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Bristol-Myers is seeding a new crop of biotech spinouts, buyout options included

Bristol-Myers Squibb has formed a new joint venture with Boston-based Allied Minds that will hunt the groves of academia in an enterprising approach to launching new biotechs and bagging new drug candidates.

Venrock unveils a $450M new fund with eyes on biotech

Well-heeled venture capital firm Venrock has pieced together a 7th fund, banking $450 million in new investments as it sets out to grow its portfolio of promising startups.

Cold Genesys rakes in $13.6M for its cancer-fighting virus

California biotech Cold Genesys has wrapped up a $13.6 million A round to support its work on cancer treatment that promises to infect tumor cells and convince the immune system to join the fight.

Big Pharma is using its venture cash to outsource early R&D to biotech

Analysts at Silicon Valley Bank have been crunching the numbers on biotech investing, and they have found that a group of busy corporate venture arms has fundamentally changed the landscape for startups and the entire field of early-state drug development--with some big implications for the current crop of industry upstarts.

Ex-Pfizer exec Schulman lands at Polaris after an abrupt departure

Months after a swift exit from Pfizer's highest ranks, Amy Schulman has made her next move, joining high-profile biotech investor Polaris as a venture partner

Pfizer, Lilly and J&J chip in on $51M seed fund for New York biotechs

Three Big Pharma companies have helped come up with some seed money to start growing the first crop of biotechs in New York. Pfizer, Eli Lilly and J&J all chipped in to a $51 million fund from Accelerator Corp., which will now expand on the work it's been doing in Seattle to the East Side of Manhattan, recruiting upstarts to join investigators at the Alexandria Center for Life Science.

PaxVax nails down $62M to complete vaccine buyout, PhIII study

Redwood City, CA-based PaxVax has nailed down up to $50 million in debt financing and $12 million in a Series B venture funding extension to complete the acquisition of Crucell's oral typhoid vaccine Vivotif and the ongoing Phase III study of its cholera vaccine candidate, PXVX0200.

Israel's Atox banks $23M to fight flesh-eating bacteria

Israeli drug developer Atox Bio has raised a $23 million E round to support its treatment for rare, tissue-destroying bacteria, paving the way for late-stage work.

A new VC player debuts with global plans to invest $150M in biotech startups

Over the last few years there's been something of a shakeout among biotech venture investors. There are fewer big players, but with IPOs taking flight again, established venture groups are rolling out new funds collectively worth billions of dollars. And now a pair of Asian pharma companies is bankrolling a rare operation: a brand new VC organization--Remiges Ventures--that plans to go hunting for biotech startups in the U.S. and Europe.

Sofinnova closes $500M venture fund, keeps late-stage focus

Sofinnova Ventures has evolved rapidly over the past decade to suit the times, from a diversified early stage biotech and IT investor to focusing solely on later stage biotech. And LPs seem to think it is making all the right moves; it has closed a ninth fund at $500 million, the hard cap for the fund that was initially targeting $425 million.