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Though vastly underreported, new cases of Lyme in the US total more than 300,000 a year; its incidence now exceeds infections for far more visible conditions like HIV. A higher profile for Lyme is hobbled by a slow and distorted institutional response, especially among clinicians who disagree on whether Lyme is one disease or a complex constellation of many – much like cancer, but without the commitment.
Device and diagnostics fundraising slumped in Q2, but there was a substantial uptick in M&A activity. Device financings totaled just slightly over half of the previous quarter, while acquisitions grew almost six-fold, thanks primarily to Becton Dickinson's $23.5 billion play for CR Bard. Financing in diagnostics slid to $1.03 billion, less than half of Q1, whereas the $1.7 billion in M&As (most of that from PerkinElmer's $1.3 billion buy of EuroImmun) was more than double Q1's aggregate.
Complexa topped the list of recent venture capital financings with a $62m Series C round, followed by Evelo and Kezar with $50m Series B rounds and LogicBio with a $45m Series B.
Venture capital investment in biopharmaceutical firms for the first half of 2017 show that this year is on track to exceed 2016 levels. Recent financings include two $50m Series C rounds for two different companies developing later-stage drugs for itching: Trevi and Menlo Therapeutics.
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