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In a review of biopharma start-up dealmaking and financing activity from January through March, based on data from Strategic Transactions, Anthos completed the largest venture capital round in the first quarter, raising $250m.
News of 5AM's two latest venture funds follows the launch of Longevity Vision Fund as well as LA BioMed's and RUNLABS’ announcements that they will open new incubators in 2019. Also, Passage Bio launches with $115.5m, but the largest recent VC deal was HaiHe's $146.6m financing.
Genentech will pay $120m up front to co-develop Xencor’s preclinical IL-15 candidate; deal also includes IL-15 R&D. Taiho licenses lung cancer candidate to Cullinan; Celgene and Triphase partner again.
While Forbion's new €360m venture capital fund and other investors have emerged to fund private and public companies, BARDA and other US agencies have been active supporters of biopharma firms in recent weeks. Also, KSQ grabs $80m in VC cash and VelosBios brings in $50m.
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