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Hot Investor Mandate 3: Venture Capital Firm with Strong Connections to China Seeks to Invest in Global, Early-Stage Biotech Companies with Opportunistic Outlook

21 Jun

A venture capital firm founded in 2014 has an office in the West Coast with its parent company based in Hangzhou, China. The firm currently has invested in over 39 companies across a wide variety of sectors including biotech, IoT, AI, etc. The firm’s strong connection with Chinese partners enables the firm to support companies with market entry in China. The firm is currently allocating out of its first fund of $20M and prefers to participate in seed/pre-series A financing rounds with check sizes of no larger than $500K.

The firm is currently raising a second fund with a target size of $50M, through which the firm hopes to invest more capital in later rounds (i.e. Series A to B) and provide follow on investments to portfolio companies. Through the second fund, the firm is also seeking to expand their interests in diagnostics, digital health, and novel therapeutics. Early in 2018, the firm has launched an accelerator program to support the growth of early-stage companies in the sectors mentioned above and provide these companies with valuable resources. The firm seeks investment opportunities globally.

The firm is opportunistic and will seek companies in all parts of the life sciences space: therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT, etc. The firm has not invested in therapeutic products so far but is actively seeking new opportunities in the biopharma space, focusing on pre-clinical to phase I assets. The firm focuses on early-stage deals and will consider pre-FDA device products. The firm is open to companies developing products in all indications.

The firm seeks to work with privately owned companies with experienced management teams with a track record of success. The firm likes to see companies with intentions of entering the China market as the firm has a network of resources to support this, but this is not a requirement. The firm generally acts as the co-investor in financing rounds.

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

Hot Investor Mandate 1: West Coast-Based Family Office Invests Up to $10M Into Early-Stage Therapeutics, Devices, and Tools Companies

31 May

A family office based in the West Coast invests in primarily early-stage (seed, Series A, Series B) companies with truly innovative technologies with a typical investment size of $2-10M per company. The firm will generally lead investments and invests globally with no geographic preference.

The firm is agnostic across life science sectors, including therapeutics, devices, and tools, but will not consider Healthcare IT or digital health technologies. The firm focuses on early stage preclinical to clinical-stage technology, though may be open to commercial-stage technology depending on the opportunity.

The firm is seeking companies with founders who have big ambitions, and a demonstrated ability to sell their team, investors, and partners on their vision. Previous startup experience is a big plus, but not required, and they will invest in young and first-time entrepreneurs.

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

Hot Investor Mandate 2: USA Venture Fund Invests in Therapeutics and Digital Health, With Strong Interests in Small Molecule Therapies in Inflammation, Infectious, Autoimmune Diseases

31 May

A USA-based venture capital fund is currently making investments out of a $150-million-dollar fund. The firm is looking to make 15 additional investments with allocations generally in the $1-3 million range. The firm is looking to make equity investments and is open to investing in companies globally.

The firm is interested in therapeutic companies developing small molecules for inflammation, infectious and autoimmune disease and stays away from biologics, cell and gene therapy. The firm is also interested in digital health and mobile health services, AI in healthcare, B2B2C medical devices. The firm is looking for companies with some level of proof-of-concept data either in vivo or in vitro up until Phase II of clinical trials. As for digital health, the firm is looking for scalable SAAS models, novel types of healthcare delivery, point-of-care diagnostics and patient’s self-management tools.

The firm is willing to work with incomplete management teams, often working with IP that has just recently spun out of a university. The firm is willing and able to act as a lead or co-investor in financing rounds.

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: California-Based VC Seeking to Invest in Therapeutic Technologies that Solve Problems Within Genetically Driven Diseases

17 May

A California-based firm backed by a number of well-known global funds is actively seeking investment opportunities. The firm prefers to be the first institutional investor in a company, and is typically an active, lead investor (often the sole investor). The firm typically invests in 5 opportunities per year.

The firm focuses on genetic drivers of disease, and therefore only invests in treatments for monogenic diseases or genetically-driven cancers. The firm is only interested in treatments that elicit a disease-modifying response; treatments that target symptoms of monogenic diseases are not of interest. Therapeutics must have a clearly-defined mechanism of action. The firm usually invests at the preclinical stage, up to 18 months prior to IND, but is open to later stage candidates (including clinical).

