Sean Harper joins podcast host Jim Baer on The Puck: Venture Capital & Beyond

May 10, 2021

On this episode of the weekly podcast The Puck: Venture Capital & Beyond, podcast host Jim Baer talks with Managing Partner at Westlake Village BioPartners Sean Harper, MD, about his experience working on the front lines of the medical industry and the ongoing evolution of the LA Biotech Hub. They discuss Harper’s background as a … Read More

Biotech Tilts at the Tipping Point of Gender Equality

May 6, 2021

Westlake’s co-founding managing director Beth Seidenberg was recently featured in BioSpace, discussing the advantages of a diverse team, a diverse boardroom and how it can fundamentally alter the trajectory of a company for the better. She also discusses the importance of committing to sustained mentorship at senior levels and the progress that can be made … Read More

Westlake-Backed Capsida Biotherapeutics Debuts with $140 Million of Capital

April 29, 2021

Versant Ventures and Westlake Village BioPartners today announced the emergence from stealth mode of Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company using an adeno-associated virus (AAV) engineering and cargo development platform to develop tissue-targeted gene therapies for multiple types of diseases. In addition to a $50 million Series A commitment from the two firms, Capsida also announced a multi-year strategic collaboration and option agreement with AbbVie that provides $90 million in up front and equity investment capital in addition to potential future option, development and commercial milestone payments. The collaboration is aimed at developing best-in-class, targeted gene therapies for three programs in serious neurodegenerative diseases.

Westlake Village BioPartners Names Peter Calveley as Chief Operating Officer

February 17, 2021

Westlake today announced the appointment of Peter Calveley to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Calveley will be responsible for managing the operational side of the firm, as well as enhancing strategic decision-making for Westlake’s portfolio of life sciences companies.

Westlake-Backed Tmunity Appoints Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D. as Board Chairman

January 25, 2021

We are pleased to welcome Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., as non-executive chairman of Tmunity’s Board of Directors. As a physician and scientist, Dr. Leiden has dedicated his career to improving the lives of people with serious diseases. We look forward to working with him as Tmunity advances its programs targeting solid tumors.

Neuron23™ Closes $113.5 Million Series A and B Financing led by Westlake Village BioPartners, Kleiner Perkins, and Redmile Group

December 16, 2020

Neuron23™ Inc., an early stage biotechnology company focused on developing precision medicines for genetically defined neurological and immunological diseases, today announced its launch backed by a combined $113.5 million Series A and B financing. The funding was comprised of $33.5 million Series A financing from Westlake Village BioPartners and Kleiner Perkins, and $80 million Series … Read More

ACELYRIN Launches with Funding from Westlake Village BioPartners

December 15, 2020

ACELYRIN, INC., a biopharma company focused on providing patients life-changing new treatment options by identifying, acquiring, and accelerating development and commercialization of promising drug candidates, today announced its launch backed by Series A financing from Westlake Village BioPartners.

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

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.