About Bruce Booth
I’m an early stage venture capitalist. Like my partners at Atlas Venture, I enjoy working with great scientists and entrepreneurs to start new biotech companies. In short, we focus on seed-stage venture creation around the discovery and development of novel therapeutics.
Since joining Atlas in 2005, I’ve been involved in the founding and funding a number of innovative companies, with a particular focus on capital efficient models for drug R&D. I’m co-founder/founding investor and currently board chair of miRagen, Nimbus, Padlock, Quartet, and Rodin. I also serve on the boards of Zafgen (NASDAQ:ZFGN), LTI, Unum, and a few seed-stage biotech companies. Previously, I enjoyed serving on the boards of past Atlas companies Avila Therapeutics (acquired by Celgene), Stromedix (acquired by Biogen), Prestwick (acquired by Biovail), and Proprius (acquired by Cypress Biosciences), among others.
Prior to Atlas, I was an investor with Caxton Health Holdings and before that, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global strategic management consulting firm. While at McKinsey, I worked a lot with pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms to address R&D productivity issues, as well as portfolio management, new product commercialization, and business development.
I have the pleasure of serving on numerous advisory boards today, including UCB Pharma’s SAB, Pfizer’s Innovation Think Tank, Shire’s SAB, and a number of others. In 2013, after writing on the subject here, I joined the Science Exchange’s Reproducibility Initiative Advisory Board, focused on improving the reliability of translational research.
In addition to writing this blog, which is also syndicated at Forbes, I’ve had the good fortune to publish a bunch of scientific papers and various biotech venture capital review articles, including several in Nature Biotechnology. As a British Marshall Scholar, I received a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in molecular immunology from Oxford University, where I was focused on the study of HIV and tumor immune responses. I did my undergrad in biochemistry from Penn State, and remain a keen alumnus.
I live in Wellesley, MA, am married to a wonderful woman, and have three great kids. In my spare time, I’m an active snow sports junkie, runner, biker, outdoorsman, and fly fisherman.