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Blue Water Vaccines raises $20M in initial public offering

Blue Water Vaccines, a biotech company that launched in 2015 to develop a vaccine for protecting against all types of flu held an initial public offering that raised $20M. Blue Water’s stock rocketed 538% following the IPO.

Miami University student startup gets investment

Step Up Social, a social media marketing firm founded by Miami sophomore and Cincinnati native Emil Barr, secured an angel investment from Tim Warren, CEO of Helium SEO. The undisclosed amount will help Step Up Social scale its services to new audiences.

HerMD raises $10 million

Minority, female-founded startup HerMD has raised $10 million to expand its women’s sexual health and menopause services. The money raised will allow the company to open new locations as well as offer virtual care so more women can access sexual health and menopause services. JAZZ Venture Partners led the Series A funding round.

Blood thinners and… tick saliva?

We don’t know how some research connections are made and this one is a doozy. New UC research has discovered a unique class of medications that act as blood thinners–by using tick saliva. “Interest in ticks as a model for developing drugs that prevent blood clotting — often the cause of heart attacks and strokes — is firmly rooted in evolutionary biology,” says Richard Becker, MD, professor and director of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and UC Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease at the UC College of Medicine.