Creative Strategic and Financing Solutions for Life Sciences Companies

For Life Sciences companies, from early-stage diagnostics to digital health, pre-revenue medtechs to biotechs, tight capital markets in 2024 continue to make financing a tough road for many. Learn from four FLG partners Life Science CFOs how CEOs and boards, in partnership with their CFOs, can leverage new strategies which extend cash runways, identify creative sources of new financing for growth and make pivotal decisions about when to exit via M&A or stay the course on the road to clinical success.

Preparing a Life Sciences Company for an IPO: Hosted by Moss Adams

Join Moss Adams with Partners Stephen Fineberg and Sarah Ratra, Karen Deschaine JD from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and FLG partner Greg Curhan as they discuss the ways that life science companies can prepare for an IPO in today’s tight capital markets. Learn how to build out a support system of external professionals, pitfalls, and strategies for executives in the IPO process, key reporting requirements when going public, how to develop the right internal controls for financial reporting, and about the due diligence process and other legal matters to address during IPO preparations.

CFO Insights: Anne Samak de la Cerda

Learn about the unique complexities of a CFO operating on the international stage across geographies, sectors and companies as consumer and healthcare technology CFO Anne Samak de la Cerda is interviewed by Managing Partner Laureen DeBuono at FLG Partners. Anne has spent her 20+ year career working as a strategy and finance executive at numerous consumer and health technology companies (, Withings among others), with a focus on scaling operations and successful exits on the international stage and has assisted companies navigate the challenges of high growth including access to capital in both Europe and in the US, as well as M&A, restructuring and exits. Anne joined FLG in 2020. Prior to FLG, she started her career in the UK at PwC, primarily focused on strategic transactions and M&A in the telecommunications industry. She then took on several roles, mostly in strategy, at Vivendi, a media conglomerate in France.



Managing Challenging Board Behavior

Tune in as our panel of four seasoned FLG partners (both CFOs and board members) explore the specific types and challenges posed by problematic BOD behavior, share interesting real-life stories about managing through these situations, describe when to “call out” this behavior and provide best practices in remedying and mitigating such situations.

Hacking SaaS: Author Eric Mersch Interviewed by Dave Arnold Founder of Arnold Partners

Dave Arnold, founder of Arnold Partners, interviews SaaS CFO, author, and FLG partner, Eric Mersch about his recently published book “Hacking SaaS: An Insider’s Guide to Managing Software Business Success”.  This book can be used both as a training manual and as a desk reference for both startup SaaS CFOs to seasoned veterans of the industry and covers the various SaaS business models, key metrics and tips for making strategic decisions for SaaS businesses. The book has already garnered positive reviews within the SaaS industry.

Fireside Chat: Laureen DeBuono & Eddie Lopez (Hercules Capital)

Listen to a 30 minute deep dive with Eddie Lopez, Senior Associate at Hercules Capital into Laureen DeBuono’s diverse experience as a CEO, COO, CFO, General Counsel, board member and Managing Partner at FLG including lessons learned over the course of her 35+ year career .


Code Red in Retail: Consumer CFO Strategies for Success in 2023

Learn from panelists H. Bob Heller, former Governor at the Fed and FLG partners and consumer CFOs Jennifer Cho, Monica Stevenson and Heather Ogan how CPG, retail and other DTC consumer businesses can weather the recessionary winds as we enter 2023.

Fireside Chat with Podcast Host & Author Sara Holtz: “Career Lessons From 100+ Successful Women”

Discover invaluable insights and real-world examples of successful strategies women have used to navigate through their careers from podcast host, lawyer, coach and author, Sara Holtz in a fireside chat with FLG’s Managing Partner, Laureen DeBuono.

CFO Insights: Lessons Learned by a Consumer CFO (Mark Archer)

Learn about the professional experience of FLG Partner, Mark Archer. Mark has spent over 30 years in both CFO and President roles at both public and private venture capital and private equity backed companies and has worked extensively with consumer-facing companies such as Jamba Juice and Denny’s as well as specialty retailers and direct to consumer businesses, such as Madison-Reed. Mark’s deep, C-suite experience includes domestic and international operations and turnarounds, M&A and IPOs.

Ensuring Career Success (Carole Robin)

Listen to author and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer of the legendary class “Interpersonal Dynamics” (aka “Touchy Feely”) describe the essential skills for building better relationships with family, friends and colleagues in this fireside chat with FLG Partner’s Laureen DeBuono.

CFO Roundtable: “Consumer CFOs Building Brands”

Learn from four experienced consumer CFOs at FLG Partners about lessons learned by finance leaders about driving brand success across startups to enterprise companies. Listen to their advice about the keys to managing growth successfully, how to evaluate investments from marketing to IT and the issues all CFOs need to be on top of when building a brand whether in e-commerce or classic brick and mortar retail.

