Life-science briefing: Friday, April 4, 2008

TODAY’S HEADLINES:

IlluminOss Medical gets $11M for bone-fracture devices — East Providence, R.I.-based IlluminOss Medical, a medical-device startup, raised $11 million in a second funding round, peHUB reports. Backers included New Leaf Ventures and Foundation Medical Partners.

The company’s Web site is barely more than a stub that describes IlluminOss as a device company “pioneering new frontiers in orthopedic surgery.” peHUB offers the further tidbit that the company is developing a minimally invasive system for treating bone fractures.

We’ve previously covered Sonoma Orthopedics Products, a California firm with what may be a similar technology for treating fractures with an implant that supposedly speeds healing from inside the bone.

Contract researcher Crown Bioscience takes in funding – Crown Bioscience, a biology-services startup in Santa Clara, Calif., raised an undisclosed sum in a second funding round. Chemizon, a division of Optomagic, provided the cash.

Crown offers a variety of biology-based services, including protein characterization, drug-candidate discovery and assessment of anticancer drugs. In other words, it’s a contract-research organization, although it seems to have a wider range of offerings that many CROs do.