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Startup gets $130 million to build a better microbe

SAN FRANCISCO — Zymergen, an Emeryville-based biotech startup that works at the intersection of robotics, big data and bioengineering, raised $130 million from a range of investors to scale up its microbe-building technology. The $130 million round, announced Tuesday, was led by the Japanese telecommunications firm Softbank with participation from a host of Bay Area-based investors, including Obvious Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
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