MIT’s Engine hits $205m close

The Engine Fund, a tough tech-focused VC vehicle associated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Engine incubator, has reached a final oversubscribed close of $205m, according to the MIT 2018 Treasurer’s Report. The capital, which surpassed MIT’s original $150m target, includes a $25m commitment from the university originally reported by GUV in April 2017, in addition to money from VC funds…

Harare opens Zimbabwe's first TTO

Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) has launched a tech transfer office (TTO) dubbed the Technology Transfer, Commercialization and Licensing Centre (TTCLC), 263chat has reported. TTCLC is Zimbabwe’s first standalone tech transfer office, with responsibility for commercialisation activities including intellectual property, licensing and invention disclosures. The unit is also expected to take care of joint venture partnerships with external parties and…

Institut Curie curates Honing Biosciences

France-based immuno-oncology developer Honing Biosciences has officially spun out of research centre Institut Curie, which equipped the startup with an undisclosed amount of seed capital. Honing Biosciences will advance a protein delivery mechanism mainly focused on reprogramming immune system cells from the chimeric antigen receptor (Car-T cells), so they can recognise and destroy cancerous bodies. The spinout aims to overcome…

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GCV Asia Congress 2018
20th September 2018
Corporate Venture in Brasil 2018
1st October 2018
GCV Synergize 2018
2nd November 2018
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Duke marshals 16 spinouts in 2018

Duke University’s office of licensing and ventures (OLV) spawned 16 new spinouts during the 2018…

Asarina diagnoses listing

Asarina Pharma, a Sweden-based biotechnology spinout of University of Umeå, floated on the Nasdaq First…

Lettus lets in funding

Lettus Grow, a UK-based irrigation system developer affiliated with University of Bristol and the SetSquared…

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