September 25, 2023

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Prime traders in Well being Tech

You don’t want a medical diploma to see that well being tech is sizzling proper now.

Amazon’s $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical, a community of primary-care clinics, made it clear that know-how corporations have large plans to rework the healthcare business. Alphabet, the mother or father firm of Google, has two separate subsidiaries (Verily and Calico) growing instruments and coverings to combat ailments and growing old.

And the Apple Watch in your wrist is filled with health-focused options together with coronary heart and sleep monitoring, remedy administration, and, as of this month, a physique temperature sensor to assist ladies observe ovulation cycles.

The subsequent era of breakthroughs are certain to be much more consequential, as startups harness cloud computing, A.I., and ever tinier chips to dream up new services and products. 

For the enterprise capital traders who specialise in well being tech, the period of startup innovation is spurring a frenzy of exercise. The variety of VC investments in well being tech has elevated considerably in each measurement of valuations and variety of offers up to now 5 years, and a few giant VC corporations are rolling out particular funds devoted solely to well being tech. In 2018, well being tech VC offers raised $21.3 billion over 2,249 offers. In 2021, deal values totaled $50 billion throughout 3,315 well being tech offers.

Fortune surveyed the sphere of well being tech enterprise traders to select a number of the high dealmakers within the sector. The eleven traders beneath are among the many most lively in Pitchbook’s database of the most important well being tech funding offers over the previous 5 years. The traders signify a spread of organizations, from giant, basic objective VC corporations like Andreessen Horowitz, to specialised, well being tech-focused boutiques like Arch Enterprise Companions and Oak HC/FT.

Learn on to satisfy the VC traders with their fingers on the heartbeat of the well being tech business.

Hemant Taneja, Basic Catalyst

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Age: 47

Dwelling base: Bay Space, California

Large offers: Livingo; Commure, Ro Well being

To say that Taneja is the VC who wrote the e-book on well being tech is not any exaggeration — he’s co-authored three books about his imaginative and prescient for healthcare as accessible, proactive, and inexpensive. Because the strategist behind a few of Basic Catalyst’s most profitable investments up to now, Taneja has put his healthcare philosophy to work. His early guess on Livongo, a digital well being startup, was the largest exit in well being tech in historical past after the corporate was acquired by Teledoc for $18.5 billion in 2020.

Taneja describes Livongo’s success as a “catalyzing occasion” within the business. “There’s many founders and entrepreneurs that bought impressed to construct corporations that observe Livongo’s mannequin.” He’s additionally an investor in Commure, Ro, and Transcarent. Taneja lately turned the CEO of Basic Catalyst, a task so current it’s not listed on their web site but, however comes after he has more and more spearheaded the agency’s funding plans. “It’s an exceptional time to get into constructing corporations within the healthcare sector,” he says. “It’s a chance to form what the following era of healthcare techniques goes to seem like.”

Vijay Pande, Andreessen Horowitz

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Age: 52

Dwelling base: Menlo Park, California

Large offers: Devoted Well being (led $300 million collection B), Insitro, Freenome

When Pande joined Andreessen Horowitz in 2014 with the bespoke title “Professor in Residence,” the then 5 12 months outdated enterprise capital agency was cautious of healthcare investing. However after recognizing some startups he was enthusiastic about, Pande satisfied agency co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz to “go large into the house.” In 2015, a16z, because the agency is commonly referred to, launched its first $200 million Bio fund with Pande on the helm. The exponential development of every fund since then speaks for itself; a16z is now on its fourth — a $1.6 billion fund. Pande led the $300 million collection B funding spherical into Devoted Well being, a digital well being startup centered on Medicare beneficiaries. The 2018 funding was one of many largest up to now within the sector, and Pande credit the power of the startup’s founding group and its distinctive enterprise mannequin. Amongst Pande’s different large hits are investments in Freenome and Insitro.

Ameena El-Bibany, Artis Ventures

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Age: 31

Dwelling base: San Francisco, California

Large offers: Precision Nanosystems, Loop Genomics, Apama Medical

El-Bibany describes her function in well being tech enterprise capital as “bridging the hole between academia and business.” It’s a process she’s ideally suited to. Having centered her analysis on stem cell engineering, microbiome analysis, and DNA injury and restore as a scholar, El-Bibany bought sidetracked from her objective of pursuing a Phd when a chance arose to affix Rising Tide VC in 2014. She constructed the agency’s total well being tech and biotech follow. From there, she was hooked on investing.

