Topic: Biotech Startup Ecosystems – Funding, Founders & Pharma with Dr. Steve Tregay, Ph.D.
Steve Tregay, Ph.D., Chairman of Lab Central & Managing Director of Mission Biocapital, will be joining us for a Fireside Founder Chat to discuss the value of fostering robust biotech ecosystems and the requisites for building innovative biotech ventures. We will discuss what makes Boston/Cambridge the epicenter of biotech, including the foundational resources that allow biotech startups to thrive. With perspectives from Steve’s vast experience, we will touch on the importance of the abundance of ‘smart capital’, maintaining a strong pool of biotech talent, and the presence of top academic institutions and the biopharma industry. We will also look at what comprises a winning formula when spinning out a biotech startup from an academic research institution.
Speaker Bio: Steve Tregay is the founder, president and CEO of FORMA Therapeutics, a company building a robust pipeline of transformative cancer therapeutics directed in areas such as tumor metabolism, epigenetics and protein-protein interactions. Prior to joining FORMA, Steven Tregay was a managing director for the $200 million Novartis Option Fund. He led the fund’s investments in and served on the board of directors of FORMA Therapeutics, Adenosine Therapeutics (acquired by Clinical Data: FRX) and Cequent Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Marina Biotech: MRNA). Prior to joining the venture group, he was the executive director and head of strategic alliances – Oncology, Ophthalmology and Technologies at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. He managed a team responsible for identification, negotiation and management of collaborations for the oncology and ophthalmology disease areas and all the technology areas. Prior to Novartis, he had roles in business development at Array BioPharma and research. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees in organic chemistry from Harvard University and a bachelor’s from Davidson College.
About Fireside Chats: Join us for the Health & Life Sciences Fireside Founder Chat, where you’ll get to hear directly from leaders from life science industry on lessons learned while building and running a companies. We will cover a variety of current topics relevant to H&LS founders including, multi-disciplinary team building & leadership, biotech innovation ecosystems, the impact of COVID on the life science industry, and current trends in life science venture capital & technology.