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Fundraising

Anzu calls investors for $190m fund
MIT and Harvard spinouts will be a focal point for investment from the secnd industrial tech-oriented vehicle launched by Anzu Partners.
AI2 raises $10m fund
AI2's new pre-seed fund will help create 12 new spinouts in fields such as deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing.
UPMC Enterprises to deploy $1bn
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s venture arm has allocated $1bn to drugs, diagnostics and devices development, including a $200m partnership with the university.
Yeda plants $130m Orchard Innovations
Weizmann Institute of Science has become the latest academic research institution to join forces with Deerfield Management for a drug discovery program.
Duke raises Four Points with Deerfield
Four Points Innovation has been formed with $130m in funding to nurture Duke drug discovery research, in the latest such move by Deerfield Management.
Ohio State University enters $15m fund
Ohio State University has signed up to a spinout-focused life sciences venture vehicle run by regional firm Rev1 Ventures that stands at three times the size of its precursor.
A2A sees $78m fund on the horizon
A2A has formed a corporate venturing arm with $78m in funding, including a commitment from Polytechnic University of Milan’s university venture fund Poli360.
MSU and UMN help assemble $45m fund
Operator Collective’s inaugural vehicle secured 100 LPs including two universities to back business-to-business enterprises aligned with its diversity ethos.

Other News

Sojitz helps 3one4 Capital sew up new fund
Emory University's endowment fund was among the LPs that chipped in for the venture capital firm’s Continuum I fund, which has closed at $56.6m.
South Australia reaps $45m healthcare fund
A group of private investors led by drug development executive An LuFan have seeded a fund to drive healthcare research from South Australia's academic sector.
UChicago helps shape $160m Pear fund
Pear's third seed fund stands at more than twice the size of its precursor, having secured the continued backing of University of Chicago.
Epidarex dials up drug discovery scheme
Epidarex Capital has launched a new drug discovery initiative providing seed funding and hands-on support to nurture fledgling projects.
Yeshiva graduates inject $10m into fund
Mac Ventures will receive support from Yeshiva University business school students, making early-stage investments in a number of tech-oriented sectors.
Mercia absorbs NVM trusts
NVM Private Equity has sold its three northeast England-focused venture capital trusts to Mercia Asset Management.

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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