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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.
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.
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.
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.

Other News

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.
Merck tackles $773m Tilos acquisition
Merck & Co will pay up to $773m to acquire biopharmaceutical developer Tilos Therapeutics, based on research at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Sense Photonics grasps $26m series A
Lidar technology developer Sense Photonics has emerged from stealth with $26m in series A funding from investors co-led by the UC-backed Congruent Ventures.
Salesforce processes $15.7bn Tableau acquisition
Stanford spinout Tableau Software has agreed to a $15.7bn all-stock acquisition by Salesforce, six years after completing a $254m initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.
Artizan masters series A
Artizan, a Yale University spinout focused on intestinal microbiota targets potentially responsible for inflammatory bowel disease, has been backed by investors including Brii Biosciences, bringing its total funding to $12m.
Smith departs Allied Minds
Allied Minds chief executive Jill Smith has seemingly been forced from her position under pressure from activist investor Crystal Amber.

Editor's Picks

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.
Editorial: For the good of investors
As MedWhat scores an initial win in its courtroom battle with Stanford, finds itself in the middle of allegations that its licensing deal with Sloan Kettering was improper.
Big deal: Ambys arrives at $140m investment
Ambys Medicines has raised $60m in a series A round backed by Takeda and signed a strategic partnership agreement with the corporate worth $80m.
Big deal: QuantumScape fuels up on VW cash
VW will invest $100m in QuantumScape and form a joint venture with the Stanford spinout to develop batteries for long-range electric vehicles.
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