The NextTech Speaker Series connects Bay Area founders, investors, executives and technology developers with the life sciences community in the Tri-Valley and greater East Bay.

Each NextTech speaker brings a unique perspective on how to succeed in an innovation economy evolving beyond Silicon Valley.


Tim Harkness

Founder and CEO 

Unchained Labs

The Secret Playbook to Founding and Leading a Life Science Technology Start-up

May 9th, 2017 | Innovate Pleasanton

Why do some ideas make it and other great ideas die on the vine? Why do some founders get funded and others don’t?  

Tim Harkness, a serial life sciences entrepreneur, gave his perspective on what you need to know to get money and build a real company in the life sciences technology space.  There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what it takes to build something from nothing, and Tim shared his first-hand perspective on what it takes to build a valuable life science technology company.

Tim was joined in this conversation by serial founder Dave Selinger (Redfin, Rich Relevance, Deep Sentinel), who interviewed Tim and facilitated discussion with the audience.  

About the Speaker

Tim Harkness is founder and CEO of Unchained Labs, the first ever biologics tools pure play. Tim has been in the life sciences space for over 20 years and has been part of 2 very successful exits. First as CFO and SVP of Molecular Devices ($600M exit), and then as founder and CEO of ProteinSimple ($300M exit). Tim has raised over $1 billion for life sciences companies in the public equity markets, and sits on a number of corporate boards. Tim is married with 3 children and loves to golf, ride his bike, and coach hockey and lacrosse.

Check out the full video below.

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Dr. Hemai Parthasarathy

Scientific Director

Breakout Labs



March 15th, 2017 | Innovate Pleasanton

Working across industries as varied as life sciences, energy, materials, and computing, Breakout Labs is a leading investor in technologies that are changing the landscape of what's possible.

As scientific director of Breakout Labs, Dr. Hemai Parthasarathy works directly with technologists-turned-entrepreneurs to bring bench scale innovations out of the lab and into the economy.

At our March 15th event, Hemai was interviewed by serial entrepreneur David Selinger (Redfin, Rich Relevance) about how Breakout Labs makes investment decisions, the do's and don'ts of commercialization, and industry insights that are relevant to life sciences and other industries fueled by deep science.

Check out the full video below.


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