Westlake-Founded Kyverna Therapeutics Launches With $25 Million Series A

January 13, 2020

Westlake Village BioPartners is pleased to have founded and participated in the Series A financing of Kyverna Therapeutics, a cell therapy company engineering a new class of therapies for serious autoimmune diseases. Kyverna has raised $25 million in a Series A investment from Vida Ventures, Westlake Village BioPartners, and Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD), with the … Read More

Westlake Weighs in on Top Tech Trends for 2020

January 6, 2020

Fast Company recently published an article entitled, “The top tech trends of 2020, from AI to 5G.” Westlake Village BioPartners’ Sean Harper and Beth Seidenberg provided their perspective on the promising role gene therapy could play in the treatment of solid tumors. You can read more about what they and other industry leaders had to … Read More

Westlake-Funded Arsenal Biosciences Launches With $85 Million Series A

October 17, 2019

Westlake Village BioPartners is pleased to have seeded and been a major contributor to the Series A funding round for programmable cell therapy company Arsenal Biosciences. The company will integrate technologies such as CRISPR-based genome engineering, scaled and high throughput target identification, synthetic biology, and machine learning to advance a new paradigm to discover and develop immune cell therapies, initially for cancer.

Four Ingredients Needed to Build a Biotech Hub in LA

September 4, 2019

At the recent Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association meeting, several themes emerged as essential ingredients in building the Los Angeles biotech hub. Westlake Village BioPartners’ managing director Sean Harper participated in a panel discussion that examined the issues facing Los Angeles as it grows its life sciences industry. The event, titled “Los Angeles: The Next Major Biotechnology … Read More

Building the Biotech City

July 29, 2019

Los Angeles has a long history of reinventing itself. From a village of 5,000 people in the 1870s, focused on cattle farming and agriculture; to establishing ports, railways, banks and factories designed to challenge San Francisco; to producing one-quarter of the world’s total oil supply by 1923; to the boomtown days of Hollywood from 1913-1941; … Read More

Harper Provides Perspective on Life Sciences Investing Through Fresh Eyes

May 8, 2019

At the recent Yale University Innovation Summit, Westlake Village BioPartners managing director Sean Harper presented an overview of the current advances in life sciences, his views on what is happening in the biotech venture capital world right now, and also provided some advice to entrepreneurs on how to build a successful business. As part of … Read More

Seidenberg Talks Gene Editing

April 16, 2019

Recently, Beth Seidenberg made news at the Fortune Brainstorm Health conference, revealing that cell therapy startup Tmunity has brought a product into human clinical trials that has knocked out multiple cancer genes.

A Different Approach to Building a Successful Startup

March 26, 2019

Building a company from scratch can be exciting and rewarding and if you do it right you can change the world. However, it can also be challenging and is fraught with risk. While some venture capital firms are primarily focused on financials, at Westlake Village BioPartners our philosophy is to build world-class companies by taking a different approach.

Why Now is the Golden Age of Biotechnology

February 4, 2019

We are sprinting into what we believe is the Golden Age of Biotechnology—and the implications for humanity are profound. Just like in other industries in the past, such as aerospace and computing, we are now at an inflection point in biotechnology where we can address the most fundamental of human concerns: how to live longer, healthier lives, free of disease.