Entrepreneurs' Club (Eclub)

The Entrepreneurs' Club is an informal gathering of people interested in entrepreneurship from UCSF, Berkeley, Stanford and the business community. EClub meetings use the classic pizza plus networking format with a speaker who is CEO of a startup company who can describe the entrepreneur's life.  Many of the CEOs we invite are alums of UCSF, Berkeley or Stanford and have technical/scientific degrees. We think these role models who come from similar backgrounds and have made the leap into a startup can be both informational and inspiring.  Whether you are working on a venture, have an idea or think you might at some point want to work for a startup; we encourage you to get involved in our innovation ecosystem through EClub.  Meetings are held at Mission Bay and Parnassus.

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Upcoming Eclub Meeting:


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Past Eclub Meetings:

Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay. Entrepreneurs Club: Building a Gene Therapy 2.0 Company. Matt cofounded Audentes and has built it into a leading gene therapy company, taking it from his living room several years ago through a 2016 IPO.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the research, development and commercialization of innovative treatments for rare diseases. He has been senior management at Genzyme, BioMarin and Amicus and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with OrbiMed, Hear how Matt got there and what it’s like to operate in the hot gene therapy space in an era when we may be on the verge of curing devastating genetic disorders.  Sponsored by Latham & Watkins. Tickets.

Tuesday, July 25th, 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay. From Pain to Profit: How to Turn your Clinical Insights into Startup Ideas. Pelu and his cofounder started Augmedix, a digital health company, while Pelu was a Stanford Medical School student. They observed the EHR was getting more physician face time than the patient. Augmedix’s solution was to use technology – Google Glass – to allow physicians to chart remotely and rehumanize the doctor/patient interaction. Investors like the approach:  Augmedix has raised $63MM and five of the biggest US healthcare providers have invested. Hear Pelu’s story about deciding to leave Med School to start a company and Augmedix’ formula for success in the crowded digital health space. Sponsored by Latham & Watkins. Tickets.

May 8, 2017 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay.  Entrepreneur’s Club: From Academic Lab to CRISPR Company CEO. Rachel Hauritz, PhD, Cofounder, President and CEO, Caribou Biosciences.  Rachel was doing PhD research on CRISPR in Jennifer Doudna’s lab at Berkeley before anyone understood its potential. Doudna and Haurwitz started discussing the commercial possibilities and founded the company in 2011.  Since that time, the company has raised $45MM and is a leader in CRISPR therapeutics. Rachel, a self described nerd in high school, became CEO as her first job. In 2014, she was named by Forbes Magazine to the "30 Under 30" list in Science and Healthcare and in 2016, Fortune Magazine named her to the "40 Under 40." Hear her story and learn about the exciting field of CRISPR.  Sponsored by Latham & Watkins. Tickets.

November 3, 2016 5:30-7:30pm, UCSF Mission Bay. Entrepreneur’s Club. Starting a Dhealth Company was my Night Job, Rusty Hofmann, MD, Co-founder, Grand Rounds; Chief of Interventional Radiology, Stanford School of Medicine. Grand Rounds launched in 2011 as a way for someone to get state-of-the-art care and a second opinion on serious medical situations. Rusty was driven to create a company after his young son survived a harrowing medical journey aided by his father’s extensive industry relationships. Grand Rounds has expanded upon its mission to pair any patient, not just the rich and privileged, with the most appropriate physician nearby. The company has raised $106MM and investors include top tier VCs.  Rusty will describe how he founded the company, raised venture capital and found a CEO, all while maintaining his very full time position at Stanford. Sponsored by Latham & Watkins.  Tickets.

February 24, 2016 5:30-7:30pm, UCSF Mission Bay. Entrepreneur’s Club. How Networking Led to a Medtech Startup. Oren Levy, Founder and CEO, Sonomotion. Oren’s path to startup CEO wandered through a physics PhD from UC Berkeley, a stint in tech, consulting at Accenture and working as #2 in someone else’s venture.  The idea for Sonomotion came from a network contact and Oren went for it, taking no salary for nine months.  Since then, Sonomotion has raised seed funding, won a PrimeUC award in December and is in the process of raising a venture round.  Hear Oren’s story and build your own network at EClub. Sponsored by Latham & Watkins. Tickets.

