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Genocea Biosciences Inc. (developing infectious disease vaccines) has closed a $30mm Series C financing to new investors the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and CVF, and returning shareholders Polaris Venture Partners, Lux Capital, SR One, Johnson & Johnson Development Corp., Skyline Ventures, Cycad Group, Auriga Partners, MP Healthcare Ventures, and Morningside. The money will be used for ongoing development of its lead vaccine programs--Phase I/IIa GEN003 for herpes simplex virus Type 2 and preclinical GEN004 for pneumococcal infections. Funds will also support expansion of Genocea’s malaria work using its ATLAS platform in collaboration with the BMGF. The six-year-old company previously raised $23mm in its 2009 Series A and $35mm in a 2011 Series B.
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