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Dec 14, 2018
 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Spreading good Kurma

Kurma’s new pan-European fund connects biotechs, academics preseed

Declaring its last fund’s preseed partnership approach a success, Kurma Partners S.A. is expanding its model to build more new companies across Europe through its new Biofund III.

For its 2016 Biofund II, the VC sought to connect French academic groups with an industry collaborator, such as a large biotech, prior to building new companies, Kurma’s Thierry Laugel told BioCentury. The partner would then shepherd the founding team through the discovery stage (see “Kurma Chameleon”).

The firm drew up its strategy to solve what it believes to be a proximity problem...

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