Magma Venture, Cedar Fund invest $6 mln in Sentrix

Magma Venture Partners, Cedar Fund, Israel’s Chief Scientist program and company board members have provided $6 million in funding to Sentrix, formerly Foresight-Air, a website security company. Along with the funding, Sentrix has opened a Boston office as part of a U.S. expansion.


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ARCH Ventures leads $20 mln Series A funding in Scholar Rock

ARCH Venture Partners has led a $20 million Series A funding in Scholar Rock, a biopharmaceutical company. Other participants in the funding include founding investors Polaris Partners and Timothy Springer, as well as new investors EcoR1 Capital and The Kraft Group.


Liquid Light closes $15 mln Series B funding round

Liquid Light, which develops and licenses process technology to make major chemicals from carbon dioxide, has raised a $15 million Series B funding round. New investors in the funding include Sustainable Conversion Ventures. Existing investors include VantagePoint Capital Partners, BP Ventures, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and Osage University Partners.


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GGV Capital leads $13.5 mln Series A funding in FlightCar

GGV Capital has led a $13.5 million Series A funding in FlightCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service operating at airports. Other participants in the funding include General Catalyst, SoftBank Capital and First Round Capital. Comcast Ventures and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin also invested. FlightCar has raised a total of $20 million to date, making co-founders Rujul Zaparde, 19, and Kevin Petrovic, 20, among the youngest entrepreneurs to have raised such large amounts of venture capital.


Life Science Angels leads a $1.5 mln seed round in Zephyrus Biosciences

Life Science Angels has led a $1.5 million seed funding in biotech company Zephyrus Biosciences. Other investors in the seed round include Mission Bay Capital, The Angel Forum and the Stanford StartX Fund, as well as individual investors in the life science community. Zephyrus also raised $350,000 in a grant from the National Institute of Health and $10,000 from the U.C. Bakar Fellows Program.

Cultivation Capital leads $1.3 mln funding in Euclises Pharmaceuticals

Cultivation Capital has led a $1.3 million Series A funding in Euclises Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company developing cancer treatments. Other participants in the funding include BioGenerator, Missouri Technology Corporation, ABC Laboratories, the St. Louis County Port Authority’s Helix Fund and the St. Louis Arch Angels.


DFJ Frontier, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4 mln funding in Edufii

DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4 million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., the social/mobile platform for skill development. Other participants in the funding round include the Gideon Hixon Fund, Tech Coast Angels, SLO Seed Ventures and coaching industry private investors including Tiger Woods’ first coach Rudy Duran. As part of the deal, Frank Foster, managing director of DFJ Frontier, has joined Edufii’s board.


Cultivian Sandbox Ventures leads $10 mln funding in Conservis Corporation

Cultivian Sandbox Ventures has led a $10 million Series A funding round in Conservis Corporation, which provides cloud-based farm management software services. Other participants in the funding include existing investors Middleland Capital and Heartland Farms. As part of the funding, Cultivian Sandbox’s Robert Shapiro will join Conservis’ board of directors.


Flex Pharma raises $40 mln from big investor group

Flex Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on treatments for neuromuscular disorders, has raised $40 million from an investor group. Investors include Longwood Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, EcoR1 Capital, Jennison Associates, Lightstone Ventures, Alexandria Equities, CD-Venture, Bindley Capital Partners, City Hill Ventures and several individuals including Steve Pagliuca, managing director at Bain Capital.


Be-Bound raises $4.5 mln in Series A funding

Be-Bound, which seeks to connect smartphones to the mobile internet anywhere in the world, has raised $4.5 million in a Series A funding round. Be-Bound investors include Gonzague de Blignières, former chairman of the Supervisory Equistone France and Barclays Private Equity France and the Global Corporate Investment Holding.

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