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Private Company Edition: The flood of venture capital into health care and life science firms continues with Perceptive closing a $1.1bn credit fund and Sanofi investing $50m in Jeito Capital. Also, Ambrx closed a $200m crossover round as biopharma remains on track for a record funding year.
Bayer’s ambitious campaign to reposition itself as a global leader in two complementary fields – health and nutrition – will face its toughest test in the US, with its highly litigious approach to product liability and a tendency to target pharmaceuticals as the source of the health system’s affordability and access problems.
Bayer’s VC LEAPS program invests in a second new biotech this month through its participation in the series A funding round for new immuno-oncology biotech Pyxis Oncology.
With Bayer’s venture arm providing $215m, Versant Ventures’ Century Therapeutics emerges with $250m and a plan to develop allogeneic stem cell therapies for various cancers, including solid tumors.
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