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Dianne Russell Discusses Role of Banks In Funding Startups

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  • Date Added : 6/2/2005
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Dianne Russell

  • Senior VP, Syntonix Pharmaceuticals
  • female
  • Caucasian
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  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
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Biography

As head of Comerica's Technology and Life Sciences Division in the Northeast, Dianne Russell oversees all lending to Life Sciences companies - including biotech, medical devices, bioinformatics and health-related companies. She has been responsible for the establishment of Comerica's national Life Sciences practice including the hiring of professionals with advanced degrees in molecular biology and medicine to build that practice.

Russell has extensive experience in the origination, negotiation and structuring of debt financings for companies at every stage of development from early stage pre-revenue companies to mature, profitable public corporations. She has managed specialized lending groups including those dedicated to M&A, leveraged buyouts and recapitalization. Formerly a Senior Vice President and Department Executive at Bank of Boston, Russell headed that bank's leveraged buyout operations while Division Executive of Acquisition Finance. Subsequently, she ran Large Corporate Banking which encompassed the five geographical lending regions covering the United States, plus two specialty groups, Acquisition Finance and Environmental Services.

Currently a member of the Board of Directors of Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc, she has also served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and for the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University. Russell was appointed by Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MDFA), the state's development bank where she was named Treasurer and served as head of the agency's credit committee. She is currently Chairman of the Financial Advisory Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Let me talk a little bit about banks and how we look at it. The reason we are the last money in is, if your company is highly successful - the gentlemen to my left get very rich because they own a very large slice of your company. And if you have continuing up rounds and then an eventual successfu...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Dianne Russell videos

Video 1 of 12 Robert Creeden Shares Valuation Example
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Robert Creeden
  • 2 min. 37 sec.
Video 2 of 12 Robert Creeden States Owners Need To Be More Concerned About Dilution of Price and Not Dilution of Ownership
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Robert Creeden
  • 2 min. 48 sec.
Video 3 of 12 Robert Creeden States Example of Bad Valuation Scenario
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Robert Creeden
  • 6 min. 32 sec.
Video 4 of 12 Laurence Blumberg Discusses Background of Syntonix and Technology Transfer Process
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Laurence Blumberg
  • 2 min. 53 sec.
Video 5 of 12 Laurence Blumberg Shares Thoughts on Angel Investing and Creation of Management Team
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Laurence Blumberg
  • 4 min. 13 sec.
Video 6 of 12 Dianne Russell States Tech Startups Are A Money Game of Risk and Reward
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Dianne Russell
  • 1 min. 50 sec.
Video 7 of 12 Dianne Russell Discusses Role of Banks In Funding Startups
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Dianne Russell
  • 5 min. 52 sec.
Video 8 of 12 Dianne Russell Discusses Position of Bank When Company Starts To Fail
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Dianne Russell
  • 1 min. 52 sec.
Video 9 of 12 Robert Creeden Shares Thoughts on Risk of Life Science and Tech-Related Startups
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Robert Creeden
  • 2 min. 41 sec.
Video 10 of 12 Laurence Blumberg Shares Thoughts on Valuing Startup Companies
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Laurence Blumberg
  • 1 min. 7 sec.
Video 11 of 12 Dianne Russell Discusses Importance of Shopping Around For A VC Firm and Making Sure There Is Strong Chemistry
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Dianne Russell
  • 1 min. 30 sec.
Video 12 of 12 Laurence Blumberg Shares Thoughts on Pitching To VC Firms and Private Equity Market
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Laurence Blumberg
  • 0 min. 58 sec.

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Dianne Russell Discusses Role of Banks In Funding Startups
  • Invention to Venture - June 2005 - Session 6 - Planning the Capital Structure
  • 6/2/2005
  • Dianne Russell
  • 5 min. 52 sec.