Foresite Capital

Founded 2011
Founders Jim Tananbaum


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Total investments 105
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 83
Rounds per year 10.50
Lead investments 21
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 35
Key employees 11
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care
  • Therapeutics
  • Medical
  • Life Science

In 2011 was created Foresite Capital, which is appeared as VC. The main department of described VC is located in the San Francisco. The company was established in North America in United States.

The current fund was established by Jim Tananbaum. The overall number of key employees were 11.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 7-8 partakers. Despite the Foresite Capital, startups are often financed by Venrock, Third Rock Ventures, Paladin Capital Group. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Cormorant Asset Management, ARCH Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Paladin Capital Group, Merieux Developpement, EcoR1 Capital.

The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2015. The important activity for fund was in 2018. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The fund is constantly included in 7-12 investment rounds annually. The real fund results show that this VC is 9 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 50 - 100 millions dollars. The typical startup value when the investment from Foresite Capital is more than 1 billion dollars. Opposing the other organizations, this Foresite Capital works on 12 percentage points more the average amount of lead investments.

Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline AveXis, Intarcia Therapeutics, Audentes Therapeutics Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. The fund has specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Health Care, Genetics. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRoundRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Life Science
$50M04 Aug 2021 United States, San Diego

Kriya Therapeutics

Life Science
$100M14 Jul 2021 United States, Palo Alto

Element Biosciences

Information Technology
$276M29 Jun 2021 United States, San Diego


Health Care
Information Services
Information Technology
$100M28 Jun 2021 United States, Philadelphia


Life Science
$250M17 Jun 2021 United States, Sunnyvale

Quantum SI

Health Diagnostics
Life Science
$425M11 Jun 2021 United States, " United States"}

Interline Therapeutics

Health Care
$59M13 May 2021 United States, South San Francisco


Artificial Intelligence
Health Care
Life Science
$110M11 May 2021 United States, New York

Eikon Therapeutics

Health Care
Life Science
$148M05 May 2021 United States, Hayward
XinThera Closes $50M Series B Financing
– XinThera, a company focused on building a small molecule oncology and immunology pipeline, announced that the company has raised $50M in Series B financing. – New investor Orbimed Advisors, LLC joined existing investors Foresite Capital and TTM Capital, bringing the total financing raised to $80M. – The funds will be used to support the firm’s recruiting efforts and build its product pipeline. – XinThera brings together a founder and investors that previously worked together to incubate, fund and launch ... Read more
Kriya Therapeutics Completes $100 Million Series B Financing to Advance Its Fully Integrated Platform for Designing, Developing and Manufacturing Transformative Gene Therapies
– Kriya closed a $100m Series B financing to support its mission of transforming the design, development and manufacturing of gene therapies. – The financing was led by Patient Square Capital with participation from new investors Woodline Partners LP, CAM Capital, Hongkou, Alumni Ventures and others. – All existing institutional investors also participated in this round, including QVT, Dexcel Pharma, Foresite Capital, Bluebird Ventures, Transhuman Capital, Narya Capital, Amplo and JDRF T1D Fund. – Proceeds... Read more


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