Financing and Managing Biotechnology Innovation

Winter Quarter 2013 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

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

Free and open to the public

Dr. Sydney 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 Franchise Planning. In addition, Dr Edwards is also the Global R&D project team leader for LATISSE® International. LATISSE®  (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 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. Other work experience includes corporate finance and strategy positions at Amgen and Accenture. He started his career at the Lawrence Berkeley Labs as a biochemist.

He received his bachelor degree in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, PhD in Biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he was awarded the Martin Trust Community Fellowship for promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


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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