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PsiOxus bags $39M from Woodford, GSK for checkpoint inhibitor combo trial

Neil Woodford's new $1.2 billion fund and GlaxoSmithKline's VC unit have contributed to a $39 million Series C round in PsiOxus Therapeutics. The cash will allow PsiOxus to test its oncolytic virus together with a checkpoint inhibitor, a combination it thinks can make the immuno-oncology treatment effective against otherwise resistant targets.

Flagship's startup factory recruits AstraZeneca, Bayer and Nestlé

Doubling down on its in-house startup academy, biotech VC stalwart Flagship Ventures has recruited a trio of big-name corporate sponsors to lend their expertise to its next class of seedlings, expanding its focus well beyond traditional drug development.

As patent battle brews, Celgene and GSK lead $64M raise for CRISPR Therapeutics

The cascade of venture cash into CRISPR-Cas9 startups is continuing with no end in sight, despite a patent brawl brewing over who owns the technology. Today it's CRISPR Therapeutics' turn at the venture well, drawing $64 million in new VC cash that will fund a company that's based in Basel with deep and growing roots in Cambridge, MA. The new funding brings its total haul to $89 million, with GlaxoSmithKline's SR One and Celgene leading the way.

Atlas Venture unveils a $280M pure play biotech startup fund

Atlas Venture is unveiling a new $280 million fund today that will double down on its bet on cutting-edge drugs. Atlas relied on two close industry giants--Amgen and Novartis--and a mix of old and new investors to help raise a fund that easily broke through its $250 million cap.

UPDATED: Dominant VC NEA gathers $3B megafund, preps for a wave of biotech rounds

A wave of venture cash continues to flood into the biotech field. And New Enterprise Associates is now back at the crest of that wave. The venture group put out word this morning that it has raised $3.1 billion for two new funds, and if history is any guide, a major part of that money will be earmarked for a new blast of global biotech investments ranging from seed to clinical-stage backing.

Nabriva preps for PhIII antibiotic trial with a $120M VC commitment

A transatlantic group of venture investors crowded into a $120 million venture round for Vienna-based Nabriva Therapeutics, offering enough cash to get started with a Phase III study for a new antibiotic.

A big $76M round, undisclosed investors; is an IPO looming for aTyr?

A big venture round led by Sofinnova Ventures and backed by a lengthy string of biotech stalwarts and public investment firms is bound to get tongues wagging again about a possible IPO in the near future for San Diego-based aTyr.

Flagship banks $537M to back the next batch of biotechs

Biotech VC stalwart Flagship Ventures put together a $537 million new fund, its largest ever, with eyes on a new generation of life sciences upstarts.

Pfizer joins a powerhouse syndicate backing $43M round for Nimbus

After years of careful preclinical foundation work, Nimbus Therapeutics has added another marquee name to its Big Pharma-heavy list of backers and put together a $43 million B round that will put its computer-driven drug design technology to the clinical test in one of the hottest fields in biotech.

FierceBiotech Radio with NEA's Carol Gallagher

New Enterprise Associates Partner Carol Gallagher joins FierceBiotech Radio to talk about her journey from Big Pharma to small biotech and eventually to venture capital, along the way shedding light on just what VCs do all day.