Lux Capital Management

Lux Capital Management

Lux Capital Management is a venture capital firm based in NYC and Menlo Park that invests in early-stage science and tech ventures. Lux was founded in 2000.

Lux Capital Management was founded in 2000 by Josh Wolfe, Peter Hebert and Rob Paull. It is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in Menlo Park, California and San Diego, California. It is a venture capital firm specialising in investments in seed, early stage investments, special situations, and corporate spinouts in areas of energy, life sciences, biopharmaceutical, healthcare and technology. In addition to seeking to be a first institutional investor in its portfolio companies, it also provides follow on funding for future financing rounds. Lux Capital is headquartered in New York with an additional office in Menlo Park and San Diego California.

The company seeks to invest in emerging technologies in areas of advances materials, drug delivery, therapeutics, mobile health, novel materials, energy technology, wireless, semiconductors, nanotechnology and biotechnology sectors. The firm also invests in machine learning, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, meta materials, robotics and solid-state electronics. Life science areas include augmented reality for the blind, neurostimulation, age extending blood transplants, synthetic biology for industry and Internet of things security for industrial and factory automation.

Investments

The firm invests in energy, life sciences, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology. It also invests in emerging technologies with a focus on advanced materials, drug delivery, energy technology, nanotechnology, alternative energy technologies, and biotechnology sectors. It also invests in augmented reality for the blind, neuro-stimulation and age extending blood transplants. The firm invests between $0.1 million in companies and invests up to $20 million in a startup.

Lux Capital has raised a total of $1.1 billion across 5 funds, their latest being Lux Capital Co-Investment Fund.

Announced Date
Fund Name
Money Raised

February 1, 2007

Lux Ventures II

$100 million

February 10, 2015

Lux Ventures IV

$350 million

February 13, 2013

Lux Ventures III

$245 million

February 28, 2017

Lux Ventures V

$400 million

November 30, 2017

Lux Capital Co-Investment Fund

Investments include Auris Health Inc., Noxomi Networks and Aeva and exits including Alluvium, AltspaceVR and EverSpin Technologies.

Timeline

2000

Lux Capital Management was founded by Josh Wolfe.

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

Desktop Metal is a Burlington, Massachusetts-based metal 3D printing company founded in 2015 by Ric Fulop, Jonah Myerberg, and Ely Sachs.

Co-founded by creators of the Uber Michelangelo feature store, Tecton is a San Francisco-based company which enables data scientists to build a library of features and serve them in production.

A company developing antibody-based biological medicines for kidney diseases and other chronic diseases. Visterra was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in 2018.

A synthetic biology company that designs, builds and tests genetic circuits for the purposes programming cell therapies. Their first therapeutic candidates are aimed at solid tumors and blood cancer and the company plans to move beyond oncology.

Company developing compact, solid-state, high-performance radar system

Air Map is a drone industry company improving low-altitude-airspace infrastructure to help drone operators can fly safely and legally.

A biopharmaceutical company that develops nanotherapeutic treatments for ocular diseases and other eye related conditions

Halo Neuroscience develops devices that use neurostimulation technology to target the brain to enhance performance for able and impaired users.

Benchling is a company based in San Francisco focusing on life science collaboration, both private and public, through creating cloud based software tools for digital DNA sequence editing, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and sharing research.

Company developing and licensing Neural Inferencing Semiconductor IP/Software and embedded FPGA hard IP and software for reconfigurable RTL in SOCs, MCUs and other ICs

Synthetic biology company that uses AI, DNA synthesis, and robotics to discover biological molecules.

Planet Labs is a satellite imaging company, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, which offers monitoring with daily updates. It was founded in 2010.

Statespace is an artificial Intelligence company founded in 2017 by Jay Fuller and Wayne Mackey.

An internet company building a different way to get home broadband internet. It is located in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2016.

U.S-based company providing a platform to match patients with the right healthcare personnel.

A technology company utilizing artificial intelligence for image searches that can in turn be used in mobile applications. It is located in New York City, New York and was founded in 2013.

Mythic is a U.S-based artificial intelligence hardware and software company.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
400,000,000
400,000,000
March 1, 2017
2,000,000
2,000,000
August 12, 2019
11,300,000
11,300,000
February 22, 2013
498,000,000
498,000,000
August 12, 2019
200,000,000
November 3, 2011
350,000,000
February 10, 2015
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Adam Goulburn

Partner

Adam Kalish

General Partner

Adam Siegel

Employee

Alex Nguyen

Senior Analyst

Bibi Masara

Office Manager

Bilal Zuberi

Partner

Brandon Reeves

Principal

Catie Young

Executive Assistant

Chuck Eesley

Employee

Debbie Elsen

Executive Assistant

Jeff Kindler

Venture Partner

Jeff Weinstein

Employee

Josh Wolfe

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Maria Falcone

Executive Assistant

Paolo Messina, PhD, MBA

Employee

Peter Hébert

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

R. James Woolsey

Venture Partner

Renata Quintini

Partner

Richard Foster

Venture Partner

Rob Paull

Employee

Robert Paull

Co-Founder and Venture Partner

Sam Arbesman

Scientist in Residence

Segolene Scarborough

Chief Financial Officer

Shahin Farshchi

Partner

Steven Brody

Chief Operating Officer

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Aira.io

Alluvium

Arraiy

Au

Avail

Blockstack

Bright Machines

Cala Health

Cape Analytics

Cerulean

Citizen

Clarifai

Cloud Medx

Common Networks

Computable

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