Table 4

Favorable Characteristics of Academic Founders of Biotechnology or Device Start-Ups

Ideally should be at/close to the top or clearly headed for the top of their scientific field
Reputation for effective collaboration; should not be considered a difficult co-worker
Stellar ethical reputation; should not be controversial
Willing to commit long-term to the mission of the start-up
Open to sharing the responsibilities and recognition with co-founders and senior management; “team player”