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Finance Watch: Erasca Raises $200m As VC Mega-Rounds Continue

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Private Company Edition: In addition to Erasca’s big series B round, Mabwell reportedly brought in $278m. Also, Kurma, Venrock and Section bring the number of new VC funds in April to eight, raising $5.89bn, and former AveXis execs launched the new gene therapy venture Taysha.

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