General Partner of Biomed Innovations, Founder and Managing Partner of DreamCatcher Ventures, President and CEO of Midissia Therapeutics, Inc.
Dr. Tania Fernandez’s career spans being a scientist, venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of in-depth experience in the life sciences industry and over 15 years of experience as a venture capitalist in the life sciences/healthcare/healthcare delivery space and was previously with Burrill & Company, San Francisco, CA having invested right across therapeutics, diagnostics, medtech and digital health sectors. In addition, she led the investment strategy and investments focusing on India for the firm. She works with entrepreneurs in several international markets.
Tania is the Founder & Managing Partner of DreamCatcher Ventures, San Francisco, CA. Her expertise lies in helping start-ups assess the commercial relevance of technologies, evaluate business models, develop company strategy, generate strategic and financial road maps, determine valuations and working with them to build and scale businesses effectively. She has worked extensively with SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and NSF (National Science Foundation) grant funded companies across the U.S. to make them venture investable. She also serves on the Board of the US-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund and is a GP in an early stage life science fund.
Tania secured her doctorate at the Cancer Research Institute, India, having been awarded the prestigious Indo-US scholarship from the National Institutes of Health, USA (NIH). She is the recipient of several awards for academic excellence, including the Young Scientist Award. She also has a post-doctorate from Texas A&M (specializing in protein chemistry and genetic engineering) and from the National Cancer Institute (Immunology and oncology), National Institutes of Health.
Her motto: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them”………….. Henry David Thoreau