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> San Mateo, CA-based Allergen Research Corporation, a food allergy biotech, says it snagged an $80 million Series B financing. Foresite Capital led the round, with participation from existing investor Longitude Capital and new investors Fidelity Management & Research Company, Aisling Capital, Adage Capital, RA Capital Management and Palo Alto Investors. The money will fuel a Phase III clinical trial of ARC's lead product, AR 101, a "standardized, pharmaceutical-grade peanut protein formulation for treating peanut allergy via characterized oral desensitization immunotherapy." The company also plans to begin clinical trials for treatment of egg and milk allergies in the coming year. Release

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