Gemin X raises $8M for cancer R&D; Bruce Montgomery ready to open a new chapter in biotech career;

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> Gemin X Pharmaceuticals has raised $8 million in a Series E, which is earmarked to back its work on new cancer therapies. The round was led by Caxton Advantage Life Sciences Fund of New York and  Sanderling Venture Partners. Story

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Xconomy reports that the well-known Seattle biotech entrepreneur and drug developer Bruce Montgomery has decided to hang up his spurs at Gilead and take some time out as he starts to scout for a new biotech opportunity. One possible option: Launch a new company. Report

> Princeton, NJ-based Signum Biosciences has named Dr. Braham Shroot, formerly CSO of Barrier Therapeutics, as its new CEO. Shroot replaces Dr. Gregory Stock who will remain as a member of the board. Release

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And Finally... A protein malfunction has been linked to a form of mental retardation that affects up to one out of every 500 males. Release