WHAT'S INSIDE 

This guide goes deeper than the last and gathers advice to help entrepreneurs solve some of the toughest—and often unexpected—challenges of creating a life sciences startup. Where possible, we also provide a list of resources for each area:

ESSENTIALS TO IP GAME PLANNING

MAKE YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS A BOARD OF ENABLERS 

INCUBATORS BECOME A MUST IN VIBRANT BIOTECH ECOSYSTEMS 

HIT YOUR MARK WITH A PERFECT PITCH

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CONSTRUCTING A CAP TABLE

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THE CONTRIBUTORS

Insights, wisdom, and inspiration from a carefully selected group of the industry's best sources on what it truly takes to start a successful biotech company, with examples from their own experience.

Stephen DiPalma

Managing Director,

Danforth Advisors  

Tim Ehrlich

Partner, 

Gunderson Dettmer

Michael Gilman

Chairman and CEO,

Arrakis Therapeutics 

Luba Greenwood

Head, Strategic Business Development and Corporate Ventures, 

Google Verily

Marc Schwabish

Senior VP of BD and US Operations, 

Fusion Pharma

Wendy Nelson 

CEO, 

LeadingBiotech

Chris Haskell 

Head, 

Bayer West Coast Innovation Center

Thomas Haag

Partner, Intellectual Property Department, 

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ailis Tweed-Kent 

CEO, 

Cocoon Biotech

Ramani Varanasi

CEO, 

X-Biotix Therapeutics

Carlos N. Velez

Managing Partner, 

Lacerta Bio Inc.

Lisa LaMotta is currently the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at SmartLabs, a Cambridge, MA-based service provider for flexible lab and coworking space for biotech and pharma. Prior to joining SmartLabs, Lisa spent nearly 15 years as a reporter and editor covering the business of biopharma at places like Forbes, Scrip, The Pink Sheet, and BioPharma Dive.

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