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60 Best Investors for a Pharmaceutical Startup

This list aims to provide a list of those recently active investors in the Pharmaceutical space.

Purpose of this list: Finding and meeting VC’s and investors is no easy task for any founder no matter how well connected they might be. This list is aimed to provide a starting point highlighting some of the most recently active investors.

Great list… now what: If you’re a founder looking to pitch your startup you first need to create a short list of investors you want to pitch to. This list could provide part of that. Pick a few companies in this list, see their past investments, which countries they invest in and craft a personal email or Linkedin message to them if you think they would be interested.

I sent a load of emails, but didn’t get any responses: Welcome to the startup world… But in all seriousness some VC’s will get back to you with feedback if you’re lucky, but most are simply too busy to deal with all the messages they get.

Do not get discouraged, send a follow up email asking for feedback and work on your pitching. Rejection is not a reflection on your company, just how you pitched it. There is countless stories of people getting rejected 100 times before finally getting funding. See the Qwil story.

Data sourced from Crunchbase.

New Enterprise Associates

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New Enterprise Associates is a global venture capital firm investing in technology and healthcare.

Founders: Chuck Newhall, Frank A. Bonsal, Jr., Richard Kramlich

Location: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Employees: 51-100

Venrock

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Venrock is a venture capital firm investing in technology and healthcare companies.

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Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Number of Employees: 51-100

Menlo Ventures

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Menlo Ventures provides capital for consumer, enterprise, and life science technologies from seed to growth stages.

Founders: Henry DuBose Montgomery

Location: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Atlas Venture

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Atlas Venture creates and invests in biotech startup companies with seed and early stage venture investments.

Founders: Michiel de Haan

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

ARCH Venture Partners

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ARCH is an early-stage venture firm focused on life science discoveries to prevent, detect and cure disease.

Founders: Clinton Bybee, Keith Crandell, Robert Nelsen, Steven Lazarus

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Domain Associates

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Domain Associates is a venture capital firm with an exclusive focus on life sciences.

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Location: San Diego, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Advanced Technology Ventures

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Advanced Technology Ventures focuses on investing in the ICT, infrastructure, consumer technology, bio-pharmaceuticals and medical industry.

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Location: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

F-Prime Capital

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F-Prime Capital is a global venture capital firm investing in healthcare and technology.

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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Inovia Capital

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Inovia Capital specializes in investments in early stage, seed, mid venture, late venture, growth capital and start-up stage companies.

Founders: Chris Arsenault

Location: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Number of Employees: 11-50

Flagship Pioneering

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Flagship Pioneering conceives, creates, resources, and grows first-in-category ventures to transform human health and sustainability.

Founders: Edwin Kania, Noubar Afeyan

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Number of Employees: 101-250

Frazier Healthcare Partners

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Frazier Healthcare Partners is a healthcare investment firm for pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, & medical products.

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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Number of Employees: 101-250

Avalon Ventures

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Avalon Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund focused on information technology and life sciences.

Founders: Kevin Kinsella

Location: La Jolla, California, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

OUP (Osage University Partners)

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OUP is a venture capital fund investing in start-ups that commercialize university research.

Founders: Robert Adelson

Location: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States

Number of Employees: 51-100

Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation

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Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, a venture capital subsidiary, finances technology companies focused on patient health.

Founders: John L. Cassis

Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

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Mumbai Angels

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Mumbai Angels, an Indian angel investment network, connects startups with entrepreneurs and professionals who are willing to fund them.

Founders: Prashant Choksey, Praveen Chakravarty

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Number of Employees: 101-250

Maverick Ventures

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Maverick Ventures is a registered investment advisor managing private investment funds for qualified investors.

Founders: Ambar Bhattacharyya, David Singer, Lee Ainslie, Matthew Kinsella

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Number of Employees: 101-250

Oriental Fortune Capital

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Oriental Fortune Capital is venture capital investment firms in China.

Founders: Wei Chen

Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Number of Employees: 101-250

Vivo Capital

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Vivo Capital is a global investment firm focused on healthcare.

Founders: Edgar G. Engleman, Frank Kung

Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Number of Employees: 51-100

Advantage Capital

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Advantage Capital specializes in growth equity, lending, and mezzanine debt capital investment in companies at all stages of development.

Founders: David Bergmann, Martin Bodenham, Steven T. Stull

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Number of Employees: 101-250

Rho Ventures

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Rho Ventures is a private equity firm that invests in high growth companies across multiple sectors.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

Number of Employees: 101-250

Capstone Partners Co., Ltd.

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Capstone Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs seeking success with fresh ideas.

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Location: Seoul, Seoul-t’ukpyolsi, South Korea

Number of Employees: 11-50

Lilly Asia Ventures

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Lilly Asian Ventures makes venture capital investments in Asia for Eli Lilly and Company, a global innovation-driven pharmaceutical

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Location: Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Number of Employees: 11-50

Boston Millennia Partners

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Boston Millennia Partners provides private equity financing to high growth companies in the healthcare and business services industries.

Founders: Dana Callow

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Catapult Ventures

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Catapult Ventures specialises in providing Equity Capital for businesses requiring between £50k and £2m.

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Location: Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

Number of Employees: 11-50

Sanderling Ventures

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Sanderling Ventures is an investment firm that works on building and funding new biomedical companies.

Founders: Robert McNeil

Location: San Mateo, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Essex Woodlands Healthcare Partners

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Essex Woodlands is a healthcare growth equity and venture capital firm.