The firm focuses on individual products, not technology platforms. The firm typically houses each single asset in its own discrete subsidiary. The firm has internal expertise in medicinal chemistry, biology, and clinical trials, with personnel having significantly contributed to 30+ INDs and 10+ approved drugs. The company will often leverage internal expertise for subsidiaries, and can also assist with recruiting.

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

Hot Investor Mandate 1: Toronto-Based Single Family Office Looking to Invest in Seed-Stage Medtech, Diagnostics, and Digital Health Companies

3 May

A single family office based in Toronto, Ontario has its main focus on real estate and mining, but is now looking to expand into the healthcare sector and plans to initially invest approximately $10M into seed-stage deals in the healthcare space. The firm may potentially reserve another pool of capital for additional healthcare investments in the future. The firm has flexibility with deal structures and may make either straight equity or convertible loan investments depending on the deal. In addition to capital, the group looks to add value to portfolio companies through marketing and sales expertise. The firm has no specific number of healthcare investments it’s looking to make.

Within healthcare, the firm is focused on the medtech, diagnostic and health IT space. The firm is particularly interested in newly created or accessible markets such as leveraging smart phones, big data/data mining and AI for healthcare purposes. The firm is highly interested in mobile diagnostic devices, diagnostics for the consumer market and portable lab devices. The firm will also look at more traditional FDA regulated medical devices and diagnostics on a secondary basis.

The firm seeks companies addressing specific markets, but has no set requirements for entrepreneurs/management teams other than a very focused team that is passionate about the tech and market being pursued. The firm typically seeks a board seat along with in an investment, but may not require one depending on the terms of the deal.

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

Hot Investor Mandate 2: Canada-Based VC Partnered with China I-Bank to Invest Up to $10M or More in Life Science Companies in North America

3 May

A venture capital firm based in Canada is making investments out of its first fund which closed at $500M. The fund was jointly established with a leading Chinese investment bank. The firm usually makes initial investments in the range of $5M-$10M with additional capital reserved for follow-on investments, but is capable of making smaller or larger investments. The firm primarily makes straight equity investments, but may consider convertible notes for smaller/earlier rounds. On occasion, public companies may be considered for investment. The firm is open to opportunities globally and will lead rounds as well as co-invest in a syndicate. The firm has no set number of investments it makes per year, but is a relatively nimble firm and able to act quickly when an opportunity presents itself.

The firm’s focus is in health sciences, including therapeutics, devices, diagnostics and health IT. Generally, the firm focuses on assets with clinical data and will invest in up unto Ph. III. The firm will evaluate pre-clinical assets pending there is a strong scientific rationale, and tends to prioritize platform technologies for early-stage assets. As for medical device companies, the firm prefers to see products with clinical data.

The firm prefers to work with experienced management teams, but will consider first time entrepreneurs as well. The firm typically seeks a board seat along with investment and in addition to capital, seeks to add value through developmental, infrastructure and expertise support, as needed, through the firm’s global network. The firm’s approach is to establish long-term relationships with target companies, with a view to enable and strengthen management to realize the full potential and value of the technology.

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: USA VC Firm Seeks to Invest in All Sectors of Life Sciences, with Focus on Companies Outside of Major Biotech Hubs

3 May

A venture capital firm based in Texas is focused on early and growth-stage biotech and medical device companies. The group is currently raising their second fund and is actively evaluating deals. Initial investments typically are in the $3M-$5M range and are usually in the form of straight equity, but may use convertible notes in select situations. The firm looks to take meaningful stake in portfolio companies and play an active role in their development. The firm is open to companies based in the U.S., with a specific interest in companies located outside of the major biotech hubs of Boston and San Francisco.

The firm is most interested in the biotech/therapeutics space and will consider medtech companies on a secondary basis. The firm does not invest in diagnostic or healthcare IT companies. The firm is mostly opportunistic in terms of technology type and indication area, however the group prioritizes companies with products addressing unmet medical need and unique mechanisms of action. For early-stage companies, the firm targets companies who have at least had a pre-IND meeting with the FDA and invest in companies ranging from pre-clinical to Ph. II clinical trials.

The firm has no strict company or management team requirements, but does look to be a very active investor and always requires a board seat along with an investment.

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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