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Pixie Dust Technologies, which promotes university-derived technologies from Japan, has received $34.7m in a round that included KDDI, Kansai Electric Power, NEC, Toppan, Dai-ichi Life and Dentsu.

PSL Innovation Fund reaches $72.3m

The intermediary close of PSL’s deep tech-oriented fund comes after additional contributions from the EIF, Bpifrance and Vilmorin & Cie.

Cambridge Innovation Capital has celebrated an exit as Bicycle Therapeutics successfully lists in the US.


GCV Symposium & GUV:Fusion 2019
22nd May 2019
Parvus Therapeutics lands $800m in Genentech deal
University of Calgary-born Parvus Therapeutics has inked an $800m deal with Genentech to develop and commercialise treatments for autoimmune diseases.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Koenraad Debackere
Koenraad Debackere, managing director, KU Leuven Research and Development, and chairman, Gemma Frisius Fund has received the GUV Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
Personality of the Year: Mark Mann
Put in the driving seat of Oxford University Innovation’s new social enterprise campaign, Mark Mann – this year’s Personality of the Year – surely has one of the most fascinating jobs in academic tech transfer.
Investment Unit of the Year: Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds
With hundreds of university venture funds, internal commercialisation vehicles and third-party firms the reality in today’s innovation ecosystem, selecting the nominees and the winner for Investment Unit of the Year is increasingly challenging.
Exit of the Year: Ziylo
After a year of countless exits in the ecosystem, many among the most significant yet – so much so that five nominees were not enough to recognise them all – the Award for Exit of the Year was one of the most difficult to determine.
Technology of the Year: Apeel Sciences
With the growing focus on food sustainability, University of California (UC) Santa Barbara-founded food preservative developer Apeel Science is a particularly apt selection for the Technology of the Year award.
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