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The investment will help strengthen biotech spin-offs from the United Kingdom’s leading research-intensive universities
Imperial Innovations Group announced that it has secured a new load of £50 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support investment in the UK biotech and life-science sector. The EIB’s funding will be used to help turn innovative research ideas into commercial success.
Imperial Innovations works with Europe’s top four research-intensive universities in Imperial College, Oxford, Cambridge, and UCL to identify exciting university research at an early stage and develop it to build substantial, high quality, well-funded, and well-managed businesses. The new loan will be used to support equity investment in life science spin-off companies and follows the successful investment of a £30 million EIB loan agreed two years ago.
“Since securing the first EIB facility in July 2013, the support of the EIB has allowed Innovations to invest more than £62m in early-stage life sciences companies, across twenty three companies, which includes the addition of seven new companies to our portfolio. The original plan was to commit this expenditure over a five-year period, but we have been able to execute the plan in only two by virtue of the increasing maturity of our portfolio and the rich opportunities derived from our extensive network of academics, entrepreneurs, management teams, and co-investors within the “Golden Triangle” of London, Oxford, and Cambridge. To secure a second facility from the EIB is a clear endorsement of the quality, maturity, and breadth of our portfolio, as well as our expertise in investing and developing both early stage and developing businesses,” said Russ Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, Imperial Innovations, in a press statement.
“Investment in knowledge-driven and highly skilled sectors is crucial to strengthen Europe’s long-term global competitiveness. The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting investment that harnesses research to create skilled jobs and commercial success. Imperial Innovations has set a benchmark for transforming cutting-edge research into some of the UK’s most exciting early-stage biotech and medtech companies. The European Investment Bank is pleased to again support Imperial Innovations in helping new companies emerge from the world-class research emanating from the UK’s life science sector. I am confident that this new loan will allow the Group to increase its engagement and ultimately accelerate the translation of outstanding research into new and better treatments and techniques for patients.” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President.
This additional funding from the EIB will enable Imperial Innovations to increase the rate and scale of its investment in both existing and new portfolio companies, in particular in the therapeutics and medtech sectors.