Seattle-based Mozart Therapeutics closed on a $55 million Series A financing round, led by seed financier ARCH Venture Partners along with Sofinnova Partners. Additional investors were Eli Lilly and Company, MRL Ventures Fund, an early-stage fund run by Merck & Co., Leaps by Bayer, Altitude Life Science Ventures, and Alexandria Venture Investments.

Four biotech companies announced Series A rounds: Vita Therapeutics, NuvoAir, Enveda Biosciences, and ImmuneID.

Biopharma companies Gennao Bio and Juno Diagnostics raised a combined $65 million in Series A funding rounds.

BioSpace takes a look at Series A financing rounds for several biotech companies: San Francisco-based Esker Therapeutics; England’s Mogrify Limited; Duke University spinout Isolere Bio; and Sunnyvale, California-based BridGene Biosciences.

Belgium-based ExeVir announced a $50 million Series A to take the 9-month-old startup’s lead antibody compound XVR011 into a global Phase Ib/II clinical study soon, representing the first in-human trials using a unique, llama-derived antibody.

Centessa, based in Cambridge, Mass. and London, launched as a “novel asset-centric pharmaceutical company.”

Seattle-based AltPep Corporation raised $23.15 million in a Series A financing round to take the company’s breakthrough amyloid targeting platform to development.

RNAi-focused Atalanta Therapeutics launched with $110 million in combined Series A funding and collaboration deals with Genentech and Biogen to address diseases related to the central nervous system, including Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Paris-based Ipsen secured Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Onivyde (irinotecan liposome injection) for study patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who progressed following a first-line platinum-based regimen.

Switzerland-based Noema Pharma raised $59 million in a Series A financing round that will support the development of four clinical-stage assets the company licensed from Roche for the treatment of orphan neurological diseases with severe unmet needs.