Sydney Edwards, Ph.D., Senior Director, Portfolio Management & Strategic Planning, Allergan on Entrepreneurship

Winter Quarter 2012 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

Featuring Sydney Edwards, Ph.D.

Senior Director

Portfolio Management & Strategic Planning, Allergan

Free and open to the public



Dr. Sydney Edwards Edwards is the head of Portfolio Management at Allergan, a multi-specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company based in Irvine, CA.  In this role, he leads R&D portfolio evaluation, new product investment analysis and R&D strategic planning. In addition, Dr Edwards is also the Global R&D project team leader for Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution). Latisse is the first FDA approved treatment for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes (or short eyelashes). 

Prior to joining Allergan, Dr. Edwards was a Principal in the Biotech practice of TL Ventures, a venture capital firm where he focused on the venture capital funding of biotech companies most notably Barrier Therapeutics – a dermatology startup company spun out of Johnson & Johnson and Ventaira, a respiratory device startup company spun out from the Battelle Institute. He also has worked at Amgen in Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning. Prior to Amgen, he was a strategy management consultant for Accenture in Boston where he focused on strategy development and R&D productivity improvements for pharmaceutical and medical device clients.  He started his career at the Lawrence Berkeley Labs as a biochemist.


The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.  Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.  Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.

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