Nola Masterson is Managing Director of Science Futures Management Company, LLC. Science Futures is a 30 year old investment and advisory firm. Ms. Masterson is a biotechnology industry leader and forward thinker with more than 35 years of business experience in the life sciences industry and in venture capital investment. From 2000 to 2005, she was a Venture Partner with TVM Capital GmbH, one of the first and largest venture capital firms in Germany. She sourced and invested in three companies and built out their San Francisco office.
She was a co-founder and President of Sequenom, Inc., a DNA sequencing company which went public on Nasdaq in 2000, and wrote the first business plans for IDEC and Insight Vision, as a consultant to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and for ReSound, with Dr. Rodney Perkins, the founder. She was the first biotech analyst on Wall Street for Drexel Burnham and Merrill Lynch. She was the creator of two important conferences, The BioTech Meeting in Laguna Nigel and The Biopharmaceutical Conference in Europe. She and Cynthia Robbins Roth started the publication BioVenture View, which became the first on line newsletter about biotechnology.
Ms. Masterson is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Repros Therapeutics Inc. (RPRX) and serve as Chair of the Compensation Committee, and on the Audit and Nominating, and Governance Committees. She recently left the Board of Directors of Omicia, Inc., an early-stage pharmaco-genomics company. She is Chairwoman Emeritus of the BayBio Institute, a non-profit organization serving the Northern California life sciences industry by focusing on best practices, entrepreneurship, workforce development and science education, and also serves on the Board of Advisors to Astia, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women entrepreneurs. Nola is on the Board of Advisors of the Professional Women's Healthcare Alliance and of BioAgenda. She is a graduate of the Stanford Law School Board of Directors College course. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Management and on the Advisory Board to the Chancellor of the California State University System.
In 2003, she was included in Irish America magazine’s annual “Business 100” and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Marymount College at Fordham University in 2004.
Ms Masterson is an avid horseback rider, and mother of a daughter and a step-daughter.