The Biotech Startups Podcast

A podcast for scientist-entrepreneurs. Brought to you by Excedr.

Each episode, leaders in science join us to provide valuable insights into the world of biotechnology. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and never miss an episode.

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We publish new episodes weekly featuring a wide range of guests, including first-time founders, experienced scientists, long-time company operators, serial entrepreneurs, and biotech investors.

Hear about the challenges and triumphs of running a biotech startup in each episode, and gain actionable insight into navigating the life sciences industry as we explore the business of science, from pre-seed to IPO.

Latest Episodes

Martin Brenner | iBio | Part 1

How Childhood Influences Shape Career Paths | Unexpected Crossovers Between Engineering & Veterinary Clinics | Eli Lilly Nurturing His Professional Development | Communication Can Make or Break Leadership

Jeff Kim | Slingshot Biosciences | Part 3

Bucking the Status Quo | Raising Capital During Peak COVID | How To Find & Retain Great Talent | Building Partnerships with Distributors

Jeff Kim | Slingshot Biosciences | Part 2

Working Toward One Goal In Industry | How Great Loss Prompted Professional Growth | Transitioning From a Basement Lab to a Thriving Company | A 6-Month Startup Idea Exceeding 12 Years of Operation

Jeff Kim | Slingshot Biosciences | Part 1

Parental Freedom, Curiosity, & Self-Teaching | Music Accentuating a Passion for Science | The Benefits of Graduate Responsibilities as an Undergrad | Finding Fit & Balancing Research & the Arts

Stephanie Sirota | RTW Investments | Part 3

The Emergence of Crossover Rounds | Building & Explaining Your Investment Thesis | Creating a .600 Batting Average Investment Fund | Transparency Between Investor & Founder | How to Get LPs to Say “Yes”

Stephanie Sirota | RTW Investments | Part 2

Understanding Investment Banking’s Role in the Biosciences | Finding the Benefits of Your Uniqueness | Unexpected Pivots & Finding Passion in Your Work | Advice on Dealing with Bear Markets

Stephanie Sirota | RTW Investments | Part 1

Early Influences on Leadership Style | Competitive Tennis Fosters Professional Drive | The Inverse Importance of Coaching | The Ending of a Dream to Open New Doors | Organically Choosing Your Track & Finding the Hook of Your Story

Kittu Kolluri | Neotribe Ventures | Part 3

Influence vs Control as a VC | Being a Leader in Venture vs a Leader in a Company | Starting Neotribe as a Passionate Rage Against the Status Quo | Sunk Cost vs Opportunity Cost | Optimizing Customer Acquisition

Kittu Kolluri | Neotribe Ventures | Part 2

The Importance of Co-Authoring a Culture Statement | The Difference Between Leadership & Management | Raising Funds in Down-Market Conditions | The Value of Authenticity & Intellectual Curiosity

Kittu Kolluri | Neotribe Ventures | Part 1

Entrepreneurship as a First-Generation Immigrant | Working & Growing at Silicon Graphics | Learning From Mistakes & Pride of Ownership | The Dangers of Company Microcultures

Fengru Lin | TurtleTree | Part 3

The Value of Early HR for Company Building | Creating a People-First Work Culture | Refocusing to Reach Commercialization Sooner | Navigating Seed Series Fundraising

Fengru Lin | TurtleTree | Part 2

Salesforce’s Customer-Centric Sales Motion | The Value of Knowing Your Audience in Every Conversation | Why Executive Buy-In Matters | How a Hobby Led to TurtleTree’s Founding Idea

About The Biotech Startups Podcast

The life sciences industry has evolved significantly since its inception, shaping different ways people conduct, fund, and commercialize promising science and technology.

The many iterations of success and failure have produced countless journeys from discovery to IPO, supporting the idiosyncratic nature of building a biotech around something innovative.

More and more researchers make the change from academia to industry, fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs interested in bringing innovative products to market. We created the Biotech Startups podcast to support this new generation of founders.

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Jon Chee
CEO & Podcast Host
Jon graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular Toxicology and founded Excedr in the labs on campus. As host, he takes a closer look at the notoriously demanding life science industry.
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