November 3, 2015 5:30-7:30pm, UCSF Mission Bay. Scientist Turned Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur’s Club with Gini Deshpande, PhD, Founder and CEO, NuMedii. EClub is again featuring an entrepreneur who has made the transition from an academic background to business. Gini’s journey took her from India to the US for her PhD in Biological Sciences to post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School to becoming CEO of NuMedii, a company that discovers and de-risks effective drugs by translating life sciences Big Data into therapies. An eight week NSF-funded “mini MBA” changed her pathway from pure scientific research to find her passion--applying science to real world problems and working with people. A 10-year career path took her through Children’s Hospital Boston and startup consulting, eventually leading to the founding of NuMedii, for which she has raised a Series A. Gini will describe her path from a science career to the challenges of leading a company in the cutting edge field of Big Data. Sponsored by Latham & Watkins. Tickets.

June 22, 2015 5:30-7:30pm, UCSF Mission Bay. Entrepreneur’s Club: From Startup to Sale in 18 Months. Matt Cooper, CEO of Carmenta Bioscience. Matt was recruited to lead Carmenta when everything was on a downslope: venture capital, early stage investment, diagnostics and biotech interest. He spent a year understanding the problem and was able to attract more capital than he needed. Eighteen months after raising a seed round, with only one full time employee -- Matt -- he sold the company. Hear his story of success. Tickets.

March 31, 2015 5:30-7:30pm, UCSF Mission Bay. Entrepreneur's Club with John Sung Kim, DoctorBase: Starting a Company with 6 Credit Cards and a Laptop. Hear how John Kim broke into the health industry from tech to start DoctorBase, a doctor patient communication tool, in 2010. Just two weeks ago, John sold DoctorBase to Kareo the number one rated EHR in the country, making DoctorBase available to one in ten independent doctors in the US. John will tell the story of the turbulent early days in digital health and what it took to bring his plane in for a landing. Tickets.

February 10, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur's Club with Caleb Bell, CEO, Bell Biosystems. Entrepreneurs Don’t Give Up. Bell Biosystems was recently named one of the “six biotechs on the cusp of something big” by the San Francisco Business Times, yet it wasn’t that long ago that Caleb, a Stanford PhD, was living on food stamps and “technically homeless.” Since then, he has been accepted into Thiel Foundation's Breakout Labs, Stanford’s StartX accelerator, was a guest at the White House, was honored by BayBio and raised ~$4MM from investors and ~$3M in grant funding. Caleb will describe his path as an entrepreneur and why he believes that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Sponsored by Latham & WatkinsTickets.

November 19, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay. Entrepreneur's Club with Matthew Douglass, Co-Founder & VP of Product of Practice Fusion. Practice Fusion reinvented the archaic world of Healthcare IT by offering a free, digital platform for Electronic Medical Records to doctors, their practices and their patients, adopted by over 100,000 doctors. The company recently closed on a $70MM venture capital round. Matthew will discuss what it took to get this company off the ground, the digital health landscape and business models in the new era of digital health. Sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets

October 14th, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Entrepreneur's Club: How $20,000 Made Us Entrepreneurs. Featuring Connor Landgraf, CEO and Co-founder of Eko Devices. Hear Connor’s story about how finding an idea in a Berkeley undergraduate engineering class led to a venture with groundbreaking stethoscope technology and software to enhance cardiac care. His drop dead decision date on starting the company was Berkeley graduation – either the company would have raised money or he was prepared to give up and look for a job. Eko today is seed funded and has been accepted into StartXMed, Stanford’s accelerator. Connor will talk about founding the company and life as an entrepreneur. Pizza and refreshments served sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets

September 12th, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm, Mission Bay. Entrepreneur's club: TEDMED Lunch. Join the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF to view TEDMED2014, where delegates from Washington DC, and San Francisco will participate in a simultaneous, digitally linked program. We will be streaming the event live in Rock Hall.  Sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets.

