Vitra Bioscience said last week that it has raised $5.5 million in a second round of financing and plans to use this new cash infusion to push its flagship CellCard assay technology to market.

The fundraising effort comes three years after an initial round of financing yielded a little over $9 million for the company, which at that point was called Virtual Arrays. And early last year, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company was awarded a Phase I SBIR grant by the National Cancer Institute to further develop CellCard.

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