KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the final closing of KKR Health Care Strategic Growth Fund II (“HCSG II” or the “Fund”), a $4.0 billion fund dedicated to health care growth equity investment opportunities primarily in North America and Europe.
HCSG II is the successor fund to KKR Health Care Strategic Growth Fund (“HCSG I”), KKR’s first dedicated health care growth equity vehicle, which held its final closing in November 2017 on $1.45 billion in capital commitments. Similar to its predecessor fund, HCSG II will aim to generate strong returns for clients by investing in innovative health care companies with proven products and services that are seeking a partner to commercialize and scale. With a diversified portfolio approach, HCSG II will focus on the biopharmaceutical, medical device, health care services, life science tools / diagnostics, and health care information technology sub-sectors.
“Now more than ever there is a significant demand both for innovative products and services in the health care sector and for an experienced and flexible capital partner to invest in their growth and further their reach,” said Ali Satvat, Partner, Global Head of Health Care Strategic Growth, and Co-Head of Americas Health Care Private Equity at KKR. “Building on the robust momentum and tangible results that we have achieved thus far through HCSG I, we look forward to continuing to partner with best-in-class health care businesses to bring these much-needed products and services to market for the benefit of patients globally while delivering strong returns for our investors.”
HCSG II received strong support from a diverse group of both new and existing investors globally, including public pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, endowments, private wealth and fintech platforms, family offices, and high-net-worth individual investors. KKR will be investing approximately $500 million of capital in the Fund alongside these investors through the Firm’s balance sheet, affiliates, and employee commitments.
“We are pleased to have the backing of this diverse group of investors who share our passion for the opportunities that we see in this growing market,” said Alisa Amarosa Wood, Partner and Head of the Private Markets Strategies Group at KKR. “At nearly three times the size of its predecessor, HCSG II not only speaks to the attractive investment opportunities that we are seeing but also demonstrates the strength of our health care investment team, our Health Care Strategic Growth strategy, and our strong investment performance to date.”
KKR has established a strong track record of supporting companies across the health care ecosystem, having invested approximately $18 billion across the sector since 2004. KKR’s health care team has grown to nearly 35 dedicated investment professionals globally. In addition to providing capital, the Firm helps companies grow through its industry experience and relationships, operational expertise, global infrastructure, and resources from more than 100 portfolio companies worldwide. In 2021, KKR executed a number of new investments as part of its Health Care Strategic Growth initiatives, including in Argenta, Nordic Bioscience, Sapphiros, Geode Health, and Cordis.
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