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In the Decade of Biotech when there will be myriad opportunities to invest in angel-scale biotech startups. After decades of angel investing, I am focusing on the life science side of my portfolio and invite other angels to do the same. Here's why: https://www.labcoatventures.com/why-we-are-focused-on-early-stage-biotech/

I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor. Startups in my portfolio include: SQZ Biotech, Gelesis, Akili Interactive, Vedanta Biosciences, FineTune Learning, Concrete Sensors, Squadle, doDoc, Pixability, Mavrck, Viral Gains, Streamroot, XMOS, Alice's Table and others. Exits include: Exos (Microsoft), Rifiniti (KKR) and PIKA Energy (Generac).

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In the Decade of Biotech when there will be myriad opportunities to invest in angel-scale biotech startups. After decades of angel investing, I am focusing on the life science side of my portfolio and invite other angels to do the same. Here's why: https://www.labcoatventures.com/why-we-are-focused-on-early-stage-biotech/

I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor. Startups in my portfolio include: SQZ Biotech, Gelesis, Akili Interactive, Vedanta Biosciences, FineTune Learning, Concrete Sensors, Squadle, doDoc, Pixability, Mavrck, Viral Gains, Streamroot, XMOS, Alice's Table and others. Exits include: Exos (Microsoft), Rifiniti (KKR) and PIKA Energy (Generac).

    Ben Littauer 4 - Backing Biotech

    Ben Littauer 4 - Backing Biotech

    Angel Scale Biotech: Learn More
    Investing modest sums and copious energy, Ben Littauer helps tech companies sprout. His focus is startups that do the most good for the world. Founders and angel investors value Ben’s advice greatly.
    Sponsored by Purdue University entrepreneurship and Peter Fasse, patebt attorney at Fish and Richardson.
    Highlights:
    Sal Daher Introduces Ben Littauer Discovering Angel Groups Why Be an Angel Investor? Startups That Ben Littauer Has Invested In " It started off as being a soft robotic glove that allows a stroke survivor to move their hand ... measure how it's doing, and do multiple repetitions" The Importance of Coachability "The stuff that you and I invest in now are people inventing new things and there are no right answers" Sal's Angel Investing Journey "Jeff helped me realize that ... where I should be focusing all my energies is in these early-stage companies" "Aquaculture is the future of food" Advice for Potential Investors Topics: angel investing strategies, raising money, discovering entrepreneurship

    • 53 min
    Enrico Palmerino, Founder - Botkeeper: Offload the Bookkeeping

    Enrico Palmerino, Founder - Botkeeper: Offload the Bookkeeping

    Angel Scale Biotech: Learn More
    AI is coming for the pesky chores of bookkeeping. Enrico Palmerino, founder of VC-backed Botkeeper, relates how machine learning is helping accountants and their clients. Compelling founder with a great story.
    Sponsored by Purdue University entrepreneurship and Peter Fasse, patent attorney at Fish and Richardson.
    Sal Daher Introduces Enrico Palmerino What Botkeeper Does Why Efficient Bookkeeping Matters What Sets Botkeeper Apart Growing Clientele “We're venture backed. We've raised a total of about 90 million to date. We just closed our C round...” The AI Revolution The Statistics of Bookkeeping Challenges and How They're Dealt With Adapting to New Technologies Enrico Palmerino Had a Lot of Entrepreneurship in His Family Advice for Starting a Startup Evolving with Your Environment Topics: robotics/Ai, founding story, product

    • 39 min
    Maryam Soomro, Founder - Black Phosphorus Saves Lives

    Maryam Soomro, Founder - Black Phosphorus Saves Lives

    Angel-Scale Biotech: Learn More
    Bacterial growth in an IV caused a kid to lose his legs. Shocked by the tragedy, young physician Maryam Soomro began researching solutions. Her startup, TuCann, now uses black phosphorus tech from RMIT, Australia's MIT, to fight infection. Heartening!
    Sponsored by Purdue University entreprenuership and Peter Fasse, patent attorney at Fish and Richardson.
    Highlights:
    Sal Daher Introduces Maryam Soomro The IV Issue Black Phosphorus: How it Works Using Reactive Oxygen Species to Eliminate Bacterial Infection Creating a Startup: Where to Begin Where Will TuCann be Based? Getting a License For Use of Materials How TuCann Came About From Research to Entrepreneurship Topics: biotech, techstars, discovering entrepreneurship 

