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China Venture Roundup comes to a close | China Venture Roundup Volume 68

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MNCs in China

Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido announced a three-year global strategic partnership with Tencent through its China subsidiary, Shiseido China, on December 21.

The partnership will see Shiseido and Tencent strengthen the cosmetics brand’s D2C services and social commerce business, while enhancing the customer experience for Chinese consumers. Tencent will accelerate Shiseido’s group-wide digital transformation and enhance the cosmetics company’s digital beauty capabilities, such as virtual try-ons and intelligent skincare technology.

In the future, Tencent and Shiseido will expand their cooperation to cover areas such as smart retail, immersive virtual brand experiences, and smart skincare solutions for specific consumer groups.

Going Public: IPOs

Hoymiles Power Electronics, a microinverter supplier for the solar energy industry, has set a new record for the highest price for an A-share IPO, selling 10 million shares at RMB 557.80 (USD 87.40) apiece. On December 20, Hoymiles debuted on Shanghai’s Star Market. Its shares surged 13.6% after the market opened. As of December 28, Hoymiles’ market cap was RMB 29.2 billion (USD 4.6 billion).

Startups on Our Watchlist

Shenzhen-based Xbiome, an AI-powered microbiome drugmaker, closed its USD 100 million Series B round, one of the largest fundraising rounds within this sector in China. The investors include Legend Capital, Gaorong Capital, Sky9 Capital, 5Y Capital Capital, Primavera Capital, and HIKE Capital.

The funds will be used for clinical trials, IND (Investigational New Drug) applications in the United States and China, and further R&D of drug candidates. Xbiome will also cooperate with major pharmaceutical companies and establish an R&D center in the US, upgrade its products, and accelerate the globalization process.

To date, Xbiome has five first-in-class microbiome drug pipelines and has been cooperating with top hospitals in China, such as Beijing Cancer Hospital, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, and Nanfang Hospital. It also develops innovative technologies in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Silicon Valley.

China Venture Roundup
China Venture Roundup
China Venture Roundup is a weekly insight newsletter published by 36Kr Global's KrASIA team since 2020, covering top news, market moves and major trends in the Chinese startup and venture investment scene.
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