Pevion, Protagen and Alethia all raise new venture funds; Australian biotech plots IPO

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> Switzerland's Pevion Biotech AG raised CHF10 million from its existing investors--BZ Bank, BB Biotech Ventures and Core Capita--and named Evert Kueppers as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Thomas Stauffer. Pevion release

> Germany's Protagen AG, a specialist for in-vitro diagnostics and GMP-compliant protein analysis, announced a second round of finance totaling €10 million. Protagen release

> Canada's Alethia Biotherapeutics has rounded up $9.6 million in Series A money and plans to use the funds to push its lead therapy into clinical development. Alethia release

> Australia's Broadvector says that it plans to use the money from its $8.5 million float to fund development of a new prostate cancer therapy. Story

> Duke University spin-off Humacyte, which is working on artificial blood vessels, raised $12 million in a debt offering. Story

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