Pfiz­er's in­vest­ment fund is mak­ing waves in VC — in­clud­ing a $25M bet on IBD play­er Vedan­ta Bio­sciences

Pfiz­er has a gut feel­ing about Vedan­ta Bio­sciences.

On Tues­day, the Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts-based mi­cro­bio­me up­start be­came the fourth biotech to re­ceive an in­vest­ment from the Pfiz­er Break­through Growth Ini­tia­tive (PG­BI), bag­ging $25 mil­lion to send its in­flam­ma­to­ry bow­el dis­ease can­di­date to Phase II.

Since its launch in June, the PG­BI has in­vest­ed $120 mil­lion in small- to medi­um-sized biotechs span­ning sev­er­al key fo­cus ar­eas: in­ter­nal med­i­cine, in­flam­ma­tion and im­munol­o­gy, on­col­o­gy, rare dis­ease, vac­cines and hos­pi­tal. So far, Ho­mol­o­gy Med­i­cines has the largest stake, with $60 mil­lion to ad­vance its phenylke­tonuria (PKU) pro­gram.

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Life Sciences Senior Associate

General Catalyst

San Francisco, CA, USA