The Daily Startup: DNAnexus Raises $15M to Expand Cloud-Database Service to China

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Cloud-based services have become available for people to store files and photos, for businesses to allow employees to access information remotely and for researchers to share DNA information. The later is an area in which DNAnexus operates. The startup is now poised to  to enter the second-largest medical-technology market in the world, China, following an alliance with Wuxi PharmaTech, Timothy Hay reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Wuxi PharmaTech has also provided DNAnexus with $15 million in Series D funding. DNAnexus, which has been backed by Goolge Ventures and other investors, has technology that allows scientists to stream DNA sequencing data to the cloud, where researchers in various locations can view and analyze the information.

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Cnano Technology, a manufacturer of carbon nanotubes that go into products such as lithium-ion batteries, has raised $15 million from a group of investors led by GRC SinoGreen Fund.

Color Genomics said it has raised $15 million in venture financing and introduced a $249 genetic-sequencing test for breast and ovarian cancer. Venture firms participating in the financing include Formation8 Partners and Khosla Ventures.

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Selfie App Shots Moves Beyond Bieber With $8.5 Million in Funding.The selfie-sharing site Shots, made popular by early investor Justin Bieber, is positioning itself as more of a social network with $8.5 million in new funding, the WSJ’s Douglas MacMillan reports. The startup updated its app to allow users to share three-second videos and to find nearby friends with a geolocation feature. Chinese venture-capital firm WI Harper led the round, which included Launch Fund, Upfront Ventures, 500 Startups, music producer Rodney Jerkins and the venture arm of Major League Baseball.

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