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Fed chief spooks biotech investors with bubblish talk

The valuations of small biotech companies are looking a little bloated, according to a Federal Reserve report accompanying testimony by Chairwoman Janet Yellen, an opinion that weighed down share values across the industry.

Does crowdfunding work in biotech?

Online fundraising has helped bring movies, comic books and even medical devices to reality, and a new study says the method could be beneficial for drug developers at the earliest of stages.

Fresh off Phase III success, Otonomy shoots for an $86M IPO

San Diego biotech Otonomy isn't biding its time, filing to go public in an $86.3 million IPO just three days after unveiling positive Phase III results for its lead drug.

VC stalwart Sofinnova sets out for a $500M new fund

Longtime biotech backer Sofinnova Ventures is putting together a 9th fund, according to a filing, raising $500 million to bankroll innovators in life sciences.

Versant close to capping $300M fund to foster next-gen biotechs

Versant Ventures is nearing the finish line in its quest to raise a fresh $300 million fund to finance a new wave of biotech and med tech companies. The group, which is based in Menlo Park, CA, filed papers with the SEC indicating that it has now raised all but a few million dollars for Versant Ventures V, its first new fund since the last big $500 million fund was opened for business in 2008.

'Painful' regulations keeping Google on the periphery of life sciences

Over the past few years, Google has expanded into life sciences, with venture capital investments, the creation of Calico and development of "smart" contact lenses giving it multiple beachheads in the industry. But the search giant's co-founders have reservations about getting deep into healthcare, saying regulations make it a "painful" sector in which to work.

Neuropsychiatric biotech raises $20M for PhII program

The biotech is also planning to launch studies for SNC-102 in Tourette syndrome and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Accellient seeded Synchroneuron up to its $6 million Series A from Morningside.

Biotech vets sign up to launch Cidara with $32M, new drugs for fungal infections

Cidara Therapeutics has emerged from stealth mode with a crew of experienced biotech execs, a $32 million bankroll from a slate of top-shelf venture investors and a plan to make a difference in developing frontline antifungal drugs.

J&J Innovation shows off its new summer lineup of biotech deals

Johnson & Johnson Innovation has announced a slate of a dozen new deals, ranging from fresh research collaborations to new investments in a range of upstart drug and device developers--all aimed at putting the multinational pharma giant on the cutting edge of new product development.

Navitor grabs a $23.5M A round to tackle a key crossroad for disease

A little more than a year ago, GlaxoSmithKline disbanded George Vlasuk's team at Sirtris and absorbed the R&D work in its Pennsylvania operations. But that didn't end the relationship. Today Vlasuk is back at the helm of a new biotech dubbed Navitor Pharmaceuticals, which was seeded initially by Polaris and is now coming out of stealth mode with a $23.5 million Series A and the backing of a syndicate that includes SR One, GlaxoSmithKline's venture arm.