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Client Corner: Gio Traverso’s Journey Starting Biotech Companies

Our Client Corner: Perspectives from Founders, Financiers, and Friends podcast series hosted by Mintz Member Joshua Fox explores the challenges and rewards associated with starting and running a business and investing in a business, through conversations with experienced entrepreneurs and investors working in the start-up community.

In this episode of Client Corner, Josh speaks to Gio Traverso, MIT professor, founder of several biotech companies, and a physician. Gio discusses his experience starting six different companies with Josh, comprising both for-profit and nonprofit entities. He reflects upon the process of deciding whether to start a business using a nonprofit or a for-profit structure, bringing together a strong team, evaluating potential investors, and licensing intellectual property from a university.

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Joshua D. Fox is a corporate attorney at Mintz who represents clients in milestone transactions and general corporate matters throughout the business lifecycle. He focuses on the life sciences (biotechnology, diagnostics, devices) and tech industry, including digital health, software, technology-enabled services, and consumer products.