Luminous Ventures

Luminous Ventures

Luminous Ventures is a London-based VC fund investing in Deep Tech with a focus on the application of artificial intelligence (AI), VR, AR, edge computing, robotics, quantum technologies and synthetic biology to healthcare, life science, nutrition, food and agriculture at Seed and Series A in Europe and North America

Luminous Ventures is a London-based venture capital fund investing in Deep Technology at Seed and Series A stages in Europe and North America. Luminous looks to invest in founders whose technology and ambition they believe in.

In particular, Luminous invests at the intersection of deep technology and human health. They believe the best returns will be delivered from the application of artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, augmented reality, edge computing, robotics, quantum technologies and synthetic biology to healthcare, life science, nutrition, food and agriculture.

Luminous works with founders and there are examples where Luminous’ involvement has helped the founders on their journey. Isabel Fox, founder of Luminous, offers her experience and network to help founders across go-to-market strategy, commercial partners, public relations and hiring. Lomax Ward, her co-founder, uses his experience in later stage growth capital investing and legal background to add value to the founders as they scale operations, including help with regulation and commercial contracting.

Investment

Luminous has invested in 20 companies, with many emerging from top university ecosystems such as Oxford, Imperial and University College London. Companies include Synthace, developing a revolutionary new operating system for laboratories; Hadean, building a new high-performance operating system for the cloud; Optellum, developing an AI-based diagnostic for lung cancer; Vital Biosciences, designing a new generation of tools to empower individuals in monitoring their health and managing disease; Ellipsis Health, a new AI-based diagnostic for mental health; Universal Quantum, building a universal quantum computer, Phenomic AI, leveraging deep learning and co-culture cell models to discover new cancer drugs; Climax Foods, using data science to transform plants into foods that we love. Luminous Ventures spun out of White Cloud Capital in 2018.

Luminous shares boards and has co-invested alongside leading investors such as Khosla Ventures, Draper Esprit, Iconiq, Hoxton Ventures, Speedinvest, Inovia, Horizons Ventures, Sofinnova, CTI Life Sciences, OSI and IQ Capital.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Synthace

Synthace is a software company based out of London, UK building automation software that gives biologists the ability to control and analyze the performance of lab hardware.

Company developing distributed hyper-scale cloud operating system and distributed simulation engine

BioBeats is an artificial Intelligence company founded by David Plans, Nadeem Kassam and Davide Morelli.

An artificial Intelligence company with a platform that acts as a search engine and holds summaries of scientific research papers. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2013.

An artificial intelligence company that has created software to combat astroturfing, harmful social media manipulation campaigns. It was founded in 2018 and has offices in London, England and San Francisco, California.

Developer of VR powered cognitive treatments intended to deliver psychological treatments.

Optellum is a medical diagnostics company founded by Vaclav Potesil, Timor Kadir, Jerome Declerck, Sir Mike Brady FRS FREng FMedSci and Lyndsey Pickup.

Climax Foods is a company that manufactures plant-based foods, and specifically cheeses

Beyond is a comparison online marketplace for funeral services. The platform was previously called FuneralBooker, and currently consists of independent funeral services working through the platform. The company is headquartered in London, UK.

Building a universal quantum computer

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alasdair Thong

Venture Partner

Csaba Konkoly

Venture Partner

Isabel Fox

Founding Partner

James Joll

Chairman

John Spindler

Venture Partner

Lomax Ward

Founding Partner

Miao He

Associate

Peter Crane

Venture Partner

Further reading

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Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Ali Tehrani

London

Disinformation detection/Machine Learning

BioBeats

David Plans

London

AI/Wellness

Allan Ponniah

London

Facial Recognition/Machine Learning

Craig Beddis

London

Cloud/Performance-Computing

Tim Fell

London

Automation/Life-Sciences

References

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