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Pixie Dust cleans up with series B funding
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.
Bicycle Therapeutics squares $60.7m IPO circle
Cambridge Innovation Capital has celebrated an exit as Bicycle Therapeutics successfully lists in the US.
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.
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.
CVC Spinout Investment of the Year: Ribon Therapeutics
Winner of the CVC Spinout Investment of the Year: Ribon Therapeutics - Novartis Venture Fund, Johnson & Johnson Innovation–JJDC, Takeda Ventures, Celgene
Milani concludes Stanford position
Greg Milani, a senior managing director at Stanford’s endowment, is reportedly leaving his position later this year with the university locked in a potentially damaging lawsuit with MedWhat.

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Holodeck VR stations ProSiebenSat.1
Free-roam VR experience technology company Holodeck VR has been backed by ProSiebenSat.1 Media, raising the prospect of business development collaborations with the corporate's television networks.
Upswing sizes up $2m
Stanford-backed student support platform UpSwing has added $2m from investors including Impact America Fund to take its total to approximately $5m.
University of Indonesia aims to Grab talent
The university has signed up Grab Ventures Velocity, part of ride hailing service Grab, to its new UI Works startup accelerator.
Unit DX marks $25.5m in portfolio funding
Members of science incubator Unit DX have obtained $25.5m of capital altogether since launch in 2017, with many of its residents hailing from University of Bristol.
Google places LowRisc bet
Cambridge open source hardware spinout LowRisc has been backed by Alphabet's Google, which has sent two representatives to its board of directors.
Rinri rings in $1.8m seed round
Sheffield cell therapy spinout Rinri secured corporate backing from Boehringer Ingelheim and UCB in a seed round that will drive work on stem cell-based treatments for hearing loss.

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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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