Avalon BioVentures to invest in early-stage biotech

December 6, 2022 - 2 minutes
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L.P., a venture capital firm dedicated to early-stage biomedical innovation, has closed its first venture fund, ABV1, with $135 million in funding from new and existing institutional investors. 

Avalon BioVentures emerged from Avalon Ventures’ shared life-science/high-tech investing funds as a life-science only fund and will continue to leverage Avalon’s team and company accelerator to create, fund, and lead companies developing breakthrough therapies to improve health.

“Avalon BioVentures builds on nearly four decades of success and experience at Avalon in identifying scientific breakthroughs and translating them into innovative medical products,” said Jay Lichter, managing partner, Avalon BioVentures. 

“Our investors saw the outstanding value we created in our therapeutics companies through our industry-defining Accelerator and enthusiastically committed capital to ABV1, our first fund dedicated solely to biotech investments. We look forward to continuing to expand our deep network across the ecosystem, from entrepreneurial scientists and research institutions to industry partners, and combine the best science and leading expertise to advance new treatments that help patients.”

Avalon raised approximately $750 million through 11 funds and deployed the life science allocations in more than 50 biotech and health tech companies. Portfolio companies have advanced drug candidates across a broad range of disease indications including cancer, celiac disease, infectious disease, metabolic disease, neurodegeneration, and rare diseases. 

With ABV1, Avalon BioVentures will continue Avalon’s tradition of identifying early-stage innovations and the most exciting scientific research. Avalon BioVentures creates companies and places them within its accelerator, an existing, fully operationalized, R&D infrastructure to expedite innovative therapeutic approaches in areas of unmet clinical need.

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“The team at Avalon BioVentures learned the Avalon method over decades of experience as founders and entrepreneurs in Avalon portfolio companies. They bring significant knowledge in drug discovery, clinical development, company formation, and operations that is critical to translating a scientific discovery into a novel therapeutic,” said Kevin Kinsella, founder of Avalon Ventures and Emeritus partner at Avalon BioVentures. 

Avalon’s history includes founding investments in companies such as: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Amira Pharmaceuticals, and Neurocrine Biosciences. More recently, companies founded and led by the managing partners of Avalon BioVentures include Sitari Pharmaceuticals (acquired by GSK), Calporta (acquired by Merck), Synthorx (acquired by Sanofi), Janux Therapeutics (IPO in 2021), and PDI Therapeutics (acquired by Cullinan Oncology).

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