VCJ Fact Sheet for Ivor Royston
Born: April 29, 1945, Retford, England in Nottinghamshire (next to Sherwood Forest). My mother took me for daily walks thru Sherwood Forest,home of Robin Hood. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1954 and became a naturalized US citizen.
Education: B.S. and M.D. from Johns Hopkins University; Post-doctoral training in internal medicine and medical oncology at Stanford University.
Career Path: Ivor Royston, M.D., is a managing member of Forward Ventures, and a nationally recognized physician-scientist in the area of cancer immunology. From 1978 to 1990, he was on the faculty of the medical school at the University of California, San Diego. In 1997, Royston was appointed by President Clinton to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Royston founded and served as president and CEO of the non-profit Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, before joining Forward Ventures full time at the formation of Forward IV. He has been an active entrepreneur for many years and was co-founder of both Hybritech (now Beckman Coulter [NYSE: BEC]) in 1978 and IDEC [NASDAQ:IDPH] in 1986.
Venture Focus: Healthcare and biotech.
Investments: GenStar Therapeutics (AMEX:GNT), CancerVax Corporation, and Favrille Inc.; Nereus Pharmaceuticals; Avalon Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Conforma Therapeutics; CancerVax and Sagres Discovery.
Greatest Accomplishment: Helping to found the biotech industry in San Diego.
Biggest Mistake: Not focusing on one major professional objective early in life.
If you weren’t a VC, you’d be? Running a cancer therapeutic biotech company.
Pet Peeve:: People who are chronically late for meetings.
Did You Know? Ivor was in the movie business 10-15 years ago andmade a terrific movie titled “Soultaker” that can be purchased as a DVD from Amazon. Voted 32nd worse movie of all time on internet movie database(www.imdb.com ) with a rating of 1.7 out of 10. Actually, there are very positive reviews in Amazon website. Ivor would have made money with this movie had the distributor not stolen his revenues.
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