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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Boston Early-Stage Angel and Venture Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Boston, MA on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

    Photo of Rick Blume, Managing Director, Excel Medical Ventures Rick Blume
    Managing Director
    Excel Medical Ventures
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    Excel Medical Ventures
    Rick Blume has been financing companies in healthcare for over three decades. His early investment banking career involved financing and banking relationships with hospitals, payers, physicians, and new biotech companies. The excitement he saw at Genentech, in its early years, led him to transition into venture capital in the mid 1980's. Blume co-founded CB Health Ventures in 1998 where he assembled what is now the core of Excel including Rico Petrillo, M.D., Steve Gullans, PhD, and Tricia Moriarty.

    In each of his five venture funds he has followed the same successful strategy: invest broadly in healthcare across various sectors and stages and focus on businesses that lower costs and improve outcomes. By having savvy healthcare providers as limited partners and advisers, Blume has built up an extraordinary network to help with due diligence and market acceptance issues.

    Blume has served as a director or active investor in many successful companies including Cytyc (acquired by Hologic - HOLX), AbT (now OSI - OSIP), Somatogen (acquired by Baxter - BAX), Edentec, Exact Sciences (EXAS), IPC The Hospitalist Company ( IPCM), GeneOhm (acquired by Becton Dickinson - BDX), Zonare, TransMedics, US Servis; and the former public health insurance company Washington National. Blume did his undergraduate studies at University of the Pacific and Stanford. His MBA is from Stanford University.

    Photo of Andrew D. Clapp, Managing Partner, Arctaris Capital Partners, LLC Andrew Clapp
    Managing Partner
    Arctaris Capital Partners
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    Arctaris Capital Partners
    Mr. Clapp is the Managing Partner of Arctaris Capital Partners, LLC which provides an unusual royalty-based, non-dilutive financing to expansion stage companies in the northeast, and is launching the Arctaris Income Fund, LP. He is also affiliated with Financial West Group, a West Coast broker dealer.

    Previously he was a founding partner of Brook Venture Fund, whose most recent fund was a $100M sub-debt fund. Prior to Brook, Mr. Clapp was a managing director at Shields & Company, and for seven years before that he was a Partner at Downer & Company, a transatlantic investment-banking firm with offices in Boston and Paris, where he launched the firm's highly successful sell-side practice. While at Downer he also completed a number of private placements on behalf of early stage companies.

    Prior to Downer Mr. Clapp was President of Equifax Research, a division of Equifax, Inc. and before that he was Manager of the Corporate Development Unit at Arthur D. Little, Inc., which was then the largest consulting firm in the world. While at ADL, Equifax and Downer, he launched, managed and oversaw a family of merger & acquisition related publications and directories which were sold to Securities Data Company, a division of Thompson Group, which continues to publish some of them today.

    Mr. Clapp is a graduate of Clarkson University where he received a B.S. and from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where he received his MBA. He is a director of Hamilton Thorne Biosciences, Inc., and was formerly a Director of Texterity, Inc., Affordable Interior Systems, Inc., Mobile Medical International, Inc., Really Strategies, Universal Software, Wandrian, Bioscan, iMakeNews, Lexington Software, and was an observer on the boards of Laser Projection Technologies, Inc., Union Biometrica, and PointCare Technologies. He is a member of the Small Business Association of New England, the Association for Corporate Growth whose Boston chapter he founded, and the New England Venture Capital Association. He has two grown children, lives with his wife Jean, and spends time in the Adirondacks and Vermont.

    Photo of Kevin Bitterman, Principal, Polaris Venture Partners Kevin Bitterman
    Polaris Venture Partners
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    Polaris Venture Partners
    Kevin J. Bitterman is a principal in our Boston office. Kevin joined Polaris in July 2004 and focuses on investments in the life sciences.

    Prior to joining Polaris, Kevin completed his Ph.D. in genetics at Harvard Medical School under the guidance of Dr. David Sinclair. His doctoral research focused on small molecule regulation of a novel class of protein deacetylases. Kevin has authored papers in the journals Nature, Science and Molecular Cell and is a cofounder of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals.

    Kevin currently represents Polaris as a Director of Biolex Therapeutics, Certus Biomedical, Follica Inc., Genocea Biosciences, Parasol Therapeutics and Solace Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Kevin is a Board Observer to Pulmatrix Inc. and Tempo Pharmaceuticals.

    Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, Kevin earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from Rutgers College with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Philosophy.

    Photo of Matt Fates, Partner, Ascent Venture Partners Matt Fates
    Ascent Venture Partners
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    Ascent Venture Partners
    Experience: Matt has worked with emerging technology companies since 1996. Prior to joining Ascent in 2002, Matt worked in business development at Gold Wire Technology, a network configuration management software company. Before Gold Wire, Matt served as an Investment Analyst in the Boston office of Norwest Venture Partners where he worked on venture investments such as Broadband Access Systems (acquired by ADC Telecom), Gold Wire Technology (acquired by Intelliden), and COSpace (acquired by InterNAP). He also worked in technology investment banking at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he helped execute both equity and M&A transactions, working with companies such as BBN, CIENA, DSET, RSA Security and

    Current board seats include HubCast, Interactive Supercomputing, StrikeIron, Terascala and The Corporate Marketplace.

    Education: Double Major in Computer Science and Economics from Yale University. MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Tuck Scholar).

