Recovering scientist turned early stage VC A biotech optimist fighting gravity

Long-Range Planning (LRP): Reframed Leaders Require Purpose
May 8, 2020

This blog was written by Rene Russo, CEO of Xilio Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. In an environment where senior leaders are tasked with defining agile strategies in uncertain times, there are many perspectives

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Ordinary People Achieving The Extraordinary: Lessons In Leadership From The Court To The C-suite
April 30, 2020

This blog was written by Josh Brumm, CEO of Dyne Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. I stood in front of 15 skeptical parents and prepared to sell them on an improbable mission. They had

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Running Rehab: Managing Talent In A Pandemic
April 27, 2020

This blog was written by Andrea DiMella, VP and Head of Talent at Atlas Venture, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. What a difference a little time makes. When Bruce originally encouraged me to be a

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Reflections of an Immigrant CEO 
April 23, 2020

This blog post was written by Gerhard Koenig, CEO of Arkuda Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. When I discussed the topic of writing about my experience as an immigrant biotech CEO with Bruce Booth,

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Value Creation And Destruction: Dispersion of Performance In Biotech IPOs
April 17, 2020

The biotech IPO market in 2020 remains strong, despite the volatility and COVID headwinds. We’ve seen stellar pricings and good after-market performance, with ten new offerings already this year. And the queue for companies with active S1’s on file is

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Booming VC-Backed Biopharma: Strong Market Despite Pandemic
April 8, 2020

Venture capital is a long investment cycle business, and never before has that been so clear as now in the face of the ongoing COVID pandemic. Even with the unprecedented public equity market volatility, venture investing into private biopharma companies

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Confessions Of A Planner
April 3, 2020

This blog was written by Samantha Truex, CEO of Quench Bio, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  I am a planner.  I like to plan most things well in advance; in fact, maybe too far in

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The Balancing Act: Taking A Systematic Approach To Hard Decisions In Times Of Rapid Change
March 30, 2020

This blog was written by Ankit Mahadevia, CEO of Spero Therapeutics, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC.  If CEOs have empowered their teams effectively, they have three roles during times of rapid change: Motivator in chief

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Strategic Planning In Biotech During A Pandemic Crisis
March 26, 2020

In the throes of a full COVID-19 pandemic, most business leaders’ top priority is rightfully the health and safety of their employees, families, and communities. Even though business disruptions are significant and overwhelming, the primary efforts focused on both safety

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Recipe For Managing Data Disclosure Successfully With Academic Partners: A Public Gene Therapy Company Perspective
March 24, 2020

This blog post was written by Deanna Petersen, CBO of AVROBIO, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. When AVROBIO went public in June 2018, I found myself on the steep end of an unexpected but interesting

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Coming Together While Staying Apart
March 23, 2020

This blog was written by Aoife Brennan, CEO of Synlogic, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. I have never participated in trench warfare and I am sure it was pretty grim for those who lived and

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Core (Values) Workout
March 5, 2020

This blog was written by Jeb Keiper, CEO of Nimbus Therapeutics LLC, as part of the From The Trenches feature of LifeSciVC. Like many middle-aged weekend warriors, I’ve been recently sidelined by injury simply through doing what I’ve regularly done:

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