Helixis, a newly formed molecular diagnostics firm based in Carlsbad, Calif., announced this week that it has raised $10 million in a Series A round of funding.
 
The firm was co-founded by Alex Dickinson, a former CEO of Luxtera who serves as Helixis’ CEO; David Baltimore, president emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology; and Axel Scherer, professor of electrical engineering, applied physics and physics at Caltech.
 

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