Óskare Capital is proud to announce the launch of the first ever SEIS and EIS fund
targeting the Medical and Pharmaceutical Cannabis sector. Óskare Capital UK will advise
the Fund which is managed by Sapphire Capital Partners LLP.
The MEDCAN Fund is the first fund of its kind and will invest in both early-stage UK
companies and global companies that have the requisite operations within the UK. The
Fund aims to provide UK retail investors with access to a diversified portfolio of
companies in this rapidly growing sector.
The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme
(SEIS) are UK government initiative schemes which encourage growth and development
by granting private UK investors significant tax breaks when investing in qualifying earlystage companies.
Óskare Capital UK Director Oliver Lamb, notes, “We were motivated to set up the MEDCAN
fund with Sapphire Capital Partners LLP given that around 40% of our European dealflow
is coming from the UK, and the tax breaks investors can gain through the SEIS and EIS
schemes are significant.”
The Fund team specifically targets leading companies in the UK that have the potential to
become global champions. Examples include life sciences companies, with strong IP,
developing novel therapeutics (cannabinoids and other molecules) that target the
endocannabinoid system (“ECS”).
Discovered in 1992, ECS is found in humans and all vertebrate species, and is used as the
body’s way to maintain homeostasis and adapt to environmental stress and changes.
Cannabinoids and other novel molecules can interact with the ECS helping to address a
wide range of conditions including cancer, pain management, anxiety, epilepsy, sleep,
depression, rare diseases, ADHD and many more.
The MEDCAN Fund will also be investing in the companies that form part of the wider
medical and pharmaceutical cannabis ecosystem of services and products that support
this fast-growing global market. The Fund already has a strong pipeline of deals and will
invest in start-ups across the entire value chain (from Seed to Patient) but will not invest
in cannabis production or recreational cannabis.
One notable UK cannabis company that has gone on to become a global success story is
GW Pharmaceuticals the producer of the FDA approved cannabis-based medication
Epidiolex which was acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals for $7.2billion.
Óskare Capital UK Director Nicola Broughton, comments, “Whilst GW is clearly an excellent
example of a UK success story in the sector, we believe that there are opportunities in the
market with stronger intellectual property which address far wider ranges of medical
conditions that would result in even greater exits.”