Pick an invention that solves a problem and then think the enterprise through to the end so you will attract the needed investors to launch a life science company. That is the advice of Gary Kurtzman who has helped to start dozens of companies over the past 16 years.
Kurtzman picks winning ventures for a living as vice president for the life sciences group at Safeguard Scientifics, a holding company based in Wayne, Pa., that provides capital to growth-stage companies. The projects that get noticed has as much to do with the messenger as the technology, according to Kurtzman. "I like the people who have the passion. I often can't disentangle the project from the people."