VC  Sofinnova Ventures

     Office Locations:

1250 Prospect Street, Ocean Level - 4
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-551-4880

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  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device



    Founded in 1974, Sofinnova Ventures invests venture capital in early-stage Life Science and Information Technology startup companies. The majority of the firm's investing is in the U.S., and about a tenth of its investments are made in Europe. Within the U.S., Soffinova's IT investing is heavily focused on the San Francisco Bay Area, while its Life Science investing covers San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and several cities on the East Coast. The firm focuses on promising seed-stage and first institutional round investments, but occasionally invests in intermediate- and later-stage startup companies. Soffinova's investments in technology companies range from $5 to $15 million, with an initial investment of $3 to $5 million; and most life science investments range from $15 to $30 million overall, with an initial investment of $5 to $15 million. In 2011, the firm raised $440M for Sofinnova Venture Partners VIII. In July of 2014 the firm announced the closing of Sofinnova Venture Partners IX, L.P. at the hard cap of $500 million, and in excess of the initial fund target of $425 million. The firm has approximately $2.3B in assets under management and committed capital.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Alex Chan Accounting Manager
    Alfred Yue Vice President
    Aneal Tenjarla Associate Portfolio Manager
    David Kabakoff PhD Executive Partner
    Debbie Murray Chief People Officer


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