VC Roundup: Three New Funds Close As Small, Early Financings Bounce Back
Even Series A rounds have been large during recent record-breaking years for biotech venture capital investment, but it looks like smaller financings for early-stage companies may be in the midst of a comeback. With VC firms closing new funds, that raises the question: Will the number of preclinical and Phase I financings increase?
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