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Hadean Ventures announces oversubscribed final close of Hadean Capital II – a fund dedicated to investments in life science start-ups across Europe

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  • Hadean Capital II closes at EUR 144m, substantially over target of EUR 125m, bringing the total committed capital of Hadean Ventures’ two funds to approx. EUR 230m
  • Strong support from existing investors as well as a number of new investors including EIF, KfW Capital and Tesi
  • Launched in September 2021, Hadean Capital II has so far invested in six companies
  • First portfolio company exit was achieved in 2023, exceeding expectations

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Hadean Ventures announced today the final close of Hadean Capital II at EUR 144m, substantially above target of EUR 125m. The fund will invest in life science start-up companies across Europe with an emphasis on the Nordics and German-speaking countries. The strategy includes pharma, biotech, medtech, diagnostics and digital health. Hadean Capital II was launched in September 2021 and has so far invested in six companies including Alex Therapeutics, Arthex Biotech, Complement Therapeutics, Emergence Therapeutics, Ribbon Biolabs and TargED. The first exit was already successfully achieved with the acquisition of Emergence Therapeutics by Eli Lilly.

Ingrid Teigland Akay, Managing Partner commented, “We are extremely pleased to announce this very successful fundraising in a challenging environment, substantially exceeding our fundraising target. We would like to thank existing and new investors for their trust in our team and strategy, and we look forward to working with start-ups developing break-through medical solutions for tomorrow and beyond.”

Walter Stockinger, Managing Partner, added, “With the new fund we are in an excellent position to leverage on the huge potential that we see in the European life science ecosystem. We are building on our successful strategy for Hadean Capital I, investing in start-up companies in different stages of development and across modalities and indications.”

Key investors in Hadean Capital II shared their comments:

“Saminvest is very excited to be one of the founding investors of Hadean Ventures. We firmly believe that the experienced Hadean Ventures team is well positioned to take advantage of the investment opportunities in companies that solve tomorrow’s health challenges. It enables the access to venture capital and ownership experience for companies in early stages and strengthens the vibrant life science ecosystem in the Nordics,” said Magnus Skåninger CEO at Saminvest.

“Hadean Ventures has exceeded our expectations as our first investment under Investinor’s new fund in funds mandate. We are thrilled to be part of the closing of Hadean Capital II, contributing to the growth of the Norwegian and European life science ecosystem. The oversubscription of the fund demonstrates the confidence in Hadean Ventures’ investment strategy and their ability to nurture promising start-ups. Together, we aim to drive groundbreaking medical advancements and make a lasting impact in life sciences. We look forward to collaborating with Hadean Ventures and fellow investors to support innovative solutions shaping the future of healthcare,” said Johan Bøe Bjørkevoll, Investment Director -Investinor.

“We are pleased to be a new investor in Hadean Capital II. With Finland as part of Hadean’ core geographical focus, the Finnish life science operators now have a chance to tap into Hadean Ventures’ international expertise,” elaborated Tapio Passinen on the reasons for Tesi’s investment commitment.

About Hadean Ventures

Hadean Ventures is a leading European life science fund manager with approx. EUR 230m assets under management. The funds are backed by leading private and institutional European and US-based investors. Hadean Ventures invests in life science companies developing breakthrough innovative solutions for unmet medical need. Hadean Ventures has offices in Oslo and Stockholm and collaborates with world-class academic institutions and start-up hubs across the region.

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+47 905 94 882

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions

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SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect

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-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website

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LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.

 

With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

Please contact: press@aptoide.com 

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