PatientsLikeMe, a Cambridge, MA-based firm that provides social networking sites for people with specific illnesses, has raised $8 million of a planned $30 million round of equity financing, according to an SEC filing. Ben Heywood, the president and co-founder of the firm, said that his company doesn’t comment on financings. The company’s previous investors include CommerceNet of Silicon Valley, the private equity firm Invus, the Omidyar Network, which is the Redwood City, CA, philanthropic investment group started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and Collaborative Seed and Growth Partners, based in the Boston area. PatientsLikeMe was founded in 2004.
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