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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: 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.

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Hot Investor Mandate 2: Healthcare-Focused VC and PE Fund Invests in North American Companies in Therapeutics, Medical Devices, Digital Health and Services

5 Apr

A private equity and venture fund is currently focused on health care investments such as therapeutics, medical devices, health care services, and digital health companies. The firm likes to invest early, generally seed-series A, as one of the earliest investors, and be involved throughout the life of the company, helping it grow and develop. The firm invests primarily in companies in North America. The firm will generally invest $250,000-$2M in the initial investment, with the potential for continuing funding. Because the firm prefers to play an active role in their portfolio companies, the firm will only invest in a limited number of companies at any given time.

The firm primarily invests in therapeutics and medical devices. Because the firm prefers to invest early, they look at companies that are still pre-clinical/in development and, for devices, will consider PMA as well as 510k devices. The firm is indication agnostic, focusing on technologies that inspire their passion. The firm will consider investing in technologies related to orphan diseases.

The firm has no specific management team requirements. Due to the firm’s active role in their portfolio companies, the firm does like to take a board seat following the investment.

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Hot Investor Mandate 3: PE Firm with Offices in North America Invests & Provides Advisory Support to Medical and Surgical Devices and Healthcare IT Companies

29 Mar

A private equity firm founded in 2014 with offices in USA and Canada manages a fund that provides equity and equity-like investments in high growth companies in healthcare technology verticals. The size of investments generally fall under the range of $2-5 M per company, and the firm seeks to make 2-3 investments per year.

The firm works closely with clients of the firm’s advisory arm that provides companies with financial, strategic, and growth consulting and transaction advisory services including M&A. The firm will also help companies through regulatory approvals and developing new strategic and financial partnerships. The firm will consider companies that are outside of this network, but it is important that these companies form a close long-term relationship with the firm in leveraging their development. This integrated network provides for superior insight and strategy of lower risk. The firm looks globally with a strong focus in North America.

The firm is interested in highly innovative medical and surgical device companies, healthcare IT, healthcare services. The firm will not consider products in pharma or biotech industries. Medical device products should be patented and on the cusp of FDA clearance. The firm will support all classes of medical devices including 510k and PMA regulatory pathways. Healthcare IT companies are expected to demonstrate market traction prior to investment.

The firm seeks to work with companies with an experienced, motivated management team. The firm can act as the lead investor in all financing rounds, and requires a board seat in its portfolio companies.

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Hot Investor Mandate 3: Canada-Based Investment Group Provides Seed Funding to Medtech, Cleantech, and IT Sectors Across North America, With Canadian Focus

22 Mar

A venture capital fund, angel group, and registered exempt market dealer based in Toronto, Ontario is affiliated with early stage venture funds, including their accelerator fund I and II as well as an angel group. The firm usually acts a lead investor in rounds of up to $2M, with between $300K – $750K coming from the first-mentioned fund, and with additional capital usually coming from the angel group or other family offices or institutional investment partners. The firm has also participated, and will continue to participate, in larger syndicated investment rounds. The firm prefers to lead priced equity rounds and does not usually make investments in uncapped convertible debt or SAFEs (Simple Agreements for Future Equity).

Annually, the firm works with, and makes investments in, 8 to 12 early stage (Seed and Series A) companies in the IT, CleanTech and MedTech sectors. In the MedTech sector, the firm typically does not invest in products with a complex regulatory pathway. The firm is also interested in platform technologies and R&D service/tools companies. Historic MedTech investments include investments in (i) a company which has developed an imaging agent that illuminates tumors both at the surgery planning phase and inside the operating room, (ii) a company that manufactures the world’s only natural, non-toxic, mono-disperse nano particle extracted from sweet corn which has applications in the personal care/cosmetics, nutraceutical and biomedical spaces; and (iii) a company that has a proprietary in silico software platform that maps interactions of drug compounds against the human proteome to identify drug efficacy, side effects and toxicity risks.

The firm is focused on Canadian companies, but will also evaluate U.S.-based and international companies if there is a potential investment fit. The firm’s principals have significant technology, financial and legal experience. The firm’s ideal investment candidate is a company that will benefit from and can leverage this experience and network and to which the firm can provide additional long-term value beyond its cash investment. The firm tries to avoid taking on technology risk but will take on some commercialization risk and prefers entrepreneurs that have had at least one ‘win’ (or event better, at least one ‘loss’)

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