Finance Watch: Biomatics Closes Second VC Fund; SVB Buys Leerink To Expand Life Science Services
Scrip spoke with Managing Director Julie Sunderland about Biomatics' new $300m fund. Also, Silicon Valley Bank reveals its surprising Leerink buy, Perceptive Advisors raises $675m, Roivant brings in another $200m, and cell and gene therapy financings surge in the third quarter.
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