Edison Investment Research Limited
London, UK, 12 January 2021
RTW Venture Fund (RTW) - Initiation: 'One-stop shop' for biotech lifecycle investment
RTW Venture Fund (RTWVF) is managed by healthcare specialist RTW Investments (RTW), which was founded in 2009 by Dr Roderick Wong. It has an innovative approach, focusing on attractive individual assets rather than on companies, so it engages across the corporate lifecycle, from business formations through to investing in much larger listed biotech and medtech companies. RTW is focused on identifying and developing next-generation therapies to significantly improve patients' lives. Since launch, RTWVF's number of investments in private companies has accelerated and the manager is very excited by the global opportunities available.
RTWVF provides investors with broad exposure to the global biotech (c 85% of the fund) and medtech (c 15%) sectors. Since inception in late October 2019, the fund has outpaced the performance of both small- and large-cap biotech indices. Its approach of being science-based and a full lifecycle investor, including early-stage, means that the manager is constantly adding to its knowledge bank. RTWVF is prepared to build businesses around attractive assets and supports investee companies as they mature, via a range of financing options. Holdings in private companies are often maintained following their initial public offerings (IPOs) to ensure maximum value is realised, while RTWVF also invests in companies that are already public. RTW has announced it is setting up regional offices in the UK and Shanghai, which should broaden the fund's opportunity set.
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