Dx company Veracyte lands $28M series B

With the help of several blue-chip firms, including lead investor Domain Associates, South San Francisco-based Veracyte has announced it has closed a $28 million Series B round. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, TPG Biotech, and Versant Ventures also participated.

Veracyte is attempting to develop molecular cytology solutions to improve the early and accurate diagnosis of cancer. Its thyroid test, which helps cut down on the number of benign surgeries, is undergoing large-scale trials. The company hopes to commercialize the diagnostic tool later this year. Veracyte's pipeline includes advanced molecular testing for thyroid and lung cancer. The lung program is in early stage biomarker discovery.

"Domain, along with KPCB, TPG, and Versant, has a successful track record in guiding the commercialization of new and innovative technologies to improve patient care," says Veracyte CEO Bonnie Anderson in a statement. "This investment will be used to bring our advanced testing service in thyroid cancer to market by the end of this year."

- here's Veracyte's release

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PLUS: Minnesota-based Impres Medical has raised $3 million from the sale of convertible debt and stock options. The company is developing an implantable device to prevent severe cramping and bleeding in women. Report