We invest in start-ups powering pharma R&D transformation and cancer care innovation

We are a strategic fund dedicated to advancing drug development. Aligned with Debiopharm’s mission, we invest in technologies that predict, enhance, and speed up the drug development process as well as those that improve the patient experience. Our focus is in oncology, so sometimes we simply call it “Cancer Tech”.

Our vision: the convergence of research and patient care

We believe that precision medicine starts with precision R&D, moving away from generic approaches to more personalised, biomarker-guided development.

We envision patient-centric clinical trials, with more patients able to access novel treatments earlier.

We imagine the emergence of AI-powered care, enabling earlier diagnosis, more precise prognosis, and truly individualised treatment pathways.

Topics of particular interest

Here are the main topics that could be of interest to us. But if you’re launching the next big idea that doesn’t tick any of these boxes – we still want to know!


  • Digital Biomarkers

  • Digital therapeutics

  • Clinical Insights

  • Remote Patient Monitoring

  • Medical LLMs

  • AI/ML models

  • In-silico models

  • Predictive Biomarkers

  • Omics Analysis

  • AI-Drug Discovery

  • Real-World Data

  • Digital Twins


  • Med-tech Hardware

  • Digital Wellness

  • IVD Diagnostics

  • Provider Workflows

  • Asset-centric

“At Debiopharm, we foresee a future where data sets the stage for the entire value chain of drug development, from generating novel drug designs to predicting clinical trial outcomes. The future of healthcare will be redesigned by AI-driven care and the companies behind those innovations”

Marc Cikes
Managing Director Debiopharm Innovation Fund


Investment criteria

Early Seed – our springboard for start-ups in their 1st round of financing

  • Investment round

    Pre-Seed / Seed - Our initial investment is < $ 1M

  • Equity round or convertible notes / SAFE

  • Learning opportunity

    for the fund & start-up ahead of potential Series A

Series A – our flagship vehicle to help scale successful start-ups

  • Investment round

    Series A - our initial investment can be in the range of $3M – 5M

  • Commercial Stage and revenue generating.

    Large pilots and early clients to validate commercial interest

Debiopharm-Startup-Investment-What we look for


We like to see a convergence of robust understanding of science, a disruptive technology or business model, and an ability to surface meaningful data-driven insights.

  • Management team with entrepreneurial and industry experience
  • Innovative technology
  • Product answering a need with a clear USP. Market with tangible entry barriers
  • Well defined operational plan and commercial strategy with a realistic budget

We grant our start-ups access to Debiopharm’s wealth of expertise by facilitating connections between start-ups and our internal experts. This enables startups to test their hypotheses and build more fit-for-purpose solutions, often leading to new collaborations.

Having led or co-led most of our Series A investment rounds, we are able to provide  access to an extended network of investors and strategic partners.

  • Pharma Know-how


  • Translational Medicine

  • Regulatory affairs

  • Clinical Development

  • Business & Commercial

  • Strategic Funding


  • Experienced board members with digital health expertise

  • Direct access to pharma stakeholders

  • Opportunity for pilots or collaborations

  • Connections with other portfolio companies


If you are seeking funding for your startup, please proceed with this form. For all other inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us at info-innovation@debiopharm.com.

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