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Atomico Leads $30 M Investment Round in AI Chip Company Graphcore

By | Artificial Intelligence, Client news, investors, Knowledge, Partner Insight, Robots

Artificial intelligence (AI) takes another step forward. Graphcore, a UK chip designer that designs chips specifically for AI, recently closed a $30 M round to support their continued expansion. The round was led by our client, Atomico and included existing investors Amadeus Capital, Robert Bosch Ventures Captial, C4 Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, Draper Esprit Plc, Foundation Capital, Pitango and Samsung Catalyst Fund. Atomico is a London-based venture capital firm founded by Niklas Zennstrom, a co-founder of Skype. AI Everywhere According to a recent Bloomberg article, the investors in the round also included several machine learning experts such as Demis Hassabis, the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind. Owned by Alphabet Inc., DeepMind is an…

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Elasmogen Inks Research Agreement To Develop New Class Of Therapeutics

By | Biotech, Client news, Knowledge, Life Sciences, Startups

Congratulations to our client Elasmogen! Elasmogen, a spin-out from Aberdeen University, alongside Canada based Feldan Therapeutics, have announced a research agreement with Amgen to develop and deliver novel intracellular biologics. The collaboration combines the unique capabilities of Feldan’s Shuttle platform and Elasmogen’s soloMER™ technology to develop the delivery system and binding domains for two undisclosed intracellular targets for Amgen. Elasmogen develops new medicines based on antibody-like molecules isolated from sharks, called VNARs (variable new-antigen receptors). VNARs are found in sharks as part of their immune system and have a similar protective role to antibodies present in the human body. The…

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MyBuilder Acquired by HomeAdivsor

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, M&A, Startups

We ended March on a high note with some great M&A news for our client MyBuilder. The UK company was recently acquired by HomeAdvisor, an IAC company (NASDAQ: IAC) considered one of the largest home marketplaces in the world. JAG Shaw Baker represented the interests of MyBuilder and its investors, including the founder. This deal is a great example of JAG Shaw Baker’s expertise in creating the right balance between the interests of the selling parties to generate a sensible sell-side proposition to then deliver the sale to the buyer. The firm is proud to have been a part of this deal which was effectively done in a sharp two week period. According…

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Parkinson’s UK Partners With Sheffield University To Create New Spin Out

By | Biotech, Client news, Life Sciences, Startups

Our client, Parkinson’s UK, has just inked a deal with Sheffield University to create a new £1million virtual biotech company, Keapstone Therapeutics. Even though charities and academia have entered into research partnerships before, the partnership between Parkinson’s UK and Sheffield is the first time a charity has approached researchers to launch a spin-out company with the agenda to advance a particular research programme. The Life Sciences team at JAG Shaw Baker has extensive experience with spin-out companies. The team was instrumental in structuring Keapstone Therapeutics in a way that aligned with Parkinson UK’s over-arching charitable objectives, the academic principles of Sheffield University and the requirements of a high-growth company. The…

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Upscale Class of 2017

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Startups

We’re happy to round out this week with a big congratulations to the start-ups that are part of Tech City UK’s Upscale Class of 2017. Upscale is a program for the most promising early stage start-ups to begin their journey to success. Each of the 33 companies are mentored by some of the UK’s most successful tech entrepreneurs including Riccardo Zacconi (KING.com/Candy Crush founder); Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman (Lastminute.com founders); Lesley Eccles, (FanDuel founder); and David Buttress (Just Eat founder). The start-ups in Upscale are from a wide variety of tech sectors. The companies also reflect the UK’s strength in particular markets,…

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Monese Raises $10M A Round From International Investors

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors

In one of the first rounds of 2017 and another win for Fintech, Monese, a banking app for immigrants and expats, announced a hefty A round of $10 million. The app caters to immigrants and expats and in the context of Brexit, the round is notable because of its international consortium of investors. Two lead investors, Estonia’s Smart Cap (in the first round with Seedcamp) and Korea Investment Partners (in this current round) are our clients and we’re pleased to have advised them on this deal. Other investors in the round include Anthemis Exponential Ventures and STE Capital. The total funds raised…

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Client News: Doctify Raises Series A Funding Round

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Startups

Congratulations to our client Doctify Limited on raising more than $1M in their Series A funding round led by Amadeus Capital. We advised Doctify from their inception and their initial seed funding through to their Series A funding.  It’s been exciting to see their success from the start! Doctify is a new healthcare booking platform that gives patients a tool to search for specialist doctors, compare reviews and prices and book online appointments.  In a January article in the Evening Standard, the company says it aims to become the go-to online health platform.

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Client News: InMotion Hosts Smart Transportation Hackathon

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Knowledge

We’re pleased to be advisors to InMotion, the independent venture from Jaguar Land Rover. InMotion plans to transform the experience of personal travel and deliver greater freedom, choice and well-being in movement. In other words, smart transportation.  Smart Transportation Hackathon On November 3, 2016 in London, InMotion is having it’s first hackathon. The hackathon is focused on transforming the future of transportation. During the day, from 5:30 to 11:30 pm, hackers will have a chance to solve a technical challenge that can be utilised by the wider community. This gives them a chance to be a part of solving real customer mobility problems….

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Cross Border M&A Success

By | Biotech, Client news, Knowledge, Life Sciences, M&A

In Life Science news, Akarna Therapeutics Ltd. was acquired by Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) for an upfront cash payment of $50 million. JAG Shaw Baker acted on behalf of New Science Ventures LLC, a New York venture capital fund that invests in novel scientific approaches. New Science Ventures was one of the selling shareholders alongside Third Point Ventures and Forbion Capital Partners. Akarna Therapeutics is a UK company with offices in Cambridge, UK and San Diego, California. Akarna Therapeutic’s lead product candidate (AKN-083) is considered an effective and novel treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases. An M&A…

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Entrepreneur First Wins Seed Fund Of The Year

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Investor and VC News, People, Startups

Last week, JAG Shaw Baker was one of the sponsors of GP Bullhound’s 2016 Investor Allstars. The annual awards pay tribute to entrepreneurs and investors in the start up ecosystem including Entrepreneur of the year to VC Fund of the Year. This year JAG Shaw Baker sponsored the Seed Fund of the Year category which went to Entrepreneur First (EF). EF is an accelerator but also a unique training school for entrepreneurs. The accelerator made news when one of their investments, Magic Pony, a visual processing start up, was acquired by Twitter for a reported $150 million (£102m). Congratulations to EF and all the companies and individuals who…

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