VC Roundup: 2016 US Investment Ends On A Down Note, But Biopharma Has Second-Best Year
Venture capital investment fell $2.1bn to $7.79bn in 2016, but it was still the second-best year of VC funding for biopharma firms since 2006. Also, Venrock and Correlation closed new health care and technology funds and 10 companies raised $126.8m.
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The company isn't relaying any details about its drug targets, but will use the mega-round to take its first candidates into the clinic. Also, RiverVest raises a $184.4m VC fund, Annexon closes a $75m Series C, Takeda lists its stock in the US, and Aptorum goes public.
Emerging Company Profile: Macrophage Pharma is using novel chemistry to deliver therapies directly into tumor-associated macrophages, switching their activity from immunosuppressive to immuno-stimulatory to initiate anti-tumor immune responses.