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Typs of Deals That Millenia Partners…

What we look at when we look at founders and core management teams, most life sciences, healthcare deals as they're coming out of the laboratory looking to get in to the early stage seed funding round or even A…

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Background of Millenia Partners

My job is very simply to help Boston Millenia as best as I can find the A players, the top team that's going to be able to take the science out of the laboratory and bring it into the marketplace and make it a…

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CEOs Are Usually Brought In After…

Chief executive officer tends to be someone who's brought on to the team after professional money, institution money like ours goes in and clearly a business officer or someone who needs to come on board fairly…

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Paul McManus Discusses Growth of…

You'll wind up in the early stage you have a small board, maybe three people. Maybe as many as five. As the company develops and grows that board may grow into 10 or 12 or 14 people. Many of those people we…

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Entrepreneurs Polarize People With…

Entrepreneurs polarize people. They are not middle of the road folks. Well you could do this, or you could do that. Or maybe you ought to think about that. These are people saying, this is going to change…

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Advantage Of Working With Service…

Service providers. A litany of them. Generally in the early stages when you're building teams you look to use a lot of these because you can bring them in with specific expertise, they do cost you some of the…

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Three Risks Of Investing Are…

We look at investments with three kinds of risks involved, one is technology, another one is markets, the third is the team. US scientists will have a lock on the technology and we believe that you know what…

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Life Science Startups Should Be…

There's more and more rounds being done by insiders now and I think that's historically been true. I think what you're seeing is a lot of new money looking to come to the table as well and can as we move…

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Thoughts On Measuing The Quality Of…

Clearly where we sit and have a perfective as an investor. Board of directors as legal entity created at the incorporation of the firm, we have a responsibility for governance of the company and making sure…

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Paul McManus Provides Comparison…

The distinguishing factor of the science team versus the business team. On the science team you're looking a group of people that have taken a discovery forward and validated it et cetera. When you are on the…

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Paul McManus States One of Biggest…

I think in terms of this context, one of the thing that you run into all the time is that decision point the investigator has to come to, and eventually will come to of, am I am scientist or am I the leader or…

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Paul McManus States Advisory Board…

I think I would add there too is, the goal is not to build the best SAB in the industry. The objective of the company is as you say, is to build the best company with the best product. Adding SAB members just…

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Paul McManus Shares Thoughts on Role…

I think in every case we are looking for an advisory board of some shape or form whether it is formally structured or informally structured, depending on the stage of the company. It is absolutely essential to…

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Lack Of Strong Executives In Life…

If you look at my home market, the Boston market, we do an event on the first Tuesday of every month called First Tuesday, which is a biotech life sciences cocktail hour in Kendal (?) Square off the campus of…

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Entrepreneurs Need More Patience When…

Having the patience to start small. There are lots of folks who come in with deals that go off and say gee, I need $50 million to start this software company. Okay. Let's see. You're three guys. You…

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Three Business Development Models

We're going to talk about three development cycles here. The launch phase, the getting - escape velocity phase and going off and traveling to another galaxy phase. This early stage is the founding team. This…

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Mentors Act Like Parents

It's kind of like parenting I think. Start to appreciate your parents in your 40s mainly. Mentors are those sorts of people who... can go off and provide advice and counsel and be a shoulder to lean on and an…

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Thoughts On How To Build A Scientific…

Scientific advisory board is very similar in terms of the things that you look for and constructing them. Looking for the same sorts of things in terms of their skills, make sure that they complement your…

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Key Participants In Venture Team

Key areas for us of course, are in ... classically in therapeutics and medical devices area but like I was saying a moment ago, we do a substantial amount of investing and the services and the information…

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Thoughts On How To Build A Management…

How do you build a team? You build a team very carefully. You look for in particular, if you're an investigator, a scientist, what is the role that you want to play in this company? What do you want to be…

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Paul McManus Discusses Advantages of…

Well in the ideal case, a fully formed team coming us is you know, the best of all possible worlds because that is a group that has selected themselves to work together. They compliment each other. They…

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Strong Entrepreneurs Can Focus On One…

Entrepreneurs are wonderfully creative. And that is how they get to be successful, because they are challenged by tough problems and they overcome them. As a personality profile, they can - as I said, be a…

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Personality Traits Of Strong…

Demonstrate the ability to have multiple tools. A Swiss Army knife of tools. Open-mindedness. Particularly listening skills. Two ears, one mouth, right? That's how we're all born. Listen twice as much as…

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Entrepreneurs Are Decision Makers Who…

We're biased towards decision-making and action. We're not looking for people who are smart an intellectual. That can theorize about a lot of things, and take hypothesis and say gee, if we thought about it,…

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