GE sets up $250m global healthcare fund

The GE Healthymagination Fund will make investments in broad-based diagnostics, healthcare information technology and life sciences.

US-based multinational company General Electric (GE) has established a $250 million global healthcare-focused private equity fund.

The fund is a partnership between three GE units: GE Healthcare, a $17 billion division that provides medical technologies and services; GE Global Research, the company’s research wing; and GE Capital, which offers financial products and services.

Its investment committee will consist of senior leaders from the three units and GE investment professionals, a spokesman said, adding that more details would be announced shortly.

The GE Healthymagination Fund will invest between $2 million and $10 million in unlisted companies across three sectors: broad-based diagnostics, healthcare information technology and life sciences. It will invest opportunistically and does not have a defined lifespan.

In addition to capital, investee companies will be able to leverage GE’s technology knowhow and global footprint, Jeffrey Immelt, GE chairman and chief executive said in a statement.

GE is a conglomerate with interests in industries including appliances, aviation, consumer products, electrical distribution, energy, finance, healthcare, lighting, media and entertainment, oil and gas, rail, security and water.