Ask a VC: How to Approach a Deep Science VC

We spoke with our Tech Associate, Ajay Rayasam, and our Life Science Associate, Margalit Haber, for their perspectives on how best to initially interact with VCs. While some of their insights were similar, as with all individuals in the venture capital space, they did have differing opinions.

Solving the Equity Equation

Startup compensation is often an opaque and awkward topic for first-time academic founders. How much equity do I receive? My CEO? The PI(s)? Other co-founders? How will my choices affect future compensation?

Diving into Academic EIR/MIR Programs: Caltech and Johns Hopkins

In early 2022, OUP hosted a webinar on EIR/MIR Programs at Universities. Due to the overwhelming interest in the topic, we wanted to highlight two additional programs to offer perspectives from other universities. We spoke with Case Cortese, Director for Innovation, New Ventures & Entrepreneurship, to discuss Caltech’s entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) program, and Mark VanderZyl, Associate…

TTO Strategic Communication Tactics with VCs

As a VC firm partnered with over 100 universities, we get the question from Tech Transfer Offices (TTOs) all the time — how can we best communicate with VCs? While investors have directed more attention to universities for deal flow in recent years (see bar graph below), most VCs don’t have a singular focus on…

2019 Court Decisions: Implications for University Licensing

On September 2, 2020, Russell E. Levine, JD, Kirkland & Ellis, presented an AUTM webinar entitled “Top 10 Court Decisions of the Year That Affect Licensing.” Russell, a past president of LES USA & Canada, has been doing these “top 10” talks for many years at LES annual meetings. These talks are always a full…

Equalize – 2020 and Beyond

by Nichole Mercier, Kristen Otto, and Kirsten Leute It’s been a few weeks since our Equalize 2020 event. All of those involved are still reflecting on the impact of the event, while excited to take the next steps in this journey. With this article, we wanted to articulate the need and history of Equalize 2020, the experiences…