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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.

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Hot Investor Mandate 2: Strategic Venture Fund of a Japanese Pharma Seeks to Invest in First-In-Class Therapeutics Opportunities, with Strong Focus in Oncology

29 Mar

A strategic corporate venture capital fund by a full-fledged oncology pharmaceutical company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, seeks to make equity investment in startup companies that discover and develop innovative therapeutic products and/or drug-enabling platform technologies that demonstrate a clear potential to benefit cancer patients. Investment size can be flexible depending on the deal. The firm will also consider the option-type of investments and spin-outs, in addition to pure equity investments. The fund is currently seeking opportunities in the USA, Europe and Japan, the focus being mainly in USA and Europe.

The firm will consider early-stage (generally research to pre-IND) first-in-class/new biology-based approaches in drug discovery and innovative platform technologies for drug discovery, especially assets that have a strategic angle to the pharmaceutical’s pipeline. The firm considers a wide variety of modalities (biologics/oncolytic viruses and small molecules) as well as cell and gene therapy, on an opportunistic basis. The firm’s primary indication of interest is oncology, but the firm is also interested in immunology, allergy, musculoskeletal, and orphan indications.

While the firm is primarily focused on therapeutics, the firm may review technologies in medical device, diagnostic, or digital health sectors if there is a strong strategic alignment.

The firm is looking for teams with strong sector expertise. With the support of the pharmaceutical’s established expertise in the field of oncology product discovery and development, the firm will provide financial resources and company outreach to build strategic alliances to help translate novel research and high potential drug candidates into cornerstone products. The firm may request regional option or rights on a case-by-case basis.

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