|PLSG Seed and Pre-Seed Investment Programs to Boost|
PA Early Stage to Manage Up To $20 Million in Capital for Seed
Pittsburgh, November 13, 2003 – The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) announced today it is moving forward with two programs aimed at stimulating investment in early stage life science companies in the following categories: drug discovery tools and targets; medical devices and diagnostics; therapeutics strategies for neurological and psychiatric disorders; and tissue and organ engineering and regenerative medicine. The first program will be focused on providing pre-seed capital to companies in the earliest stages of development, and the other centered on providing seed and early stage funding for emerging companies that are ready to take their growth to the next level.
The PLSG has completed an agreement with PA Early Stage to manage the PLSG’s initial contribution of $15 million in funding for investment into Pittsburgh seed and early stage life sciences companies. PA Early Stage, a family of venture funds that makes investments in emerging companies, will be responsible for identifying and managing life sciences investments. As part of the agreement, PA Early Stage will co-invest up to $5 million with the PLSG, creating a pool of $20 million dedicated to life sciences investment in the region. The agreement also calls for PA Early Stage to open a Pittsburgh office staffed with a full-time principal.
Separately, the PLSG has approved a recapitalization of its affiliate, the Pittsburgh Biomedical Development Corporation (PBDC), to allow for pre-seed investments of up to $100,000 in individual start-ups and early stage companies. The PBDC became affiliated with the PLSG in June 2003 and is now in a position to begin making its first investments since June 1999.
“These pre-seed, seed and early stage funding programs enable the PLSG to have a direct impact on the growth of the life sciences sector in the Pittsburgh region,” said Donald F. Smith, Jr., Ph.D., interim Chief Executive Officer of the PLSG. “These funding components are two of the most exciting programs we have initiated at the PLSG, giving the organization the opportunity to make investments as well as promote the region and nurture our life sciences companies.”
Under the direction of Managing Director Paul Schmitt, PA Early Stage will seek out, evaluate and recommend seed and early stage investment candidates.
“We are excited to expand our seed and early stage venture investment franchise to Pittsburgh,” said Schmitt. “The combination of world class universities, medical centers and life sciences research expertise should yield a prolific number of venture opportunities in the region.”
Candidates for the seed and early stage funding should visit the PA Early Stage web site at http://www.paearlystage.com/ for more information.
Candidates for pre-seed funding should visit the PLSG’s web site http://www.plsg.com/ to obtain an application. Applications will be reviewed by the PLSG, its advisory committee and an investment sub-committee before making final investment decisions.
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