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Morning Read: Flatiron’s $175 million fund-raise a precursor to IPO in 2 to 3 years

Also, Anthem opens innovation studio at Georgia Tech and the FDA tries to shut down a Dallas drug compounder with a history of safety violations.

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For Flatiron Health, the $175 million is all about getting where it needs to go – and in this case that means meeting “certain financial metrics” that will drive it to an IPO in two to three years.

For Roche, it’s all about the data.

“Flatiron has tremendous data that helps us understand how medicine reacts in patients,” said Daniel O’Day, the chief operating officer at Roche. “This is a long-term strategic investment, and the strategic collaboration benefits us. The value in the investment is not to generate a financial return.”

New York Times, Business Insider, Business Wire


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