Avalon Leads $18M in Early Funding for Cancer Immunotherapy Startup

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San Diego’s Avalon Ventures led the Series A round, and has established Fortis at COI Pharma, the firm’s biotech incubator (which now houses 16 life sciences startups). Lilly Asia Ventures, Osage University Partners, and Vivo Capital joined in the deal, according to a statement from Avalon.

Avalon Ventures Raises $201.6M As Part Of $250M Venture Fund

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In what is a rarity nowadays for a Southern California venture capital fund, San Diego- and Cambridge-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures has just closed on $201.6M in commitments for a $250M fund, Avalon Ventures X. Avalon has backed such companies as Zynga, Ambit Biosciences, AnayptsBio, Awarepoint, Cheezburger, Inogen, MOGL, Ortiva Wireless, and others. avalon ventures venture capital fundraising finance startup

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Avalon Ventures Backs Pingup

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Avalon Ventures , the La Jolla- and Cambridge-based venture capital firm, has backed a new startup, Pingup , which lets consumers text nightclubs for reservations and information. According to Pingup Tuesday, it raised $1M in a seed funding round from Avalon Ventures, led by Brady Bohrmann. nightlife restaurant mobile nightclub message text capital venture ventures avalon pingup

Avalon Ventures Leads Round In AeroFS

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San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures is the lead investor in a new, $10M funding round for AeroFS , a developer of private cloud collaboration software. Avalon's Rich Levandov represents Avalon Ventures on the AeroFS board. aerofs venture capital private cloud collaboration software saas avalon ventures rich levandov

Avalon Ventures, Jeffrey Katzenberg To Benefit From Zynga IPO

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Among the investors who may benefit from a successful IPO are La Jolla-based Avalon Ventures , run by Kevin Kinsella, Stephen Tomlin, Richard Levandov, Brady Bohrmann, Doug Downs and Jay Lichter, which before the IPO owned 6.1 dreamworks katzenberg capital venture avalon exit content videogame games social acquisition merger zynga

Avalon Ventures Launches Trio Of Life Science Startups

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San Diego-based Avalon Ventures said this morning that it has launched and funded three, new companies as part of its deal with GSK. Avalon Venturs said that Adrenergics , CadheRx Therapeutics , and Calporta Therapeutics have all received $10M in Series A funding, and will receive R&D support from Avalon Ventures and GSK. Avalon and GSK have a deal to fund and launch up to 10, early-stage life sciences companies together.

Avalon Ventures Backs Averon

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La Jolla-based Avalon Ventures is the lead investor in the Series A round for Averon , a developer of mobile identity verification software this week. Avalon's Rich Levandov and Brady Borhmann both join Averon's board with the funding round. capital venture smartphone software identity mobile averon ventures avalonAveron, which is based in San Francisco, said it has raised $8.3M in a Series A funding.

Avelas Bio Raises $20M to Push Cancer-Illuminating Biologic Agent

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and San Diego’s Avalon Ventures. Inbio Ventures, a venture capital management company, represented Pharmstandard in the deal. Avalon Ventures founded Avelas, and has housed the startup with other Avalon biotech startups at its COI Pharmaceuticals R&D facility in San Diego.

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AnaptysBio Adds More Shares, Raises $75M in Stock Market Debut

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AnaptysBio is the first U.S. biotech company to go public this year, raising $75 million in an IPO intended to finance development of antibody-based drugs for inflammatory disorders.

An Homage to Larry Bock, Who Had God’s Hand on His Shoulder

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It was during this time, she recalled, when Bock met Kevin Kinsella of San Diego’s Avalon Ventures.

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Avalon Ventures Backs TwinStrata

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La Jolla-based venture capital investor Avalon Ventures is the lead in a round for cloud data storage firm TwinStrata , TwinStrata said today. TwinStrata, which is based in Masachusetts, said that Avalon lead its Series B funding round, which was worth $8M.

