Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic Investor Academy: Telling Angel Investors the Truth and Debunking Myths About Life Science Exits

This week, Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic introduces the next workshop in the Investor Academy series. The group will explore the truths and debunk the myths associated with Life Science Exits.

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​​​​​​​Life Science investing is different from Tech investing. There are hurdles faced in testing and clinical trials that don’t have a comparison in the Technology silo. Companies raising money within the Life Sciences silo may need to go through several series of funding and can travel very different journeys to get to an exit. In addition, within Life Science, the strategy of the startup company can differ based on how they chose to navigate the path to exit. Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic wants to debunk the myths that could affect investment for angel investor members.

Some investors believe that Life Science deals can take eight to ten years to liquidity because of regulatory and capital requirements. However, this may not be true. Some companies may achieve an exit well before they proceed to the end of a regulatory pathway. Some companies may have a shorter timeline because they are repurposing an existing drug for a new use. Finally, medical devices can achieve FDA approval within months if the Fast-Track process is effectively managed.

Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic invited, David Baker, CEO Vallon Pharmaceuticals to address members at an Investors Workshop on Wednesday, June 19 to address the truths and myths surrounding Life Science liquidity events. The workshop will address the stages at which a Life Science company may start looking at potential exits versus the behaviors and language used by a company actively seeking an exit. To further empower Keiretsu Forum members, David will coach investors on inquiries that can be made to better decode the startup company’s assertions.

David Baker is a co-founder of Vallon Pharmaceuticals and has over 25 years of executive, operational and commercial leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. He has been directly involved with the commercialization of five medications with annual sales in excess of $1 billion each, including Adderall XR® and Vyvanse®, the two most successful ADHD brands based on annual revenue.

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