Forbion, a European life sciences venture capital firm, has held the final close of the Forbion Growth Opportunities Fund I (Forbion Growth I) at its hard cap amount of EUR360 million (USD428 million).
Forbion Growth I is focused on investing in late-stage European life sciences companies.
Pantheon, Eli Lilly and Company, Horizon Therapeutics, the Belgian Growth Fund, New Waves Investments, Wealth Management Partners, KfW Capital and the European Investment Fund (EIF) are part of a strong base of institutional LPs that supported the fund. Forbion Growth I concentrates on later-stage investments, particularly in European biotech companies that develop novel therapies for areas of high medical need.
The fund targets this market segment using three distinct strategies that provide: private growth capital for clinical stage development assets, cross-over capital to companies aiming to pursue a public listing in the near-term, as well as capital injections that support existing under-valued public companies. In all cases, Forbion Growth I aims to take leading positions with an investment size of up to EUR 35 million per deal.
In executing its strategy, Forbion Growth I is working closely with its Advisory Group, consisting of CEOs from Europe’s leading BioPharma companies, comprising Jan van de Winkel (CEO Genmab), Tim van Hauwermeiren (CEO ArgenX), Werner Lanthaler (CEO Evotec), Onno van de Stolpe (CEO Galapagos), and Maarten de Jong, a leading Life Sciences banker with Moelis & Co.
Forbion Growth I will aim to build a portfolio of 10-12 investments in the most promising European late-stage life sciences companies. Thus far, the Fund has already made three investments: SynOx Therapeutics (Ireland), New Amsterdam Pharma (Netherlands), and Gyroscope Therapeutics (UK).
Sander Slootweg, Managing Partner and co-founder of Forbion, says: “We were very pleased to see Forbion Growth I reach its final close at the hard cap amount, well exceeding our original target size of EUR 250 million. Since launching the fund, it has become even clearer that this European market segment of late-stage life sciences companies with de-risked assets is rapidly maturing, but remains under-served. Forbion Growth I and its specialized team positions us well to enable the most innovative of these companies to bring new, impactful treatments and therapies to market.”
Dirk Kersten, General Partner of Forbion Growth I, says: “The successful close of Forbion Growth I allows us to become a preferred partner for the most promising European biotech companies and ambitious management teams, and be an anchor investor in the final private financing round before an M&A or IPO exit. We are looking to expand our current portfolio of three investments with new opportunities that can deliver meaningful benefits to patients whilst providing strong financial returns. To be optimally positioned to execute this strategy, we will be further expanding our team of key investment professionals with new hires expected to join by mid-2021.”