Natera reels in about $55.5 mln

San Carlos, California-based Natera Inc, a provider of non-invasive genetic testing, has secured about $55.5 million in funding. Sofinnova Ventures led the round with participation from Capital Research and Management, Franklin Templeton Investments, Jennison Associates, RA Capital Management, Healthcor Partners and OrbiMed Advisors. In conjunction with the funding, Dr James Healy, a general partner at Sofinnova, has been appointed to Natera’s board of directors.


Aeglea Biotherapeutics snags $44 mln Series B

Aeglea Biotherapeutics Inc, a biopharmaceutical company focused on treating tumor metabolism, has raised $44 million in Series B funding. Return backers Lilly Ventures and Novartis Venture Fund led the round with participation from other investors that included UT Horizon Fund, OrbiMed, Jennison Associates (on behalf of clients), Venrock, RA Capital Management, Rock Springs Capital, Ally Bridge Group and Cowen Investments.

Aduro Biotech nets $51.4 mln Series D

Berkeley, Calif.-based immuno-oncology firm Aduro Biotech has received $51.4 million in Series D financing. The investors included OrbiMed, Janus Capital Management, Franklin Advisers and Foresite Capital Management. Leerink Partners served as placement agent.


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.


Bellicum Pharmaceuticals nabs $55 mln Series C

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals has closed $55 million in Series C funding. The investors included funds managed by RA Capital Management, Perceptive Advisors, Jennison Associates (on behalf of certain clients), Sabby Capital and Ridgeback Capital Management. Jefferies was the placement agent. Based in Houston, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals is a biotech firm focused on developing cellular immunotherapies.

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