Posts Tagged ‘venture capital’

2012 Venture Pitch Competition Call for Entrants

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2012 Venture Pitch Competition is calling for finalists to present to a venture capital judging panel at the AUTM Annual Meeting (which will be held in Anaheim from March 14-17, 2012). The competition is open to all disciplines this year. So whether your company is considered life science, […]

VC's don't read business plans; So, what to do?

A recent UMD study has found that VCs pay little attention ot the content of business plans.This is not much of a surprise. I’m generally bearish on business plans, but I do recognize their important role. Having written several business plans and having successfully competed in business plan competitions, I’ve recognized that many of the […]

Creative Destruction in Biotechnology

For all the talk of the numerous biotechnology companies with mere months of cash left and the predictions of looming liquidations, mergers, and acquisitions, it is important to note that a measure of destruction can benefit industry progress. Economy Joseph Schumpeter coined a term for industrial progress through destruction: creative destruction. In this process, growth […]

Want biotechnology venture capital? Use a shotgun!

On returning from a meeting with a small biotechnology firm in which I serve on the advisory board, I was reminded of a novel strategy for attracting venture capital. One of the challenges is attracting investment is finding an investor aligned with your company’s future directions. Venture capitalists may be interested only in large companies, […]