Her first funding ever was in Precision Nanoystems, which was acquired by Danaher Life Sciences final 12 months. Different key investments she has made are in Loop Genomics which was acquired by Aspect Biosciences and Apama Medical, which was acquired by Boston Scientific. El-Bibany doesn’t view her wins as solely monetary successes, and cites advances in healthcare as a driving motivation. Her recommendation to startups? Begin with the issue, not the answer. “Oftentimes, we see attention-grabbing know-how that’s constructed after which groups seek for an issue to unravel it with,” she defined. “Different occasions, we see groups which have very properly characterised the issue at hand, after which construct a technological answer to repair it. I often encourage groups to do the latter,” El-Bibany says. 

Annie Lamont, OAK HC/FT

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Age: 65

Dwelling base: Connecticut

Large offers: Athenahealth, VillageMD, Devoted Well being

When Lamont bought into enterprise capital within the Nineteen Eighties, the well being tech investing area as we all know it didn’t exist. “There was nobody else that was specializing in [healthcare],” she says. “So I made that kind of my experience and follow.” As a pioneer within the sector, Lamont has set a excessive bar for many who have adopted, with greater than thirty investments in a number of the most extremely valued well being tech corporations up to now. The VC agency that Lamont began in 2014, Oak HC/FT, was the lead investor in VillageMD, which now has a $14.3 billion valuation. Lamont was additionally an early investor in Athenahealth and the largest investor on the time of Athenahealth’s IPO; the corporate bought final 12 months for $17 billion. She was additionally an early investor in Devoted Well being, Aspire Well being, which was acquired by Anthem, and OncoHealth which was acquired by Arsenal Capital Companions.

Lamont says an important consider a startup’s success is the individuals. “It’s actually in regards to the resourcefulness, relentlessness, and the expertise of the CEO after which the group,” she says. And a long time after serving to spark investor curiosity within the sector, Lamont is extra optimistic than ever: “Now we’ve got multi-generations of entrepreneurs who’ve grown up in healthcare and perceive it higher and are creating higher fashions that may have extra influence on the true prices and high quality of healthcare.”

Helmy Eltoukhy, Inexperienced Sands Fairness

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Age: 43

Dwelling base: San Francisco, California

Large offers: Synchron, Encoded

A two-time startup founder, scientist, and electrical engineer, Eltoukhy brings a wealthy breadth of expertise to his function as the top of life science investments at Inexperienced Sands Fairness. In his twenties, Eltoukhy constructed a startup that merged semiconductor know-how with DNA sequencing, promoting it a number of years later to Illumina. He finally parlayed his expertise to backing different entrepreneurs. “There was a dearth of traders within the healthcare aspect that had expertise of founding corporations from the concept stage and taking all of them the best way to an exit or IPO and into a typical of care,” he says.

He was an early investor in Synchron, an organization conducting the primary mind pc interface and Encoded, a therapeutics firm that makes use of genetic engineering. Eltoukhy says success in well being tech comes from not solely having an incredible concept, however from an concept that matches the second. “In healthcare, timing is all the pieces as a result of the timelines are so lengthy,” he defined. “Some issues that sound like nice concepts could also be too early to develop due to regulatory hurdles or know-how that’s too early to develop, so it’s essential to know the place a area is about to take off and investing on the proper time,” he says.

Robert Nelsen, ARCH Enterprise Companions

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Age: 59

Dwelling base: San Francisco, California

Large offers: Altos Labs, Resilience

With an astonishing observe document of prescient investments, and a aptitude for making large, typically controversial, pronouncements, Nelsen is a novel determine inside the world of well being tech tech. Of the greater than 150 corporations he has been concerned with, 48 have reached valuations above $1 billion. His philosophy, he instructed Geekwire in 2016, is “to guess on nice science, take dangers with danger takers, sort out large issues, and to disregard conference.”

As Managing Director and co-founder of ACH Enterprise Companions, Nelsen focuses on well being tech and pharmaceutical investments. He led the collection B, C and D funding rounds in Resilience, a biomanufacturing startup that goals to hurry up deployment of vaccines and different medicines. He was additionally an early investor in Juno Therapeutics which was acquired by Celgene and Array BioPharma which was acquired by Pfizer. In March 2022, ARCH closed a $2.5 billion fund in biotechnology investments.