September 10, 2014. 5:00-7:00pm. Entrepreneur's Club: TEDMED Viewing. Join the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF to view TEDMED2014, where delegates from Washington DC, and San Francisco will participate in a simultaneous, digitally linked program. We will be streaming the event live in the Parnassus Library. Sponsored by Morgan Lewis. Pizza and refreshments served.  ate 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.  Sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets.

May 28, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus.  Entrepreneur's Club: The Life of a Physician-Medical Device Inventor.  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.  Sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets.

April 10, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay.  Entrepreneur's Club:  On the Dangerous Side of Optimistic: Starting a Company from Scratch.  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. Pizza and networking.  Sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets.

March 12, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur's Club:  Fast Tracking a Startup.  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. Pizza and networking.  Sponsored by Morgan Lewis. Tickets.

February 19, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay. Entrepreneur's Club: Networks Matter: The Founding of Nano Precision Medical. 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. Sponsored by Morgan Lewis. Tickets.

December 16, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur's Club: From Tech to Genetic Testing: A Personal Journey. 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. Pizza and networking. Sponsored by Morgan Lewis. Tickets.

November 20, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur's Club: Slaying the Dragon: The Story of 4 Startups. Kevin Rodondi, Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, will talk about his experience as a serial entrepreneur before coming back to UCSF. He has started companies, bootstrapped, built a customer base and sold ventures to a major player in the industry. As a clinician, he never thought he would be involved in startups. Come hear about Kevin’s path, what he had to learn to operate in the startup world and his wisdom on how to create a successful company. Pizza and networking. Tickets

October 14, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur's Club: Can Digital Health Help Medical Communications? Communications among medical providers and with patients represent an opportunity for startups. Learn from two people who are trying to solve this pain point which causes medical errors and reduced quality of care. Michael Chiu is CEO of Medigram, a startup with a secure group messaging application designed to improve communication and care coordination in the hospital environment. Raman Khanna, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, is trying to transform clinical communication with his platform that streamlines communications between providers and their teams that could replace paging. Pizza and refreshments served.Tickets.

September 5, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur’s Club: Neither Fish nor Fowl: the Dilemma of a Physician Entrepreneur. Renowned retinal surgeon, inventor and entrepreneur Eugene de Juan, Jr., MD, is a serial entrepreneur and UCSF faculty member. Gene has founded nine companies, five while at UCSF, all while practicing medicine; raised $100 million and sold one of the companies. He is the Founder and Vice Chairman of ForSight Labs, an incubator where he is an active inventor and advisor in early-stage ophthalmic devices. Gene will share his perspectives on being an entrepreneur and not fitting perfectly into either science or the commercial world. This event is sponsored by Morgan Lewis. Tickets.

June 26, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Mission Bay. Entrepreneur's Club: Getting Bitten by the Entrepreneurial Bug. When Dan was a PhD student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Program, he took the core entrepreneurship course Idea to IPO and became inspired to pursue commercializing a technology he had been working on in the lab.  It took him a couple of more years and a second run through Idea to IPO to start the company, which now has 16 people, raised a series A financing and is 18 months from product launch. Come hear Dan’s story about his transition from PhD program to entrepreneur, and enjoy pizza and networking. This event is sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets.

May 15, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Parnassus. Entrepreneur's Club: Does your idea have a market? Steve Blank, the creator of Lean Launchpad, is coming to EClub to talk about this hottest approach to entrepreneurship education. Steve’s unique methodology to help fledgling ventures vet their ideas has been adopted by the NSF nationwide under the iCorps program and is taught at Berkeley and Stanford. Steve will talk about Customer Development and its role in life science/healthcare ventures. He is going to teach a new course at UCSF this fall, Lean Launchpad for Healthcare/Life Sciences, that will take teams through a rigorous process to test the market. This event is sponsored by Morgan LewisTickets