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From MIT Chemistry to VC: Navigating the Biotech Startup Landscape with Neena Kadaba

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  • Podcast guest Neena Kadaba, n entrepreneur in residence at Apple Tree Partners (ATP)

    Neena Kadaba, PhD

    Neena Kadaba, an entrepreneur in residence at Apple Tree Partners (ATP), is a science-driven investor with 15 years of experience building novel collaborations and partnerships to drive innovation. Neena is the interim CBO/COO at ATP portfolio companies Deep Apple Therapeutics, Evercrisp Biosciences and Initial Therapeutics and manages ATP’s research collaboration with the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley and UCSF.

On This Episode

Neena Kadaba, an entrepreneur in residence at Apple Tree Partners, shares her journey from studying chemistry at MIT to becoming a venture capitalist in the biotech industry. She discusses her initial attraction to science, her experience as a Kauffman Fellow, and her role at Apple Tree Partners, a life science venture fund that creates biotech companies to translate emerging science into new therapies. Neena emphasizes the importance of curiosity, communication, and building a network in the world of venture capital. She also shares insights into dealing with challenges and struggles in startups, from financing to team management. This episode offers valuable advice and a glimpse into the evolving landscape of biotech investing.

Meet the Hosts

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Michael Hostetler, JD, PhD - Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Mike is a partner in the San Francisco (SoMa) and San Diego offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He has provided strategic intellectual property counseling to hundreds growth enterprises in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, both venture-backed and public companies. His expertise includes patent strategy, prosecution, and diligence (both buy and sell side) for venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions.

Jennifer Fang, MEng, JD, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Jennifer Fang, JD, M.Eng. - Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Jennifer is a partner in the Boston office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She helps innovative startups grow into successful enterprises by providing counsel to the founders, management teams and boards and by handling the legal and strategic business issues and transactions that arise at each stage. She is a member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) General Counsel Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker.

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