MRL Ventures Fund

Founded 2014


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Total investments 24
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 18
Rounds per year 3.43
Lead investments 2
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 7
Key employees 3
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

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

The main department of described VC is located in the Cambridge. The venture was found in North America in United States.

We also calculated 3 valuable employees in our database.

The fund is generally included in 2-6 deals every year. The top activity for fund was in 2018. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. Comparing to the other companies, this MRL Ventures Fund performs on 7 percentage points more the average number of lead investments. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2018. The real fund results show that this VC is 6 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. The fund has specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Alector, Entrada Therapeutics, Carisma Therapeutics Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 4-5 years to receive the investment from the fund. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Health Care, Medical Device.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 8-9 partakers. Despite the MRL Ventures Fund, startups are often financed by Atlas Venture, Amgen Ventures, Polaris Partners. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Atlas Venture, Amgen Ventures, SR One. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by GV, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Atlas Venture.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

PAQ Therapeutics

Health Care
$30M15 Jul 2021 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Entrada Therapeutics

Emergency Medicine
Health Care
$116M31 Mar 2021 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Xilio Therapeutics

Health Care
Health Diagnostics
$95M24 Feb 2021 Massachusetts, United States

LifeMine Therapeutics

Life Science
$50M07 Jan 2021 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Tallac Therapeutics

Health Care
$62M01 Dec 2020 California, United States

HotSpot Therapeutics

Health Care
Life Science
$65M21 May 2020 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Xilio Therapeutics

Health Care
Health Diagnostics
$100M02 Mar 2020 Massachusetts, United States

Caraway Therapeutics

Health Care
01 Jan 2020 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Health Diagnostics
$13M06 Oct 2019 Massachusetts, United States
Founded last year, Mozart Therapeutics lands $55M to develop therapies for celiac and other diseases

– Mozart Therapeutics, a Seattle-based biotech startup, raised $55m funding.
– The round was led by ARCH Venture Partners along with Sofinnova Partners.
– Other backers include MRL Ventures Fund from Merck, Leaps by Bayer, and Eli Lilly & Company.

PAQ Therapeutics Raises $30M in Series A Funding

– PAQ Therapeutics is a biotechnology company advancing a new approach to restoring health and curing disease through autophagy.
– The company announced the closing of a $30m Series A round.
Sherpa Healthcare Partners led the round with participation from Huagai Capital, MSA Capital, and MRL Ventures Fund as well as seed investors Nest.Bio Ventures and Matrix Partners China.
– The funding will be used to advance the company’s ATTEC platform and progress its pipeline programs.


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