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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

June 3, 2021
Lux Capital closes a $675,000,000 early-stage venture fund and an $800,000,000 growth-stage fund from its existing LPs, including many of the foundations, endowments and family offices.
2000
Lux Capital Management was founded by Josh Wolfe.

Funded Companies

Associated investment funds

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

Aeva

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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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Heather Landi
September 8, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Equum Medical pulled in $20 million to build out acute care telehealth, Oprah Winfrey backs Maven Clinic's $110 million round, a startup that developed a voice vital sign to quantify depression banked $26 million and other funding news in August.
Reuters
August 26, 2021
The Hindu
Better technology and the need to pay higher wages to humans have produced a surge in sales of robots to big companies all across America
Connie Loizos
August 23, 2021
TechCrunch
Deena Shakir is a partner at Lux Capital, where she looks to invest in technologies that are streamlining analog industries while also improving lives and livelihoods. Among the companies she has backed, for example, are Shiru, which is leveraging computational design to create enhanced proteins to help feed the world; and AllStripes, which aggregates and [...]
Heather Landi
August 17, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Maven Clinic, a women-founded company focused on women's and family health, has reached unicorn status, a first for the sector. The $110 million series D funding round also was backed by a female investor, Deena Shakir, partner at Lux Capital, and got a boost from Orpah Winfrey as a new backer.
Connie Loizos
June 3, 2021
TechCrunch
The fundraising continues apace in the go-go world of venture capital. Today, it's Lux Capital -- known for its frontier investing -- that has closed a $675 million early-stage venture fund and an $800 million growth-stage fund from its existing LPs, including many of the foundations, endowments, and family offices that have backed the firm [...]
Chris Metinko
June 3, 2021
Crunchbase News
Lux Capital has closed a $675 million early-stage venture fund and an $800 million "opportunities" fund that will help support what the firm sees as the most promising deep tech companies
Melia Russell and April Joyner
April 25, 2021
Business Insider
For many, their year of celibacy is coming to a close. Some are turning to sexual health and wellness startups to have more enjoyable, safe sex.
AlleyWatch
December 17, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Connie Loizos
December 15, 2020
TechCrunch
Deena Shakir joined Lux Capital as a partner last year after spending seven years with Google, the last of them with GV, Google's venture unit. While Shakir seems to fit right in with the firm -- known for its wealth of PhDs and moonshot investments -- venture wasn't something she was focused on as a [...]

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