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A team of biotech veterans say they have raised $3 billion to create Altos Labs, a continent-spanning company that will aim to battle disease by reprogramming the fundamental machinery of living cells, STAT writes. It appears to be the largest venture capital fundraising effort in biotech history, based on a survey of data from Pitchbook. The company is the brainchild of Richard Klausner, a serial biotech entrepreneur who has previously founded two biotechs that raised large sums and sold to larger firms. He’s being joined by Hans Bishop, who headed those companies, Juno Biotechnology and Grail. And Hal Barron, the chief scientific officer of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), will join as chief executive officer in August.

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