Speaking Engagement

View from the Board—Navigating New Funding Rounds with Current VC Directors

Bio Investor Forum 2017

17 Oct 2017 03:15 p.m. - 04:10 p.m.

Westin St. Francis Hotel
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

When raising a seed round of venture capital, the focus of founders tends toward securing meetings and “acing” their pitches. It is a critical moment in the growth of an early-stage biotech that the first interested party is secured in order to more easily convince other investors to join and complete that round of funding. But what happens when you do succeed in generating interest and commitments for your initial round, and the focus shifts to fundraising new funding rounds? CEOs must then walk the fine line during discussions with the current board regarding new investor capital contributions, dilution rights, criteria for new board members, and the overall, long-term health of the company. The panel of start-up executives, directors, and investors will discuss their perspectives on how to crystalize and close subsequent-stage investment rounds, a complex and unclear path from the outside, but a vital step in the process for founders, while navigating the many personalities and interests involved.

Moderator: Michael J. O’Donnell, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP


  • Rajeev Dadoo, PhD, Partner, S.R. One
  • David H. Donabedian, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Axial Biotherapeutics; Partner, Longwood Fund
  • Julie Papanek Grant, Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Julia C. Owens, PhD, President & CEO, Millendo Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Camille Samuels, Partner, Venrock



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