Episode 9: Insights on using private capital to address cancer with Investor Mark Mendel


Key highlights:

1. Personal experience and reflections from being a caregiver

2. Understanding the survival early-stage oncology investing ecosystem

3. Emerging themes and trends in oncology innovation and patient care

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About our guests

Mark Mendel

Mark Mendel is the Managing Director of Mendel Consulting LLC. They advise fund managers and scientific and technical founders, and guide company-building and fundraising activities at multiple start-ups. Prior to this, he was a Venture Partner at Artio Medical and Director at Intellectual Ventures. Mark served as managing director of RiverVest Venture Partners, which he co-founded. Before RiverVest, Mark was a vice president with ARCH Venture Partners. During his four-year tenure there, he established the firm's New York City operations, co-led the seed financing at Optobionics and served as board observer at Optobionics and GenVec. He has also been a Kauffman Fellow.

Mark holds PhD. in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania.

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  • At 9 minutes and 5 seconds:

    I would say to the listeners, just substitute the person's judgement - the one who's struggling - and do what they want. Doesn't matter, whatever it is you think.

  • At 24 minutes and 30 seconds:

    But you can break that balkanization that there's your family, caregivers, people in your life previously who are caregivers.

  • At 29 minutes and 32 seconds:

    I think one of the rules that makes it a safe place for investment has been, that if you ultimately can develop a therapeutic benefit for patients, it's going to be a winner, and the details that don't matter very much.

  • At 47 minutes at 50 seconds

    There's a lot of interest in seeing how to use nutrition to help with cancer therapy. There's hints of efficacy that are very promising. Now how you go from there to developing a therapy thing is a really important question that I find very interesting.

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