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Last year, I had the happy circumstance to attend The Lobster Pot, Women In Bio Boston's annual investor pitch competition. Amy Speak, Chapter Vice Chair did an excellent job promoting this event where local women-led startups make their pitch to leading Boston area women investors. It's a great way to celebrate women in business and learn from the life science entrepreneurs and investors who are making an impact.

Last year founders/CEOs pitched to experienced women venture capital panelists, who shared general wisdom, experience and i...

Massachusetts has long tried to pass legislation regarding non-compete laws with no real success.  Many in the venture community believe California’s fluidity in allowing employees to be unencumbered by non-compete law, help drive entrepreneurship and innovation.  In particular, an example offered is that Silicon Valley thrived while Rt 128 declined.  Duval Patrick tried to work on this in 2014 with no luck but Charlie Baker signed a new piece of legislation that goes into effect Oct 1. 

The good news is that it makes some changes...

On April 4, 2018 Dr. Abigail Barrow, Founding Director, Mass Technology Transfer Center and Conference Co-Chair and Jeremy Halper, Partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish orchestrated a great afternoon showcase of local NewCo companies.  Merck Research Labs generously hosted the event.  Like a mini JP Morgan, founders/CEOs were invited to make a ~20 min pitch of their company. This included the financial investment (ask) for the audience members comprised of angels, strategic investors and local venture capitalists.  There was also a poste...

2017 was a strong growth year for life science venture capital fund raising and public company performance.  New funds raised in 2017 include Flagship Pioneering ($618M) and Third Rock Ventures ($616M). In June, Atlas Ventures announced a new $350M fund for Biotech seed investment.  Many of the top public Life Science Tool and Diagnostic companies had a great year on Wall Street.  From the GenomeWeb index, winners included Exact Sciences (+293%), Foundation Medicine (+285%) and Myriad (+106%).  Historically solid instrument...

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