VC Roundup: Infectious Disease Startup Snags $150m And Former Biogen CEO Scangos
ARCH invests $150m in the Scangos-led Vir Biotechnology; Flagship recruits ex-Novartis executive Epstein; Versant closes a new $400m fund; and $601.1m in 11 other recent VC funding rounds.
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Vir began pursuing immunological approaches to infectious diseases three years before its COVID-19 work. Its hepatitis B, flu and HIV clinical trials are delayed about six months due to coronavirus-related issues.
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