KKR, a global investment firm, just closed a new $1.45 billion fund aimed at healthcare growth opportunities in the Americas. KKR said it will invest more than $265 million of capital in the fund, alongside external investors through KKR's balance sheet and employee commitments.
"The healthcare sector has demonstrated strong fundamentals throughout multiple cycles," said Ali Satvat, a KKR member and head of KKR's healthcare strategic growth investing efforts. "Significant advances in medical innovation have yielded new products and services for patients, while consolidation and novel approaches to care delivery have the potential to improve clinical outcomes and reduce associated costs. These dynamics have created a significant market opportunity and an unmet need for strategic growth capital. We look forward to working with high-growth companies in the healthcare space for which KKR can be a unique partner in helping them achieve scale."
The firm said the Health Care Strategic Growth (GCSG) fund received strong backing from a diverse group of new and existing investors, including public pensions, insurance companies, family offices, and high net worth individuals.
HCSG aims to generate strong returns for investors by investing in healthcare-related companies advancing innovative products or services and led by high-quality management teams. In particular, HCSG expects to make equity investments of up to $100 million and focuses on themes such as clinical/technological innovation, cost containment, and consolidation of therapeutic offerings or care providers.
"KKR's healthcare investment team has been investing globally across the healthcare sector for more than 20 years, resulting in extensive industry experience, an established reputation within the space, and a strong track record of scaling healthcare-related companies," said Jim Momtazee, KKR Member and Head of KKR's Health Care investment team. "We believe that we can be a valuable partner to management teams running innovative, high-growth companies by leveraging this experience."
KKR has deployed roughly $12 billion globally in the healthcare space across private markets. Beyond delivering financial capital, KKR provides access to the firm's operational expertise, global infrastructure, deep network, and resources from its more than 100 current portfolio companies worldwide. Over the last year, KKR has executed a number of transactions as part of the firm's health care growth equity strategy, including Ebb Therapeutics (formerly known as Cerêve), Slayback Pharma, and Ajax Health.