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$67 Million in First Closing of New Burrill VC Fund

NEW YORK, Oct. 24-Burrill & Company today announced the closing of a new $67 million life sciences venture capital fund.


The San Francisco-based merchant bank, which operates six other life sciences funds, expects that the Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund will eventually hit $250 million.


The fund will invest in early- to mid-stage biotech and life sciences companies. Average investment size will range from $3 million to $10 million.


CEO G. Steven Burrill said in a statement that he expects the fund to reach its projected $250 million total during the next several months. He also said that in this difficult economic climate, the closing "is a strong endorsement both for biotech and for the Burrill & Company investment team."


Burrill had initially expected the Life Sciences fund to reach a $100 million closing in the spring of 2001. Recently, another Burrill fund has had trouble meeting its money-raising goalson schedule.

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