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Pfizer (PFE) plans to invest $600 million in its venture capital fund, and 25 percent of the funds are being earmarked for research on neuroscience. The move comes six months after the drug maker disclosed it would abandon research into finding new drugs aimed at treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The bulk of the funds — $450 million — will be devoted to oncology, inflammation and immunology, rare disease, internal medicine, and vaccines. The new funding will bring total assets managed by Pfizer Ventures to over $1 billion.

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