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Nancy Hong

Managing Director, RiverVest Venture Partners

Hong joined RiverVest in 2016 when the Midwest-based venture capital firm opened its San Diego office. RiverVest founds and incubates life science companies and also invests in later-stage opportunities. Its mix of investments is split among drug development and medical devices. Hong has transitioned from post-doctoral biology research to a venture-backed company to being an investor. Hong previously was a principal with BioMed Ventures where she originated and managed successful investments in therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices, and at Forward Ventures. She started her career as a scientist at Phenomix, a venture-backed discovery biotech based in San Diego.

ALMA MATER: California Institute of Technology, Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley

BACKGROUND: She was trained in immunology and oncology and was a fellow at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

RECENT HONOR: She won a prestigious Pinnacle Award in the Service category from Athena San Diego .

IN DEMAND: As a former scientist now in finance, and one of the few women locally leading a VC firm, she is a frequent panelist in the local biotech community.