Risa Stack

Venture Partner at RA Capital Management LLC

Risa Stack

Risa Stack

Venture Partner at RA Capital Management LLC

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Nodality, Inc.
CardioDx, Inc.

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Founder at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC

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Head of Precision Diagnostics at GE Healthcare, Inc.

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Managing Director at Westlake Village BioPartners

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Managing Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at SynGen, Inc.

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President at Nexus Dx, Inc.

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Managing Director at Synchrony Bio LLC

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President & Chief Executive Officer at HX Diagnostics, Inc.

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Director at Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Celera Corp.

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Risa Stack
Venture Partner at RA Capital Management LLC
Ph.D. in Immunology

UCE’s Office of Investments is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. They oversee the broad investment strategy and provide input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.

UIC is a major research university offering the cultural, business and entertainment opportunities you can only find in a world-class city. As one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world, UIC faculty discover the things that others teach. Choose from 15 academic colleges including the UIC College of Medicine-the largest in the nation-which educates one in six Illinois physicians. With nearly 2,574 instructional faculty members, there is one faculty member to every 11 students, which allows for a more personal learning experience. What's more, 75 percent of tenured faculty members teach undergraduate courses and 83 percent of full-time instructional faculty have earned a PhD or equivalent. But it's not all work and no play at UIC... Our 16,911 undergrads and 10,669 graduate and professional students make up one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. Whether living in residence halls, near campus or commuting, you'll find there's always something interesting going on, from social events, clubs, sororities and fraternities, to two state-of-the-art fitness centers, and more-not to mention everything Chicago has to offer just minutes away. And at UIC, we take our sports seriously. The UIC Flames compete in 18 NCAA Division 1 sports and have won a total of 38 conference championships. There's a wide range of intramural teams and sports clubs for students to join.

B.S. in Genetics & Development with Distinction

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is the second oldest public university in the state (after Illinois State University), and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. It is considered a Public Ivy and is a member of the Association of American Universities.


The Society of Kauffman Fellows is a network of venture capitalists operating at 160 venture firms and corporate venture groups in 26 countries on 6 continents, collectively deploying $50B in venture capital.

Career History
Venture Partner

RA Capital Management, LLC (“RA Capital”) is a crossover fund manager dedicated to evidence-based investing in public and private healthcare and life science companies that are developing drugs, medical devices, and diagnostics. The flexibility of its strategy allows RA Capital to lead private, IPO, and follow-on financings for its portfolio companies, both facilitating the crossover process and allowing management teams to drive value creation with minimal capital concerns from inception through commercialization.

General Manager

GE Ventures focuses on identifying, scaling and accelerating ideas that will make the world work better. The firm invests primarily in the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare.

2003 - 2012

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) focuses on investments in the life sciences, biodefense, green technology, information technology and companies with new technologies related to the iPhone and iPod touchpad platform.The firm's information technology investments focus on the consumer, enterprise, semiconductors, security and communications industries. They invest primarily in seed-stage, early-stage and Later-stage ventures that are incubating new companies with proven entrepreneurs and good ideas.KPCB's life sciences investments include medical devices, drugs, vaccines, personalized medicine, diagnostics and healthcare information technology and services. Their pandemic and biodefense investment initiative focuses on investments in companies with innovations in disease surveillance, rapid diagnostics, new vaccine technology, portable and less expensive manufacturing of vaccines and new antiviral drugs.The firm's iFund invests in market-changing ideas and products that extend the iPhone and iPod touch platform. The Fund invests across all sizes and stages. KPCB targets investments in companies that are developing applications, services and components. Their specific areas of interest include: location-based services, social networking, eCommerce (including advertising and payments), communication and entertainment.

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Corthera, Inc. develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals, such as cardiovascular preparations. It engages in acquiring, developing, and commercializing therapies for illnesses in the acute care setting. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in San Carlos, CA.

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Former Senator from Utah


Senator from Oregon

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Nodality, Inc. develops bioinformatics tools to enhance drug development process. Its technology profiles signaling networks in single cells by multiparametric phospho-flow cytometry. The company was founded by Michael C. Needels, Omar D. Perez, Garry P. Nolan and Rodney Weldon Turner in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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