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Antiva Biosciences, a US-based developer of treatments for human papillomavirus spun out of University of California, San Diego, has secured $31m in a series D round backed by Osage University Partners. The round included internet and technology group Alphabet and pharmaceutical firms EMS and Dong-A, the first two through GV and Brace Pharma Capital respectively. The round was led by Adjuvant Capital and also featured Alexandria Venture Investments, HBM Healthcare Investments, Avestria Ventures, Gaingels, Mana Ventures, Canaan Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, Lumira Ventures and Sirona Capital. The company had raised a total of $57m as of its $15m series C1 round in 2018. PierianDx, US-based clinical genomics data producer based on research at Washington University in St Louis, has raised $30m from investors including healthcare provider Inova Health System. OrbiMed led the round, which included research institute RTI, Health Catalyst Capital, ATW Partners and SJF Ventures, all four of which had joined Inova in the company’s $27m series B round in 2019. That round pushed PierianDx’s total funding to over $39m, and the latest round gives it the option to access a further $17.5m in capital from the latest investors should it choose. Swimm, an Israel-based documentation software developer, has received $27.6m in a series A round backed by Tel Aviv University’s TAU Ventures. The round was led by Insight Partners that also featured Dawn Capital and Pitango First. TAU and Pitango had joined financial information provider FundFire, Axon Ventures and unnamed angel investors in Swimm’s $5.7m seed round in January this year. GRO Biosciences, a US-based protein therapeutics developer based on work at Harvard University, has raised $25m in a series A round co-led by chemical and pharmaceutical group Bayer’s corporate venturing unit Leaps by Bayer and Redmile Group. It included Digitalis Ventures and Innovation Endeavors. GRO said it has now raised $31.2m altogether, $2.1m coming from Digitalis Ventures and Innovation Endeavors in a 2017 seed round. Sync Computing, a US-based cloud computing optimisation tool developer spun out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Risilience, a UK-based emissions-lowering analytics product developer spun out of University of Cambridge, are among a group of six companies that have received a combined $24m in funding from electricity distributor National Grid’s corporate venturing subsidiary National Grid Partners. Individual amounts were not disclosed. Qualifyze, the Germany-based operator of an online marketplace for pharmaceutical supplier audits that was founded out of TU Darmstadt, has closed a $14m series A round featuring Axel Springer Porsche, the joint…

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