CNSI Entrepreneurship Forum: Leon Chen (OrbiMed, Venture Partner)

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • 4:00-7:00 PM
  • CNSI Auditorium
  • 570 Westwood Plaza
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095

Sponsored by UCLA OIP-ISR

 Topic: The economic environment that influences the transition of science to product

A discussion about the multifactorial calculation of FDA, Payers, VCs and their impact on healthcare startups.


Guest Speaker: Leon Chen, Ph.D

Venture Partner, OrbiMed Healthcare Fund

Followed by Networking Reception

About Leon Chen

Leon Chen, Ph.D., is a Venture Partner with OrbiMed. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Dr. Chen was the co-founder of KAI Pharmaceuticals where he built the company as the first employee. He held responsibilities research, intellectual property and business development before Amgen acquired KAI in 2012. He was previously an Entrepreneur in Residence at Venrock and most recently was a Partner at Skyline Ventures where he served on the board of a number of biotech and diagnostic companies.  Dr. Chen has a B.A in Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D in Molecular Pharmacology from Stanford and an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 About OrbiMed Healthcare Fund

From biopharmaceuticals to medical devices, diagnostics, and healthcare services, OrbiMed is scouting the globe for innovations that will help ensure humanity lives healthier, longer and more productive lives. They have been investing globally for over 20 years across the healthcare industry: from early-stage private companies to large multinational corporations. Their team of over 80 distinguished scientific, medical, investment and other professionals manage approximately $14 billion across public and private company investments worldwide.

 About CNSI Entrepreneurship Forum

CNSI’s Entrepreneurship Forum is designed to enable entrepreneurial UCLA faculty, staff and students to exchange ideas and build relationships across LA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The forum serves CNSI’s mission to facilitate commercialization by creating an environment where innovative ideas can be shared and cultivated into commercial opportunities.

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