New Enterprise Associates is one of the largest venture investors in the life sciences. And it's one of the few VC firms that also fund medical device companies as part of its broad investment strategy across information technology and healthcare.
In a sign of the times, leading life sciences venture maven David Mott and his colleagues at New Enterprise Associates have begun raising a whopping $2.5 billion venture fund--less than three years after rolling out its latest fund with $2.6 billion.
Abbott has made its move on a trio of med tech startups focused on cardiovascular catheterization. It is buying electrophysiology startup Topera for $250 million plus undisclosed milestones and has secured the right to purchase Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, which has a novel ablation catheter. Plus, Abbott Ventures participated in a venture round for VytronUS.
After more than 25 years in drug development that culminated in a corner office at Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Carol Gallagher decamped for the venture world last year, and now she has accepted a position at New Enterprise Associates to help nurture the next generation of disruptive biotechs.
New Enterprise Associates has stepped up to back San Diego-based Tracon Pharmaceuticals, joining a syndicate that is betting $27 million on the company's two cancer therapies, including a mid-stage drug now in the clinic for soft tissue sarcoma.
On the heels of a $42 million Series F closed last fall, CVRx is picking up an additional $15 million in a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank. But that's chump change in the long run for this startup, which has raised about $265 million since its 2001 inception.
Intrinsic Therapeutics is aiming at more effective surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation and is in the process of raising almost $21 million in venture capital, according to a Sept. 17 SEC filing.
While medical device venture activity may have picked up this year, the comparison point in 2013 was abysmally low. In addition, Series A device investment was still shrinking. That's according to a new report from Silicon Valley Bank. These trends are pushing the sector to be more reliant on angel investors, which are becoming more accessible with the advent of crowdfunding, and corporate VCs, who are stealthy but increasingly active.
This morning Atlas Venture and New Enterprise Associates announced that they have committed $29.4 million to launch Synlogic, a new Cambridge, MA-based upstart initially seeded last fall that has set out to build a platform that can create therapeutic microbes.
Startup Rotation Medical nabbed a $27.2 million Series B round from a group of high-profile VCs including Life Science Partners and New Enterprise Ventures. It will use the money to finance a July launch and post-market clinical studies of its rotator cuff system that FDA cleared in March.