On August 23, 2022, Founders Network is hosting another Health Tech Startups Roundup. In this latest installment, we’ll hear from Richard Lin, founder of Explora Biolabs which was recently acquired for $295 million.
Lin’s experience working in the fast-paced biotech industry led him to identify a key pain point in the drug development process: a lack of readily accessible turnkey preclinical labs, which are crucial for the drug discovery process. Explora provides drug industry customers with contract vivarium operation facilities and management services for early-phase research.
At the Health Tech Sector Roundup, Lin will talk about how he transitioned from a bench scientist to a successful entrepreneur. The talk will also focus on Lin’s experience exiting the company by partnering with another entrepreneur with a deeper business acumen, who scaled the company to the next level, leading to its recent acquisition by a large global life science service company.
Join Lin and other health tech startup founders for a discussion about the challenges you are facing in your startup journey. During the month of August, our sector events are open to the public to give outside startup founders a taste of the Founders Network experience.
About the Speaker:
Richard Lin was trained as a PhD scientist in cancer research. After working for several biotech companies in San Diego and witnessing the boom-bust cycles of the industry, he recognized that the traditional build-from-the-
In 2004, Richard founded Explora BioLabs, a lab-as-a-service company. After bootstrapping its startup and growing the company to seven facilities entirely by organic growth, he led a successful exit and sold the company to a search fund in mid-2018. Explora’s subsequent strong growth and reputation eventually led to its acquisition by Charles River Lab in April 2022 for $295M. Richard currently serves as an investor and co-fund manager at San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC). Richard also serves as a board member and advisor on several emerging life science companies, including BioXceed, VisiCell and PhenoVista. Richard holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
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