Recovering scientist turned early stage VC A biotech optimist fighting gravity

Reflections On Scientific Advisory Board Construction
May 19, 2015

This blog was written by Kevin Pojasek, co-founder and Acting CEO of Quartet Medicine and Atlas EIR, as part of the “From the Trenches” feature of LifeSciVC. “Most of the smartest people work somewhere else.” The famous Bill Joy quote, often

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BioPharma M&A: Capital Efficiency Drives Returns
May 15, 2015

Amidst lofty public markets and robust fund flows, it’s easy to forget the importance of equity capital efficiency in building new biotech companies. But like gravity, it’s a fundamental principle and rests at the heart of generating quality returns in

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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet, That Is The Question
May 13, 2015

This blog was written by Ron Renaud, CEO of RaNA Therapeutics, as part of the “From the Trenches” feature of LifeSciVC. Have you ever scrolled through your Twitter feed and found something distasteful posted about your company? You may be the

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Confronting Real(i)ty In Cambridge
May 6, 2015

This blog was written by Chuck Wilson, CEO of Unum Therapeutics, as part of the “From the Trenches” feature of LifeSciVC. This is an ongoing saga about finding a new home for my company, Unum Therapeutics. Google tells me that there

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Scorecard Of Biobuck M&A Earnouts
April 30, 2015

Milestone payments are an important risk-sharing component in today’s biopharma deal-making toolbox. As it’s a topic I’ve explored in the past (here, here), it’s an opportune time to revisit the stats for how they have performed recently. These contingent value transfers

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It’s The Antigens, Stupid
April 27, 2015

This blog was written by Michael Gladstone, Principal at Atlas Venture, as part of the “From the Trenches” feature of LifeSciVC. “A big asset of VC’s is pattern recognition. It is also often our biggest liability.”  An apt observation tweeted by

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Five Questions To Ask Your Investors Before You Take Their Money
April 22, 2015

This blog was written by Mike Gilman, CEO of Padlock Therapeutics and Atlas EIR, as part of the “From the Trenches” feature of LifeSciVC. Padlock Therapeutics is my second startup, and it’s not nearly as scary as the first one. Not

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Data Snapshot: Venture-Backed Biotech Financing Riding High
April 21, 2015

Biotech venture funding metrics continue at historic highs, highlighting that the robust financing environment in the public markets continues to fuel the private markets as well. Last week the quarterly Thomson Reuters data on venture capital funding came out via

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Atlas X: Accelerating Biotech Venture Creation
April 17, 2015

Earlier this week Atlas Venture closed Fund X at $280M, completing our transition to a biotech-only venture firm. After announcing the split of our life science and technology franchises in October 2014 (here), we embarked on the hard work of

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Nucleic Acid Therapeutics Coming of Age
April 1, 2015

This blog was written by Bill Marshall, CEO of miRagen Therapeutics, as part of the “From the Trenches” feature of LifeSciVC. The opportunity to use nucleic acids as therapeutic agents is extremely exciting. Creating drugs that affect protein targets that are

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Seed Stage Investing in Talent
March 26, 2015

A few weeks ago, Michael Gladstone wrote a blog, here, about infusing young blood into the ‘C’ suite of biotech. I thought he made a number of important points and great suggestions about the topic. Today, I’d like to expand

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Biotech IPO Performance: Discerning Market Or Rising Tide?
March 20, 2015

As anyone following the biotech sector knows, the market for new public offerings has been incredibly strong over the past couple years. And the larger cap stocks in the sector have also outperformed, propelled by product launches and exciting clinical

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