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Speaker Biography

Karl Handelsman

Karl HandelsmanFounder, Codon Capital

Karl is a seasoned venture capitalist with over 15 years of experience investing in early stage biotechnology. Karl has worked with entrepreneurs from idea to IPO as a trusted advisor and BOD member.  Recently Karl has been working with Steve Blank, the guru of “Lean Launch”, to apply his methodology to biotech startups. Prior to his role as a venture capitalist he worked in business development at two biotech companies later acquired for billions of dollars.  Karl founded Codon Capital
last year to focus on early stage therapeutics, research tools, and synthetic biology.  Karl likes astronomy, homebrewing, and kitesurfing.