VC Roundup: Moderna Seeks Another Record-Breaking Raise; Arcus Emerges From Stealth Mode
Having raised a precedent-setting $450m venture capital round in January 2015, Moderna is well on its way to a planned $600m additional fundraising. The privately held company is keeping quiet about what it's doing with all that cash. Tioma, Nutrina and Avelas are among other firms receiving VC financing.
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Private Company Edition: BioGeneration closed a €105m ($119m) fund to continue backing new European companies, while Samsara BioCapital, Evotec and KCK Ltd. launched the virtual incubator Autobahn Labs. Also, Poseida, Annexon and Goldfinch close $100m-plus VC rounds.
The 10-year partnership brings Arcus up-front funding with ample earnout opportunities, while Gilead gets extensive opt-in rights and an equity stake it can increase – and potentially a wholly owned dual checkpoint combination.