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About Us

Launched in 2005 with more than $5 million in funding, the Kentucky Seed Capital Fund invests in early-stage Kentucky or Louisville metropolitan-based businesses that specialize in biomedical and health care services, medical device development, and health care information technology.

The KSCF will invest in companies at the earliest stages of development, providing a pipeline of investment opportunities for later-stage venture funds.

KSCF has offices in Louisville's downtown medical center and in the Coldstream Research Park at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

KSCF benefits from the leadership of its managing partners, George Emont and Steve Gailar, who together bring nearly 50 years of health care and venture capital experience to the fund.

In its first year of operation, the KSCF invested in three companies:

  • Pradama Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products to treat bone diseases

  • ApoVax, Inc., a biotechnology company developing new immunotherapies and therapeutic vaccines to treat or prevent chronic and acute life-threatening diseases

  • RhinoCyte, Inc., a biotechnology company that has developed a method of isolating adult stem cells located in the olfactory regions of the mucosal lining of the human nasal passageway, which can be used in therapies for spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, ALS and Parkinson's Disease.
All three companies were founded by University of Louisville scientists.

The University of Louisville Foundation, the state's Commonwealth Seed Capital Fund and Humana Inc. have each invested $1 million in KSCF. Additional investors include Baptist Hospital Systems, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare, Kosair Charities, the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Kentucky State District Council of Carpenters Pension Trust Fund.