Finance Watch: $50m Doubles Magenta's Funding To Improve Stem Cell Transplants
In VC deals, Magenta raised $50m, licensed a Novartis asset and engaged an important partner. Seven public companies revealed financial transactions totaling $947.4m, including Achaogen's $20.5m from the Gates Foundation. Also, OncoMed, Regulus and Depomed provided restructuring updates.
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