Quadria Capital founders launch Rs 65 cr HealthQuad to invest in healthcare startupsAparajita Choudhury
Sponsors of healthcare private equity firm Quadria Capital, Amit Varma and Abrar Mir launched Rs 65 crores ($10 million) healthcare focused venture capital fund HealthQuad. The fund is focused on investing in early stage healthcare companies in India, through a pre-series A or Series A round of funding.
In the next 12 to 18 months, HealthQuad will be investing in 8-10 healthtech startups across healthcare delivery services and products that are expected to increase healthcare productivity, affordability, accessibility while improving patient health and fostering innovation.
Founded in January 2016, Healthquad Advisors Private Limited has been registered with SEBI as a Category I Alternative Investment Fund. The fund’s investment strategy will be focused on investing in key healthcare subsectors namely healthcare delivery services, life sciences, devices and medical technology and healthcare technology. Currently, HealthQuad has 8-10 investors.
Amit said that the fund has raised $6 million to close its first round of funding and will complete the fund in the next three months. He also emphasized that majority of the funds have been pooled by friends and family.
Quadria Capital has managed over $ 1.4 billion that invests in healthcare sector in South and Southeast Asia. The fund is managed by Quadria Capital Investment Management Pte. Ltd, headquartered in Singapore and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
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