Tolera raises $5.5M for PhIII SPA; Enanta touts role in closely watched hep C cocktail;

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> The European Commission is providing researchers with €6 million ($7.8 million) to advance NovImmune's monoclonal antibody called NI-0501 for treating the immune disorder known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Article

>Kalamazoo, MI-based biotech Tolera Therapeutics has raised $5.5 million in a Series B-3 found of financing as the company works on submitting a Phase III special protocol assessment for its biologic compound for use in kidney transplantations. Item

> Enanta Pharmaceuticals (a 2012 Fierce 15 company) highlighted the role of its compound, ABT-450, in a cocktail therapy against hepatitis C that its partner Abbott Laboratories ($ABT) is advancing into Phase III development. Release

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