Discovery Park Ventures expands early-stage life science fund to £3m

Discovery Park Ventures (DPV) has announced the expansion of its early-stage life science fund from £1m to £3m to capitalise on exciting investment opportunities and support its existing portfolio.

DPV was formed in 2022 by Discovery Park to invest in promising, fast-growing life-science companies with close links to the innovation ecosystem at Discovery Park. 

The additional £2m from investors will enable the fund to take larger stakes in companies that strongly align with its strategic objectives.

The first £1m tranche of DPV is now fully invested. Recent investments include Optceutics Ltd, an ophthalmology drug development company that uses its pharmacokinetic model PK-Eye to accelerate the development of ocular formulations.

DPV is also invested in Vitarka Therapeutics, VisusNano, Booby Biome, NeobeTherapeutics, Ignota Labs and Oxford Medical Products. 

The first transactions from the second tranche of the fund have been follow-on funding rounds into two existing portfolio companies, one of which is Ignota Labs – a company focused on preventing safety failures in drug discovery with Explainable AI. New investments are also being reviewed.

Mayer Schreiber, chair of Discovery Park Ventures and CEO of Discovery Park, said: “Our portfolio of investments is making strong progress, and we are delighted by the support our investors have shown us with this second tranche of funding. 

“It is the first step in Discovery Park Ventures’ planned expansion, and we look forward to working with regional investment groups and other funds as we grow.”

DPV has plans to further expand the fund up to £25m in the next three years with a focus on companies developing novel and disruptive technologies that have strong collaborative relationships with Discovery Park.

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