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The Dave Clark Five song Bits and Pieces is a good metaphor for the apparently holey (as in Swiss cheese) tapestry of Midwest VC seed and early stage financing efforts to get life science companies off the ground.

This weeks column will try to knit together some of these pieces so the tapestry doesnt fall apart. Last weeks column evoked responses from a number of readers who remarked on ......

Full article >>> in Minneapolis), OpGen (in Madison), TeraMedica (a medical imaging company in Milwaukee) and Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals (in Madison).

Frazier Healthcare Ventures

This California-based VC has set up shop in Madison as a result of having won (along with Baird Venture Partners) the latest round of SWIB Midwest start-up company funding.

By the way, according to the S......

Full article >>> fund is a subsidiary of the Heartland Capital Network, which is a consortium of financing programs for business ventures in the greater Peoria, Ill. region.

The new seed-stage fund, which initially consisted of $2 million, has resulted from the efforts of Peoria community leaders Glen Barton (former president and CEO of Caterpillar, which is headquartered in Peoria) and Doug Stewart, re......

Full article >>> hemical, Ft. Dodge Animal Health, PIC International Group, Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Tyco and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Given its location, the main thrust of this organization seems to be in technologies and companies related to the fields of animal sciences, plant science, biocatalysts, materials sciences and instrumentation.

The consortium funds university research ......

Full article >>> blank">EDF in Ann Arbor has about $117 million under management in three funds. It focuses on health care and information technology that has originated in the Midwest.

EDF has assisted 30 companies from the start-up phase with 17 companies based on technology licensed from universities. EDF currently has 13 active investments (of which five are in the health-care space). It initiall......

Full article >>> in St. Louis), Centerre Healthcare (in St. Louis), Velocimed (in Minneapolis) and Kereos (in St. Louis).

While the size of their fund isnt clear, RiverVest is investing in medical devices, biotech, specialty pharma and tools for drug discovery. Investments range from $500,000 to $3 million initially and total investments up to $4 to $6 million per company. From its quarterly newsletter, ......

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