Biotech Stars And Startups Raise $168m In Venture Cash
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Drug developers continue to raise significant venture capital in 2015 with experienced executives and novel therapeutic approaches attracting large VC funding rounds to support early-stage research and development programs, including a $40m Series C round for True North Therapeutics.
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