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Early Stage East Venture Conference
June 9th & 10th
Hotel DuPont
Wilmington, Delaware
Located only 20 minutes south of the Philadelphia International Airport

The 2009 Sal Buccieri Venture Memorial Impact Award

Brenda D. Gavin, Partner
Quaker BioVentures

Dr. Brenda Gavin is a founding partner of Quaker BioVentures. Previously, she was President of S.R. One, Limited (S.R. One), GlaxoSmithKline's bioscience venture capital investment company, and a general partner of EuclidSR Partners, an independent venture capital limited partnership focused on healthcare and information technology. During Dr. Gavinís tenure, S.R. One invested in more than 100 life sciences companies and 20 venture funds. Dr. Gavin was responsible for many of the direct venture and strategic investments made by S.R. One, and she served as a board member or active board observer for many of its portfolio companies.

Dr. Gavin is currently a board member of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Diasome Pharmaceuticals, Tengion, TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, and Tranzyme Pharma. In addition, she serves on the boards of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, Innovation Philadelphia, BioAdvance (the Biotechnology Greenhouse Corporation of Southeastern Pennsylvania), and the Pennsylvania State University Research Foundation; she also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Monell Institute. Dr. Gavin is a past board member of the National Venture Capital Association.

Dr. Gavin is a graduate of Baylor University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas - San Antonio.

The Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award is awarded to an individual in the venture capital and entrepreneurial community who exemplifies the passion towards seeing early stage entrepreneurial opportunities succeed and flourish.  This individual is one who has clearly impacted early stage technology and fast growth venture opportunities by providing the essential capital, extensive counseling and necessary vision to allow such companies to win in today’s competitive environment. The recipient of this Award is one who strives to create a better environment for all so that entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and attain success.  This award is bestowed upon an individual who goes beyond what is considered by the norm in creating supporting a community conducive for such early stage companies.  The person is clearly identified with the early stage entrepreneurial community and is regarded in the highest proessional, ethicl, and human regard.

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