Serial investors: Comforting figures for VC backers

The San Diego Business Journal profiles serial entrepreneur Randy Woods, who has raised $20 million so far to back Sequel Pharmaceuticals, a spin-off from NovaCardia. Woods had been the CEO of NovaCardia when it was sold to Merck for $364 million last fall. Earlier, Woods had run Corvas International, which was sold to Dendreon in '03 after a failed clinical trial. Woods' new venture is focused on developing an experimental therapy for arrhythmia.

What Woods finds exciting: "It's being on the edge of the technology that's the next newest and biggest thing." Sounds exciting, but Woods also notes that venture capitalists like to see familiar faces at the helm of those cutting-edge startups.

- read the article from the San Diego Business Journal

Suggested Articles

The planned takeover centers on ARQ 531, a BTK inhibitor that triggered durable responses in patients with B-cell malignancies.

At ASH, Dana-Farber researchers presented promising preclinical data on AMG 701, Amgen's long-lasting BiTE for multiple myeloma, but rivals loom.

The takeover, the first of Paul Hudson’s time as CEO, will give Sanofi an IL-2 drug it thinks can become a foundation of future cancer combinations.