Panel: Bridging the Funding Gap

ByWhite Hat

Published: 2018-10-18 13:08:37


  Igor DaCruz is a Senior Vice President for Silicon Valley Bank. He leads the Biotech and Diagnostics practice for the Southwest geography, including AZ. His specialties include provide financial solutions for high growth public and private life science companies with a focus in venture debt. For 35 years, SVB has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centers around the world. With commercial, international and private banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. Learn more at

Rosemarie Truman is Founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI), a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to identify breakthrough inventions and maximize their commercial potential. With over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, executive leadership, and philanthropy, Rosemarie’s specialty is venture investment strategy, having led growth strategies for 50 of the global Fortune 100 companies in over 15 countries.

Russ Yelton currently serves as Chair of the AZ-HCIF Trustees; President of Yelton Associates;  Board Member  at Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, Inc. where he previously served at CEO; Member of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee; a member of the Phoenix Forward Bioscience Leadership Council; and Past-Chair at AZBio.  A leader in Arizona’s Bioscience and Business communities,  Russ served as CEO of Pinnacle Transplant (2014-2017), is a past Board Member of the National Business Incubation Association; and is nationally recognized for his expertise in the business acceleration and incubation sector.  

Moderator:  Dirk Beth, Hyalescent Ventures  

Categories: Thought Leaders
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