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Scottish Life Sciences Gains Investment Boost from Strategic Partnership

David Paul

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Eos Advisory

Co-investors Eos Advisory and Kineticos aim to put over £10m into early-stage Scottish life sciences ventures over next five years.

St Andrews-based investment firm Eos Advisory has entered into a strategic partnership with US-based Kineticos Life Sciences to co-invest in early-stage Scottish life sciences firms.

The venture partnership aims to invest more than £10 million over the next five years in oncology-focused life sciences ventures founded across the country.

Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kineticos has a biotech advisory practice and a related fund, the Kineticos Disruptor Fund, to invest in the advancement and commercialisation of clinical research.

As part of the deal, Eos will engage with Scottish Enterprise and a range of other private and public investors to leverage its co-investments.

Specifically, the partnership will seek out Scottish-based investment opportunities that address large, unmet medical needs in oncology, neurosciences and rare diseases, new approaches to gene and cell therapies, and precision medicine technologies.

Kevin Grainger, Founder and Chairman of Eos Advisory, said: “This strategic transatlantic partnership between Eos and Kineticos will help find and fund breakthrough ideas from Scotland’s brightest life science entrepreneurs.

“In addition to the £10m Eos and Kineticos have committed, we will leverage additional equity capital from private, institutional and public sources to maximise the impact of these nascent oncology businesses.

“This funding, along with the commercial expertise of the Eos and Kineticos teams, will accelerate high skill R&D job creation in Scotland and subsequent commercial opportunities in the US which we hope will have a significant impact on improving the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer globally.”

Shailesh Maingi, Founder and Chairman of Kineticos, said: “The Kineticos Disruptor Fund’s mission is simple: to find cures for difficult to treat cancers and rare diseases. The fund invests in cutting edge technology such as Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT), emanating from the world’s leading research scientists and universities.

“Scotland presents a unique opportunity with its rich history in life sciences innovation and entrepreneurial culture. With our partnership with the excellent Eos team, we hope to build upon the success of Scotland’s ecosystem and create a new path for collaboration between leading scientists in Scotland and the United States.”

Mark Bamforth, an investor in the Kineticos Disruptor Fund, said: “As a Scot, I am delighted to support this partnership which will help to fund and mentor Scottish companies to support their development and global growth.”

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Eos Advisory is already off to a strong start in 2021, with this partnership coming shortly after the announcement of a new hire for its leadership team.

The Scottish startup confirmed former AstraZeneca executive Chris Brinsmead CBE will strengthen its leadership team by joining the firm as a partner.

As well as this, in January Eos invested in Digital Sports Arena, which secured a publishing contract with Playstack for its latest game, GameDayLive. Grainger said he was “delighted” to support the organisation, which is Eos Advisory’s first investment as a new angel syndicate.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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