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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.

Hot Investor Mandate 3: Investment Arm of Major China Genomics Company Looks for Complementary Early-Stage Genomics & Big Data/AI Technologies

15 Mar

A branch of a subsidiary of a major genomics sequencing company in China is actively seeking technologies from the US, Canada, and China that will complement what they currently have. In addition to direct investments, the firm often functions as a strategic partner that can help provide a technology platform for a startup or even integrate the new technology into their system. The firm also provides access to their large marketing team once the product is developed to help the startup during their commercialization phase. The firm is currently interested in early stage companies: usually at seed to series A and is rather flexible as to the financing terms. Additionally, the firm is willing to work through either partnerships or direct investments.

The firm is actively seeking new genomics technologies. Currently, the firm is interested in any technology within diagnostics, digital health, and medtech that has a focus on genomics. Within the diagnostics and medtech sectors, the firm is particularly interested in sequencing technologies currently, but is willing to see all early stage genomics-based technologies within these sectors. For digital health, the firm is interested in companies involved in big data and AI that already have algorithms that can utilize the large pool of genomics data that the firm currently has access to.

When investing, the firm likes to take an active role in the company and prefers taking board seats but does not require a board seat. Otherwise, the firm prefers to work with companies that the firm can work with and help develop into either a potential integration or a productive partnership.

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

New at RESI San Diego: Genomics Investors in the Spotlight

15 Jun

By Lucy Parkinson, Director of Research, LSN

Genomic innovation cuts across many technology verticals.  The dawn of efficient and inexpensive gene sequencing enabled many breakthrough discoveries in biology by identifying genes that have a role in specific diseases. Patients can now be stratified by genetic subtypes in order to identify the most suitable treatment. Some startups aim to use sequencing to identify future health risks. Meanwhile, sequencing has created massive amounts of genetic data, which could yield many further discoveries with the right curation and analysis.

At RESI, a panel of investors with a focus on genomics will discuss what kind of breakthroughs they are looking to back, and what challenges still remain in the genomics field.

Moderated by Amanda Cashin (Head of Illumina Accelerator), the participants are:

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