Elephant Pharmacy, wellness retailer, Berkeley, CA - $2.16 million (June, 2004)
Hired new CEO (Cost Plus), and new Executive Vice Chairman (Fresh Fields, McCown DeLeeuw). Opened second store in San Rafael in December 2005. To open in Los Altos in April 2006.
ReShape, software for semiconductor design, San Jose, CA - $1.89 million (June, 2004)
Now in customer beta tests with redeveloped hierarchical design software product.
XDx, molecular diagnostics, South San Francisco, CA - $3.5 million (October, 2004)
Began commercial operations early in 2004, now completed tests at transplant centers. Completed $26.5 million follow-on financing at increased price in December 2005.
Efficas, nutraceutical developer, Boulder, CO - $2.25 million (October, 2004)
Opened Richmond office, hired a CSO, evaluating 4 new compounds for acquisition: slated to generate significant revenue in 2006.
FivePrime Therapeutics, biotech, San Francisco, CA - $1.0 million (February, 2005)
Moved to Mission Bay in San Francisco, in-vitro validation of two leads, most productive screening quarter: 80,000 data points, 8 new assays, hits yielding several new proteins, 600 proteins added to screening set. Planning pre-clinical trials and evaluating potential partners.
Bentek, manufacturing services, San Jose, CA - $0.50 million (April, 2005)
Substantially profitable; diversifying beyond the semiconductor business. Won new business from Applied Materials, and expects continued growth in 2006.
Labcyte, laboratory instruments for nanoliter samples, Sunnyvale, CA - $1.8 million (June, 2005)
Since product launch in Q4:04, has sold into 7 of the top 10 pharma, with several of these key customers buying multiple units.
PowerLight, solar power integrator/installer, Berkeley, CA - $5 million (September, 2005)
Is a long-established US leader in deployment of large-scale PV systems with 59% of the US market from 2001 to 2004.
In the next six months, Elephant Pharmacy will be creating approximately 120 new jobs for low and moderate income individuals in Marin and Santa Clara counties
Agricultural Land Preservation & Sustainable Agriculture
As a result of our investment, Efficas, a leading player in the emerging nutraceutical industry, opened its Bay Area office in Richmond
The Company will create agricultural jobs in Eastern Contra Costa county, where preserving agricultural land is a public policy priority, and take the lead in introducing a new high-value crop under sustainable agricultural practices
In November, FivePrime Therapeutics will become the first biotech company to locate in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood
Due to our investment in FivePrime, the BAEF team convened a meeting of key corporate, government and non-profit entities located in Mission Bay to identify and optimize efforts to serve the neighborhood’s low-income constituents. The second Community Outreach meeting occurred October 7 th , matching LMI residents in Mission Bay with funding and program sources from MBCO members
Clean Tech Leadership
In the next year, PowerLight will create approximately 30 new jobs for low and moderate income individuals in East Bay communities
Power light's IPO will help establish the Bay Area’s leadership in the developing clean tech industry
Positive Impact on CA-wide and CRA policies and initiatives
BAEF team is on CALCEF Board, contributed to the City of San Francisco’s proposal that won the Stem Cell research institute, participating in the Willie Brown Institute’s effort to modernize the CRA, building a relationship with the Greenlining Institute
Human Resources Practice Council
In response to varied performance practices and uneven information, BAEF will establish a council of HR Managers to review and promote best practices in HR area
Efficas and the Fund convened a ceremony to highlight the successful initiation of a new high-value agricultural crop in the Agricultural Core of Contra Costa County and to show appreciation for all of the key government entities and farming constituencies who were instrumental in locating the optimal test plot location
Through the Fund’s relationships with Contra Costa County, introductions were made for Efficas to agricultural officials who played a critical role in identifying potential growers, locating an optimal site, and informing local growers of the benefits of the Efficas crop. The Fund also coordinated similar assistance for Efficas in siting its Bay Area office in an Enterprise Zone in Richmond
The ceremony marked the successful planting of a test crop for Efficas in partnership with Tom Bloomfield of the Bloomfield Vineyards in Brentwood
Bay Area Council Contra Costa County Farm Advisor
JPMorgan Contra Costa County Agricultural Commissioner
Bloomfield Vineyards Efficas
Brentwood City Manager Mayor of Brentwood
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors/CCCERA Richmond City Council
Innovating a process to manufacture high performance silicon for use in solar energy panels
Photo TLC, Petaluma, CA
Provides digital imaging gift products and photo restoration services for large retail stores like CVS, Walgreens and WalMart
Fat Spaniel Technologies, San Jose, CA
Has developed software and web-based integration services for monitoring and controlling the output of solar-electric systems
eMeter, Redwood City, CA
Developed software for wireless metering and maintenance of power transmission allowing large energy utilities like Jacksonville Electric and Texas Power to optimize their automated meter reading systems
NuSewCo, Oakland, CA
Mass customization service for branded retail apparel and bags for companies like Nike and Reebok (Adidas)
Alvine Pharmaceuticals, San Jose, CA
Developing enzyme therapy and other therapeutics for Celiac Sprue and related diseases, team and technology from Stanford University research lab
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Double Bottom Line Strategy Gets BAEF Into Deals
At the time of the investment, Elephant Pharmacy considered the second bottom line focus of the Fund to be consistent with its corporate culture – an important consideration in accepting the Fund as co-lead, despite our reducing the valuation by 50%.
The company actively sought our investment to complement its own double bottom line initiatives, and persuaded its board and lead investors to carve out space in what turned out to be an oversubscribed round.
Looking for outside investor to price their round, Peninsula selected BAEF in part because of the double bottom line strategy’s high correlation with the mission of management team and the corporate culture
The company rejected three large, prestigious private equity funds and preferred to work with BAEF in part due to our focus on clean technology and environmental issues in general