The Future Of Biotech

Kevin Rakin
Founder and Entrepreneur
1hr 8min
January 12, 2023
About the Show

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Kevin Rakin is the co-founder of HighCape Capital, a growth equity firm that finances and assists innovative life sciences companies transition from the initial stages of their business cycle into successful, thriving organizations. 

Key Moments

In this episode, we’ll take you through Kevin’s journey and how he founded multiple biotech companies and took them to IPO and acquisition.  

We’ll take a look at the exploding industry of Biotech  and its  fast-paced startup culture that clashes with the bureaucracy of some of the biggest businesses in the world. You’ll learn about topics like the difficulties of going through a merger, why buying a failing business could be a good investment, and how to attract the best talent to your team. 


Here's the timestamps for the episode:

  • (00:00) - Intro
  • (2:00) - Early Years
  • (4:49) - Why Biotech Caught My Attention
  • (7:00) - Developing Pattern Recognition
  • (08:50) - The Complexity Of Biotech 
  • (12:45) - First Principles Of Building A Company
  • (14:25) - The Thin line Between Crazy And Fraudulence
  • (16:11) - Vision Without Execution Is Hallucination 
  • (19:00) - The Mental Shift In Business School
  • (21:19) - No-one Was Coming To Rescue Us
  • (24:00) - Difficulties Of Going Through A Merger
  • (26:40) - Why Big Business Is Not For Me
  • (29:20) - Buying A Failing Business
  • (34:46) - Selling A Company The Night Before An IPO
  • (41:51) - Giving Up Six Feet Away From Gold
  • (47:30) - Learning To Understand Financial Instruments
  • (51:29) - Founding HighCape Capital
  • (57:30) - Founding a SPAC Fund
  • (1:00:51) - My Best Piece Of Advice For Entrepreneurs
  • (1:03:42) - How Do You Attract The Best Team? 



Jim Collins, “Good To Great” https://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Companies-_Others-Dont_/dp/B0047T9BDW

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