Edward Rosen, Glendevon Life Sciences

Glendevon Life Sciences

Edward Rosen is the founder and managing partner of Glendevon Life Sciences. He is a serial entrepreneur with a foundation of success in multinational drug, device and diagnostic companies and extensive experience out-licensing technology from academic institutions. Ed is currently an Executive-in-Residence for the Technology Ventures Group at Columbia University and was the founding CEO, President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Elucida Oncology, Inc. Ed has more than 25 years of operational and leadership experience in the life sciences industry, including Worldwide Vice President of Marketing for a large division of Johnson & Johnson. Ed attended the University of Lincoln in the UK, receiving a BA with honors in Business.

The Glendevon strategy will seek to generate long-term capital appreciation by leveraging an exceptional team to found and make venture capital investments in life science companies – including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical devices.

We do this by bridging academic research and Series A investment by:

  • Establishing exclusive licensing of early-stage life science intellectual property, prioritizing probability-of-success as an investment philosophy.
  • Targeting quality niche opportunities less attractive to larger funds due to scale.
  • Defining realizable and affordable milestones to enable strong Series A fundraising potential.
  • Supplying high-talent Management Service Team to enhance performance of Portfolio Companies and tailor leadership to early-stage company needs.

Performance 

Prior team successes include founding/co-founding and/or senior executive and scientific leadership for Lodo Therapeutics, Elucida Oncology, Bioleap, Revolution Medicine, Arcellx, NKarta Therapeutics, Cell Therapy Accelerator, Battersea Biotech, InFocus Capital Partners, Equitable and Alliance Capital Partners, International Fund Administration and Sierra Global Management.

 


Yubo Ruan, 8 Decimal Capital

8 Decimal Capital

Yubo is the founder of 8 Decimal Capital, a multinational investment firm in the blockchain industry. He is also the Co-founder of Skylight Investment, a Boston-based venture fund backed by New Oriental (NYSE:EDU). Before his career in venture capital, Yubo founded Alisimba, which was later acquired by TopHacker Group. He currently holds 5 patents and was nominated for AACYF’s 30 under 30 in 2017.

 


Christina Bechhold Russ, Samsung Next Ventures

Samsung Next Ventures

Christina Bechhold Russ is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, based in New York, focused on early stage investments in software and services, particularly in mobility, consumer IoT and fintech. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led angel group of young professionals investing in technology startups with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. Christina is a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a columnist for Inc.com, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia, a TEDx speaker, and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.

 


David Sachs, Stable Asset Management

Stable Asset Management

Heads the US offices for Stable Asset Management, a hedge fund seeding business focused on specialist strategies.

Responsibilities include manager origination, talent acquisition,strategic and business development, investor relations and distribution.

Over 30 years of investment advisory, capital markets and prime brokerage experience including Managing Director and Head of Prime Brokerage at Lazard cm, Senior roles at Barclays Private Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, beginning his career at Bear Stearns in commodity arbitrage.

Graduate of Tufts University with a BA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies.


Michael Sanders, BlankRome

BlankRome

Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders is the lead partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office tax group. He focuses his practice in the area of taxation, offering particular knowledge in matters affecting partnerships, limited liability companies, S-corporations, real estate, tax controversy, and estate planning, including trusts and estates. He also has a large practice in the area of exempt organizations involving healthcare and low-income housing, associations and joint ventures between for-profits and nonprofits, as well as structuring New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) and Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) transactions. He regularly serves as an expert witness in complex litigation. Michael is the author of Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations (4th Ed., 2013; 2016 Supplement) published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The book was recently cited by the majority opinion in the widely covered U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. He is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center and Georgetown University Law School teaching Income Taxation of Partnerships and Subchapter S Corporations and Tax Treatment of Charities and Other Non-Profit Organizations, and Joint Ventures Involving Tax Exempt Organizations (including healthcare, universities, LIHTC, new markets, HTC, and conservation organizations, respectively). Michael has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax attorney, with clients noting that “he stands out for his persistence, accessibility, seasoned judgment and reasonableness, coupled with his creativity in finding solutions.” In 2007, he was selected from a field of the nation’s leading lawyers and judges as a finalist for the Lawdragon 500 based upon his current impact on the biggest issues and deals in the law. Prior to Blank Rome, Michael served as an attorney-adviser to the assistant secretary of tax policy at the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Honors Program). In 2016, Michael was honored by The George Washington University Law School for his 40 years of teaching at the law school.

RECOGNITIONS • Tax Law, listed in Chambers USA • 2006–2019, Litigation and Controversy – Tax and Tax Law in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America© • 2007–2009, 2011, 2014–2015, “Top Tax Lawyer” in Washington, D.C., listed in Washingtonian Magazine

ADMISSIONS District of Columbia, 1979 New York, 1964 Supreme Court of the United States U.S. Tax Court United States Court of Federal Claims MEMBERSHIPS American Bar Association American Institute of Certified Public Accountants District of Columbia Bar Association Internal Revenue Service Commissioner’s Exempt Organizations Advisory Group EDUCATION Georgetown University (LLM Tax, 1967) New York University School of Law (LLB, 1964) New York University (BS, 1960, Major: Accounting, summa cum laude)

• 2014, “Outstanding Attorney Award” by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section • 2005, “Light of Jerusalem Award,” by the Israel Bonds Legal and Financial Division • 2004, “Top Ten Lawyer” and “Top Tax Lawyer,” listed in Washington Business Journal PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Michael serves as co-general counsel and a member of the Board of the Children’s Charities Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations that support disadvantaged and at-risk children.

Michael I. Sanders Partner Tax Washington, D.C. 202.772.5808 sanders@blankrome.com