Hot Investor Mandate: California Fund Focuses on Advanced Materials in Healthcare

13 Dec

A venture firm based in California invests in start-ups developing breakthrough advanced materials and device technologies for specific industry verticals, with a concentration in life sciences and healthcare. The firm is generally a lead investor, and commits $4-8 million per opportunity; the firm also has an active seed fund that can $500K-$1M seed investments.

The firm is invests in life science start-ups developing advanced materials, process, and device technologies. Specific areas of interest include drug discovery platforms, manufacturing platforms, advanced purification and separation techniques, optical devices for diagnostics or manufacturing QC, etc. In diagnostics, the firm is interested in new diagnostic applications of materials science including in sample collection, rapid tests, and biosensors used for real time monitoring. In addition to the aforementioned areas, the firm is broadly interested in ‘blue sky’ applications of materials science in the life sciences. The firm does not invest in clinical development of new therapeutic molecules.

The firm favors companies with platform technologies and partnership-based business models. The firm has deep expertise in manufacturing and productization. Additionally, LPs include large pharma and medical device manufacturing companies; the firm helps portfolio companies develop relationships with these strategics.

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