Our Mission

To create investment opportunities in life science and femtech companies through Portfolia Inc.
To serve on Boards of Directors and to train and promote well educated board members, through BoardWise and BoardFutures

Our History

Since 1983 Science Futures focused on supporting the investment and creation of world class life science companies. Consulting with premier venture capital firms, like Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, Oak Investment Partners, Mohr Davidow, IVP, Fairfield Ventures and TVM Capital. Science Futures prepared analysis of business proposals and wrote initial business plans which lead to Series A investment made by the large funds and eventually became publically listed companies with market capitalizations that at some point were or still are greater than roughly one billion dollars: Idec Pharmaceutical (BiogenIDEC) InSight Vision, Resound, Sequenom, Alkemes.
Consulting with Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Merrill Lynch, Science Futures was the initial voice of biotechnology on Wall Street. Consulting on IPO’s and follows- on investments help build the industry and reward the initial investors. De-mystifying the biotech revolution for public investors was an important part of the company’s initial work. Other early clients included oil companies and early biotechnology management teams.

Our Investment History

Science Futures started to directly invest in funds in 1998 by raising a fund of funds for TVM Medical Ventures. Investing directly into TVM 4 and TVM 5 as a venture partner and remained as a senior advisor in the firm until the late 2000’s.
Science Futures continues to invest through Portfolia Investment Funds, designed for women backing innovative companies for returns and impact

Nola Masterson, Founder

Nola Masterson works with clients on governance practices and coaches Directors and aspiring Directors. She is an experienced global executive and Board leader serving on public company, venture- backed private company and non-profit organization Boards. Her career includes successful business experience, with Millipore for eight years and as CEO and co-founder of Sequenom, (SQNM), and the first analyst in biotechnology on Wall Street with Drexel Burnham Lambert and Merrill Lynch. She has managed her own venture fund, and has been a Venture Partner in a major European IT and life sciences venture fund, TVM Capital. She is also a Lead Investor In Portfolia , a FemTech focused venture fund and has led several investments by the fund. During her 14 years on the Repros Therapeutics (RPRX) Board she advised the CEO on strategy, finance, operations and Board recruitment. She served as Chair of the Board for 5 years and as Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Ms. Masterson’s areas of expertise include medical device, pharmaceuticals, scientific tools, separation processes and diagnostics technology as well as genetic analysis. One of Ms. Masterson’s key strengths is her understanding of the “DNA” that makes a company great. Her leadership style is as a synthesizer, to create a professional environment that aligns with, and contributes to success at every stage of company development. Ms. Masterson is certified by the American College of Corporate Directors as a Certified Professional Director, and she is listed in the Boardwise Registry of Corporate Directors. She has many years of experience in Board position recruitment and transition processes, in building productive Board cultures, and in aligning processes and cultures with CEOs and other senior executives with respect in particular to accountability and performance measurement.

Ms. Masterson is Managing Director of Science Futures Management Co. LLC and in that positon acts as a lead investor in Portfolia Femtech Fund, an angel fund, dedicated to supporting women early stage investors with education and investments in women focused healthcare companies. She sits on the board of Prime Genomics, Inc. and LynxBio Inc. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco in the graduate school of arts and science teaching biotechnogy entrepreneurship. Ms. Masterson is the co-chair of the San Francisco Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and sits on the non-profit board of the American Diabetes Association and is president of the Los Viajeros Riding Club.

Her hobbies include horseback riding and oil painting.

Current Events and Media

Science Futures
We Invest In The Business of Life

Watermark Panel

Does Board Service Make a Difference?
Let Us Count the Ways

December 2, 2020
Nola is a Panel member.

Events and Media Archive
Watermark Panel
December 2, 2020
Watermark Panel
VIDEO: October 2020
FemTech II
EVENT: November 6, 2020
Jury - AI League
EVENT: October 29, 2020
Mastering Angel Investing: Learn from the Pros
EVENT: October 13, 2020
How To Unfold A Successful Career
EVENT: June 20, 2020
GGU Presents
EVENT: April 22, 2020
Does Board Service Make a Difference?
EVENT: December 02, 2020
FemTech Opportunities and Challenges
EVENT: November 21, 2019
We all want to be a great Board Member
EVENT: September 10, 2019
How Women Lead
EVENT: May 14 , 2019
WSGR Event
EVENT: December 11, 2018
Investing in FemTech
EVENT: July 12, 2018
Women's Leadership Summit
EVENT: Mar 24, 2018
Women Breaking Barriers
EVENT: November 20, 2017
Compensation Committee Forum
EVENT: November 14, 2017
Current Trends
EVENT: September 22, 2017
Women on Corporate Boards
EVENT: June 1, 2017
Diagnostics Panel
EVENT: June 19, 2017
You Are More Powerful Than You Think
EVENT: May 6, 2017
2nd Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Workshop
EVENT: April 7-8, 2017
Investors In Diagnostics
EVENT: January 10, 2017
Creating Cultures that Thrive
EVENT: May 18, 2016
RESI (Redefining Early Stage Investments)
EVENT: January 12, 2016
The 2015 IP100 Executive Forum
EVENT: March 9-10, 2015
Watermark Panel Soundbite
VIDEO: November 2020
Portfolia and FemTech
VIDEO: March 2015
Diversity in VC Community
VIDEO: January 2014
Guru of Bio-Tech
VIDEO: June 2015
Forbes Magazine
PRINT: June 27, 2018
The Reporter-Column:
Guru of Biotech
PRINT: November 3, 2016
LSF Magazine:
PRINT: Fall 2014
LSF Magazine:
Smashing Glass Ceilings
PRINT: Fall 2014
LSF Magazine:
Biotech Leadership
PRINT: Fall 2014
Game Changers:
2014 Predictions Special
PODCAST: January 8, 2014
Voice of America:
Board and Workforce Diversity
PODCAST: August 14, 2013
Voice of America:
Board and Workforce Diversity
PODCAST: August 14, 2013