    • 32 min
    Ed Goluch, PhD, Founder - Diagnosis in Minutes 2

    Ed Goluch, PhD, Founder - Diagnosis in Minutes 2

    Opportunities in angel-scale biotech: Learn More
    It can take days to identify the cause of a bacterial infection; Ed Goluch, PhD founded QSM Diagnostics to change that. QSM now has a device that can detect a bacteria of interest in minutes. Ed updates us on the headway QSM has made since his first interview, Diagnosis in Minutes. 
    Sponsored by Purdue University entrepreneurship and Peter Fasse, patent attorney at Fish and Richardson.
    Highlights:
    Sal Daher Introduces Ed Goluch How QSM Diagnostics Came About Quorum Sensing Molecules: What Are They? Redirecting From Human To Animal Diagnostics Getting the Product Off the Ground Mail-in Test Kits Speeding Things Up at the Veterinary Offices Academic Founder to Founding CEO Persevering Through COVID Setbacks Animal Data Will Eventually Lead to Human Based Devices Greater Market in Animals Due to People Prioritizing Their Pets "The other interesting thing, lot of our sales are actually going to mobile vets" Getting the Word Out QSM Diagnostics Receives Prestigious Award Topics: founding story, product, discovering entrepreneurship

    • 38 min
    Eduardo Jorgensen, Founder - Medicsen: Insulin Minus Pain

    Eduardo Jorgensen, Founder - Medicsen: Insulin Minus Pain

    Discover angel-scale biotech: Learn More
    Eduardo Jorgensen founded Medicsen to improve the care of people with diabetes. Witnessing the struggles of patients taking insulin inspired Eduardo to leave medicine and build a device and an app to simplify the control of blood sugar by patients.
    Sponsored by Purdue University entrepreneurship and Peter Fasse, patent attorney at Fish & Richardson
    Highlights:
     
    Sal Daher Introduces Eduardo Jorgensen, Founder of Medicsen What Medicsen is all About The Suggin App and What it Does Making an Insulin Device That Does Not Require Needle Injection Discussing Product Patents Sonophoresis: Sound Based Drug Delivery Raising the Funds for the Company The Role Models Behind the Startup "Even if you're comfortable getting out of your comfort zone, doing that as a dad, it's a hard thing to do." Funding for Angel Investors Making Medicsen Profitable Deep Dive into the Suggin App How the Product Works With the App Perseverance Regardless of Low Funds and No Business Experience  
    Topics: Biotech, Discovering Entrepreneurship, Founding Story

    • 38 min
    Senan Ebrahim, MD and Priyanka Vaidya - Delfina: Safer Pregnancies

    Senan Ebrahim, MD and Priyanka Vaidya - Delfina: Safer Pregnancies

    Angel-scale biotech: Learn More
    While at Harvard Medical School, Senan Ebrahim was deeply affected by witnessing a still birth. Convinced better data could have avoided the tragedy, he founded Delfina Care with Priyanka Vaidya from EMOTIV, the EEG platform, and his brother Ali Ebrahim, PhD, a former Tech Lead at Google. Senan and Priyanka joined me for a great chat about the exciting things happening in digital health.
     
    Highlights:
     
    Sal Daher Introduces Senan Ebrahim and Priyanka Vaidya of Delfina Senan Ebrahim Was Interviewed in a Prior Episode Titled “Hikma Health” Obstetricians Are Flooded with Data from Pregnant Patients Leading to Poor Outcomes Priyanka Vaidya’s Experience with Gestational Diabetes Highlighted the Need to Coordinate Care “...I realized discontinuity of care is a major problem.” “Delfina wants to be that one place that integrates all of these discrete sources of data so that the mom stays in the center of the care...” Integrating Health Data Shows Up in Interviews with Jeremy Wiygul, MD of Pela Health and Ryan Hess of Connective Health “...how are we going to take better care of the four million pregnant moms in 2023 than we did in 2022?” Senan Reached Out to Priyanka for Product Savvy and to His Brother Ali for Experience Building Sophisticated Data Models The Patient Journey at Delfina “This data is being enriched as the patient travels along the journey.” Machine Learning Is Just Starting to Do Useful Things in Medicine Like Identifying a Stroke Quickly or Predicting Preeclampsia Incentives Are Aligned in Pregnancy Care; Nobody Wants Babies to End Up in Intensive Care What Delfina Means by “Closing the Loop” in Patient Care Delfina’s Platform Is Actually Live at a Practice in California Commercialization Will Focus Initially on Under-Served Populations How the Name “Delfina” Came About The Founding Story of Delfina Care Topics: biotech, product, robotics / AI

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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SoProgNYC ,

Great insight

It’s great to hear Sal highlight the experiences of his guests…great insights on building businesses and investing!

Boston OT guy ,

Must listen for any entrepreneur

I’ve been a guest and I’m also a frequent listener. Each episode leaves me with new wisdom I can apply to my own start, Rahoo, and when it comes to Sal, he’s the best! Thoughtful in his questions and very friendly. Great podcast!

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Loved being on the show!

Great conversation with Sal about all things entrepreneurship, founder life, fundraising and more. Thank you for a great time. Really enjoyed listening to the episode!

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