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Online drug marketplace NetMeds raises $14 mn from Tanncam, Sistema

By Arti Singh On October 31, 2017

Online drug marketplace NetMeds raises $14 mn from Tanncam, SistemaPhoto Credit: Thinkstock

Online pharmacy NetMeds Marketplace Pvt. Ltd has raised $14 million (Rs 90 crore) in a new funding round led by Tanncam Investment, a Cambodian investment holding company, and Sistema Asia Fund, the venture capital fund of Russian conglomerate Sistema JSFC, a company statement said.

Tanncam Investment invests globally in early-stage venture capital startups and strategic investment opportunities. “NetMeds is changing the paradigm in the pharma market in India and we strongly believe in the merits of the investment," said Anthony Galliano, Tanncam’s chief executive.

Financial services company Cambodian Investment Management acted as adviser to the transaction for Tanncam.

"We believe this round of funding reflects a renewed confidence in the industry and its future, brought about by both the GST and the government’s release of the draft of rules governing online pharmacies," NetMeds founder and CEO Pradeep Dadha said.

The startup will use the funds to develop its customer base and expand its presence to more locations across the country, he added.

In 2015, the company raised $50 million (Rs 325 crore) from global private equity firm OrbiMed, investment banking firm MAPE Advisory Group, and Dadha’s family investment fund.

In November 2016, the online pharmacy acquired Delhi-based hyperlocal drugs delivery app Pluss.

NetMeds was launched by Chennai-based businessman Dadha in 2010. His family ran Tamilnadu Dadha Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which was acquired and merged with Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in 1997. The founder of the firm, S Mohanchand Dadha (Pradeep Dadha’s father), sits on the board of Sun Pharma, India’s top drugmaker.

NetMeds offers both prescription drugs and non-prescription (OTC) products. Users can upload their prescriptions and order medicine through its mobile app. The company currently has eight fulfilment centres in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Raipur and Kochi, and it is planning six more to ensure quicker deliveries.

Drug distribution and end-retail in India is largely unorganised, with mom-and- pop stores accounting for 95% of the market.

NetMeds competes with another well-funded online pharmacy platform 1mg, which in July this year, raised $15 million (Rs 96.7 crore) in a Series C funding round from its existing investors, including Switzerland-based HBM Healthcare Investments, Maverick Capital Ventures, Sequoia India, Omidyar Network and Kae Capital.

mChemist, Medikoe and BigChemist are the other players in this space.

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