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Hot Investor 2: Venture Arm of Swiss Foundation Invests Globally in Disruptive Medtech and Digital Health Companies in Trauma and Orthopedic Surgeries

22 Mar

A venture arm of a Switzerland-based foundation invests in start-ups that fundamentally improve patient care in the area of orthopedic, spine & trauma surgery. While the firm will invest globally, the current focus is on companies located in North America, Europe and Israel. The firm prefers to participate in Series A rounds, investing between $1-2.5M with the potential to provide additional capital in later rounds. The firm’s sole investor is their parent foundation, a surgeon-led, not-for-profit organization. The foundation has a global network of more than 16,000 healthcare professionals and scientists in over 100 countries specialized in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

The firm looks to fund companies with disruptive technologies in medical devices, diagnostics, and healthcare IT/digital health in the trauma and orthopedic surgery space. This includes technologies for before, during or after surgery, such as imaging, surgical tools, implantable devices and clinical data management. However, the firm is not currently looking to fund any regenerative medicine or tissue engineering applications within this space. If a medical device or diagnostic, companies should have a working prototype and preclinical data, while healthcare IT/digital health companies should have a running MVP as well as the ability to show market traction.

The firm invests in teams and companies that solve fundamental problems. The firm is looking for a clear market understanding and strong USP.

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

Hot Life Science Investor Mandate 2: Foundation Allocates to Companies Working to Cure Retinal Diseases

20 Nov

A foundation based in the Eastern US typically makes allocations to companies in the range of $1-$8 million, and is capable of providing $10-$15 million over the investments lifetime. The firm primarily funds companies located in the United States but will consider opportunities located globally as well. The firm provides equity capital, and does look for a return, though percentages taken are generally less than more financially-motivated investors, and all profits are reinvested back into the fund. Ideally, the firm would like to allocate to 3-4 companies over the next 6-9 months.

The foundation’s mission is to fund research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Currently, they are looking to fund companies in the therapeutics sector, and will consider companies working in areas of Small Molecules, Biologics, Gene Therapy, and Regenerative Medicine that target those indications. The firm primarily funds companies that are just preparing to enter the IND enabling stage, but they will consider companies in all stages of clinical trials.

The foundation often invests into companies that do not have complete management teams, and looks to utilize the foundations expertise and network in the retinal disease space to help companies grow. The foundation has many experts in the field that will help aid companies as well as a registry of potential patients for clinical trials.

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