When the Biggest Tech Investors Go Wild for Biotech

09/02/2016 - 5 minutes

Biotech is catching new investors’ interest. Just in 2015, Google Ventures, the accelerator Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz (one of the most successful early-stage investment funds in the Valley) and Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal) showed their interest in Biotech. Why? And why now?

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Andreessen Horowitz is the investment fund created by Marc Andreessen (founder of Netscape) and Ben Horowitz (previous entrepreneur). They are both billionaires and their fund has invested in many (famous) internet successes. Then in November, they announced the opening of a $200M Biotech fund

Peter Thiel, on the other hand, is one of the most successful investors worldwide (he even got his character in the TV-show Silicone Valley). He founded Paypal and was the first investor in Facebook. He now continues to invest (Palantir, SpaceX etc.) and to run crazy projects (grants to college drop-outs to make them start a business).

His investment firm Founders Fund in San Francisco has a special section dedicated to Biotech/Life Sciences.

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