Beth Seidenberg, Westlake BioPartners

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Age: 65

Dwelling base: Los Angeles, California

Large offers: Livingo, Flexus, Progeny

Seidenberg has seen healthcare from each angle— a doctor, then government, and now investor with over 40 investments in well being tech. Seidenberg appears to be like for corporations that may “see across the nook”. She was an early investor in Livongo Well being, which was acquired by Teledoc in an $18.5 billion deal. She was additionally an early investor in ARMO Biosciences, Flexus Biosciences, and True North Therapeutics. She helped incubate Progyny, one of many first fertility know-how corporations to ever go public. She believes a group’s grit is simply as essential as a standout concept: “A very powerful factor that makes or breaks these corporations finally ends up being the individuals, you may have an incredible concept and the mistaken group, and also you gained’t have an incredible end result,” she says.  

Peter Singlehurst, Baillie Gifford

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Age: 36

Dwelling base: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Large offers: Honor, Tempus, Denali Therapeutics

Singlehurst stands out on this checklist as a generalist investor, however he views that as a power, not a weak point in terms of healthcare investing. “There appears to be a basic consensus that specialist traders do well being care, and non-specialist traders can’t do all the pieces else. We don’t imagine that’s true,” he defined. As the top of personal investments at Baillie Gifford, Singlehurst’s group has led the agency’s investments in startups Tempus and Honor—a number of the greatest well being tech offers up to now. Singlehurst joined Baillie Gifford’s graduate coaching program after ending a grasp’s diploma in 20th century philosophy in 2010. On the time, the agency was solely investing in public corporations. Singlehurst helped spearhead the corporate’s efforts to begin investing in corporations at their earliest phases, a division of Baillie Gifford that has since invested about $10 billion throughout over 100 companies globally.

Krishna Yeshwant, Google Ventures

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Age: 44

Dwelling base: Boston, Massachussets

Large offers: Oscar, One Medical, Beam Therapeutics

Earlier than he was a healthcare investor and a health care provider, Yeshwant was a pc scientist. His curiosity in well being tech was piqued after he helped a bunch of surgeons construct medical software program in 2002. Like many traders who helped construct the well being tech investing area, Yeshwant noticed a chance to merge tech entrepreneurship with medical therapies. He helped discovered GV’s incubation program, which has constructed corporations corresponding to Verve Therapeutics and Flatiron Well being. “Science is breaking open to profit sufferers and we’re nonetheless on the early innings of recent advances in gene enhancing and base enhancing,” Yeshwant says. At GV, the place he co-leads its life sciences group, Yeshwant’s portfolio contains greater than fifty investments corresponding to Beam Therapeutics, Oscar well being and One Medical.

Bijan Salehizadeh, NaviMed Capital

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Age: 49

Dwelling base: Washington D.C.

Large offers: Auris, Velocity Scientific Analysis

Salehizadeh was the primary seed investor in surgical robotics firm Auris, which was bought to Johnson and Johnson in 2019 for $5.7 billion. A longtime companion at Highland Capital, he struck off on his personal a number of years in the past to discovered NaviMed Capital, which focuses on development buyouts within the well being tech house. Educated as a health care provider earlier than he pursued a profession on the enterprise aspect of healthcare, Salehizadeh has stated that he’s skeptical of tech entrepreneurs with no healthcare expertise who suppose they’ll “disrupt” the extremely regulated business. With NaviMed, he helped construct Velocity Scientific Analysis, a agency that consolidates medical trial websites, which was purchased by GHO Capital final 12 months.

Sofia Guerra, Bessemer Enterprise Companions

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Age: 31

Dwelling base: Boston, Massachusetts

Large offers: Oshi Well being, Home Rx, Turquoise Well being

Guerra instructed me that her investments are nonetheless of their early phases, however that doesn’t imply she doesn’t know how one can spot a winner. Her investments with Bessemer Enterprise Companions embrace the agency’s main funding in Home Rx’s Sequence A fundraising spherical. Earlier than becoming a member of Bessemer, Guerra was an investor at BoxGroup Ventures. She can also be the co-founder of Nucleate Bio, an entrepreneurship program that helps postdoctorate college students and PhDs convey scientific initiatives to the business market. Guerra says {that a} founder’s drive and mission captures her consideration. “I’m notably excited to satisfy founders who’ve been outsiders or underdogs and have labored extremely exhausting to show these odds round,” she explains. “We’re simply in inning three of well being tech so there’s a lot that we have to do to reverse the developments in rising healthcare prices and poor outcomes,” she added.