Xention raises £8M; Maxygen distributes Codexis shares; Insurer counts costs of diabetes;

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> The UK's Xention closed an £8 million series D financing to fund the clinical development of its experimental therapies for atrial fibrillation. The financing was led by new investor Seroba-Kernel Life Sciences Ltd and included existing investors Forbion Capital Partners, Crédit Agricole Private Equity, MVM and BTG International. Xention secializes in the discovery and development of ion channel-modulating drugs. Xention release

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> Maxygen announced plans to distribute all the shares it owns of Codexis along with $30 million in cash. Maxygen formed Codexis in January 2002 as a wholly owned subsidiary to operate its former chemicals business, and on April 27, 2010, Codexis completed an initial public offering of its common stock. Maxygen release

> BioCancell Therapeutics says it raised $5.1 million from a public offering. BioCancell release

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> India's Claris Lifesciences has received regulatory approval for an IPO. The Carlyle Group holds a 13.89% stake in Claris. Story

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And Finally... The big insurer UnitedHealth says that an epidemic of diabetes could cost the U.S. $3.4 trillion over the next 10 years, unless we start to bend the growth rate. Report