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Daily deal net: June 17, 2019
Every day, Global University Venturing rounds up the smaller investments from across the university innovation ecosystem in its deal net.
Kiadis calls up Cytosen
University of Central Florida's Cytosen has been acquired in an all-stock deal by Kiadis Pharma, in a transaction potentially worth up to $70m.
Corporates align with Purigen in series B round
Roche participated in the Agilent Technologies-led round, which will fund the launch of Stanford spinout Purigen's isotachophoresis-based DNA and RNA sample preparation platform.
Startups roam to MSU’s Conquer Accelerator
Conquer's participants could secure $20,000 in convertible funding, and would join the portfolio of MSU-run Red Cedar Ventures upon graduation.
Edge Case secures $7m
CMU's Edge Case Research has raised capital from Ansys, Lockheed Martin and Liberty Mutual to use AI for solving complex safety issues in autonomous technologies.
Exscientia extracts GT Apeiron partnership
Dundee-founded drug discovery company Exscientia has entered into a collaboration agreement with GT Apeiron, whose parent GT Healthcare invested in the spinout’s series B round.
IP Group signs Hynes
Aedhmar Hynes, former CEO of digital communications agency Text100, will join IP Group as an independent director on August 1.
UK fires up $193m quantum program
Spinouts are in line to receive a share of the government funding to advance quantum applications spanning computing, imaging, sensors and communications.

News Continued

Schoppe to chair Autm Foundation
Laura Schoppe, founder of tech transfer consultancy Fuentek, will chair the board of Autm Foundation, which builds awareness and support for initiatives run by Autm.
Satt offices drive Team-to-Market
French regional TTOs Satt Conectus, Satt Nord and Satt Sayens hope to source skilled business leaders and management for their pipeline of deep tech spinouts.
UCSD banks EvoNexus partnership
UCSD students and alumni will have access to a fintech incubator run by EvoNexus, Royal Bank of Canada and Franklin Templeton.
Audio Analytic passes $12m audition
Cambridge Innovation Capital backed sound recognition technology developer Audio Analytic's $12m series B round, having previously also supported a $5.5m series A in 2017.
Owens anticipates Wond'ry job
David Owens will succeed Robert Grajewski as executive director of Vanderbilt University’s Wond’ry innovation and entrepreneurship center on July 1.
Allied Minds’ board comes under siege
Crystal Amber could move to replace the board with a single appointee to drive through divestments, having already forced the resignation of former CEO Jill Smith.

Editor's Picks

Big deal: Oxford PV begins capturing series D
Goldwind, Legal & General and Equinor have all taken part in a series D that achieved a $41m first close and boosted the Oxford spinout’s total equity and debt to more than $118m.
Big deal: Ribon ties together $65m series B
Ribon Therapeutics has emerged out of stealth after three years of developing a lead asset targeting cancer based on research at MIT, UT Southwestern and Harvard Medical School.
Otsuka takes up Veryan’s acquisition offer
ICL vascular implant spinout Veryan Medical has been bought by medical device firm Otsuka after raising $56m from investors including IP Group.
Big deal: Orchard harvests $200m IPO
Orchard Therapeutics has listed in the US following a $200m initial public offering that came just three years after the gene therapy developer was spun out of UCL.
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