Venture Funding Deals: Celularity Launches With $250m; Generation Bio Grabs $100m Series B
Celularity launched with $250m to develop cell therapies with technology licensed from Celgene and others, while mRNA specialist Moderna brought in another $500m mega round and Generation Bio closed a $100m Series B to fund ongoing gene therapy programs.
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