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Journey to Venture Capital: Insights with Jeni Lee

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  • Jeni Lee, PhD LaunchBio

    Jeni Lee, PhD, Partner – Pivotal bioVenture Partners (US)

    Jeni joined Pivotal in 2019, investing across therapeutics and life sciences with a primary focus in early–stage therapeutics since 2021. Prior to Pivotal, she was at Novo Ventures supporting the firm’s investments across healthcare. Before joining Novo, Jeni interned with the Director of Research at Aquilo Capital Management, a hedge fund focused on smid–cap biotechs. Additionally, Jeni was a co–founder of ViVita Technologies, a cardiovascular–focused preclinical medtech startup. Jeni currently serves on the board of directors of Addition Therapeutics and DermBiont and as an observer for Secure Transfusion Solutions (STS). She previously served as an observer on the board of directors of Rallybio (NASDAQ:RLYB) and Inozyme Pharma (NASDAQ:INZY). Jeni volunteers with the Breaking 7% network to promote women in venture capital and previously volunteered with the New England Venture Network (NEVN). Jeni earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis, and her BS in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

On This Episode

In this episode of the NextGenVC podcast, hosts Mike Hostetler and Jen Fang engage in an in-depth discussion with Jeni Lee, a partner at Pivotal bioVenture Partners, which invests in transformative therapeutic-focused healthcare companies. They cover a range of topics, from the announcement of Pivotal’s second fund to specific investment strategies and the unique aspects of investing in life sciences. Jeni also shares insights into her PhD journey, her strategy in transitioning into the investment world, the importance of embracing risk and what has shaped her career trajectory thus far. The conversation also explores the crucial role of network building for aspiring venture capitalists and the dynamics between investors and companies within the venture ecosystem.

Meet the Hosts

Mike Hostetler LaunchBio

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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