Phylagen traces corporates for $14m series A
The environmental microbiome testing kit maker, based on Oregon research, has collected series A capital from investors including Western Digital Capital and 3M Ventures.
Liverpool universities grasp Sciontec
University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Liverpool City Council will launch the Sciontec Liverpool fund to drive works for the city’s $2.6bn Knowledge Quarter Liverpool project.
Kaust accelerator unveils third roster
Kaust is preparing for the third phase of its Taqadam startup accelerator, which is supported by a host of Saudi Arabian academic institutions and claims to have achieved a 35% female participation rate.
CIC stays Pragmatic in $17m round
The flexible electronics maker once known as Pragmatic Printing has retained the interest of CIC, Avery Dennison and Arm to take its total funding to nearly $47m.
HTGF adds flavour to 4Gene’s seed round
4Gene is advancing TUM research into exploiting plant-derived glucosides as flexible triggers for releasing flavouring and aromas.
Venturing in 2018 – the trends
Rob Lavine, News editor for Global Corporate Venturing, reviews the trends in venturing from 2018
Drone Amplified ignites with $500,000
UNL spinout Drone Amplified has devised a drone that conducts fire management stress tests on parklands by dropping small combustible balls filled with glycol on targeted pieces of land.
Purdue prefers trio for $121,000 investment
Purdue’s Trask Innovation Fund has committed $50,000 each to short-term research projects into sodium-ion batteries and a handheld plant scanner, in addition to $21,000 for a data security project.

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Liquid Instruments signals for $8.2m
Australian National University helped supply series A funding to scientific testing device manufacturer Liquid Instruments, which is led by a professor from the university’s College of Science.
Nexiot checks in series B funding
ETH Zurich-founded smart logistics spinout Nexiot has won backing from Credit Suisse and Die Mobiliar Versicherungen as it aims to secure additional international business for its products.
Ansys grabs Cambridge spinout Granta
Engineering and 3D design product firm Ansys has bought Cambridge-founded Granta Design and will offer the company's materials information products to its customers.
Australian universities secure public funding
Adelaide's ThincLab and University of New England's SRI AgTech incubators will receive $357,000 and $229,000 of government funding respectively.
Daphne fertilises $4.9m
EPFL-founded exhaust filtering system spinout Daphne Technology has been backed by investors including oil producer Saudi Aramco.
Purdue Ag-celerator seeds $100,000
Plant sciences startups Heliponix and Karyosoft each secured $50,000 investments after winning the fifth cohort of Purdue’s Ag-celerator competition.

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Big deal: MIT revs $150m Engine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled an incubator that will provide funding, space and expertise to boost commercialisation activities on and off-campus.
Robotics out of laboratories
Google's purchase of Boston Dynamics signals move from hobby to industry.
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