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Dermira fetches $51 mln Series C

Dermira, a Redwood City, Calif-based maker of medical dermatology products, has closed $51 million in Series C financing. The investors included Bay City Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Canaan Partners, UCB S.A., Apple Tree Partners, Aisling Capital, Rock Springs Capital and Sabby Capital. Leerink Partners was the placement agent for the financing. In addition to the funding, Dermira has named Andrew Guggenhime as chief operating officer and chief financial officer; Christine Conroy as senior vice president of regulatory affairs; and Christine Ring as vice president of legal. It has also appointed David E. Cohen, Matthew Fust, Mark McDade and William Ringo to its board of directors.

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Cidara Therapeutics snags $32 mln Series A

Biopharmaceutical firm Cidara Therapeutics said Monday that it has secured $32 million in Series A funding. 5AM Ventures, Aisling Capital, Frazier Healthcare and InterWest Partners were the lead investors. In addition to the financing, the firm has hired Dr. Jeffrey Stein as president and CEO. It has also named Dr. Kevin Judice and Dr. H. Shaw Warren as chief operating officer and chief scientific officer respectively. Warren will also join Cidara’s scientific advisory board.  And, Dr. Ken Bartizal has been added as chief development officer while Dr. Dirk Thye has joined Cidara as chief medical officer.

PowerVision rakes in $30 mln Series D

PowerVision has closed $30 million in Series D funding. The investors included Aisling Capital, Correlation Venture Partners and Venrock. Based in Belmont, Calif., PowerVision is developing an intraocular lens.

VC-backed Agile Therapeutics rolls out IPO

Agile Therapeutics has launched its IPO after pricing its over 9.16 million shares at $6 per share. The stock began trading Friday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “AGRX.” RBC Capital Markets and William Blair & Company are the lead underwriters. Based in Princeton, NJ, Agile Therapeutics develops prescription contraceptives. Its backers include Aisling Capital, Care Capital, Investor Growth Capital, ProQuest Investments, Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Novitas Capital.

NEA leads Series B round for Loxo Oncology

Loxo Oncology has received $24 million in Series B financing. New Enterprise Associates led the round with participation from previous backers Aisling Capital and OrbiMed Advisors. In addition to the funding, Dr. M. James Barrett, a general partner at NEA, will join Loxo Oncology’s board of directors while Dr. Sara Nayeem, a principal at NEA, will also join the board as an observer. And, the firm has named Dr. Mikel Moyer as chief scientific officer. Loxo Oncology is a a biopharmaceutical company focused on targeted cancer therapies.

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VC-backed Versartis raises $126 mln for IPO

Versartis has launched its IPO after pricing its 6 million shares at $21 per share. The stock began trading Friday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “VSAR.” Morgan Stanley and Citigroup are the lead underwriters. Based in Redwood City, Calif., Versartis is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company focused on treating growth hormone deficiency. Its backers include Sofinnova Ventures, Aisling Capital, New Leaf Venture Partners and Advent Life Sciences.

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VC-backed Agile Therapeutics files for IPO

Agile Therapeutics has filed for an IPO. The number of shares that will be offered as well as the pricing terms of the stock have yet to be set. RBC Capital Markets and William Blair & Company will serve as the lead underwriters. Based in Princeton, NJ, Agile Therapeutics is a women’s health specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing prescription contraceptives. Its backers include Aisling Capital, Care Capital, Investor Growth Capital, ProQuest Investments, Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Novitas Capital.

ViewRay Raises Fresh $15M for Its Medical Imaging Technology

ViewRay Inc., a Cleveland-based medical device company, has raised $15 million in fresh funding, raising the total amount raised by the company to nearly $100 million. The company’s machinery, which can produce real-time images of cancerous tumors while the tumors are being treated radiation, raised what has been in its biggest round, a $45 million Series C, last year. ViewRay’s investors include Aisling Capital, Fidelity Biosciences, Kearny Venture Partners, OrbiMed Advisors and Siemens Venture Capital.

Versartis Closes Series C Financing

Versartis, an emerging biotechnology company has completed a $25 million Series C financing lead by new investor Aisling Capital. Also participating in the round were existing investors Index Ventures, New Leaf Venture Partners and Advent Venture PartnersAdvent Life Sciences fund.

Phizer Buys VC-Backed NextWave Pharmaceuticals

Phizer is snapping up NextWave Pharmaceuticals—a company backed by a laundry list of investors including Panorama Capital, Bay City Capital, Kearny Venture Partners, Aisling Capital, Fidelity Biosciences, Sofinnova Ventures and Vivo Ventures. Under the terms of the deal, Pfizer will pay $255 million to NextWave’s shareholders at closing. NextWave’s shareholders are eligible to receive up to $425 million in additional money, based on sales milestones. NextWave closed a $45 million round last January.

AxioMed Closes Series D Financing

AxioMed Spine Corporation, a spinal orthopedics company has closed its Series D financing, raising $5 million in two tranches from current and new investors. This funding boosts the previously announced $15 million Series D financing. Investors in the business include Siemens Venture Capital, Aisling Capital, Fidelity Biosciences, Kearny Venture Partners and OrbiMed Advisors. PRESS RELEASE […]

TransEnterix Closes $15 million Round

TransEnterix Inc. has closed a $15 million in venture capital financing. TransEnterix currently markets throughout Europe and the US a platform called the SPIDER® Surgical System. The funding is the second tranche of the company’s Series B financing secured in 2009. Aisling Capital, Quaker BioVentures, Intersouth Partners, Synergy Life Science Partners and SV Life Sciences […]

T2 Biosystems Seals $23M Series D

Lexington, Mass.-based T2 Biosystems has closed a $23 million Series D financing round led by new investor Aisling Capital. Return backers Flagship Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, Flybridge Capital Partners, Physic Ventures, Partners Healthcare, Arcus Ventures, RA Capital, Camros Capital and WS Investments also contributed. The money will help with ongoing development and clinical trials of the company’s diagnostic technology.

Slideshow: CalPERS’ 2008 Banner Year for Venture: Top Commitments and Current IRRs

CalPERS ratcheted up its venture capital commitments as better economic conditions returned in the middle of the last decade. This culminated in the banner year of 2008, when the California Public Employees’ Retirement System put about $1.27 billion into 23 funds, according to peHUB’s evaluation of the investment data updated through Dec. 31. The decision […]

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