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Killu Sanborn

Senior Director, Oxford Finance, LLC

Killu Sanborn is senior director of business development at Oxford Finance, LLC. The specialty finance company focuses on venture debt investments to life science and health care service companies. Prior to joining Oxford in 2010, Sanborn was managing director at Hercules Technology Growth Capital and prior to that, she was senior vice president and director of life science venture lending at Comerica Bank. Recent accomplishments at Oxford include originating and closing more than $150 million in venture debt to life science companies, both in syndication and solo.

ALMA MATER: Cornell University

FAVORITE TRAVEL SPOT: Estonia

PERSONAL TRIUMPH : “As a college student on a remote trip to the Altai mountains near Mongolia, I fell into the rapids when crossing a mountain river. I noticed that afterwards, I became a lot less afraid of taking risks and living life on my terms.”