Business Briefs: PLSG managing member announces $265K closings

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PLSG managing member announces $265K closings

South Side-based life sciences investment firm Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, managing member of the PLSG Accelerator Fund, announced that during the first quarter of the fiscal year it has seen more than $265,000 in closings from portfolio companies North Side-based Cohera Medical, South Side-based ALung Technologies and Oakland-based Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life. Investments into those companies came from the organization's Technology Development and Early Stage funds.

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