Pfizer's investment fund is making waves in VC — including a $25M bet on IBD player Vedanta Biosciences
Pfizer has a gut feeling about Vedanta Biosciences.
On Tuesday, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based microbiome upstart became the fourth biotech to receive an investment from the Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative (PGBI), bagging $25 million to send its inflammatory bowel disease candidate to Phase II.
Since its launch in June, the PGBI has invested $120 million in small- to medium-sized biotechs spanning several key focus areas: internal medicine, inflammation and immunology, oncology, rare disease, vaccines and hospital. So far, Homology Medicines has the largest stake, with $60 million to advance its phenylketonuria (PKU) program.
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