RiverVest News

Candid Advice For Cash-Strapped Startups From A Biotech Venture Capitalist

By Josh Baxt, BioSpace.com Exclusive Story

July 21, 2014

In a sense, Niall O’Donnell, Ph.D., and his colleagues at RiverVest Venture Partners run a biomedical adoption agency. They track down innovative discoveries, help raise them for a while and then find a good home, either at a pharmaceutical company or through public markets.

For cash-strapped startups, this represents an opportunity, but they need to understand the rules. RiverVest is trying to build companies in five years or less, and that means having excellent IP and a collaborative team to take it towards the finish line.  Read More

 

15 Agents of Change in Medtech: No. 7: RiverVest Venture Partners

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
May 28, 2014
Jamie Hartford

 No. 7: RiverVest Venture Partners

Passion or the desire to make a difference alone cannot bring about radical changes in the world of medtech. Money and the right guidance are equally crucial. That’s where venture capitalist firms—especially RiverVest Venture Partners—come in.  Read More

RiverVest Venture Partners’ portfolio company Lumena is Sold to Shire for $260 million; Represents Sixth Exit from RiverVest Venture Fund II

ST. LOUIS and SAN DIEGO (May 12, 2014)RiverVest Venture Partners today announced portfolio company Lumena Pharmaceuticals has been sold to Dublin-based Shire Plc., in a transaction with an upfront payment of  $260 million in cash, plus a payment for net cash at closing, and near-term contingent milestone payments related to ongoing clinical trials. (more…)

RiverVest Venture Partners Promotes Niall O’Donnell to Managing Director; Michael Berman Joins as Venture Partner

ST. LOUIS (April 2, 2014) – RiverVest Venture Partners today announced the promotion of Niall O’Donnell, Ph.D., to Managing Director. The life sciences venture capital firm also announced that medical device entrepreneur Mike Berman, a long-time member of RiverVest’s Scientific & Industry Advisory Board, has joined the firm as Venture Partner. (more…)

“The Frank Drebin Approach to Healthcare”

“The Frank Drebin Approach to Healthcare” by RiverVest’s Niall O’Donnell, appearing in the Rady Business Journal, a Publication of the Rady School of Management. University of California, San Diego. Winter, 2014.  Read more

RiverVest is investor in ZS Pharma’s $55 million financing

St. Louis Business Journal
March 7, 2014
Brian Feldt, Reporter

Two venture firms with St. Louis ties have invested in a Fort Worth-Texas-based pharmaceutical company’s $55 million financing round.

ZS Pharma, which is developing treatments for kidney, cardiovascular, and liver disorders, closed on a $55 million Series D financing round on Wednesday. (more…)

RiverVest Venture Partners’ Bradley T. Keller Presents New Treatment for Cholestatic Liver Diseases at The Liver Meeting

ST. LOUIS and WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 5, 2013) –RiverVest Venture Partners’ Bradley T. Keller presents research today on a potential new treatment for cholestatic liver diseases at The Liver Meeting in Washington, D.C.  (more…)

RiverVest sells portfolio company to Abbott Labs for $310 million

July 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS (St. Louis Business Journal) — Abbott Laboratories is acquiring IDEV Technologies, a RiverVest Venture Partners medical device portfolio company, for $310 million…  Read more.

RiverVest Venture Partners’ Medical Device Portfolio Company Sold to Abbott Laboratories for $310 million

ST. LOUIS, MO (July 15, 2013) – RiverVest Venture Partners announced today that Abbott Laboratories is acquiring RiverVest medical device portfolio company IDEV Technologies for $310 million. (more…)

Podcast: What Works When It Comes Time To Pitch

Cleveland, OH (July 9, 2013) -  In 2012, 108 Northeast Ohio companies raised $212 million in equity capital from angel and venture capitalists to grow their businesses. Still, the process of raising capital is a struggle for many, if not most, entrepreneurs. Imagine convincing potential investors—especially ones you don’t know—to put money into your company above other opportunities. It requires, among other things, technique, a strong business model and confidence.

JumpStart’s Samantha Fryberger sat down with a succesful fundraiser (OnShift CEO Mark Woodka) and an investor (Karen Spilizewski of Rivervest Venture Partners) to find out what else it takes to get the money your company needs to grow.

Listen to the conversation here.

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