Specialist Series

Specialist Series: Your Elevator Pitch: Don’t leave home without it!

Written by Melissa Marshall Have you ever walked away from a conversation about your work with an important individual and thought, “Darn. I wish I would have explained that better or said it this way instead…”? Or maybe you had an unexpected interaction with someone who asked about your work and you just started rambling…

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Specialist Series: Patents

What is a U.S. patent? A patent is a property right. The property right granted is an exclusionary right, i.e., the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling an invention. In the US, generally this exclusionary right lasts for 20 years from the date of the initial filing of an…

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Specialist Series: What is a “Venture Syndicate” ?

By Jay Knowles An investor syndicate generally consists of three of four investors who have the funds to take the company from idea stage through to clinical proof of concept.  Investors may not put all of the investment in upfront (so that they have a little more control over the flow of funds), and they…

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SPECIALIST SERIES: What Is An Investible Hypothesis?

By Jay Knowles Partner, Innovation Many venture capitalists look for an opportunity to invest in a company or a project such that if it reaches a certain inflection point that company will become significantly more valuable, and investors look to understand what it should cost to get to that point. For example, for a therapeutic…

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SPECIALIST SERIES: Taking The Next Steps With Medical Research

You have completed your research project, possibly published the results, and maybe presented the work at a conference.  Now what?  Perhaps you would like to see the technology translated into medical practice and meaningful health outcomes.  But what are the next steps? You may think the next logical steps are to refine the technology and…

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SPECIALIST SERIES: What is Due Diligence?

No matter how interested they appear in a deal, prudent investors always follow a process called “due diligence” before making a financial commitment.  That means conducting research on the proposition to test the assertions of the promoters and seek additional information to the point where they are satisfied that they clearly understand the risks they…

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