Hot AI Mandate: Japan-based VC with Big Pharma LPs Invests Globally in First-in-Class Therapeutics

9 Aug

A cross-border venture capital firm founded in 2014 is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with USA offices in Cambridge, MA and Seattle, WA. The firm recently closed its second fund at $95M. Its LPs includes some of the largest Japanese pharmaceutical companies. The firm has also launched a new life sciences incubator through which the firm seeks to nurture and advance early-stage therapeutic concepts and technologies with the goal of bringing them to a more mature stage of development. Typically, the firm makes an initial investment ranging from under $1 million to $3-6 million dependent on the company’s stage of development. The firm can allocate up to $16 million over the lifetime of a company. The firm invests in early-stage therapeutic companies worldwide.

The firm only invests in therapeutics, and are primarily focused on companies with preclinical or clinical assets. Within therapeutics, all modalities are of interest. The firm may invest up to 18 months prior to IND, however require that a company has a lead asset that has been characterized. The firm will consider opportunities in any indication area.

The firm invests in teams with experienced, highly motivated teams with a strong background in either life science research or industry. The firm only invests in companies with technology that has the potential to be first in class.

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