-Demand Bus Service Shotl

Dubai-based transport startup Swvl has agreed to buy Shotl, an Uber-like service for bus and van operators that caters to municipalities, corporations and educational institutions, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Swvl last month agreed to merge with blank check firm Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital, setting the stage for a Nasdaq listing in the fourth quarter of this year.


Planet And Google Cloud Partner To Bring Planetary-Scale Satellite Data Analysis To Governments and Enterprises

Under a new agreement, Google Cloud will collaborate with Planet to create joint solutions that combine Planet’s high-frequency Earth observation data with Google Cloud’s cloud-based infrastructure to enable better data-driven decision-making.

Last month, Planet entered into a definitive merger agreement with dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV (NYSE:DMYQ), a SPAC, to become a publicly-traded company.