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Hot Investor Mandate 1: China-Based Family Office Seeks Global Investment and In-Licensing Opportunities with Focus in USA & UK

7 Dec

A venture capital fund/family office based in Hangzhou, China currently manages two venture funds in addition to a number of private capital accounts through which investments are made – these two funds focus on life sciences. The firm primarily makes equity investments in early-stage rounds ranging from $1 million initially; for later-stage to pre-IPO companies, the firm looks to make initial equity investments ranging from $3-5 million. The firm looks for companies located around the globe, with a preference in the US and Europe (UK). Currently, the firm is also actively seeking in-licensing opportunities in biotech innovations that has a China angle. The firm is actively looking for investment opportunities.

The firm is a flexible and opportunistic investor and will consider therapeutics, medical devices, and diagnostics. The firm is open to all kinds of sectors and indications. For therapeutics, the firm has specific focuses on novel candidates for disease, PD1-base approaches, gene therapy, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, and small molecules. For medical devices, the firm is open to novel medical devices of all FDA regulatory pathways, including 510k and PMA. The firm is also interested in diagnostics although this area is less of a focus. In terms of therapeutics, the firm will look at products of pre-clinical stage and later stages from phase II to phase III. Regarding medical devices, the firm will invest at any stage of development.

The firm is looking for private companies only. The firm typically has no specific requirements for the management team, but this depends on how much the firm invests. The firm looks to take a board seat following the investment and is comfortable acting as both a lead or co-investor.

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Hot Investor Mandate 2: Japanese PE Looks Globally for Early-Stage Life Sciences Innovations

7 Dec

A private equity firm headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with multiple offices throughout North America and Asia is currently making new investments from three main funds: SV5 Series (JPY 75 billion; 2016 vintage), Asia Technology Fund VI (USD 150 million; 2013), and Technology Partners V (USD 260 million; 2012). The firm has about JPY 429 billion AUM (USD 4.3 billion). The firm has a dedicated life science investment team and invests in venture stage companies. The firm invests in various stages, typically start-up and early stage. For life science companies, the firm generally allocates USD 3-5 million per round. The firm is currently focused on opportunities in the USA and Japan.

The firm invests opportunistically in the life sciences. The firm seeks to invest in innovative therapeutics, diagnostics, and medical devices. For therapeutics, the firm generally invests in novel platform technologies and considers both small molecules and biologics. The firm is indication agnostic and will consider orphan diseases. The firm is also agnostic to the stage of development, but typically invests in companies with a lead asset in clinical trials. For medical devices, the firm is also opportunistic and generally invests in devices that are in the clinic. The firm generally only invests in new IP/NCEs, and does not invest in repurposed or reformulated products.

The firm generally requires a seat on the board of directors or observers.

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Hot Investor Mandate 3: Global Chemical Company Launches Strategic VC Arm to Invest in Devices and Diagnostics

7 Dec

An Asia-based global chemical company that serves the chemical, petrochemical and bioscience markets among other markets, has recently started a corporate venture initiative with a $300M budget to make strategic investments into both pre and post-commercial companies. The group is flexible in terms of structuring investments and may employ equity investments, M&A and licensing agreements. The group targets investment sizes from $100k – $5M for early stage companies and $10M – $50M for commercial-stage companies.

In terms of the healthcare and life science sectors, the group is most interested in companies working in diagnostics and research tools. The group is particularly interested in clinical diagnostics including IVDs and next generation platforms (NGS, liquid biopsy, LC-MS, point-of-care testing, digital PCR), separation media and connected devices and wearable medical sensors. The group is also interested in advanced materials including materials for secondary batteries, thin-film for electronic devices, separation (inorganic/organic/polymers) and composites. The group is agnostic to indication area, but has a particular interest in cancer, metabolic (including diabetes) and kidney disorders as well as reproductive health.

The group has no strict company or management team requirements and invest in both early and later stage opportunities.

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Hot Investor Mandate 4: Switzerland Corporate VC Arm Seeks to Invest in USA and Europe with Strong Focus in Digital Health Technologies

7 Dec

A corporate venture capital arm of a Switzerland-based corporate manages a strategic fund aligned with the corporate’s strategy, focusing on oncology and infectious diseases. The fund serves two main purposes: to improve the patient journey (quality of life) and to improve drug development (patient recruitment, best responders, combination therapy). This is a $150M fund and invests in the range of $1M – $10M per company. The firm typically seeks to participate in Series A/B rounds, and is currently seeking 1-3 new equity opportunities a year. The firm supports the in-licensing activities of the corporate in the EU and U.S.

