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Juvaris BioTherapeutics, a Pleasanton, Calif. company developing vaccine products for influenza and pneumonia, said it has raised the first $6 million half of its first round of funding .

The financing comes from Kleiner Perkins, the well-known venture firm that has focused its investments in the pandemic area with its “Pandemic & Biodefense Fund.”

Juvaris said it will close the second part of its round in 120 days, and that the total raised will be $12 million.

The company is also pursuing immunotherapy products for Hepatitis B and Biodefense applications.

The funds permit the company to buy assets from Valentis.

The company’s statement is here.

(Story first published 1/9)

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