Director – Life Sciences Investments

Rev1 Ventures

Columbus, OH
Posted on February 26, 2024

Who is Rev1 Ventures?

Rev1 Ventures is the venture development studio that helps tech startups scale and corporates innovate. A top seed investor in the Midwest, Rev1 supports and invests in early-stage companies in software, life sciences, and other advanced technologies through Rev1 Capital while fueling innovation and a thriving tech ecosystem for startups and corporations alike. Rev1 has invested in more than 130 companies, including investing over $10 million annually in high-growth start-ups in Central Ohio and beyond. Rev1 operates as a nonprofit funded by more than 45 corporate and community partners, including The Ohio Third Frontier. Rev1’s clients have generated over $4B in economic impact.

Why are you the right person?

If you are passionate about helping entrepreneurs build, spinout and scale startups poised to disrupt the life sciences industry and ultimately change lives – we want to connect with you! As the Director-Life Sciences Investments, this candidate will lead investments, build sustainable relationships, and manage the Rev1 funds that support ground-breaking technologies originating at Rev1’s research institution partners—Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University. In addition to supporting capital for Central Ohio spinouts, this person also has an opportunity to guide life sciences startups post-investment in both advisory capacities and by serving as a Board observer or director to select portfolio companies.

What is the role?

The Director-Life Sciences Investments will work directly with Rev1’s investment and venture development leaders to help advance portfolio companies toward scale or exit. At Rev1, we are collaborative and dedicated to building high-growth companies—and we have the proven methodology and cross-functional expertise that drive results. The Director-Life Sciences Investments will:

  • Originate and develop investment opportunities from scouting and early evaluation of life sciences invention disclosures from our research partners.
  • Collaborate with colleagues at Rev1 and key opinion leaders to complete due diligence on investment opportunities. Prepare investment memos and presentations.
  • Lead deal teams to complete diligence, deal structuring, exit modeling, deal docs, and closings.
  • Advise startups on fundraising plans. Build relationships with investors to attract co- and follow-on investments.
  • Track portfolio company performance and support quarterly investor reporting.

The Requirements:

  • Five or more years of investment and/or technology commercialization experience.
  • Experience working with major research institutions, research foundations, corporate development offices, commercialization-focused investors, or with a network of VC investors. Working in the life sciences industry experience is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a life sciences discipline or relevant field. An advanced degree in a life sciences discipline is ideal. MBA or similar business experience is also preferred.
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders at every step of the investment cycle.
  • Working knowledge of valuation techniques and basic financial.
  • Experience identifying and securing non-dilutive funding, such as the federal SBIR/STTR and similar state-run programs, is a plus.
  • Share Rev1’s commitment to gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity is key to startup success. Fostering this within our portfolio companies and in our own team as well.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or hold a valid work visa that does not require sponsorship in order towork full-time in the United States legally.
  • Applicants must be able to work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with some night and weekend availability to attend related events. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory and are a condition of employment at Rev 1 Ventures. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

The Opportunity:

  • Commercialize breakthrough technologies and build companies that save lives
  • Connect to the region’s entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem
  • Work in a collaborative environment with an impressive and seasoned team
  • Gain access to the hottest tech startups and trends
  • Hybrid work environment with 2-3 days / week in office and in-person meetings with Rev1 team members, partners, principal investigators, and founders

What’s in It for You:

  • Competitive compensation package comprising base salary plus performance-based variable compensation.
  • A hybrid, collaborative work environment
  • Flexible paid time off policy
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Health, dental, vision benefits
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Location: Rev1 Ventures – Columbus, Ohio

Rev1 is an Inclusive, Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We value diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business: the startups we support, our partners, our programs, and our team.

Rev1 is committed to providing and maintaining a workplace that is safe and free from health hazards; therefore, COVID-19 Vaccinations are mandatory and a condition of employment at Rev 1 Ventures. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and able to work 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday with some night and weekend availability to attend related meetings and networking events.

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