The firm is mainly seeking digital health and healthcare IT technologies, and additionally therapeutics and diagnostic proposals that relate to oncology and infectious diseases to support the corporate’s activities.

Within healthcare IT, the firm is seeking technologies at precommercial or commercial stage with potential customer traction that may use AI to integrate different data sources for patient monitoring, clinical decision support systems, digital therapeutics and solutions to improve drug development such as tools to optimize and accelerate patient recruitment and clinical development in general.

Within diagnostics, the firm is seeking molecular diagnostic tools in development stage which are strongly innovative (e.g. liquid biopsy) and have smart data components.

The firm is seeking oncology and infectious disease therapeutics to in-license.

The firm is very active and supportive with their portfolio companies. The firm typically seeks a board seat, and at times, also an observer seat. The firm is looking for experienced management team in the domain of focus and with entrepreneurial experience.

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Hot Investor Mandate 1: Pharma Corporate VC Seeking Globally for Innovative Therapeutics, Medical Devices, Healthcare IT

30 Nov

A corporate venture arm of a large pharmaceutical company manages an evergreen fund and currently holds $750 million in assets under management. The fund invests separately from the corporate and is not mandated to invest in areas of strategic relevance with the corporate. The firm makes equity investments in early venture rounds. The firm typically invests up to $10M initially with a total of $15-25M going to a single company over multiple financing rounds. The firm is willing to both lead and co-invest in companies located around the globe and could make as many as 5-6 investments over the next year.

The firm invests in therapeutics, medical devices, and healthcare IT. The firm invests in early stages of development, from preclinical up to Phase IIa drug trials for therapeutics; and for medical devices the firm prefers to invest in companies that are anywhere from just starting a PMA study to on the market. The firm is interested in all classes and indications of therapeutics and devices with their main focus being that the technology be truly innovative and novel. They are not interested in cases of reformulations, re-purposing or “me too” ideas. The firm makes approximately 75% of its investment in therapeutics and 25% across medical devices, and healthcare IT although they are actively looking to increase exposure in these areas. The firm is also open to investing in laboratory equipment and drug development enabling technologies though this area is less of a focus.

The firm prefers to invest in management teams that have demonstrated prior success in the life science industry and are oriented on the goal of bringing a product to market. The firm is currently most interested in privately held companies and looks to take a board seat following investments.

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Hot Investor Mandate 2: China VC Invests in North American Companies with China Angle, with Focus on Personalized Medicine

30 Nov

A China-based venture capital investment firm with an additional office in the USA is investing from its US $200M fund with a focus on high-tech enterprises in China and western countries. The company seeks to invest in innovative enterprises in sectors including: biomedicine, medical devices, healthcare and bio-tech. Typical equity investments range from $1-6 million in Angel, Series A and B rounds. The firm is looking for opportunities in China, the US and Canada.

Within healthcare, the firm considers biomedicine, medical devices, and healthcare IT. The firm is most interested in personalized medicine products with an angle to the China market. Within healthcare IT, the firm prefers home-care, consumer, or physician-patient interface products. The firm considers products from Angel Round to Series B.

The firm is looking for competent management teams. The firm may request distribution rights on a case-by-case basis.

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Hot Investor Mandate 3: Venture Fund Invests Broadly in Early-Stage Life Science Companies in Southern USA

30 Nov

A life-sciences focused venture capital firm is currently making investments out of its third fund. The firm primarily makes equity investment into seed and early stage rounds ranging from $250,000 to $1M initially and up to $2M over the lifetime of the investment. The firm is focused on companies located in Southern California and the Southwestern United States although they are open to review companies from throughout the US. The firm could make as many as 3 new investments over the next 6-9 months.

The firm is looking for companies in sectors of therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, life science tools and healthcare IT. The firm is agnostic in terms of subsectors and indications within these areas and is also interested in orphan indications and wireless medical devices. The firm looks to invest in early-stage companies including pre-clinical stage companies with some supporting in-animal data, although it is not a requirement.

The firm is looking for privately held companies with experienced management teams. The firm looks to play an active role as an investor and generally looks to take a board or board observer seat following investment.

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