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Fundraising

Long Beach Accelerator gains seed fund
Sunstone Management has launched a fund dedicated to portfolio companies of Long Beach Accelerator, co-founded by California State University’s Long Beach campus.
MedWhat court strikes down more discovery objections
Motion-to-compel fines have been served to parties from Stanford University and Stanford-StartX Fund for blocking MedWhat's discovery request in the ongoing legal case.
HKU funding program fuels 25 spinouts
HKU has selected 25 university-linked businesses to receive funding from its portion of the government-funded Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities.
Utimco utilises $234m life sciences fund
Utimco contributed to the fifth fund of Wellington Partners, which aims to back 15 to 20 life science businesses based in German-speaking countries.
Pennsylvania Biotech eyes $50m fund
Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County is launching a $50m fund to invest in resident startups and to help establish university spinouts.
Research Bridge ferries spinout-focused seed fund
Research Bridge’s new seed fund will back spinouts in the central US states in a move intended to plug the dearth of venture capital availability compared with clusters on the west and east coasts.
Parkwalk joins Oxford for UOIF V
University of Oxford's fifth innovation fund is seeking investors to help propel more promising spinouts and startups from the Oxford innovation ecosystem.
NZ galvanises $17.5m innovation drive
Two state-run initiatives targeting publicly-funded research have awarded $17.5m to programs including University of Auckland’s commercialisation arm, as New Zealand continues its bid to bring national R&D spend to 2% of GDP over the next decade.

Other News

Cancer Research UK initiates $250m fund
Cancer Research UK has partnered SV Health Investors to launch a $250m commercialisation fund, building on their successful collaborations before in establishing Artios and Kudos.
Ahren verifies $250m fundraising hypothesis
Ahren Innovation Capital, co-founded by eight Cambridge, UK, researchers, has reached its final close, having attracted limited partners including Unilever, Sky and Aviva.
CIC invests $58.5m within a year
The total size of investments from the Cambridge-allied patient capital fund rose from $45.8m in 2017-2018, following a $196m fundraising effort earlier this year.
Imperial and TUM band together for fund
A collaborative research fund established by Imperial and TUM has made its public debut with at least 12 projects in its portfolio focused on areas including healthcare, energy and industry.
Northern Accelerator to ignite $125m fund
Northern Accelerator, an investment program which supports spinouts from Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities, plans to raise $125m for a venture fund.
University Spinout Ventures targets $40m
British University Spinout Investment Fund hopes to complete its fundraising efforts by 2020 to back businesses based on university research.

Editor's Picks

When worlds collide – CVC interest in spinouts
Steady is the assessment that comes to mind, rather than remarkable, when probing the year-on-year direction of corporate venture capital investment in university spinouts.
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.
Fundraising of the Year: Imec.xpand
One only has to look at the investors in the €117m ($135m) final close for Imec.xpand, the venture fund of nano-electronics research institute Imec, to see why it is worthy of GUV’s Fundraising of the Year award.
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