The story has been corrected to reflect the correct amount of Guardant Health’s financing round in January 2016.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Guardant Health today announced it has raised $360 million to finance a new goal to sequence the tumor DNA of more than 1 million cancer patients within five years.
Data from the effort is expected to advance developments in cancer care and accelerate the development of blood-based tests to detect cancer, the firm said. In a statement, Guardant Cofounder and CEO Helmy Eltoukhy said that curing cancer is a big-data problem, “and researchers have been data starved.”
The new five-year effort will accelerate Guardant’s efforts to acquire cancer data and improve knowledge about the disease by providing “a much-needed infusion of data into the field,” he added.
The new funding brings the total funding the firm has raised to more than $500 million. Guardant raised about $100 million in January 2016.
A SoftBank Group subsidiary is the lead investor in the new financing, Guardant said. Certain funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price, Temasek, and others also participated. Existing investors Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, OrbiMed, and 8VC also were participants.
The new funding