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Navigating Board Governance in Biotech Ventures

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  • Amy Simmerman

    Amy L. Simmerman Partner, Corporate, Wilson Sonsini

    Amy Simmerman is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware, office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Amy is a leader of the firm’s Delaware office and governance practice, and she serves on the firm’s board of directors. Her practice focuses on providing advice on all aspects of Delaware corporate law and related corporate governance issues, including fiduciary duties, mergers and acquisitions, stockholder activism, corporate formation, stock issuances, preferred stock investments, and various statutory matters. Amy regularly represents special committees of boards of directors in mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, and other matters, and she provides corporate advice in the context of governance litigation.

On This Episode

This episode introduces the ‘Venture Ed’ series aimed at biotech investors. Hosts Mike Hostetler and Jen Fang, partners at Wilson Sonsini, talk with Amy Simmerman, a corporate governance expert from the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office. They discuss legal nuances of serving as a biotech company board director, exploring duties of care and loyalty, conflict of interest management, and the importance of confidentiality and transparency. Special attention is given to the challenges venture investors face balancing their duties to the companies they invest in with their responsibilities to their funds. The episode also highlights the upcoming NextGen VC Forum in San Francisco, a learning and network event for life science investors co-sponsored by Wilson Sonsini and LaunchBio.

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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