Inside a biotech VC’s anger-driven strategy


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A top biotech VC shares what she looks for when investing in new companies;How two women convinced a group of millennial men to invest in a menopause symptom startup;A new study further proves the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Kristina Burow, managing director at Arch Venture Partners.

A top biotech VC looks for 2 factors when investing in startups that could shake up the healthcare industry

Arch Venture is one of biotech’s biggest investors, leading $200 million to $800 million rounds.The fund’s leaders pick healthcare issues that make them angry, then look for a solution. Managing Director Kristina Burow wants to overhaul brain-disorder treatments and autoimmune issues.

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Alloy cofounder and CEO Anne Fulenwider

Here is the 23-slide presentation a former Marie Claire editor-in-chief used to get millennial men to invest in a startup that treats menopause symptoms

Alloy is a digital-health startup that treats menopause symptoms.Kairos HQ and PACE Healthcare Capital participated in its $3.3 million seed round on Wednesday.Alloy is planning to launch a mail-order estrogen product in November.

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A pharmacist administers the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a patient in a pharmacy in Roubaix as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, March 15, 2021.

Vaccines cut the risk of severe COVID-19 by at least 90% in a huge real-world study of 23 million people

Vaccines cut the risk of developing severe COVID-19 by at least 90%, a study of 23 million people finds.COVID-19 vaccine protection lasted for at least five months in people aged 50 to 75, it found.It adds to a growing body of real-world evidence that vaccines hold up against severe COVID-19.

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More stories we’re reading:

13 power-player lawyers advising life-sciences companies through the biotech feeding frenzy (Insider)A new panel says older adults shouldn’t take an aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks (Associated Press)Massachusetts’ National Guard will help test for COVID-19 in public schools as staffing shortages cause delays (Insider)The pandemic has heightened violence against healthcare workers (Kaiser Health News)


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