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Financing process for novel imaging technology achieves $20M Series C1​​

Situation Assessment

  • Nanolive is a Swiss-based company that has developed and commercialized a non-invasive live cell imaging technology platform that stands to disrupt biopharma drug development
  • Nanolive has sold 300+ imaging units worldwide to high-profile customers including marquee biopharma industry leaders
  • Locust Walk developed investor materials and drove an outreach process aiming to achieve a successful Series C financing with dedicated life sciences investors

Key Activities

  • Worked closely with company management and key board members to prepare investor outreach materials and identify investor targets from the Locust Walk global network
  • Conducted targeted outreach to notable investors with a history or demonstrated interest in life sciences tools, including VCs, growth equity funds, family offices, corporate VCs, and strategics
  • Ran several financial analyses to support investor discussions, including a comparable transaction analysis of M&A exits in life sciences tools, US biotech customer prospects, and IPO case studies
  • Led numerous investors through due diligence, facilitating over 80 management presentations and diligence conversations while co-managing the CDA process and VDR access
  • Guided Nanolive through deal dynamics and collaborated with management, co-lead investors, and legal teams to establish a timeline and drive the deal to final close

Successful Outcome

  • Nanolive successfully completed a 
    $20M Series C1 financing led by strong syndicate including new investor Taiwania Capital and existing investor Swisscom 
  • Funding enables Nanolive to further develop its AI-based digital assays solutions and accelerate the transition of its customer base from academic research labs to biopharma industry clients

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