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Karolinska Development and EIF Start Landmark Co-Investment Fund for Life Science Innovation

STOCKHOLM, November 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Karolinska Development AB today announced that the European Investment Fund (EIF) has entered into a co-investment agreement with the company. The co-investment fund will be managed by Karolinska Development and used to invest in the company's portfolio of early-stage pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. EIF has agreed to invest 26.7 M Euros in the co-investment fund. The agreement represents EIF's largest single investment in the Nordic region to date.

The agreement was concluded after EIF - the EU body for investment in small and medium-sized enterprises -carried out a thorough due diligence of Karolinska Development's strategy, competences and processes. Investments will be made over a four year period and the fund will be used alongside Karolinska Development's own investments in new projects, as well as for follow on investments in portfolio companies in the latter stages of clinical development.

EIF's Chief Executive, Richard Pelly summarised, "Not only is this a landmark transaction representing the largest single investment ever made by EIF into a Swedish fund, but it also demonstrates EIF's firm commitment to support Technology Transfer initiatives across Europe where a funding gap for innovative SMEs has been identified. This investment will help innovations from research organisations to reach the marketplace more quickly and will hopefully allow spin-out companies to reach their full potential working in conjunction with the Karolinska Development team."

Since 2003, Karolinska Development has built up a portfolio of 45 companies, making it one of the largest portfolios of life science companies in Europe. The company forms a key part of Karolinska Institutet's Innovation System, giving it access to world-class life science innovations from Karolinska Institutet as well as many other leading universities throughout the Nordic region.

Conny Bogentoft, CEO of Karolinska Development, said, "We are delighted to be able to establish this new co-investment fund with EIF. The fact that such an important EU body has agreed to make an investment of this magnitude is an enormous vote of confidence in ourbusiness model and the strength of our portfolio. This fund, together with the new share issue, due to take place before the end of the year, will put Karolinska Development in excellent financial shape for the important opportunities ahead. We are now working hard to ensure successful commercial exits for several of our more mature projects."

About Karolinska Development

Karolinska Development manages one of the largest portfolios of life science companies in Europe. Using a unique, highly cost efficient business model, the management team guides the commercialization of world-class life science innovations, helping to shape the next-generation pharma industry. Since 2003, Karolinska Development has built a portfolio of some 40 companies; among the company's projects 12 compounds are undergoing clinical trials. The portfolio also includes a total of 19 potential first in class products.

About The European Investment Fund

The European Investment Fund is the European body specialised in small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) risk financing. The EIF is part of the European Investment Bank (EIB) group and has a unique combination of public and private shareholders. It is owned by the EIB, the European Union - through the European Commission and 30 public and private financial institutions from 17 countries.

The EIF supports high-growth innovative SMEs by means of equity (venture capital and private equity) and guarantee instruments through a variety of financial institutions, using either its own funds, or those available through mandates given by the EIB, the EU, Member States or other third parties. Complementing the EIB's product offering, the EIF has a crucial role to play throughout the value chain of enterprise creation, from the early stages of intellectual property development and licensing to mid and later stage SMEs. The EIF fosters EU objectives in support of innovation, research and regional development, entrepreneurship, growth and job creation. For this investment, the EIF used funds from the European Investment Bank, the European Commission (Technology Transfer Pilot) as well as its own resources. The commercialisation of European research and Technology Transfer specifically is regarded as a key part of the Lisbon Strategy

    For more information, please contact:

    Conny Bogentoft, CEO, Karolinska Development AB
    Phone: +46-70 6886143 / e-mail:

    Piyush Unalkat, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund
    Phone: +34-91-436-0863, e-mail:

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