New fund Crista Galli Ventures is led by specialist radiologist Dr. Fiona Pathiraja
Crista Galli Ventures, a brand-new early-stage health tech fund in Europe, formally released recently. The company offers” patient capital”– with only a single LP(the Danish household workplace IPQ Capital)– and guarantees to supply portfolio companies with deep healthcare expertise and the extra runway needed to overcome regulative and effectiveness obstacles and to the next stage.
The firm has a preliminary $65 million to release and is led by specialist radiologist Dr. Fiona Pathiraja. With offices in London and Copenhagen, it runs as an “evergreen” fund, indicating it doesn’t follow traditional five-year VC fundraising cycles.
Crista Galli Ventures’ pitch is that standard venture isn’t well-suited to early-stage health tech where it can take substantially longer to discover product-market fit with healthcare specialists and systems and then end up being accredited by regional regulators.
To dig deeper into this and CGV’s investment remit more typically, I interviewed Pathiraja about what she looks for in health tech founders and start-ups. We also talked about Crista Galli LABS, which operates together with the main fund and backs founders from underrepresented backgrounds at the pre-seed phase.
TechCrunch: You describe Crista Galli Ventures (CGV) as an early-stage health tech fund that uses client capital and backs companies in Europe. In particular, you mention deep tech, digital health and customised health care. Can you elaborate a bit more on the fund’s remit and what you search for in founders and startups at such an early phase?
Dr. Fiona Pathiraja: We like creators with bold ideas and global ambitions. We search for mission-driven founders who think their companies can make a real and favorable influence on the lives of people and clients the world over.
We will search for creators who deeply understand the issue they are attempting to tackle from all angles– specifically the client’s point of view, however likewise that of the clinician and pertinent regulators– and we wish to see that they are developing their services to solve this. This means they will make an effort to comprehend the complex and nuanced health care landscape and all the stakeholders in it.
In terms of creator attributes, in my viewpoint, the very best founders will be objective driven, able to tell an engaging story, and motivate others to join them. Grit and durability are numerous and important of our portfolio companies were established around 6-8 years ago and they are doggedly continuing to develop.
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