The Benefits of Partnering with PE Firms and Venture Capitalists

November 15, 2019 10:15am

John Christopher LiPuma
Vice President, Investment Professional
Fortress Investment Group (New York, NY)

Angela Ni
Director of Underwriting and Data Strategies
Parabellum Capital LLC (New York, NY)

Jeffrey Wade
Executive Vice President, Corporate and Administrative Affairs and CFO
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Spring, TX)

Partnering with an investment firm to secure funding is an essential and valuable tool to facilitate business expansion and accelerated growth for your life sciences organization. Two funding options to consider are private equity firms and venture capitalists. While private equity firms can deliver tactical financial backing and business alliance, venture capital funds can provide a significant capital enhancement for startups. Topics of discussion include:
  • Identifying optimal timing in a company’s lifecycle to partner with a PE fund versus a VC fund
  • Recognizing capital structure and governance considerations
  • Considering alternative or complimentary sources of funding, e.g. structured and venture lenders, royalty monetization, or intellectual property linked funding