Erik Reinertsen     Blog     Research     Tech     Teaching     Talks

Venture capital

I am an intern at Takeda Ventures, Inc., an early-stage venture capital firm. I work in Palo Alto, CA with David Shaywitz, MD, PhD, our Senior Partner who leads the data science and tech practice.

We focus on the elusive middle ground between tech & life science, and identify and invest in grounded, implementation-focused tech-powered startups that can improve how impactful new treatments are discovered, evaluated, and delivered.

We are interested in solutions that:

  • Apply technology to a relevant pharma business problem.
  • Have founders with deep domain expertise in tech and pharma.
  • Focus on pragmatic implementation (vs tech development).

Some general investment categories we are looking at include:

  • Digital biology: target identification, lead generation, imaging.
  • Clinical evidence: siteless trials, data fusion, phenotyping.
  • Patient engagement: empowerment, education, digital tx.

If any of the above applies to your work, please get in touch!


Past activities

In 2014 I co-founded Forge, a non-profit that provided startups with funding, mentors, and assistance with clinical pilots. In 2016 Forge merged with Sling Health, a biomedical technology incubator with a national presence (see blog post).

At Emory I created an elective course for medical students on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Medicine and ran it for two years.

At UCLA I founded and led a chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. We were the first organization to provide students with career opportunities in biotechnology and pharma.