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The Autism Impact Fund Makes First Investments in Seven Early-stage Companies

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Autism Impact Fund (AIF), whose mission is to revolutionize the status quo for diagnosing, treating and living with autism through a venture capital model, has made its first investments in seven growth and early-stage companies:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a massive societal issue, impacting 1 in 54 children and millions of families around the world. While major advances have been made to support individuals with ASD, the demand for early diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and services far outpaces the capacity to meet those needs across the autism life journey. AIF was founded by a group of individuals who are deeply committed to fundamentally transforming these dynamics to support people and families living with ASD. 

"We created the Autism Impact Fund with the ambition of becoming the investment and innovation arm of the autism community," said Christopher Male, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AIF. "We have strong conviction that a for-profit venture capital model is the best way to sustainably accelerate the development and delivery of a wide range of emerging technologies, translational science and innovative services to empower individuals to live happily and thrive," added Mr. Male, who is also the father of a young son on the autism spectrum.

The fund makes direct investments across diverse sectors and stages of financing, and is guided by four key values: 

AIF's creation is the culmination of a multi-year planning process spearheaded by leaders in the scientific and investment community with a desire to change the framework for innovation that has historically relied on non-profit research investment to support change. Led by Chris Male and Rob Sarrazin as Co-Managing Partners, AIF is unique in its foundation, focused on investment areas that can provide strong returns while supporting a significantly underserved healthcare area. AIF also believes this model can be further scaled and applied more broadly to address mental health and other complex chronic conditions.

AIF has established a world-class Investment Advisory Board including:

Details about AIF's initial portfolio companies:

About The Autism Impact Fund
The Autism Impact Fund (AIF) seeks to become the investment and innovation arm of the autism community. AIF's mission is to revolutionize the status quo for diagnosing, treating and living with autism. Through a venture capital model, AIF accelerates the development and delivery of emerging technologies, translational science and innovative services to empower individuals to reach their full potential. For more information, visit www.autismimpact.fund.            

SOURCE Autism Impact Fund

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