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Private Company Edition: The amount of venture capital raised by biopharma firms fell but individual companies grabbed a lot of cash, making for a remarkable Q2 relative to pre-pandemic times. Recent Q3 rounds includes Frontera’s $160m series B. Also, Oxford Science Enterprises added €250m to its fund.
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The UK company did not profit greatly from its role in COVID-19 vaccine, Vaxzevria, but hopes the same technology can form part of a breakthrough in hepatitis B.