The venture capital arm of China's largest insurer, Ping An, is targeting raising up to .3 billion in two healthcare-focused funds that will seek growth-stage and pre-IPO investments, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Ping An Ventures, set up in 2012, focused on early-stage investments in its first few years. The new funds will deepen the group's push into the healthcare sector and build up its firepower for later-stage investments, at a time when valuations in the fast-growing tech and healthcare industries have spiked.
The venture capital firm aims to raise 0 million to 0 million in a dollar-denominated fund and 4 billion yuan (0 million) to 5 billion yuan in a yuan fund, the person said. They would be Ping An Ventures' biggest dollar and yuan funds so far and would primarily invest in healthcare start-ups at home and overseas.
Ping An Ventures, whose investments include ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, has tapped prospective investors for the new funds.