Ireland's Fountain Closes €125m Life Sciences Fund
Kyowa Kirin Comes Onboard
The Dublin-based venture capital group will be looking to replicate the success of portfolio companies Inflazome and KaNDy, recently acquired by Roche and Bayer respectively, with the biotechs backed from its latest fund.
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