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Elixir Pharmaceuticals Closes Merger, $17 Million VC Funding



NEW YORK, February 12 -- Centagenetix and Elixir Pharmaceuticals today announced the completion of a merger initiated in January and a $17 million injection of venture capital.


The new company, called Elixir Pharmaceuticals, will be based in Cambridge, Mass., and led by Edward Cannon, president and CEO. The merger was an all-stock transaction.


Elixir is creating a technology platform for drug discovery targeting aging in laboratory organisms, while Centagenetix has a portfolio of population association studies of genes and gene variants from individuals of extreme longevity and vitality.


The new company will receive venture funding through the initial closing of a $17 million Series B round of financing led by MPM Capital of Boston, LP Arch Venture Partners of Chicago, and Oxford Bioscience Partners of Boston. 


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