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Palo Alto Investors

Investor type Investment Bank
Founders Will Edwards


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Total investments 30
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 19
Rounds per year 0.94
Lead investments 2
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 12
Key employees 3
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Therapeutics
  • Medical

Palo Alto Investors is the famous Corporate Investor, which was founded in 1989. The venture was found in North America in United States. The leading representative office of defined Corporate Investor is situated in the Palo Alto.

The current fund was established by Will Edwards. Besides them, we counted 3 critical employees of this fund in our database.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Palo Alto Investors, startups are often financed by Vivo Capital, BioAdvance, Venrock. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Vivo Capital, Third Point Ventures, Technology Partners. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Kleiner Perkins, Vivo Capital, Mobius Venture Capital.

The real fund results show that this Corporate Investor is 8 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. Comparing to the other companies, this Palo Alto Investors performs on 17 percentage points more the average number of lead investments. The important activity for fund was in 2005. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 investment rounds annually. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

Besides, a startup needs to be aged 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Semiconductor, Biotechnology. The fund has exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Deem, NewLeaf Symbiotics, SkyPilot Networks.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Health Care
$27M06 May 2021 New York, New York, United States

NewLeaf Symbiotics

$17M15 Sep 2014 City of Saint Louis, Missouri, United States


Health Care
$21M02 Jan 2014 Pennsylvania, United States

Alimera Sciences

Drug Discovery
Health Care
$40M18 Jul 2012 Georgia, United States

Ceptaris Therapeutics

Health Care
$10M05 Jun 2012 Pennsylvania, United States

Ceptaris Therapeutics

Health Care
$14M11 Aug 2011 Pennsylvania, United States

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Health Care
$45M10 Jun 2011 United States, " United States"}

Fisker Automotive

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$150M22 Feb 2011 Torrance, California, United States

Revance Therapeutics

Health Care
$25M28 Dec 2009 California, United States


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