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Finance Watch: Relay Raises $400m – And It's Only The Third-Largest Biopharma VC Round Of 2018

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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.

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