OUR TEAM

Passion and experience

A journey, smartly taken with fellow entrepreneurs.

Avalon Bio Ventures is passionate about backing talented entrepreneurs and organizations looking to become market-leading companies. In fact, we’ve founded or funded scores of life science companies to date and are always on the lookout for the next breakthrough ideas.

Portfolio Companies

Our sweet spot:
biotech and life sciences

“Aratana Therapeutics started as a concept: a pharmaceutical company focused on pets. Given a long-standing relationship with Jay Lichter [through a prior investment in Syndax Pharmaceuticals] and Avalon’s status as a leader in venture capital, it was a natural fit. Jay assumed the role of Chairman of the Board, and he was a terrific partner to me as a first time CEO eventually taking the company public and pioneering the pet therapeutics industry.”

Steven St. Peter

Steven St. Peter

Managing Director of VIE Ventures

“Avalon’s founding and unwavering commitment to Synthorx along with their contributions to the financing and strategy of the company was paramount to our ability to execute.”

Laura Shawver, Ph.D.

Laura Shawver, Ph.D.

Former CEO of Synthorx, Inc.

“Collaborating with the team from Avalon has been a complete success. The use of the accelerator allowed for rapid and cost effective development of our asset ultimately lead to an acquisition of the novel drug candidate to treat patients with celiac disease.”

Chaitan Khosla, Ph.D.

Chaitan Khosla, Ph.D.

Professor, Stanford and Founder of Sitari, Inc.

“Avalon understands there will be unexpected challenges and that success will be determined by how management teams overcome issues. They have always been a supportive and active partner, contributing their extensive experience and knowledge to help us solve problems and achieve our goals.”

David Weber, Ph.D.

David Weber, Ph.D.

President and CEO of Otonomy, Inc.

“Avalon has enabled the creation of Fortis Therapeutics, Inc., which turned a discovery made in my lab into two multi-center phase I clinical trials in about two years. It has been a great experience to work with Avalon. They have provided both strong financial support and an outstanding management team to enable timely translation of laboratory research to the clinic.”

Bin Liu, Ph.D.

Bin Liu, Ph.D.

Professor, UCSF and Founder of Fortis, Inc.
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