14 May 2018 – China About to Finalise $47bn Semiconductor and Chip Investment Fund

Deals

Online medical booking and healthcare services portal WeDoctor has raised $500m at a $5.5bn valuation, securing the cash in a round co-led by insurer AIA, which is now the company’s life and health insurance partner, and conglomerate NWS Holdings.

Commission-free online trading platform Robinhood is on a tear, having raised $363m in a series D round that more than quadrupled its valuation to $5.6bn in just over a year, during which it added options and cryptocurrency trading features.

Hybrid cloud software provider Mesosphere has raised $125m in a series D round co-led by Koch Industries subsidiary Koch Disruptive Technologies that also featured Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the Qatar Investment Authority.

Moderna Therapeutics first formed a strategic collaboration agreement with Merck & Co two years ago, and now the RNA therapeutics developer has received $125m from Merck as part of a deal to enhance that agreement.

Intel Capital’s annual Global Summit has revealed its latest batch of portfolio companies, which received a total of $72m from the corporate, which was spread across 12 companies.

On GUV, Escient Pharmaceuticals, a US-based biotechnology spinout from Johns Hopkins University, launched last week with a $40m series A round backed by spinout-focused investment firm Osage University Partners.

Funds

Logistics firm GLP has set up a $1.6bn investment fund that will target technology-focused companies in the logistics sector.

China is about to finalise a $47bn investment fund focusing on semiconductor research and chip development.

US-based life sciences investment firm Foresite Capital has closed a $668m fund that included several unnamed university endowments among the limited partners.

On GUV, Yale University received a $15m grant from philanthropic organisation Blavatnik Family Foundation yesterday to expand the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation to $25m.

Exits

Walmart has confirmed its $16bn purchase of a 77% stake in India-based e-commerce company Flipkart, in what is the biggest M&A exit of a VC-backed company since Facebook’s $19bn purchase of WhatsApp in 2014.

Recruit has agreed to acquire employment listings and employee review platform Glassdoor for $1.2bn in cash, enabling Alphabet’s CapitalG to exit.

Huya, livestreaming platform YY’s game-themed spinoff, secured $180m on Friday in a US IPO in which it floated at the top of its range.

Meili, the Chinese fashion e-commerce platform formed by the merger of Meilishuo and Mogujie, has hired underwriters for an initial public offering in the US that is expected to raise about $500m.

Indian renewable power producer ReNew Power, which counts Japan-based utilities Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric as well as a subsidiary of sovereign wealth fund Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as backers, has filed for an IPO in its home country that it expects will raise up to $386m.

Mobile POS technology producer iZettle announced plans to go public in its home country of Sweden, in an IPO slated to raise approximately $226m.

On GUV, Benevir Biopharm, a US-based immunotherapy developer based on research at New York University (NYU), is set to be acquired by biotechnology firm Janssen Biotech for up to $1.04bn.

Autolus, a UK-based cancer-focused biopharmaceutical spinout from University College London (UCL), filed for a $100m initial public offering on Nasdaq.

And one exit that has collapsed is StretchSense, a New Zealand-based wearable sensor manufacturer spun out from University of Auckland, which has had to let go 140 staff after e-commerce firm StartToday terminated an acquisition deal.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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21 March 2016 – Intel Capital, Qualcomm, Spoonrocket, Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Hutchison China MediTech, GenomeDx, LendInvest, DouyuTV, Cainiao and more

Exits

Intel Capital is reportedly looking to sell up to $1bn worth of its venture assets.

Qualcomm meanwhile looks to have scored a major exit after General Motors agreed to buy driverless vehicle technology developer Cruise Automation in a deal reportedly sized north of $1bn. Cruise, which was founded in 2013, had disclosed only $18m in debt and equity financing.

Just days after announcing it was shutting down, VC-backed SpoonRocket has been acquired by iFood, a delivery service in Latin America that has raised more than $60m from Brazil-based Movile Internet and Warehouse Investimentos, among others.

Corvus Pharmaceuticals, an oncology therapy developer backed by Roche and Novo, filed for a $115m IPO in January but has subsequently set a range between $70m and $80m. It had raised $108m in venture capital over the past two years.

Hutchison China MediTech (Chi-Med), a China-based healthcare group backed by conglomerate Mitsui, raised $101.3m when it floated on Nasdaq yesterday.

Investments

GenomeDx released a prostate cancer testing product last week and has followed it with $25.4m in series C funding, according to an SEC filing. The funding represents the first to be publicly disclosed – in terms of size anyway – for the company, which is backed by investors including Merck’s Global Health Innovation fund.

Having received £22m from Beijing Kunlun in June last year, LendInvest raised £17m from VC firm Atomico, bringing its total debt and equity financing to more than £200m.

DouyuTV, a streaming service focused on the livestreaming of video games, has raised $100m in a series B round led by Tencent, which reportedly provided more than $60m.

Alibaba’s financial services affiliate Ant Financial is said to be raising money at a $60bn valuation but its logistics spinout Cainiao isn’t doing too badly either, having raised a reported $1.54bn in a round that values it at $7.7bn.

Diversified conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to invest RMB1.2bn ($185m) in online sports streaming platform Le Sports as part of a series B round that could reach $1.08bn, according to a regulatory filing.

Ring, a US-based smart doorbell developer backed by insurance provider American Family Insurance and home builder JF Shea, has raised $61.2m in a series C round featuring Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

University College London cancer treatment spinout Autolus licences additional technology from the university as it raises $57m in its series B round.

Biotechnology startup Aprea, a spinout of Karolinska Institute that is backed by a range of public investors, has raised the biggest round for a Sweden-based life sciences company in a decade.

People

QB3, University of California’s research institute and life science accelerator, loses its associate director as Douglas Crawford steps down.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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