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Is Your Venture Idea Viable? Hear Steve Blank, the creator of the Lean LaunchPad technique describe how hundreds of teams at Stanford, Berkeley, UCSF and the NSF have derisked their venture by talking to the market first. Steve is an internationally known serial entrepreneur who has changed the face of entrepreneurship training in the US. UCSF collaborated with him and the NSF's I-Corps to invent the Life Sciences/Healthcare version of the course, now adopted by the NIH. Tickets.
Adam Gazzeley, MD/PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF, Co-founding Advisor and Chief Science Advisor, Akili Interactive Labs. Adam’s company is developing therapeutic mobile video games to increase brain function that are undergoing clinical trials. Adam has presented at TEDx, hosted a PBS special on the brain and is quoted in the national media. Hear him talk about combining an academic career with participating in a commercial venture
Meet one-on-one with two partners from WilmerHale, a law firm with a top-tier life science practice. Ask the attorneys your corporate, venture financing, IP and other legal questions. You can get help with how to structure you corporation, founders' agreements, investor agreements, how to protect employee inventions and a myriad of other topics. Current UCSF affiliation only.
Al Chin, MD, Co-founder, Pavilion Medical Innovations. Al is a prolific inventor of medical devices, drawing on his background in engineering and UCSF medical school. During his 36 year history, he has invented products generating $3.2 billion in revenue and holds 182 US patents. He founded a company that became Guidant Cardiac Surgery and co-founded a device incubator and four startup companies. Learn about Al’s approach to entrepreneurship and why he can’t stop inventing.
Learn about sources of funding for your venture that are less well known than angels and venture capital. We will explore the range of investment possibilities, including corporate venture groups, foundations, crowdsourcing, online markets and other alternative sources. A senior representative of AngelList will join us for part of the evening. This talk is part of the Financing New Ventures course but you do not have to be registered for the course to attend. Current UCSF affiliation only.
Rock Hall, 102 Pottruck Auditorium
1550 4th St,
San Francisco, CA
Life Science Angels, one of the primary angel networks in the Bay Area, is bringing a group of its angels for a conversational lunch with UCSF entrepreneurs. Sign up to learn directly from angel investors what they are looking for in investments, how their process works and how to get their attention. Current UCSF affiliation only.
Life Science Angels is bringing a group of members to spend an hour with each UCSF entrepreneur who would like feedback on their venture. This is not a pitch day; it's a chance to get honest feedback from savvy angel investors. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear how you might improve your business plan and become more attractive to investors. Your venture must be in therapeutics ordevices, biopharma, genomics, research tools, and biotech. Current UCSF affiliation only. If interested in applying, please email Kyra Davis kyra.davis@ucsf,edu a 1-2 page summary of your business idea, market, and team.
Speaker Series: Blazing the Precision Medicine Trail: Genomic Health’s Journey with Kim Popovits, Chairman of the Board, CEO & President. Genomic Health was in personalized medicine before the term was invented. Started from a business plan written in the year 2000, the company has been a trailblazer in genomic-based diagnostics. Kim will describe the company’s path from its visionary founder’s idea to a public company with a market capitalization of over $800MM. Kim became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2002, joining from Genentech where she served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales. At Genentech, she led the successful commercialization of 14 new therapies, including Herceptin. She will share the story of Genomic Health.
Samuel Mazin, PhD, CEO of RefleXion Medical, was a post doc at Stanford when he attended a radiation oncology lecture and had the insight that led to starting RefleXion. Never imagining his career would head toward business, he took a crash course on business principles, recruited his high school buddy, now an MBA, and raised some “smart money” and an SBIR grant. He’s in the midst of raising a venture round and can tell you about the tough times and good times as a startup CEO. Find out what his biggest surprise was coming from academic roots.
Dan Schwartz, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at UCSF and serial entrepreneur, will share his thoughts about fast product development, how to build and maintain teams and starting and funding a company. His current venture, Calhoun Vision, has raised $80MM from angel investors and is in Phase 3 clinical trials. He will talk about not only successes but the challenges he has faced over the 14 years since starting Calhoun at UCSF. Find out how Dan manages his entrepreneurial activities while spending about half time in clinical practice.
Darren Carroll, Vice President Corporate Business Development, Eli Lilly, will talk about how Lilly is pioneering a new capital efficient model to develop therapeutics by partnering with venture capital firms and leveraging resources. Rather than build complete companies around a single molecule, Lilly’s VC partners set up virtual structures that can utilize Lilly development and avoid sizable overhead. Darren will talk about this program as well as Lilly Ventures, the company’s corporate venture capital fund.
Adam Mendelsohn, 2011 UCSF PhD in Bioengineering, got his start by competing in the Berkeley Business Plan Competition in 2008. Several competitions later, he co-founded and became CEO of Nano Precision Medical, which has raised $3 million in Angel financing and has 8 full-time employees. He will talk about the role key advisors have played and how his network at UCSF helped the company get off to a running start. Adam will speak about his journey transitioning from academia into entrepreneurship and provide tips for positioning a startup company to succeed in the face of practical challenges. He’ll reveal the most unexpected thing he found about startup life and who will thrive as an entrepreneur. Pizza and networking.
Malay Gandhi, Chief Strategy Officer, Rock Health and Jason Oberfest, CEO & CoFounder, Mango Health. This special workshop will cover the major topics that a digital health venture needs to examine – assessing the opportunity, business models, regulatory, metrics, revenue and customer acquisition strategies. We will cover B2B and B2C ventures. The workshop is part of our Idea to IPO course and we are opening a limited number of spots to UCSF only participants.
Steve Burrill, Founder and CEO of investment firm Burrill & Company, will deliver his respected annual analysis of the life science industry: opportunities, challenges and trends for the next year. Steve’s firm has $1.5 billion in assets under management and includes venture capital/private equity, merchant banking, and media, operating in the US and globally. His view of the industry derives from the scientific and business networks of his team, participation on numerous Advisory Boards; the strategic and financial network of the firm’s limited partners; and the close relationships developed with numerous life science companies and management. Join us to learn what’s in store for the industry and where you should focus to take advantage of the opportunities.
Matthew Rabinowitz, PhD, CEO of Natera, a prenatal informatics-based genetic testing company, will talk about his path from a Stanford engineer to a successful tech entrepreneur with a $100 MM exit from his last startup to starting a life sciences venture because of a family member’s personal tragedy. Drawing on expertise from his seemingly unrelated background, he embarked on a journey with the goal of ensuring that other families need not experience similar pain. Bringing together a team of experts in medicine, engineering, statistics, and genetics, along with his own skills in optimization, signal processing, informatics, and entrepreneurship, he started Natera. Matthew will speak about what it takes to be successful in the diagnostics space and share his experience about starting companies. Celebrate an exciting year of Entrepreneurs Club at our Holiday Party after the talk.