Mike Rubin is the Founder and CEO of Northpond Ventures, a science-driven venture capital firm, as well as Northpond Labs, the firm’s research and development-focused affiliate.
Mike is a Visiting Scholar at the Wyss Institute and also helps oversee the Laboratory for Bioengineering Research and Innovation, which was created through a research and innovation alliance between the Wyss Institute and Northpond Labs to support impactful research with strong translation potential.
Previously, Mike was the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Sands Capital Ventures, a global cross-industry venture capital business and affiliate of Sands Capital Management. Under his leadership, Sands Capital Ventures invested in a plethora of leading businesses in multiple industries and geographies. Investments in biotechnology, life sciences, and diagnostics included: Acessa Health Inc.; Agilis Biotherapeutics, LLC (sold to PTC Therapeutics); Avitide, Inc.; Complete Genomics, Inc. (IPO; sold to BGI Genomics); Day Zero Diagnostics, Inc.; Dova Pharmaceuticals (IPO); Firefly BioWorks (sold to Abcam); Genometry, Inc.; Mitra Biotech; NanoView Biosciences; Quad Technologies (sold to Bio-Techne Corporation); and QVella Corporation. Information technology investments included: Anaplan (IPO); AppDynamics (sold to Cisco); DocuSign (IPO); Health Catalyst (IPO); Kit Check, Inc.; Modernizing Medicine, Inc.; Mulesoft, LLC (sold to Salesforce); Scopely, Inc.; and Teckro, Inc. Investments in financial technology included: Funding Circle (IPO); LendingClub (IPO); Upgrade, Inc.; Neptune Financial Inc.; and Paydiant, Inc. (sold to PayPal). Global internet franchises included: BigBasket; Blackbuck; and Souq (sold to Amazon).
Prior to joining Sands Capital Ventures, Mike became a board-certified physician and surgeon, completing his fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. Mike holds an MBA from University of Massachusetts Amherst; earned his medical doctorate at The University of Chicago; and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, Samueli School of Engineering, where he was the student graduation speaker. Mike is also a CFA charterholder.