Timing, Returns Record Right For Vivo Capital Fundraising
Once a lesser known firm in US life sciences investing, Vivo Capital has emerged as a global leader in biopharmaceutical and medtech start-ups, raising a $750 million fund that will be invested in the US, Europe, and China.
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