Avalon Ventures Backs Teambox

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San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures is the lead investor in a round for a developer of cloud-based, business collaboration software today. According to Teambox , which was founded in Barcelona, Spain, and which is setting up headquarters in Redwood City, it raised $5M in a Series A led by Avalon Ventures, and which also included the Data Collective Fund. Avalon''s Rich Levandov was involved in the funding effort.

Core Innovation Capital Sets Up Shop In LA

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In the latest positive move for the Los Angeles venture capital market, a new investor has moved into town, to take advantage of the area''s growing startup market. According to Core Innovation Capital , it has moved its offices to Los Angeles from New York City, to be closer to potential investments in its focus area of funding companies serving underbanked consumers in America. core innovation capital venture investment fund

Avalon Ventures Backs LoopIt

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San Diego-based venture investment fund Avalon Ventures has made a seed investment in a developer of a social shopping service, LoopIt , according to the companies. Avalon's Rich Levandov was involved in the investment. loopit social shopping venture capital redstar

Avalon Ventures Spins Out New Company, Iron Horse Therapeutics

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San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures , along with biopharmaceuticals firm GSK said this morning that the two companies are spinning out a new company, Iron Horse Therapeutics , backed by $10M in funding. The companies said that Iron Horse will also receive R&D support from Avalon and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), as well as R&D and mentoring support from COI Pharmaceuticals.

Avalon Ventures Backs Indix For E-Commerce Product Data

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San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures has re-upped its investment in product database provider Indix , as part of a $15M Series B funding. The funding round came from Nokia Growth Partners, Nexus Venture Partners and Avalon Ventures. Avalon was one of the lead investors in the last funding round for Indix, which is based Seattle and San Francisco. indix product information database venture capital ecommerce catalog avalon ventures

Avalon Ventures Gets Commitments Of $103M In New, $300M Fund

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La Jolla-based venture capital investor Avalon Ventures has just received a $103M commitment to a new, $300M fund, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. Avalon invests in both life sciences and technology companies, and invests in seed an dearly stage companies. diego lifescience technology funding fund investment capital venture ventures avalon

Southern California Firms Get $587.0M In Venture Capital In Q2

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in venture capital investments in Q2 2013 across Southern California, spread across 80 deals. The report comes every quarter from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.

Avalon Ventures: Startups Get Milestone Payments, New Company Launched With GSK

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San Diego-based Avalon Ventures , and COI Pharmaceuticals , the company established by Avalon to help form new biotech companies, said today that the first two companies that it has formed with GlaxoSmithKline have met their first milestones, and that it has spun up a new company with GSK as part of their collaboration. That company is apparently the eigth company formed by Avalon and GSK.

Avalon Ventures Closes $200M Fund

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San Diego-based Avalon Ventures , a venture capital firm focused on early stage high tech, digital media, and life sciences firms, said today that it has closed on $200M in capital commitments for its latest fund. Avalon said that the fund, Avalon Ventures IX, LP, is the ninth and largest fund for the company. Avalon is headed by Kevin Kinsella, Stephen Tomlin, Jay Lichter, Doug Down, Rich Levandov and Brady Borhmann.

Avalon Ventures, GlaxoSmithKline Team On Two New Startups

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San Diego-based venture capital investor Avalon Ventures and biopharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline said Monday that the two have teamed up to fund and launch up to 10, early stage life science companies. Both of those new drug discovery startups will be located in San Diego, at COI Pharmaceuticals, the biotech research facility recently established by Avalon Ventures. According to Avalon Ventures and GSK, they will provide up to $495M to fund those ten new companies.

