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Member Spotlight

December 10, 2020

Celebrating 15 Years: Oxford Finance

Catching up with Oxford Finance on their membership anniversary.

In the world of life science, connection is the key to discovery. Biocom is proud to highlight organizations on their membership anniversaries who have joined in our mission to create a more connected, more collaborative life science industry in California. Their stories are our story, and we look forward to many more years of shaping the future of life science together to change the world for the better.

Please briefly describe your company, its mission, and your role.

Oxford Finance LLC is a leading venture and structured debt provider with a current portfolio of $2.5 billion to private VC backed and publicly traded biotechnology, medtech, diagnostic and research tools companies. We typically lend $10-150 milion to companies that have raised at least $20 million from VCs if private, or have a market capitalization over $100 million if public. Our portfolio includes many California life science companies, as well as companies elsewhere in the US, Canada and Europe (Click here for recent financings).

What is your favorite Biocom memory?

As a longstanding member of the Capital Development Committee, I take great pleasure in our successful outreach to investors and strategic partners to bring them to San Diego for BIOCOM Venture Days and Pharma Days, and in seeing them invest here as a result.

What do you love about the life science region or cluster you are in?

This is my 11th year at Oxford Finance, and 21st in San Diego. San Diego is as innovative as it ever was, and has over the years developed successive generations of strong entrepreneurs, industry researchers and executives that keep founding new and interesting companies. We have an exceptionally collaborative community where people help each other as a natural way to be. I love the tight-knit community feel, and the sense that we are all in this together, the success of one is the success of all. In all the years I’ve been in San Diego, having previously lived and worked in the Bay area, New York and DC area, I haven’t been able to put my finger on what makes San Diego unique. It is more than anything a feeling, an attitude, the way we do things, and the way we stick together. There are smart people doing interesting things in many places. Here, they do it in a way that is pleasing, with people that are good to be around, in a culture that supports a good life, in a climate that is among the best anywhere. Perhaps that’s it?

What do you think makes California’s life science industry great? What makes it unique?

Innovation, thinking big, incurable optimism, questioning the norm and doing your own thing, better, are in our blood here. Whether you are an innovator, or support innovation with capital and services, we take it as normal that everything changes; that it can; that it ought to; and that we aim for better than before. I really only notice it when I leave California and realize this is not so everywhere. We almost take it for granted here.