The Global University Venturing deal net rounds up the smaller investments from across the university innovation ecosystem.

Diligent Robotics, a US-based robotic automation technology developer, secured over $30m yesterday in a series B round featuring Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab’s E14 Fund. The round was led by Tiger Global Management and also included healthcare provider Cedars-Sinai’s strategic investment arm, Cedars-Sinai Health Ventures, True Ventures, DNX Ventures, Ubiquity Ventures, Next Coast Ventures, Boom Capital and Gaingels. MS Energy, a China-based clean energy services provider, has received “tens of millions” of US dollars in series B and B-plus funding, according to DealStreetAsia. The series B round was backed by Creo Capital and Legend Capital, respective venture capital firms linked to conglomerates NSW Holdings and Legend Holdings, as well as Source Code Capital. The series B-plus round attracted GGV Capital. MS Energy’s earlier backers included Hong Kong X-Tech Startup Fund, an investment vehicle linked to professors from two Hong Kong universities, and Innoangel Fund. GripAble, a UK-based gamified rehabilitation platform that emerged out of Imperial College London, has raised $11m in a funding round co-led by IP Group and its fund management subsidiary Parkwalk Advisors. Learn more about GripAble in our July 2021 profile of the company and interview with chief executive Paul Rinne. Elastrin Therapeutics, a US-based developer of therapeutics that render calcified tissue and organs supple again based on research at Clemson University, has completed a $10m funding round led by Kizoo Technology Capital, with participation from Starbloom Capital and SC Launch. OniGO, a Japan-based on-demand grocery delivery service, has received ¥720m ($5.8m) in a seed round led by University of Tokyo’s Edge Capital Partners, taking its overall funding to ¥1.18bn ($9.5m). Regulatory Genome Development, a UK-based structured machine-readable regulatory information platform spun out of University of Cambridge, closed a $6m seed round yesterday backed by tech transfer office Cambridge Enterprise. The round was led by Evolution Equity Partners, with additional contributions from payment processing firm Mastercard and AlbionVC. Metro Weather, Japan-based wind 3D visualisation system developer spun out of Kyoto University, has secured ¥700m ($5.6m) in series A funding from investors including JGC Mirai Innovation Fund, Kuroneko Innovation Fund, Mol Plus, JR East Start Up, ACSL 1, Kyogin Lease Capital, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital and SMBC Venture Capital, respective subsidiaries of engineering firm JGC Holdings, delivery service Yamato Holdings, shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines, rail operator JR East, autonomous robotics technology developer Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory, leasing services firm Kyogin Lease as well as financial services firms Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Electronic part producer…

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Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).