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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 4: Corporate Venture Arm of Global Pharma Seeks Therapeutics Companies with Focus on Pre-IND Assets in All Indications

21 Jun

A financially driven corporate life science venture fund of a global pharmaceutical company, invests with the purpose of fostering innovation, driving significant patient benefit, and generating superior returns by creating and investing in innovative life science companies at various stages of their development, independent from the corporate’s strategy. The firm has offices in USA and Europe, and focuses its investment activities in these countries. The firm typically makes equity investments in early venture rounds, investing up to $25 million over multiple financing rounds with 6-8 investments in any given year.

The firm invests in therapeutics with a focus on pre-IND assets and Series A investment rounds. The firm is interested in all classes and indications of innovative therapeutics with paradigm shifting potential.

The firm invests exclusively in privately held companies and aims to be a lead or co-lead with a director position.

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Hot Investor Mandate 4: Japanese Pharmaceutical with Established USA Subsidiary Seeks Innovative Early-Stage Therapeutics Assets in Neurodegenerative & Neurodevelopmental Diseases

14 Jun

A multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan is actively looking globally for opportunities to in-license cutting-edge, early stage therapeutic assets. The pharma also has a large USA-based subsidiary. Sponsored research may also be considered with a focus on Japan-based academic institutions.

The firm’s external R&D is focused on both neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases including Parkinson’s disease, autism, Rett Syndrome, fragile X, and lysosomal storage diseases. The firm is interested in platform technology and early stage hits/seeds in CNS/neurology. This includes new MOAs such as gene therapy, stem cell therapy, BBB penetrating biologics and monoclonal antibodies acting on new targets. The firm is also interested in later-stage assets (phase III to on the market) in diabetes, immunology, and infectious diseases for the Asia markets.

The firm is looking for assets that would be strategic a fit with its current portfolio. The firm is willing to negotiate regional rights based each therapeutic field. For example, in immunology and neurology, the firm would prefer both US and Asia rights. In diabetes, infectious diseases, and other areas, the firm can request Asia rights only.

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