Vivo Capital

Vivo Capital

Vivo Capital is a Palo Alto, California-based venture capital company.

Vivo Capital is a healthcare focused investment firm formed in 1996 with over $1 billion under management. Vivo Capital makes investments from its $375M seventh fund into private and public healthcare companies in the U.S. and greater China. Vivo Capital has offices in Palo Alto, California, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing, China.

Vivo's portfolio includes more than 80 private and public biotechnology companies in the areas of biopharmaceuticals, specialty pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Vivo Capital has made 105 investments and has raised a total of $5.4B across 8 funds.


Vivo making investments from its $1.4B Vivo Capital Fund IX into private healthcare companies, from its $635M Vivo Opportunity Fund into public healthcare companies, and from its $100M Vivo Innovation (PANDA) Fund into early-stage healthcare companies.

Vivo Capital Fund IX

Vivo Capital Fund IX and its predecessor funds are growth capital and private equity-focused investment vehicles investing in the healthcare industry. Vivo invests in companies that develop and commercialize therapeutics, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices. Their growth capital investments help portfolio companies accelerate revenue ramp or fund product development to drive value creation. Their private equity investments focus primarily on buyouts, privatizations, and spin-off opportunities. They invest in structures ranging from minority equity investments to control transactions with a primary focus on the U.S. and Greater China.

Vivo Opportunity Fund

Vivo Opportunity Fund primarily invests in the global public equities of small and mid-cap biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science companies. The fund is long only and often invests directly into companies through various financing structures, including follow-ons, secondaries, PIPEs, ATM purchases, and IPOs.

Vivo Innovation Fund

Vivo Innovation Fund (i.e., Vivo PANDA Fund) focuses on investing in venture stage companies with the potential to develop healthcare technologies or products. The fund typically invests in early stage (i.e. Series A) financing rounds.


January 6, 2021
Vivo Capital makes a majority investment in Serán Bioscience alongside Serán's founders who will continue to lead the Company.

Funded Companies

Precision BioSciences

Precision BioSciences is a biotechnology developing a gene editing platform for the creation of cell therapies, gene therapies, and agricultural products.

Harmony Biosciences is a private biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes novel treatment options.

A biotechnology company that researches and develops vaccines for humans and animals. It was founded in 2001 and is located in Beijing, China.

A clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company in Jiangsu, China that focuses on developing and commercializing oncology drugs and therapies.

A biotechnology company with a focus on pharmaceuticals that treat liver and gastrointestinal diseases. It was founded in 2014 and is located in San Diego, California.

Now known as Sierra Oncology, is a clinical stage drug development company in Vancouver that focuses on cancer and hematology treatments.

A clinical late-stage biopharmaceutical company in California that focuses on treatments of dermatologic conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and prurigo nodularis.

A clinical-stage pharmaceutical company in Colorado that focuses on treatments for refractory epilepsy.

A clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company in California that focuses developing and commercializing treatments for unmet needs in immune-mediated dermatological diseases and conditions, or immuno-dermatology.

A biotechnology company in California that focuses on developing, manufacturing and commercializing biologic therapeutics or biosimilars for oncology and inflammatory diseases.

A biotechnology company in Massachusetts that focuses on developing technology to produce donor-independent human platelets from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

A genetic medicines company in Massachusetts that focuses on patients suffering from rare genetic diseases.

Nora Therapeutics is a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics to address clinical unmet needs in reproductive medicine.

Bolt Biotherapeutics is developing its novel BoltbodyTM platform, a cancer immunotherapy that consists of Immune-Stimulating Antibody Conjugates (ISAC).

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

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals is a San Diego-based company founded in 2008 by Scott Struthers, Stephen F. Betz and Yun-Fei Zhu.

Maculogix is a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based diagnostics company focused on detection and tracking age-related macular degeneration.

IO Biotech is a Copenhagen-based company founded in 2014 by Mai-Britt Zocca, PhD, Professor Mads Hald Andersen, Anders Ljungqvist, Professor MD PhD Inge Marie Svane and Professor Per Thor Straten.

Verona Pharma is a London-based biotechnology company working to discover new drugs for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases.

Impel NeuroPharma is a Seattle-based healthcare company.

Genetron Health is a Durham, North Carolina-based medical diagnostics company developing medical devices for diagnostics.

REVOLUTION Medicines is a Redwood City, California-based company.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Date signed
Vivo Ventures VII Affiliates Fund, L.P.
January 3, 2012
June 1, 2016
December 17, 2014
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Vivo Capital
January 11, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Vivo Capital, LLC, a leading global healthcare investment firm, is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Hongbo Lu, Mr. Jack Bech...
VISEN Pharmaceuticals
January 9, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- VISEN Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company focused on developing and commercializing innovative endocrine drugs that address significant unmet...
Seran Bioscience
January 6, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Serán Bioscience today announced that healthcare investment firm Vivo Capital has made a majority investment in Serán alongside Serán's...


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