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Ran Nussbaum is a managing partner and co-founder of The Pontifax Group, which has established three funds with more $200M under management and more than 30 portfolio companies. Over the past eight years, Nussbaum has managed the group's activity alongside Tomer Kariv. He also served as CEO of Biomedix and was NasVax Ltd.'s chairman of the board. Prior to joining Pontifax, he was a partner at Israel's largest business intelligence and strategic consulting firm. Nussbaum's work revolves around constant and active involvement in companies, providing them with strategic and business development oversight. Nussbaum serves as a board member of many of the Pontifax Group's portfolio companies, including TheraCoat, CollPlant Ltd., Quiet Therapeutics, Fusimab Ltd. and OCON Medical Ltd., where he is currently chairman of the board.
Venture Capitalist Ran Nussbaum Brings Big Finance to Little Biotechs (4/3/14) Biotech companies don't come into the world fully formed. Like most fledglings, they need guidance to grow, prosper and eventually thrive in public markets. Venture capitalist Ran Nussbaum of the Pontifax Group nurtures tiny biotech and medtech startups, finding capital for their growth and maturation. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Nussbaum discusses exciting private equity holdings that are close to going public, and makes a case for one public company he knows quite well.
Three New Picks from the Hot Biotech IPO Market: Ran Nussbaum (8/22/13) Ran Nussbaum, co-founder and managing partner of The Pontifax Group, is a venture capitalist seeking game-changing products that will create real value for patients, pharmas and investors. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Nussbaum addresses three public companies in different stages of developmentŚfrom a penny stock with a preclinical value driver to a revenue-generating "larger" small-cap company developing novel products for critical orphan indications. As a bonus, Nussbaum drops two European biotech names that he believes are suffering from anonymity in U.S. markets.
"ARNI's chairman is one of the best in the world in the urology field, and the company's consortium of investors has given us a lot of validation." (4/3/14) Arno Therapeutics Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Ran Nussbaum Moreá>
"INO has a broad platform that includes an IL-12 DNA vaccine and other DNA vaccines for both cancer and infectious diseases." (6/24/15) Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with George Zavoico Moreá>
"The intriguing component of SNSS' VALOR study is a nice survival benefit seen in patients 60 years and older." (6/17/15) Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Joe Pantginis Moreá>
"Following the 12-week endpoint, CANF's CF101 continued accumulation and the responses have become much better." (6/17/15) Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd. - The Life Sciences Report Interview with Joe Pantginis Moreá>