Avalon Ventures Gets Exit At Cloudant

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San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures has scored an exit this morning, after IBM said it has acquired Boston-based Cloudant , a developer of a NoSQL-based, cloud-based database. Cloudant had been backed by Avalon Ventures, Devonshire Investors, In-Q-Tel, Rackspace, Samsung, and Toba Capital, and had only raised around $14.0M cloudant venture capital merger acquisition exit cloud software nosql database

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Avalon Leads Investment In Standing Cloud

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San Diego-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures has led an investment in a cloud computing company, Standing Cloud , based in Boulder, Colorado. According to Standing Cloud, it received a $3M, Series B financing from Avalon, which also included the firm's prior investor, The Foundry Group. Avalon's Rich Levandov joins Standing Cloud's board as part of the funding. application computing standingcloud cloud standing ventures avalon

Avalon Funds Internet Comedy Site Cheezburger

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San Diego-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures has boosted an Internet web site publisher known for its humorous, captioned pictures of cats and use of Internet memes, Cheezburger. According to Cheezburger, Avalon was one of a number of venture firms investing in the company's $30M funding today, and has added Avalon partner Rich Levandov to its board of directors. Other investors in the company include Foundry Group, Madrona Ventures, and SoftBank Capital.

ScoreStream Adds New Funding From Intel Capital

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Del Mar-based ScoreStream , the crowdsourced local sports startup led by Derrick Oien, said last week that it has added new funding from Intel Capital. According to ScoreStream, the round also included Avalon Ventures, Sinclair Broadcasting, R/GA and Verizon Ventures. crowdfunding scores sports capital venture intel scorestreamDetails on the size of that funding round were not announced.

Clearstone Tops CalPERS IRR List

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CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System), one of the biggest limited partners in venture capital funds, has released its best and worst performing venture capital and private equity funds as of December 31st, showing that two Southern California venture funds were tops in terms of internal rates of return (IRR). Second on the returns list was Avalon Ventures VIII, L.P. investment calpers ventures capital venture avalon clearstone

StackIQ Raises $6M

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The new funding came from Grayhawk Capital, Keshif Ventures, DLA Piper, and OurCrowd, as well as Anthem Venture Partners and Avalon Ventures. stackiq venture capital automatoin software enterprise hadoop San Diego-based StackIQ , which develops IT automation tools for the enterprise, has raised $6M in a Series B funding round, according to the company.

Sidecar Finds $15M More To Expand Ridesharing Fight

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The company--which competes against such companies as Uber, Lyft, Flywheel, Taxi Magic, and others in region--said the funding came from Avalon Ventures, Union Square VEnturs, and new investor Sir Richard Branzon. Avalon Ventures is also based in San Diego. sidecar venture capital ridesharing uber lyft expansion mobile smarpthone

Southern California Startups Raise $761.12M in Q2 2014

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The latest venture capital totals from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association''s MoneyTree Report was released this evening, tallying up $761.12M in investments in Q2 of 2014 in Southern California, up from Q2 of 2013, when $616.83M was invested in the region. finance investor 2014 tally investment survey nvca moneytree capital venture california southern

Southern California Firms Raise $762.88M in Q1

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The latest numbers are out on venture capital investments in Southern California from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, finding that the region had nearly $762.88M invested in companies in the region during Q1 of 2014.

Dauntless Takes Flight with New Business Model for Starting Biotechs

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Then came COI Pharmaceuticals , the shared “community of innovation” for startup biotechs established by San Diego’s Avalon Ventures as part of its partnership with GlaxoSmithKline. It’s a little like what Avalon is doing. We are taking capital as needed, not sooner.”.

Fortis Therapeutics Raises $18M

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The funding was led by Avalon Ventures and also included Bregua Corporation, Lilly Asia Ventures, Osage University Partners, and Vivo Capital. avalon metastatic cancer drug oncology lifescience biotech capital venture therapeutics fortisSan Diego-based Fortis Therapeutics , a new biotech company in the immuno-oncology area, announced this morning that it has raised $18M in a Series A funding.

Report: Chumby Has Shut Down

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Chumby--which had been backed by JK&B Capital, Avalon Ventures, Masthead Venture Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Venture--was known for its Linux-based, open platform which let users access Internet content and other services. San Diego-based Chumby , which had developed Internet-connected, alarm-clock like devices and similar technology, has shut down, according to a report Friday.