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First Coast Tech Hubs Gather @ RESI Boston

16 Aug

By Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation; Creator of RESI Conference Series

The First Coast Innovator’s Gathering is a new component of the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference Series which was requested by the investors and strategic channel partners who routinely attend RESI. Many of these partners wanted LSN to bring the “earliest stage” companies so that they can identify them and get them on their radar screens in order to start a dialogue that can result in a future partnership. The First Coast Innovator’s Gathering focuses on tech hubs and companies from the First Coast of life sciences: DC, MD, PA, NJ, NY, RI, CT, and MA. Dozens of tech hubs will be attending RESI to take a spot in the exhibit hall and showcase the new technologies being developed at their institution or facility. This fall, RESI will expand to include the earliest stage companies from the discovery stage through venture stage: companies seeking grants, seed, angel, series A, and series B funding.

This RESI event offers exhibit tables to the incubators, accelerators, tech transfer offices, university translation initiatives, hospitals, research labs and their constituents, with space for incubator members’ poster boards (5 poster boards for each tech hub). LSN’s network of early-stage global investors will have access to all the key players in one place to learn about the iterative, breakthrough, and transformative technology coming out of the First Coast region.

Stetson Family Office, a Title Sponsor of RESI and a supporter of the Innovator’s Gathering, is pioneering new global funding initiatives and platforms to help the early stage players move faster through the development cycle. See below for the tech hubs that are confirmed to be part of the First Coast Innovator’s Gathering. Tech hub members are also eligible to apply for free to the First Coast Innovation Challenge to pitch in front of a panel of investors. The deadline for applications is Friday August 17th – that’s tomorrow! If you’d like to make a 7-minute pitch to investors at RESI, it’s not too late to sign up. We hope you will join us at RESI Boston on September 6th to see more. Click to see the confirmed First Coast Innovator’s Gathering participants

Massachusetts

Connecticut / Rhode Island

New York City / New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Maryland

Japanese PE Firm With Over $4B AUM Seeks Novel Life Science Technologies

19 Jul

A private equity firm headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with additional offices throughout USA and Asia. The firm has over $4B AUM and is currently making new investments from three main funds. 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 is currently focused on private companies in the US and Japan. The firm generally requires a seat on the board of directors or observers.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

China PE Firm Invests Up to $40M Per Company In Medtech, Diagnostics, and Digital Health

19 Jul

A private equity firm headquartered in China with additional offices throughout China and Hong Kong provides venture capital and growth capital to growth-stage companies across various industries, including life sciences, Internet, consumables, software, and high technology sectors (i.e. drones). The firm is interested in all types of life science companies except drug development. The allocation size will vary, but the firm has the capability to allocate up to $40 million per company, depending on the opportunity. The investment is typically in form of equity, but convertible loan will be considered as well. The firm has an emphasis on technologies and products, and it is currently seeking new investment opportunities globally. Companies with a China angle will be a big plus.

The firm is currently seeking to invest in medical device, diagnostics, biotech R&D services and healthcare IT sectors. The firm is very opportunistic in terms of subsectors and indications. Currently the firm will not invest in companies targeting drug development. The firm will consider companies at all stages of development, from pre-clinical stage all through to commercial stage; however, the firm prefers companies in the business proven stage, where the product is on the market and may already have customer feedback.

The firm primarily invests in growth-stage private companies. The firm does not have specific requirements for companies’ management team or revenues. The firm will take a board seat post-investment.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

China Investment Firm Seeks Novel Oncology/First-In-Class Therapeutic Drugs and Diagnostics

19 Jul

A biotech incubator sector fund founded in 2015 is headquartered in China with an additional USA office. The firm currently manages two venture funds including an RMB and USD fund. The firm can allocate from $200,000 to $800,000 of equity capital in seed round companies and can make investments ranging from $1 to $10 million in series A companies. The firm looks to tailor its incubator and CRO services to the needs of its partners, helping them to reach key value-added milestones. The firm will consider opportunities based in China and North America, companies within a strong China angle involvement is their sweet spot. The firm is actively seeking in-licensing opportunities and plans to make 6-8 investments next year but is flexible.

