Venture Funding Deals: MedImmune Spinout Viela Lands $250m Series A
China's JW Therapeutics nets $90m for cancer cell therapy, including backing from biotechs Celgene and WuXi. Meanwhile, Foghorn sounds out a $50m A round for its gene trafficking technology applications.
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