Our investors share our vision and bring deep expertise and experience in developing promising companies such as Artios.
In August 2018, Artios raised $86 million (£65 million) in a Series B financing. The financing was significantly oversubscribed and was led by Andera Partners (formerly EdRIP) and LSP (Life Sciences Partners), with participation by additional new investors Pfizer Ventures and Novartis Venture Fund (NVF). Artios’ existing shareholders Arix Bioscience, SV Health Investors, M Ventures, IP Group plc and AbbVie Ventures also participated in the fundraise.
This financing follows a $36 million Series A fundraise that was completed in September 2016.
Arix Bioscience plc is a global healthcare and life science company. Headquartered in London and with an office in New York, Arix Bioscience plc sources and develops businesses addressing medical innovation at all stages of development and is supported with access to breakthrough academic science
Our extensive experience in academic science, clinical and commercial strategy, company operations, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance puts us in an especially strong position build and support a wide range of businesses and technologies.
Arix Bioscience plc has exclusive or privileged agreements with leading universities in the UK, Europe and Australia providing direct access to innovative new technologies. We also have access to a broad range of research projects from US academic institutions.
SV Health Investors (‘SV’) is a leading international life sciences venture capital firm. SV’s affiliated funds have been investing in life sciences companies since the early 1980s and the firm closed its first dedicated life sciences fund in 1994.
The SV team manages six private venture capital funds with approximately $2.1 billion of capital under management. The firm employs a diversified strategy within life sciences in order to selectively capitalise on an expanding opportunity in biotech, medical devices and healthcare services. SV has offices in Boston, London and San Francisco.
M Ventures is the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck. Its mandate is to invest in innovative technologies and products with the potential to significantly impact Merck‘s core business areas. From our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in the US and Israel we invest globally in transformational ideas driven by great entrepreneurs. M Ventures takes an active role in its portfolio companies and teams up with entrepreneurs and co-investors to translate innovation towards commercial success. M Ventures has a significant focus on early-stage investing and company creation including the creation of spin-offs to leverage Merck‘s science and technology base.
IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiaries IP Capital and Parkwalk Advisors), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in early-stage to mature businesses across life sciences and technology. IP Group is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.
AbbVie Ventures is the corporate strategic venture capital arm of Abbvie and a core component of AbbVie’s integrated approach to external innovation. AbbVie Ventures invests globally in early stage transformational life sciences companies that augment our core R&D areas within oncology, autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and hepatology. We build strong relationships with fellow investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts that provide us insights into novel technologies and biology as well as early exposure to potential business development opportunities. Our expertise in drug discovery, development, and commercialization serves as a valuable resource to our portfolio companies. Our team is located at AbbVie headquarters in North Chicago, Boston/Cambridge, and the San Francisco Bay area.
Andera Partners, was created in 2001 as part of the Edmond de Rothschild Group and is a leader in investments in unlisted companies in France and internationally. It manages over €2 billion in investments in life sciences (BioDiscovery), growth capital and OBO (Winch Capital for midcap and Cabestan Capital for small-cap) and sponsorless mezzanine debt (ActoMezz).
Wholly owned by its staff, Andera Partners’ core values focus on partnering with entrepreneurs and respect for its business partners. The company is also a signatory to the UNPRI, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, which aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment practice.
Andera Partners will continue to raise funds in its current segments. Andera Partners is an AMF-accredited asset management company and has 60 employees, 40 of whom are investment professionals. The firm has a partnership management structure and is run by a board of 10 partners.
The performance of the firm’s funds, its management structure and the range of its services have identified Andera Partners as a leader in its markets. For more information, please visit www.anderapartners.com.
LSP is an independent European investment firm, providing financing for private and public life sciences companies. LSP’s mission is to connect investors to inventors, focusing on unmet medical needs. Since the late 1980s, LSP’s management has invested in about 100 innovative enterprises, many of which have grown to become leaders of the global life sciences industry. With over EUR1.7 billion (USD 2.0 billion) of investment capital raised to date and offices in Amsterdam, Munich and Boston, LSP is one of Europe’s leading life sciences investors. LSP also invests in public companies through its Euronext-listed LSP Life Sciences Fund (Bloomberg: LSP NA). Artios is the first investment of LSP’s latest flagship fund, LSP 6. For more information, please visit www.lspvc.com
Pfizer Ventures (PV), the venture capital arm of Pfizer Inc. was founded in 2004 and invests for return in areas of current or future strategic interest to Pfizer. PV seeks to remain at the forefront of life science advances, looking to identify and invest in emerging companies that are developing transformative medicines and technologies that have the potential to enhance Pfizer’s pipeline and shape the future of our industry. For more information, please visit www.pfizerventures.com.
Novartis Venture Fund is a financially driven corporate life science venture fund whose purpose is to foster innovation, drive significant patient benefit and generate superior returns by creating and investing in innovative life science companies at various stages of their development, independent from Novartis’ strategy. For more information go to www.nvfund.com.