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Clarus adds a $500M biotech venture fund as the good times roll

Clarus Ventures announced this morning that it had raised $500 million for its third biotech fund, Clarus III, easily beating its goal of $375 million. That money will now be devoted to new investments ranging from $15 million to $50 million for companies focused on breakthrough--or at least best-in-class--drugs or new R&D risk-sharing projects with biotechs and pharmas.

Celtaxsys banks $45M for its cystic fibrosis drug

Atlanta-headquartered biotech Celtaxsys raised $45 million in Series D cash, plotting to kick off a Phase II study for its lead drug, an anti-inflammatory treatment for cystic fibrosis.

UPDATED: Patriots owner Kraft teams up on a $30M antibiotics round for Spero

Atlas Venture's antibiotics upstart Spero Therapeutics has rounded up a $30 million B round, banking enough cash to steer its in-house pipeline to the clinic with some in-licensed technology while shepherding its Roche-partnered program through an IND.

Soon-Shiong raises $75M for another oncology player in his murky empire

It seems not a month goes by without billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong striking a deal to expand his sprawling family of cancer-focused startups. This time, the recently launched NantCell has raised $75 million in equity, pressing forward in immuno-oncology with some in-licensed treatments.

SV Life Sciences sets out for $400M to fuel biotech bets

Biotech investor SV Life Sciences is out raising a 6th fund, looking for $400 million as it gears up for another round of bets on startups.

Mapi Pharma closes $10M Series A round after two scuttled IPOs

Mapi Pharma has closed a $10 million (€9 million) Series A round to finance mid-phase trials of its once-a-month version of Teva's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone. The round follows two aborted attempts to raise cash in a Nasdaq IPO.

A well-connected Pronutria revs up amino acid research with $39M C round

Cambridge, MA-based Pronutria, a graduate of Flagship's VentureLabs that recently attracted some high-profile R&D talent, has put the finishing touches to a $39 million C round designed to advance a pipeline of therapeutic-strength amino acid drugs in the clinic.

HIV biotech Calimmune bags $15M to move one-time gene therapy into new trials

After getting started 9 years ago with backing from angel investors, Calimmune just landed a $15 million B round, positioning the biotech to move into the clinic with a gene therapy designed to durably stymie the lethal HIV with one treatment.

Can PureTech and its high-profile board raise $160M in London?

Boston-based PureTech, an investment group which is better known for its high-profile board than its portfolio of upstart life sciences companies, has landed in the U.K. with a plan to raise $160 million on the London stock market.

Abivax files for IPO to finance trials of HepB vaccine, HIV antiviral

Abivax has filed the paperwork for an IPO in Paris. The listing is intended to give Abivax the cash to fund mid- to late-phase trials of its two lead candidates, a therapeutic vaccine against hepatitis B and a small-molecule inhibitor of HIV replication.