Venture Funding Deals: Complexa Raises $62m; Evelo, Kezar Bring In $50m Each
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.
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