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Supplement: The Launch and the Exit

THE LAUNCH AND THE EXIT By Susan Brown There's an art to creating - and selling - a life science company. 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

Susan Brown
THE LAUNCH AND THE EXIT
By Susan Brown
There's an art to creating - and selling - a life science company.

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."

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