UBS shoppers increase $650 mln for largest but biotech affect fund

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ZURICH, Oct 6 (Reuters) – UBS’s (UBSG.S) rich shoppers have raised $650 million for the largest biotechnology affect fund ever, the Swiss financial institution mentioned on Wednesday.

Impact investing – a time period coined in 2007 – grew out of the will to increase philanthropic targets into mainstream monetary holdings.

Alongside monetary returns, affect investments intention to generate measurable environmental and social affect, typically in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which usually transcend the fundamental rules of sustainable investing.

The Oncology Impact Fund 2, run by biotechnology funding agency MPM Capital, has raised a complete of $850 million, together with the $650 million obtained from UBS shoppers. It will make investments 80% of its capital into privately held start-ups, and the rest into public corporations, creating modern remedies for most cancers and different critical sicknesses.

Twenty % of the efficiency payment the managers earn off their investments, in addition to a portion of drug royalties, will likely be donated to enhance entry to most cancers remedy for youngsters within the creating world and to fund most cancers analysis, portfolio supervisor Christiana Bardon mentioned.

Together with its predecessor fund, for which MPM and UBS’s wealth administration raised over $470 million in 2016, it marks the Swiss financial institution’s largest single theme-focused affect funding fundraising so far.

“With this fund, I feel like we tried to reimagine the impact space. The vision here is still extremely bold, which is to say: What if every drug that was developed and sold had that 1% go back to make the world a better place?” Mark Heafele, chief funding officer for UBS Wealth Management, mentioned.

“When we started on this journey, impact investing was about impact bonds and at the time they were being done in $5 million increments. To launch something that is 100 times the size of that was very ambitious, and shows how this theme clearly resonates with our clients,” he added.

UBS, the world’s largest wealth supervisor, had raised $6.9 billion for SDG-related affect investments as of end-2020. It goals so as to add $70 billion of invested belongings labeled as affect investing or as sustainably centered investments extra broadly by way of 2025.

While affect investing has typically been related to concessionary returns, the managers mentioned traders – which embrace massive corporations, insurers and different very rich people alongside UBS shoppers – wouldn’t must forgo returns, primarily based on the efficiency of the earlier fund.

“Our impact fund is as profitable as our other funds, and they are generally top quartile performers within U.S. venture capital,” MPM Managing Director Ansbert Gadicke mentioned.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

The logo of Swiss bank UBS is seen at a branch office in Zurich, Switzerland, June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann