May 11, 2007—Safeguard Scientifics Inc, Wayne, Pa, a holding company that builds value in growth-stage technology and life sciences companies, is a co-leader in a $26 million Series C financing round for Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc, Philadelphia, a clinical-stage company focused on the development of molecular imaging products.


"We partner with growth-stage, entrepreneurial life sciences companies that have a competitive advantage in a market that represents a sizable opportunity," said Peter J. Boni, president and CEO of Safeguard. "As our populations ages, effective and value-oriented health care products continue to attract greater demand. We believe that Avid is well positioned to execute upon its plan to address a critical need to improve upon our ability to diagnose and stage Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other devastating neurological disorders."


Safeguard contributed $7.3 million alongside co-leader AllianceBernstein Venture Fund, New York, NY. As part of the transaction, Gary J. Kurtzman, MD, vice president of life sciences at Safeguard, has joined Avid’s board of directors.


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