NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Biotech firm Biodesy said today that it has closed a $15 million Series A financing round with investments from 5AM Ventures, Pfizer Venture Investments, and Roche Venture Fund.

Additionally, the company announced that it has named Greg Yap as CEO and a director. Biodesy founder Joshua Salafsky has been appointed as chief science officer and a director.

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