Monday, March 11, 1996
Biotech in Germany
The core VCs
Atlas Venture GmbH
Originally based on the private equity activities of a Dutch banking group, Atlas officially was launched in 1986 as a private partnership. The eight general partners manage DM500 million, with a core group of institutional shareholders from the Dutch pension funds.
Atlas invested in both early stage and more mature companies until the early 1990s, when it refocused to became more like a typical U.S. venture fund, with a clear emphasis on early stage companies up to pre-IPO financings.