Illumina Ventures closes USD325m fund

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Illumina Ventures, an independently-managed, healthcare-focused venture firm, has closed its second investment fund with total commitments of USD325 million, bringing its total capital under management to USD560 million. 

The latest fund is anchored by Illumina, Inc (Nasdaq: ILMN), with the majority of the total committed capital from other strategic and financial investors, including the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The fund will support early-stage companies that are pioneering breakthroughs in life science tools, clinical diagnostics, therapeutics platforms, digital health, and other applications of genomics.

"Genomics and precision medicine are revolutionising the healthcare industry," says Nick Naclerio, Illumina Ventures' Founding Partner. "This larger fund enables us to pursue more ambitious projects in the US and Europe while building upon the strategies and core values that have been successful in the past."

Since its launch in 2016, Illumina Ventures has made investments in 25 companies, including Actym Therapeutics, Alamar Biosciences, Biota Technology, Cernostics, Cradle Genomics, Delfi Diagnostics, DNA Script, Encoded Therapeutics, Genome Medical, Kallyope, LetsGetChecked, Luna DNA, NanoCellect, Pattern Bioscience, Rebus Biosystems, Ribometrix, Serimmune, SQZ Biotech (NYSE: SQZ), Stilla Technologies, Twist Bioscience (Nasdaq: TWST) and Walking Fish Therapeutics.

"Our investment in Illumina Ventures furthers our objective of supporting innovation in the genomics ecosystem," says Francis DeSouza, CEO of Illumina. "It's been a great partnership, and we look forward to seeing what comes from Fund II."

Paul Saunders, Senior Investment Director at the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), says: "We are delighted to be supporting Illumina Ventures' second fund. ISIF's commitment to venture capital platforms provides valuable support for emerging life sciences companies with high growth potential, and Illumina Ventures' unique approach and perspective adds significant value to the Irish market."

"Illumina Ventures well understands the promise of synthetic biology and enzymatic DNA synthesis technology to advance applications across life sciences and biology, including drug discovery and development, precision medicine, and DNA data storage," says Thomas Ybert, CEO and co-founder of DNA Script, an Illumina Ventures portfolio company. "Our team has made incredible progress since Illumina Ventures led our Series A funding round in 2017, and we're grateful for their ongoing support and guidance."

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