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Index Ventures Closes Euro 350 Million Early Stage Fund
Date:3/2/2009

Ben Holmes Named Partner

LONDON, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Index Ventures today announced the closing of a euro 350 million early stage fund, Index Ventures V. The fund is dedicated to early stage and seed investments in the technology, biotechnology and clean technology sectors across Europe, the United States and Israel. It is the fifth early stage fund Index has raised in the past ten years and reinforces the firm's commitment to investing in innovative and disruptive companies, from the very earliest stages. The fund was raised almost entirely from the firm's existing base of limited partners.

"Over the past twelve years, we have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world who have started game-changing companies such as Betfair, Skype, MySQL and GenMab," said partner Bernard Dalle. "There are certainly challenges facing many industries right now but, thanks to the ongoing commitment of our limited partners, we can continue to focus on our core strength, that of finding and supporting ambitious, dedicated entrepreneurs."

Operating from offices in Geneva, London and Jersey, Index invests in companies across multiple geographies. Investments made during the last twelve months include: Criteo (France), DimDim (India), Lehigh Technologies (US), MyHeritage (Israel), NormOxys (France), OpTier (Israel), Playfish (UK), RightScale (US), and WooMe (UK/US).

Francesco De Rubertis, Index partner, added, "On the biotech side, Index is focused on finding the best companies with the strongest pipelines. We are equally interested in very early stage ventures and more mature companies with established proof-of-concept. In terms of therapeutic areas, our priorities are oncology, CNS, immunology and inflammation. We continue to see tremendous innovation and development within these areas, driven in part by the ever growing pharmaceutical pipeline de
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