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.
New Enterprise Associates has stepped up to help with a $14 million A round designed to get Austin, TX-based startup Lumos Pharmaceuticals in the clinic with a new therapy for an autism spectrum disorder characterized by severe cognitive impairment.
Elliott Sigal has opened the next chapter of his career. The former R&D chief at Bristol-Myers Squibb, who helped squire a number of blockbuster programs through the clinic, is joining David Mott as a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates.
Cydan, an orphan-drug accelerator bankrolled by New Enterprise Associates and Pfizer Ventures, has secured another $10 million in venture cash.
Edimer aims to use the new funds to bankroll a midstage study of its lead candidate EDI200, a recombinant protein intended to restore normal development in newborns with XLHED.
New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has dipped into its ample coffers to provide Cartiva with $4.3 million. The capital infusion backs the startup's ongoing clinical trial of a cartilage replacement implant in patients with osteoarthritis.
David Mott at New Enterprise Associates has put together a $20 million round to back 3-V Biosciences, an upstart biotech with deep roots in Switzerland's scientific community and an office in Silicon Valley.
After a period of revamping a venture strategy gone wrong, Atlas Venture has come out today with news about an oversubscribed 9 th fund of $265 million. It's a rare comeback story in a VC industry that is suffering from an overall lack of capital to fuel startups in biotech and other high-risk-and-reward sectors.