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Helicos BioSciences Closes $40M VC Financing Round

NEW YORK, March 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Helicos BioSciences said today that it has secured $40 million from its current roster of investors to help it develop its DNA sequencing technology.


According to Helicos, the financing was provided by Flagship Ventures, Atlas Ventures, Highland Capital, MPM Capital, and Versant Ventures. The latest funding follows an initial investment of $27 million by the same group of investors, made when the company was founded in February 2004.

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