VC-backed Glaukos Corp files for IPO

Laguna Hills, California-based Glaukos Corporation, a developer of treatments for glaucoma, has filed for an IPO. The number of shares that will be sold as well as the IPO’s pricing terms have yet to be set. The company plans on trading the stock on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “GKOS.” J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co are serving as the lead underwriters. Glaukos’ backers include OrbiMed Advisors, Frazier Healthcare Ventures, InterWest Partners, Domain Associates, Fjord Ventures, Montreaux Equity Partners and Versant Ventures


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.


Selecta Biosciences raises $20 million

Selecta Biosciences said Wednesday it has secured $20 million in equity funding from new and all of Selecta’s existing investors. Including the $20 million, Selecta said it has obtained a total of $78.6 Million in funding to date. Investors include Polaris Venture Partners, Flagship Ventures, OrbiMed Advisors, NanoDimension, Rusnano, I2BF, Eminent Venture Capital and Leukon Investments. Selecta is a clinical stage biotechnology company that is developing a class of targeted antigen-specific immune therapies.


Sonendo raises $35 mln equity financing

Sonendo said Monday it completed an equity financing round of $35 million led by Meritech Capital Partners. New investor SEB Private Equity joined Fjord Ventures, OrbiMed Advisors and NeoMed Management in the round. Laguna Hills, Calif.-based Sonendo develops technology for the root canal therapy market.


Civitas Therapeutics scores $55 mln Series C

Civitas Therapeutics has closed $55 million in Series C funding. The investors included Adage Capital Management, OrbiMed Advisors, Partner Fund Management, Rock Springs Capital, Sofinnova Ventures, Canaan Partners, RA Capital and Wellington Management Company. Headquartered in Chelsea, Mass., Civitas Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing treatments for Parkinson’s disease.


Bets pay off for venture funds in UC portfolio: VCJ

Last year saw several top performing funds in the University of California’s recent-vintage venture portfolio consolidate performance gains, as others continue to advanced, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reported.

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.

Otonomy scores $49 mln Series D funds

Otonomy said Wednesday that it has closed $49 million in Series D funding. The investors included Perceptive Advisors, Federated Kaufmann Funds, OrbiMed Advisors, Novo Ventures, TPG Biotech, Avalon Ventures, Domain Associates, RiverVest Venture Partners, Aperture Venture Partners and Osage University Partners. Based in San Diego, Calif., Otonomy is a biopharmaceutical company that develops treatments for ear disorders and diseases.

ProNAi Therapeutics raises Series D

ProNAi Therapeutics, a developer of novel nucleic acid therapeutics has closed an oversubscribed $59.5 million Series D financing. The round was led by Vivo Capital and included other new investors Frazier Healthcare Ventures, OrbiMed Advisors, Adams Street Partners, RA Capital Management, Caxton Alternative Management, Hopen Life Science Ventures, Sectoral Asset Management and Janus Capital Management.

SAGE Therapeutics nabs $38 mln Series C funds

SAGE Therapeutics has closed $38 million in Series C financing. Investors included OrbiMed Advisors, EcoR1 Capital Management, Foresite Capital Management, Third Rock Ventures and ARCH Venture Partners. Based in Cambridge, Mass., SAGE Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on treating orphan central nervous system disorders.

Clementia Pharmaceuticals appoints

Clementia Pharmaceuticals, a privately held clinical stage biotechnology company has appointed three key executives with rare disease and orphan drug expertise: Donna Grogan, M.D., as chief medical officer, Jeff Packman as chief development officer and Eric Grinstead as chief commercial officer. The company is backed by OrbiMed Advisors and BDC Venture Capital.

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