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Dementia Discovery Fund

A specialist fund focused on innovative therapeutics for dementia


The Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) is a £250m specialist venture capital fund that invests in, and creates, new biotech companies to deliver high impact therapeutics for age-related dementias. By making meaningful, sustained, and actively managed investments we will enable the development of therapeutics addressing one of the largest global unmet medical needs, thus generating significant returns for our investors.

The Dementia Discovery Fund will succeed in this challenging but rewarding space by taking a venture investing approach combined with deep domain expertise and active management. The DDF will invest to rapidly progress diverse approaches into clinical development for all forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington’s Disease (HD). The DDF team will leverage learnings from its dementia-focused team and portfolio. By seeking and receiving advice from our sophisticated investor base, our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), and our network of academic thought leaders, we will make investments deeply informed by rigorous scientific insight and years of experience developing therapeutics. In addition, our portfolio companies have access to a broad group of potential partners and acquirers, including our SAB, portfolio company syndicate partners, and the industry and venture network of our experienced team.

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The DDF Investment Strategy

The DDF combines a sole focus on dementia with the rigor of for-profit venture capital investing. The dementia focus enables the fund to maintain its deep domain expertise in both innovative research and clinical development, apply learnings, and repeatedly engage the scientific and industrial community to refine its investment strategy over time. The fund invests in opportunities expected to have both a major impact on the field and patient care, and to deliver financial returns for our limited partners.

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The DDF Portfolio

The DDF invests in the most promising healthcare ventures led by remarkable and inspired management teams.

Members of the DDF team are actively involved in the development and/or growth of each portfolio company. We serve as active board members, collaborating with management teams to minimize risk and maximize the value of the business.

The DDF Investors

The DDF is supported by a broad and influential group of strategic investors.

The DDF is the first venture capital fund on this scale supported by key stakeholders from industry, government, and advocacy with the combined aim of tackling a major global health issue.

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