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Gilead Sciences Splashes Out $300M for Tizona Stake & Option to Acquire

Gilead Sciences has made its second deal in as many months that puts the company first in line to acquire a biotech developing cancer immunotherapies. On Tuesday the Foster City, CA-based company said it would pay $300 million to South San Francisco-based Tizona Therapeutics for a 49.9 percent stake plus the option to later acquire […]

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Rallybio Lands $145M to Alter Course of FNAIT and More Rare Diseases

One of the risks to a newborn’s life comes from the mother’s immune system. It attacks the platelets of the fetus, depleting these blood-clotting cells and risking uncontrollable bleeding in the baby. Rallybio aims to develop the first FDA-approved treatment for this rare condition and the startup has raised $145 million to bring that drug, […]

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Ideaya and Bicycle Therapeutics IPOs Raise $110M for Cancer Drug R&D

Ideaya Biosciences and Bicycle Therapeutics priced their IPOs late Wednesday, raising a combined $110 million to continue clinical trials of their respective experimental cancer drugs. South San Francisco-based Ideaya raised $50 million. The company priced its offering of 5 million shares at $10 apiece, well below the targeted price range of $13 to $15 per […]

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Bio Roundup: Head and Spine Previews, Biogen Moves, IPO Dreams & More

America continues to suffer from healthcare headaches. Our convoluted private-public insurance system was under scrutiny this week from Democrats, holding a “Medicare for All” hearing in the House, and from Republicans, as several GOP-led states and the Trump administration asked a federal court to sweep away Obamacare. Several companies also want to reduce headaches. This […]

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ScaleFactor Adds $30M from Bessemer to Boost Accounting Software

Austin—ScaleFactor is adding a $30 million round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners to make new hires and add more features to its software that automates accounting and provides financial insights. The Austin, TX-based company targets small- and medium-sized business with its software, noting that there are 19 million in the U.S. with fewer […]

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ClimaCell Grabs $45M for Weather Data for Airlines, Driverless Cars

Aviation, public utilities, and insurance are among the old-line industries that rely on accurate weather forecasts and monitoring to make crucial decisions for their operations. Now, advances in artificial intelligence and other technologies are creating uses for weather data in new sectors—think ride-hailing services, drones, and self-driving cars. That’s according to ClimaCell, a Boston-based startup […]

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OncoResponse Nabs $40M for Cancer Drugs Based On Survivors’ Antibodies

Houston—OncoResponse, a biotech startup formed jointly with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, announced Tuesday it has raised a $40 million Series B round of funding. RiverVest Venture Partners led the round, which included new investors Redmile Group and the Qatar Investment Authority, as well as existing investors Alexandria Venture Investments, […]

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Austin’s ScaleFactor Gets $10M for Small Business Financial Software

Austin—ScaleFactor, a company that sells machine learning-based financial and bookkeeping software to small- and medium-sized businesses, has snagged a $10 million Series A funding in a round that was led by Canaan Partners. ScaleFactor plans to use the funding for marketing, business development, and to further develop its product. The company participated in the Austin […]

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Nanotech Liquidia Hops IPO Wave as Lead Drug Faces Late-Stage Test

Liquidia Technologies focuses on the small. Its method of producing nano-scale particles improves how a drug reaches its target in the body. Now the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company is aiming for something big: an IPO to finance tests of a pair of drugs that use this drug delivery technology. Research Triangle Park, NC-based Liquidia filed the […]

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Bio Roundup: CRISPR Tests, Parkinson’s Questions, Opioid Bills & More

Politics is more partisan than ever these days, but the opioid crisis might be one of the few issues where elected officials find common ground. This week, members of Congress exercised a bipartisan effort in both chambers to advance dozens of measures proposing various approaches to fighting the opioid epidemic. A Senate committee voted unanimously […]

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