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Hot Investor Mandate 1: Korean VC Firm with Pharma Affiliation Seeks to Invest in Early Stage Therapeutics Assets, Most Interested in Oncology and Autoimmune Disease

5 Jul

A Seoul-based venture capital firm founded in 2015 and affiliated with a leading pharmaceutical company in South Korea closed their first fund in 2016 and has recently raised a second fund of approximately $60M USD. The firm has made 8 investments to date, in 3 Korean and 5 USA-based companies. The firm continues to seek global opportunities. The firm generally participates in financings of Series B and beyond, participating in Series A rounds on a case-by-case basis. However, the firm has started to look for earlier stage opportunities and is most interested in spin-out assets and forming new companies in South Korea. Within this angle, the firm is highly interested in companies who are interested in entering the Korean market and looking to leverage on the capital and clinical infrastructure in South Korea.

The firm is focused on therapeutics companies and does not invest in medical devices, diagnostics, or digital health. The firm is open to considering assets of very early stages, even those as early as lead optimization phase. The firm considers various modalities, including antibodies, small molecules, and cell therapy. Currently, the firm is not interested in gene therapy. Indication-wise, the firm is most interested in oncology and autoimmune diseases but has recently looked at fibrotic diseases and certain rare diseases as well.

With regards to companies raising a Series A round, the firm prefers working with experienced management teams with high-profile scientific founders being involved. The firm incorporates a different strategy depending on the company’s headquarters. For companies based in South Korea, the firm serves as a hands-on, active investor and seeks board representation. In the USA, the firm prefers to be a more passive investor and generally seeks to co-invest with established venture capital firms that have a footprint in the USA.

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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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