Battelle Ventures announced this week that it has spun out ADME/tox technology company Hepregen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has invested $5 million in a Series A funding round in the company.

The Medford, Mass.-based company will use the cash to continue developing its 2D microliver platform, which is designed to screen compounds for ADME/tox assessment and be used in drug discovery.

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