Hot AI Mandate: US & China-based PE with Multiple Funds Invests in Healthcare Companies of All Stages

21 Sep

Founded in 1996 and has offices in Palo Alto, CA, Shanghai, Beijing, Hongkong, Taipei, a PE firm is currently making investments from its three funds to healthcare companies of different stages, including pre-revenue, early-stage companies, post-revenue private companies and public companies. The firm invests exclusively in the healthcare sector; the firm invests primarily in the USA and Greater China but will also invest in other regions such as Europe and ASEAN countries. Within China, the firm makes growth investments in companies but also find some companies with interesting and innovative products in recent years there; in the USA and other regions, the firm makes both venture and growth-equity stage investments in both pre-revenue and revenue-stage companies. The firm’s allocations are highly varied. From the main fund, investments typically range from $20-50m, though larger investments are of interest as well; the innovation fund makes investments of typically $5-20 million. The firm is open to syndication. The firm is also particularly interested in working with companies that are open to or actively interested in seeking partnerships or opportunities in China.

The firm invests in therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare services, and clinically-oriented healthcare IT, and will consider investing in any indication area or technology subsector; however, orphan indications, dermatology/aesthetics, oncology, gene therapy, cell therapy, are of particular interest in the biopharma space; general surgery, neurovascular, cardiovascular, minimally invasive technologies, women’s health, respiratory care, novel diagnostics and orthopedics are of particular interest in the device space. Healthcare AI is an area that the firm is interested and exploring. The firm’s innovation fund focuses on early-stage opportunities in biotech; from the main fund, the firm in most cases makes investments in products that have obtained market approval or are very close to commercialization, but earlier investments may be considered for highly innovative products or products that can demonstrate strong efficacy signals at an earlier stage (such as anti-infectives). For devices and diagnostics, the firm only invests in commercial-stage companies. Generally, the firm does not invest in imaging.

The firm is flexible regarding management teams and works with both serial entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who lack industry experience. In addition to investing in private companies, the firm is able to invest in public companies by means of PIPEs or public market placements. The firm is interested in investing in companies with products that can demonstrate cost-effectiveness.

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