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Roche fires up $448m Inflazome acquisition
Novartis-backed Inflazome, which advances University of Queensland and Trinity College Dublin research to develop treatments for inflammation, has been bought by Roche for $448m.
Compass navigates IPO
Compass Pathways has raised more than $127m in an upsized initial public offering that provided an exit to Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.
Kindred relates to LPs for $104m fund
Legal & General is among the limited partners for Kindred Capital’s second fund, which also attracted University of Chicago and will invest in early-stage European startups.
Shift gears up with $82.5m fund
The Dutch multi-university venture fund had targeted $70m for its latest fund but ended up attracting $82.5m from investors including Protix and Corbion.
Corporate venturing deal net: 14-18 September 2020
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Corporates floor Lava with $83m
Novo Ventures and Sanofi Ventures co-led a series C round for the cancer therapy developer with backing from returning investor MRL Ventures Fund.
Infarm produces $170m for series C
Bonnier contributed to the $170m first close of a the urban farming technology developer's series C round, taking its debt and equity financing to at least $305m.
Klarna clasps on to $650m
Bonnier has bought into the payment services provider at a $10.65bn valuation alongside a $650m primary round led by Silver Lake.

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Heutschi to replace Broger at Orell Füssli
Désirée Heutschi will take over from Daniel Broger as head of corporate development, strategy and mergers and acquisitions at iindustrial group Orell Füssli at the end of this year.
Kliphuis embarks from M Ventures
Amadeus Capital Partners has hired Edward Kliphuis, who has left his role as investment director at Merck Group subsidiary M Ventures.
Monedo succumbs to pandemic-linked challenges
The PayU and Rakuten-backed digital lending platform has filed for bankruptcy after regulatory changes in two markets meant customers halted loan repayments.
EODev generates first funding round
Accor Group, Groupe Monnoyeur and Thélem Assurances have all backed marine hydrogen generator and fuel business EODev, an offshoot of Energy Observer.
Esri absorbs nFrames
Vector Venture Capital has exited nFrames, a developer of 3D surface reconstruction software that has been bought by Esri for an undisclosed amount.
ITV to screen startups with Studio 55 Ventures
Eight media-related startups will each receive almost $13,000 from broadcaster ITV through a newly formed accelerator-oriented initiative.

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Santander spins off investment arm into $400m fund
Santander Innoventures has been spun off by its parent company into an autonomously managed fund called Mouro Capital with its capital allocation doubled.
CVC in the Time of Coronavirus: Girish Nadkarni, Total Carbon…
Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures' international outlook has eased the switch to remote working somewhat, and opportunities are available for careful investors.
CVC in the Time of Coronavirus: Dominique Mégret, Swisscom Ventures
In the first of a new series, Dominque Mégret, head of Swisscom Ventures, tells GCV that the Covid-19 crisis could lead to a greater contrast between CVC's winners and losers.
Interview: Innogy Innovation Hub
Innogy Innovation Hub is seeking additional LPs as it begins to look toward a second fund, having already moved to a purer investment model.
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