NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Oxford Nanopore Technologies has raised £31.4 million ($50.8 million) in a private placement of ordinary shares, the company said today.

The new funding comes almost entirely from existing investors and brings the total amount the company has raised since its inception to £105.4 million.

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