Foresite Capital

Foresite Capital

A private equity firm in California that provides catalytic capital to transformative healthcare companies at all stages

Foresite Capital is a private equity firm in California that provides catalytic capital to transformative healthcare companies at all stages. Founded 2011 in San Francisco, California, United States by Jim Tananbaum, this private equity firm invests in private equity, early stage ventures and late stage ventures. Its portfolio companies include Genapsys, Aimmune Therapeutics, Generation Bio, Element Biosciences, and Kinnate Biopharma. As of February 2020, Foresite Capital has made 66 investments. Their most recent investment was on Jan 11, 2020, when Generation Bio raised $110M. Foresite Capital has had 27 exits. Foresite Capital's most notable exits include Aimmune Therapeutics, Twist Bioscience, and Alector. The company has raised 4 funds, their latest being Foresite Capital Fund IV. This fund was announced on May 3, 2018 and raised a total of $668M. The company prefers to invest in the healthcare, therapeutics, devices, diagnostics and services sectors.

Timeline

2011

Founded

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Intellia Therapeutics

Intellia Therapeutics is a biotechnology company founded in 2014, based in Cambridge, MA that develops biopharmaceuticals using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology.

A therapeutics company founded in 2016 working in drug discovery and development using fungi. LifeMine uses genomics approaches to search for biosynthetic genes in eukaryotic microbes for the discovery of naturally inspired drugs to treat previously untreatable and significant chronic diseases.

Sage Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company founded by Douglas Covey and Steven Paul in 2010 and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts focused on the discovery and development of medicines to address central nervous system disorders.

A bioinformatics company in San Francisco building data collection methods and databases that will enable machine learning algorithms in healthcare. It was founded in 2018.

A biotechnology company offering a genomics platform supporting scientific research into life sciences such as oncology, immunology, and neuroscience.

Juvenescence is a venture capital and development company focused on developing therapies targeting aging, age-related disease and regeneration.

Relay Therapeutics is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based developer of an allosteric drug-discover platform intended to apply computational techniques to protein motion.

An independent vaccine platform in California that focuses on delivering best-in-class conjugate vaccines and complex antigen-based vaccines to prevent deadly infectious diseases.

Evonetix is a synthetic biology company that focuses on gene synthesis with the aim of producing DNA at scale.

Cue Health is a San Diego-based medical device company working to track health information at the molecular level.

ALX Oncology is a Burlingame, California-based biotechnology company working on pre-clinical stage immuno-oncology therapies.

A company focused on the discovery and development of clinical diagnostic for the immune system

Alector is a San Francisco-based biotechnology company.

Decibel Therapeutics is a Boston-based company founded in 2015 by Gabriel Corfas.

Solid Biosciences is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company.

Tarsa Therapeutics is a Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania-based company.

VenatorRx Pharmaceuticals is a Malvern, Pennsylvania-based biotechnology and pharmaceutical company working in the discovery and development of anti-infectives to treat multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections and viral infections.

ORIC Pharmaceuticals is a South San Francisco, California-based company.

Generation Bio is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company.

Tempest Therapeutics is a San Francisco-based company.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Foresite Capital Fund V, L.P.
705,000,000
November 2019
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Dorothy Margolskee

Managing Director

Brett Zbar

Managing Director

Jim Tananbaum

Founding CEO

Linda Schaffer

Director

Molly He

Venture Partner

Vikram Bajaj

Managing Director

Further reading

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Pharvaris

Element Biosciences

Genapsys

Generation Bio

HealthVerity

Inscripta, Inc

Insitro

Kinnate Biopharma

ORIC Pharmaceuticals

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
AlleyWatch
June 13, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
May 27, 2020
BioSpace
Kinnate Biopharma Appoints Nima Farzan as Chief Executive Officer - read this article along with other careers information, tips and advice on BioSpace
November 20, 2019
WebWire
GenapSys Inc. announced today that it has completed a $90 million funding round, led by Foresite Capital to commercialize the smallest and most affordable highly accurate sequencer ever developed. This latest investment round brings the company's total funding to $166 million to date. Now available for purchase, the device uses first-of-its-kind technology to deliver results at a fraction of the cost of legacy technologies, while still delivering highly-accurate results. The new capita...

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