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The first closing comprises a $7.5 million investment from the state — about $2.5 million less than originally planned — and $11.25 million from private investors. The fund will invest in companies with technologies developed at the six GRA member academic institutions.

GeorgiaBio 2009 Shaping Infinity, University of Wisconsin Clinical Laboratory Science Program, Maryland Venture Fund, We Work for Health-Washington State, New York-Jiangsu Joint Economic Commission Agreement, Louth Economic Forum, UK £750 Million Strategic Investment Fund

The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.