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The following news and notes were presented at the MVF Breakfast Builders Event on October 7. News and notes are provided by Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal.
-Bayer’s $66 billion deal to acquire Monsanto — a deal that is expected to close toward the end of 2017 — will have broad impact across the St. Louis community, including its life sciences corridor anchored by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The acquisition should also have a positive affect on local startups, who thanks to Bayer’s assumed presence on Monsanto’s Creve Coeur and Chesterfield campuses will have a better pipeline into the industry giant.
-Lewis & Clark Ventures closed on the first tranche of a planned $45 million investment fund that will invest in startups in the life sciences sector. In a separate transaction, Lewis & Clark led a $6.5 million Series B financing round for Wisconsin-based health care startup called Catalyze.
-Cultivation Capital raised $20.5 million for its planned $100 million fintech fund. The fund builds on Cultivation Capital’s fintech portfolio, which includes a handful of startups, most of which were discovered through Cultivation’s fintech accelerator SixThirty.
-Veniti, a medical device startup based in St. Louis, raised $25 million from Boston Scientific, which stands as a likely buyer for Veniti down the road
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