NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Life sciences informatics company Benchling said today that it has closed a $14.5 million Series B round of venture capital. Benchmark led the round, with participation from Fidelity Investments' F-Prime Capital and previous investor Thrive Capital.

As as result of the investment, Benchmark General Partner Eric Vishria is joining the board of San Francisco-based Benchling. He touted the rise of biologics as a major factor in backing Benchling.

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