Shares of Atai Life Sciences, backed by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, surged 40 percent

Shares of Atai Life Sciences, upheld by tycoon investor Peter Thiel, flooded 40% in their U.S. securities exchange debut on Friday, giving the German psychedelics startup a market capitalization of $3.19 billion.

The Berlin-based biotech startup, which is investigating the utilization of psychedelic treatments for psychological instabilities, raised $225 million from selling 15 million shares in its leveled up initial public offering on Thursday.

The company’s shares opened at $21, higher than the IPO cost of $15, yet surrendered early gains to exchange level by 1600 GMT.

Atai was co-founded in 2018 by German investor Christian Angermayer, a promoter of the advantages of utilizing psychedelics like psilocybin to treat depression, uneasiness and substance use issues. The German startup has upheld a few companies developing such therapies.

Psilocybin, the psychedelic dynamic compound in wizardry mushrooms, was discovered to be in any event as powerful as escitalopram, a main antidepressant drug, in an investigation by British researchers.

Atai was considering coasting its shares in the United States in May, media revealed in March, refering to a source near the matter.

Its introduction comes when U.S. Initial public offerings have effectively brought $171 billion up in the initial a half year of the year, scorching past the 2020 record of $168 billion, according to data from Dealogic.

Angermayer has supported around 30 biotech companies, including immunotherapies firm Sensei Biotherapeutics, mental medical care company Compass Pathways and artificial intelligence-controlled drug discovery platform AbCellera Biologics , all of which recorded in the United States lately.

Germany-based laser communication advances firm Mynaric and data center operator Northern Data, both in part claimed by Angermayer, are likewise intending to list on the Nasdaq later in 2021 or in 2022, media wrote about Thursday.

Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Cowen and Berenberg were the lead financiers for the offering.