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Vitra Bioscience Raises $5.5M in Private Financing

NEW YORK, July 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Vitra Bioscience has raised $5.5 million in a second round of financing, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said today.


Vitra said it will use the funds to help commercialize its CellCard System and to expand the company's product offerings. Alta Partners led the investment round with participation from Sofinnova Ventures, Mediphase Venture Partners, and Three Arch Partners.


The CellCard System facilitates parallel screening of multiple cell types for lead identification and optimization in drug discovery.

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