Vivaldi Biosciences scoops up $2M for flu vaccines

Vivaldi Biosciences, a San Francisco developer of flu vaccines and therapies, raised $2 million in a first round of funding, VentureWire reports (subscription required). The initial funding was raised through Bay City Capital.

AstraZeneca ups the biotech ante

Now that AstraZeneca has made the bold — or impulsive — decision to snap up MedImmune for $15.6 billion in cash, one big question is whether the U.K. pharmaceutical giant has kicked Big Pharma’s appetite for biotech acquisitions into high gear.