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RQx Antibiotic Collaboration With Genentech Marks Third Exit For Avalon Ventures This Year

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Avalon-backed RQx will team with Genentech to discover and develop antibiotics against a novel, undisclosed target. The deal essentially is an exit for hybrid VC firm Avalon, which already has exit deals this year with BioMarin and Genentech.

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