MUNICH and NEW YORK, November 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
First investment by Bristol-Myers Squibb in a European healthcare fund
LSP (Life Sciences Partners), the specialist healthcare investment firm, has announced today a strategic collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in which the companies will work closely together in identifying European breakthrough technologies and products in immuno-oncology and other areas of unmet medical need. The collaboration is underpinned by a significant investment by Bristol-Myers Squibb in LSP 5, the latest LSP fund. This is the first investment by Bristol-Myers Squibb in a European healthcare fund. A representative of Bristol-Myers Squibb will be joining the LSP 5 Advisory Board.
Immuno-oncology has been one of the most dynamic areas in biotechnology for a few years, and Bristol-Myers Squibb is widely acknowledged to be one of the leaders in this innovative field. The company is also pursuing potential treatment options in other areas of significant unmet need, including cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure and thrombosis, certain genetically defined diseases, fibrosis and immunoscience.
Dr. Joachim (JR) Rothe, General Partner at LSP, commented: "LSP is committed to seeking, nurturing and growing healthcare investment opportunities which have the potential to have a positive impact on society. We are very proud to be chosen by Bristol-Myers Squibb as a partner for investing in European innovation, which is validation of LSP´s influential role as a long-standing specialist European life science investor. We are excited to be working with Bristol-Myers Squibb and welcome Dr. Donnie McGrath, Vice President of Business Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb, to the LSP 5 Advisory Board. We have no doubt this will be a highly productive and complementary collaboration to promote innovation in European life sciences."
Paul Biondi, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb, commented: "Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to working closely with the venture community to identify and invest in innovative science that has the potential to bring forward transformational medicines to patients with unmet need."
LSP (Life Sciences Partners) is a leading independent European investment firm, providing financing for private and public life-science companies. Since the late 1980s, LSP's management has invested in a large number of highly innovative enterprises, many of which have grown to become leaders of the global life-science industry. With over Eur 1 billion of investment capital raised to date and offices in Amsterdam, Munich and Boston, LSP is one of Europe's largest and most experienced specialist life-science investors. For more information, please visit http://www.lspvc.com.
Dr. Joachim Rothe
Phone: +49 (0) 89 330 6660
Dr. Rene Kuijten
Phone: +31 (0) 20 664 55 00
Supriya Mathur, Eva Haas, Alexia Faure
Phone: +44 (0) 203 440 5813
SOURCE Life Sciences Partners