Financing Roundtable: “What Do Investors Want?” – Setting Your Next Round Up for Success

Listen to four financing experts and experienced IPO and M&A CFOs from FLG Partners describe their advice for setting your next funding round up for success. They dive into how to dissect the investor landscape, honing your pitch to investors, how the financing process unfolds, issues typically encountered in financing transactions and how to select the right partners for your deal.

CFO Insights: Lessons Learned by a Life Science CFO (Andrew Levitch)

Listen to FLG partner Andrew Levitch describe his extensive experience across Life Science subsectors including biotech, medical devices and diagnostics, to digital health and manufacturing. In addition to 10 years consulting with his firm Finategy, including as an advisor to Merck’s Global Health Innovation fund, Andrew spent 16 years at Merck in strategic, operational, finance, and marketing roles including as Senior Director, Global Scientific Strategy – Portfolio Management, and Chair of the Research Division’s Capital Committee.

Maximizing Performance of the Audit Committee

Learn from four CFO experts at FLG Partners about the key responsibilities of the Audit Chair and CFO in optimizing performance of the Audit Committee. Diving into a discussion about how to choose the right committee chair, setting the committee’s charter, identifying the scope of issues addressed by the committee and how the committee can add value before and during a crisis at the company.

Launching a Life Science IPO in the Midst of COVID: Angion Biomedica

Join FLG Partners for a fireside chat with Angion CEO, Dr. Jay Venkatesan and CFO and FLG partner Greg Curhan for a discussion about the unique challenges and opportunities posed launching Angion’s IPO in February 2021 in the midst of COVID-19.

SaaS Pivots: Best Practices, Case Examples, Lessons Learned

Eric Mersch at FLG Partners hosts an experienced panel of experts from JMP Securities (Erik Suppiger), OPEXEngine (Lauren Kelley), with case studies from Callidus (Ron Fior), Nominum (Ken Chow) and Datrium/VMWare (Mike Park) who discuss business model pivots to SaaS across different types of technology businesses, from software to hardware to cybersecurity. Learn about best practices, lessons learned and the key decisionmaking, operational planning priorities and customer and investor reactions in both successful (and failed) transitions into SaaS models.

CFO Insights: Lessons Learned by a Technology CFO (Ron Fior)

Learn about the important lessons learned by Ron Fior, FLG Partner and a highly respected Technology Industry CFO over the course of his 30+ years in Silicon Valley as a Chief Financial Officer & M&A expert for high growth public and private companies including Callidus Technology, Good Technology, and Absolute Software.

Ensuring SPAC Success

Listen to an experienced panel of financing experts at FLG Partners including Greg Curhan and Eric Hall and Molly Hemmeter, Board member at 2 SPACs, discuss the key decisionmaking, planning and executional considerations companies and boards should address before choosing this direction when seeking access to the public markets for capital.

Going Public via a SPAC (Eric Hall)

Join a fireside chat with Managing Partner Laureen DeBuono and partner Eric Hall as he describes the key considerations for CFOs & CEOs when considering going public via a SPAC (a reverse merger with a public special purpose acquisition company) versus through a traditional, direct-listing IPO.

Banking During COVID-19: Panel Discussion – June 17, 2020

Join FLG partner, Chris Cook, moderate a panel of experts from the Bay Area banking community provide their valuable insights into how the current climate in the banking industry will change bank behavior and practices as a result of COVID-19. Panelists include Robert Coleman, Regional Accountant, FDIC, Mark Cadieux, Chief Credit Officer, Silicon Valley Bank, Dan Myers, CEO, Bridge Bank, Jeff Wishner, Managing Director, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Derek Criswell, Partner, Moss Adams.

Innovations in Commerce: Shasta Ventures Hosts Deloitte, FLG Partners & Sephora

Watch FLG partner Stephanie Roberts describe the differences between the new digitally-native consumer brands who are leading the charge around the consumer-brand relationship at this panel event hosted by Shasta Ventures and Deloitte.

Insights from an Entrepreneur with Riverbed Technology

This presentation from Riverbed Technology focuses on some of the key choices a start-up is forced to make early in its life cycle — business and pricing models, resource allocation, product development and go-to-market strategies — among other decisions every executive team must make in building a company.

The CFO’s role in the Ethical Culture of the Organization

Jeff Kuhn, Managing Partner, FLG Partners, talks with Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

The Role of the CFO with Chris Dier and Eric Hall (FLG Partners)

The Wharton Entrepreneurs Workshop, developed jointly by Wharton | San Francisco and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, features Chris Dier and Eric Hall from FLG Partners speaking about the role of the CFO, which includes providing direction to the CEO and the executive team when facing technology challenges, competitive forces and supply chain issues.