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Forty51 Ventures. (7/18/22). "Press Release: Forty51 Ventures Announces the First Close of Fund I and its First Investment". Luxembourg & Basel.

Organisations Organisation Forty51 Ventures Fund I SCSp, FIAR
  Group Forty51 Ventures (Group)
  Organisation 2 Mosanna Therapeutics AG
Products Product MOS-118 (formerly AVE0118, Mosanna Therapeutics / Aventis)
  Product 2 venture capital
Index term Index term Forty51 Ventures–SEVERAL: investment, 202207 first $43m closing of Forty51 Ventures I fund
Person Person Núnez-Garcia, Sara (Forty51 Advisors 202204– Partner + Co-Founder formerly Sofinnova Partners 201410 Associate)

FORTY51 Ventures today announced the closing of FORTY51 Ventures I, raising USD 43 Million in its first close.

FORTY51's core strategy focuses on company formation and early stage investments in Biotech with geographic emphasis on Switzerland, France and Germany. FORTY51 Ventures will lead or co-lead early rounds (Seed and Series A) of its growing portfolio which will include both academic and Pharma spin-outs.

In addition, FORTY51 Ventures announces its first investment in Mosanna Therapeutics, a newly created company that pursues the development of a small molecule developed by Sanofi S.A. (Paris, France) to address patients' needs suffering from metabolic obstructive sleep apnea.

The fund is advised by a complementary founding team of three industry veterans, Sara Núńez-García, Sascha Oliver Bucher and Tamás Schweighoffer, who bring a deep network and decades of drug development, transactions and venture expertise.

In addition, Peter van Vlasselaer, Bill Symonds, Jonathan Knowles, Hans Schikan and Darren Ji will support FORTY51 Ventures as Industry advisors who will lend deep expertise to the growing family of entrepreneurs. Alan S. Roemer will advise the fund as Strategic Partner in the US.

FORTY51 Ventures is anchored by a strong institutional investor syndicate with Stable Asset Management, as well as the Fischli Family. Seasoned Biotech entrepreneurs and private individuals also participated in the first close of the fund.

"We are incredibly excited to bring FORTY51 Ventures to life with the goal of supporting company creation and early stage Biotech in the European market, where we see unprecedented innovation yet a lack of venture builders" commented the founders.

Erik Serrano-Berntsen, Founder and CEO of Stable Asset Management mentioned "FORTY51 Ventures brings true company building to Europe's exciting Biotech scene and leverages a unique arbitrage opportunity with their reach into the US. I have not come across a truly differentiating investment strategy in Biotech coupled with such a highly complementary skillset among the founding Partners - Sara's scientific and investment expertise, Tamas's experience in bringing early programs into the clinic, and Sascha's ability in building and transacting businesses - we are extremely proud to help bring FORTY51 Ventures to its first close".

Walter Fischli, Biotech entrepreneur and investor commented "From personal experience, I know the great yet largely untapped, investment opportunity that exists in Biotech in Switzerland and its neighboring countries. It requires a very experienced team with the ability to focus on early stage companies being able to provide a clear development path for the assets – given the great prospects of FORTY51, I am very excited to become one of the anchor investors in their first fund ".

FORTY51 Ventures Fund I SCSp, FIAR is domiciled in Luxembourg. Legal and tax advice were provided by Dechert LLP (Luxembourg), Barnes & Thornburg LLP (USA) and Vischer (Switzerland).

Record changed: 2023-06-05


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