    Photo of Gaurav Tewari, Principal, Highland Capital Partners Gaurav Tewari
    SAP Ventures
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    SAP Ventures
    Gaurav focuses on growth and later-stage investments within Software/SaaS, Internet, Digital Media, Mobile, and Technology-Enabled Services. Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Gaurav was in the Boston-area with Highland Capital Partners leading growth and early-stage investments, and has held numerous board and board observer seats. Gaurav has led or helped manage investments in Marin Software, Violin Memory, Affine Systems, Beyond the Rack, Cafemom, Coremetrics (IBM), Navic Networks (MSFT), Rent the Runway, StyleFeeder (TWX), and Yipit. Previously, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy executive at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the company’s top leadership to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities and acquisitions. Gaurav was also a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies across the high tech, financial services, telecommunications, and energy sectors. He started his career in engineering and product management roles at Microsoft and IBM Research. Gaurav received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as Valedictorian (Ford Fellow). He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gaurav is a co-inventor on 9 issued US technology patents. Prior to joining Highland Capital Partners, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the executive team to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities via organic initiatives and acquisitions. Before Microsoft, Gaurav was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic projects for Fortune 100 companies across a number of verticals, including high tech, financial services, healthcare and energy. At McKinsey, Gaurav extensively advised senior management on investments and divestitures, operational improvement and organizational initiatives, and in developing and executing technology strategies and roadmaps. Gaurav’s other experiences include working within product management at Microsoft (.NET initiative), within software engineering at IBM and as an investment professional at Mission Ventures. Gaurav holds 7 US technology patents. He has authored 9 published works of research and has spoken at various conferences about location-aware mobile-commerce technologies and business models. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Eng., Computer Science The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A. (Ford Fellow, Palmer Scholar)

    Photo of Elon Boms, Founder and Managing Director, Launch Capital LLC Elon Boms
    Founder and Managing Director
    Launch Capital LLC
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    Launch Capital LLC
    Elon S. Boms, Founder and Managing Director of Launch Capital LLC, joins the Venture Capital community with significant finance, consulting and marketing experience. His venture capital experience includes structuring bio-tech, consumer products and software development deals. Most recently, Elon was a managing consultant at Fidelity Investments where he worked primarily on strategy initiatives for financial investments in emerging markets. Prior to his work with Fidelity, Elon worked in Corporate Finance for Citigroup. Elon began his career as a brand manager at Georgia Pacific Company�s Dixie Foodservice division, where he assumed responsibility for $25M in capital investments and engineered a complete profit turnaround for the paper cup business. This wide spectrum of experiences has enabled Elon to approach business from a holistic perspective and has instilled in him a passion for developing and investing in new business concepts.

    Elon earned his M.B.A from the Yale School of Management where he graduated with distinction in venture capital and a concentration in finance. Elon completed his B.A. in Economics from George Washington University. Elon is an avid golfer, skier, and gourmet chef. He lives in Boston with his soon to be wife.

    Photo of Michael Balmuth, General Partner, Edison Venture Fund Michael Balmuth
    General Partner
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Michael Balmuth, General Partner, directs Edison's New England regional team based in the Boston area. He oversees Edison's expansion in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Michael also heads Edison's industry sector practice in healthcare information technology. Michael served as the lead investor in companies focused on interactive marketing, financial technology, electronic commerce, communications, infrastructure software, energy technology, storage and other enterprise applications. Michael is actively involved with the New England Venture Capital Association, Tuck Center for Private Equity and Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network.

    Michael has 20 years of technology industry experience as a venture capitalist, investment banker and software executive. During the past 11 years in the Boston area, he served as Managing Partner of Mainspring Capital and General Partner at Summit Partners. He led the east coast office for the Summit Accelerator Fund as a founding partner. Michael has served as a director of numerous public and private companies. He managed investments in Infor, Unica (NASDAQ: UNCA), OPNET (NASDAQ: OPNT), MCK Communications (NASDAQ: MCKC; acquired by Verso Technologies), Future Three (acquired by Infor), InstallShield (acquired by Macrovision), Microbank (acquired by SunGard Data), PowerSmart (acquired by Microchip Technology), (acquired by Staples) and TrelliSoft (acquired by IBM). Previously, Michael worked in technology investment banking with Broadview International. He completed M&A transactions and equity investments totaling over $1 billion. His early IBM career spanned sales, marketing, corporate development and systems engineering.

    Michael earned an AB degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of William F. Swiggart, Manager, Beacon Angels William Swiggart
    Beacon Angels
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    Beacon Angels
    William F. Swiggart is a Boston based attorney who incorporates and grows start-ups, and facilitates transactions such as debt and equity investments, IP licenses, and mergers & acquisitions. He registers and defends trademarks and copyrights, and also helps resolve business conflicts. Mr. Swiggart is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1977) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1982), where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review. He has served as General Counsel to Bitstream Inc., and to ON Technology Corporation. Mr. Swiggart has twice been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, an honor conferred on only 5% of attorneys in any given year.

    Mr. Swiggart is a frequent lecturer on topics of licensing, technology, & start-up issues to groups such as the New England Corporate Counsel's Association, the Mass. Bar Association, and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He helped found, and served as first President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) qualified organization that promotes entrepreneurship via national and regional events. He is a founding member of the AIGC, and edits its journal, The Independent Counsel. In his spare time, Mr. Swiggart manages Beacon Angels, LLC, an angel group that invests in early stage companies.

    Moderator: Steven Browne, Partner, Bingham McCutchen, LLP

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