Kirchner Group advises in another major biotech startup

19 May 2015 – Kirchner Group is pleased to announce that it acted as an advisor on due diligence to the Alaska Permanent Fund (represented by Crestline Investors) in the recently announced Denali Therapeutics Inc. transaction.

San Francisco-based Denali was founded with a $217M initial investment which is among the largest ever Series A fundings for a biotech startup. Denali’s primary focus is to discover and develop breakthrough therapies to treat neurodegenerative diseases, principally Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Initial investors included leading technology venture capital firms Fidelity Biosciences, ARCH Venture Partners, Flagship Ventures and the Alaska Permanent Fund (represented by Crestline Investors).

This latest biotech success complements Kirchner Group’s recent advisory role in Juno Therapeutics’ Series A and Series B rounds.

“I am proud that our team has shown the depth and breadth of experience that enabled us to play a key role in bringing game changing approaches to address two of the major health challenges in the world today” stated Patrick McNees, Managing Partner of Kirchner Group’s Health and Life Sciences Team.

A copy of the press release announcing the formation of Denali Therapeutics Inc. can be read at their website

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Don Haliburton
Chief Operating Officer
+1 604.362.5117

Patrick McNees PhD
Managing Partner
Health and Life Sciences
+1 205.789.7426