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Irvine-based Bioniz Therapeutics Inc. said today that it appointed David Pyott, former Chief Executive of Allergan Inc. [now Allergan PLC] as board chairman.

Bioniz is developing drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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The company said in a statement that it also closed a $13 million round of funding co-led by Pyott and Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. via its corporate venture arm, with contributions from Joe Kiani, chief executive of Irvine-based patient monitor maker Masimo Corp., and San Francisco-based Cota Capital.

Bioniz said the money will allow it to further advance its pipeline.

Kiani also joined Bioniz’ board.