The firm focuses mostly on therapeutics, while the firm is also open to Diagnostics. The firm can utilize its CRO services to advance portfolio company’s products into or through clinical trials. The firm is currently most interested in oncology-related small molecule drugs and first-in-class drugs. The firm is opportunistic in terms of subsector and indication and is willing to consider companies targeting orphan indications. For therapeutics, the firm is looking to invest in pre-clinical stage. For diagnostics, the firm will consider companies from in-development to clinical stages. The firm will not invest in Medical Devices or Healthcare IT companies.

The firm looks to act as a lead investor in seed round investments and can participate as either lead or co-investor in series A investments. The firm is looking for companies with skilled and experienced management teams. The firm prefers to support companies that own exclusive IP protection with renowned universities or research institutions. The firm also prefers to work with companies that have a technical expert and experienced in clinical trials.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

Hot Investor Mandate: Singapore-Based PE Firm Invests Up to $20M in All Areas of Life Sciences with Potential for Global Growth, Open to Any Stage of Development

12 Jul

A private equity and corporate finance advisory firm is headquartered in Singapore with a global presence. The firm makes global investments into life science and healthcare companies as well as services related to healthcare. The firm acts as a lead investor and utilizes their network to seek out other co-investors. Typical deal size is $0.5m to $20m. The firm will occasionally seek distribution rights for international investments.

The firm is interested in therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT, healthcare services, biotech, R&D services and suppliers and engineering companies. The firm is both stage and indication agnostic and has no revenue requirement. The firm has no flexible investment criteria but the East West Axis is very important as the firm is not interested in companies that are restricted to one country. The firm looks for companies with a multinational, global component.

The firm is flexible with their management team requirements. The firm is open to bringing in their own talent to assist with management and have supported scientists in becoming successful entrepreneurs. The firm is a value-added investor driven by opportunity. The firm takes a board seat when making investments.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

Hot Investor Mandate: Hong Kong PE Firm Seeks to Invest Up to $10 M in Clinically Validated Medical Device and Diagnostics Products with China Angle

12 Jul

A PE firm that is headquartered in Hong Kong with additional offices throughout China currently manages over US$4 billion in assets and invests across several industry sectors including healthcare. The firm is interested in pre-growth and growth stage companies. Typical investment size ranges from US$5-10 million in Series A rounds. The firm seeks to lead but is open to syndicating with co-investors. The firm is now looking for opportunities in China, the US, and Canada.

Within healthcare, the firm focuses on medical devices and diagnostic technologies that have a China angle. The firm prefers products that have achieved clinical validation with proven advantages. The firm is also interested in clinical-stage biopharmaceutical opportunities as well as health information technology. The firm is opportunistic in terms of indication areas but is less interested in orphan diseases.

The firm is looking for experienced management teams with track record of success. The firm typically requests board representation in its portfolio companies.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

Hot Investor Mandate: Newly Established VC Fund Invests in Innovative Digital Health and Medtech/Diagnostics Technologies with Software Components

12 Jul

A new venture fund started investing in pre-seed, seed and Series A rounds. The firm’s main investment areas are in companies that advance and improve human health through novel models of care delivery and in companies that are at the cutting-edge of frontier technology, such as neurotech, brain/machine interfaces, genomics and AI. The firm will consider digital health companies as well as diagnostics and medical device companies, as long as they have a software component. The firm will only invest in companies with disruptive technology, not incremental innovations. The firm will invest between $.1-1.5M in the initial investment, with the possibility of participating in following rounds. The firm is willing to lead or co-invest, has made 7 investments to date and is looking to invest in 4-6 companies a year.

The firm will consider digital health companies that are focused on improving patient care. Ideally, companies will already have a pilot with some outcomes-based data indicating traction. The firm is also interested in medical device companies, but will only invest if there is a significant software and/or radical innovation component. The firm will also consider diagnostics, such as genomics-based technologies, but not in vitro diagnostics. The firm will not invest in traditional therapeutics (i.e. small molecule or biologics) companies but will consider software-as-medicine and bioelectronic medicine.

Due to the firm’s preference for cutting-edge technology, the firm prefers that there be at least one technical expert in the company leadership. If acting as a lead investor, the firm will take a board or board observer seat. The firm prefers to be an active investor, providing multi-faceted support to portfolio companies.

If you are interested in more information about this investor and other investors tracked by LSN, please email mandates@lifesciencenation.com.

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