Founders: Jim Currie, Marty Sutter

Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Delta Partners

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Delta Partners is a venture capital firm focused on investments in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Founders: Frank Kenny

Location: Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

Number of Employees: 11-50

Pontifax

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Pontifax is a venture capital firm that finances pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

Founders: Ran Nussbaum, Tomer Kariv

Location: Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel

Number of Employees: 44105

BioMedPartners

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BioMedPartners is one of the leading European venture capital firms.

Founders: Gerhard Ries

Location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Number of Employees: 44105

Peregrine Ventures

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Peregrine Ventures, Israel’s leading fund for cross stage investments, focused on investing in promising Life Science companies

Founders: Boaz Lifschitz, Eyal Lifschitz

Location: Or Yehuda, Tel Aviv, Israel

Number of Employees: 44105

Lumira Ventures

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Canada’s leading health care & life sciences venture capital firm with a 30-year reputation building companies across North America.

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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Number of Employees: 11-50

China Merchants Capital

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China Merchants Capital is engaged in alternative investment and asset management.

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Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Number of Employees: 251-500

M Ventures

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M Ventures is the corporate venture arm of the EMD Group (Parent Company: Merck KGaA, Germany – dba. EMD Group in U.S. and Canada).

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Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Number of Employees: 11-50

New Science Ventures

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New Science Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on investments in life sciences and information technology companies.

Founders: Somu Subramaniam

Location: New York, New York, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

TPG Biotech

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TPG Biotech is a growth-stage equity and venture investment platform focused on the biotechnology industry.

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Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation collaboratea with innovators to incorporate science into healthcare solutions.

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Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

BioGenerator

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BioGenerator is a Missouri-based venture development organization providing startup bioscience companies with seed investment.

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Location: St Louis, Missouri, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Quaker BioVentures

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Quaker BioVentures is a venture capital firm investing in life science companies. The firm leads investments across the spectrum of the

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Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

Neomed Management

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Neomed Management is an international venture capital investment firm focused on the healthcare industry.

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Location: Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Number of Employees: 44105

Latterell Venture Partners

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Latterell Venture Partners is a venture capital firm specializing in startups and early stage healthcare companies.

Founders: Larry Lasky, Pat Latterell

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

Share Capital

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Share Capital is China’s first limited partnership professional investment institution.

Founders: Cui Xinxin

Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Number of Employees: 11-50

Novartis

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Novartis is a healthcare company that provides solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide.

Founders: Alexander Clavel, Joerg Reinhardt, Johann Rudolf

Location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Number of Employees: 10001

Sunstone Life Science Ventures

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Sunstone Life Science Ventures is a European, early-stage VC investing in novel pharmaceutical ingredients for human therapeutic use

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Location: Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark

Number of Employees: 11-50

Lightstone Ventures

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Lightstone Ventures is a leading global venture capital firm.

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Location: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Aperture Venture Partners

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Aperture Venture Partners is a New York-based venture capital focused on medical device, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and diagnostic sectors.

Founders: Eric H. Sillman

Location: New York, New York, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

Apple Tree Partners

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Apple Tree Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in pharmaceuticals, biotech, medtech, and healthcare services.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Schooner Capital

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Schooner Capital is a Boston-based private investment firm engaged in venture capital, growth equity, and public securities.

Founders: Vin Ryan

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

Inventages Venture Capital Investment Inc.

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Inventages Venture Capital Investment Inc is an investment arm of Nestle SA specializing in PIPES, seed, early, mid, and late venture

Founders: Gunnar Weikert

Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Number of Employees: 11-50

Hony Capital

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Hony Capitalis is an investment management firm.

Founders: John Zhao

Location: Beijing, Beijing, China

Number of Employees: 101-250

Merieux Developpement

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Merieux Developpement is an investment firm that specializes in healthcare and nutrition sectors.

Founders: Francois Valencony

Location: Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France

Number of Employees: 11-50

Life Science Angels

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Life Science Angels offers angel capital to early-stage biotech and medical device companies as a California-based company.

Founders: Allan May

Location: Sunnyvale, California, United States

Number of Employees: 101-250

Mandra Capital

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Mandra Capital is an investment holding company that provides seed, early, and later stage venture and private equity investments.

Founders: Song Yi Zhang

Location: Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Number of Employees: 44105

CIBC Capital Partners

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CIBC Capital Partners develop customized solutions that enable them to access capital, expand their operations and actively invest.

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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Number of Employees: 1001-5000

McKesson Ventures

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McKesson Ventures is a California-based venture capital that focuses on the healthcare industry.

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Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Number of Employees: 44105

AbbVie Biotech Ventures

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AbbVie Biotech Ventures, an Illinois-based company, makes investments in emerging biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

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Location: North Chicago, Illinois, United States

Number of Employees: 10001

The Angels’ Forum

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The Angels’ Forum is a hybrid venture/angel firm that invests in Software, Technology, and Life Sciences.

Founders: Carol Sands

Location: Mountain View, California, United States

Number of Employees: 11-50

Johann “Hansi” Hansmann

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Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann is Austrian and studied economics in Vienna. Most of his career, he held senior positions in the international pharm…

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Location: Vienna, Wien, Austria

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WuXi AppTec

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WuXi AppTec provides a broad portfolio of R&D and manufacturing services that enable companies in the pharmaceutical.

Founders: Ge Li, John J. Baldwin, Zhaohui Zhang

Location: Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Number of Employees: 10001

Capital Cell

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Capital Cell is a European equity crowdfunding platform for biotech & healthcare projects based in Barcelona and Cambridge/UK.

Founders: Daniel Oliver

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Number of Employees: 11-50

BioVenture

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BioVenture is a Chinese venture capital firm that offers early and growth stage investment services.

Founders: Jacky Chen

Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Number of Employees: 11-50

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