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Michael Weickert

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Seasoned Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device executive and product developer. CEO, Sonescence & S.E.A. Medical. U Wisc-Madison grad.

Seasoned Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device executive and product developer. CEO, Sonescence & S.E.A. Medical. U Wisc-Madison grad.

16 vouches

Involved In


Lypro Biosciences
Sonescence, Inc.
Biotech Alliances International, Inc.
NanoBioSciences, LLC
S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.
Therashock, Inc.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Biotech Alliances International
Kranenburg Capital Management


President at Wit Creek Partners Wit Creek Partners March 2007 - present
Advisor at SPARK Translational Research Program Stanford University School of Medicine December 2015 - present
ADVISOR ♦ Senior Advisor at Biotech Alliances International Biotech Alliances International May 2014 - present
CONSULTANT ♦ Chief Business Officer at Therashock, LLC Therashock, LLC March 2014 - present
Chief Executive Officer & President at Sonescence, Inc. Sonescence, Inc. January 2015 - October 2015
ADVISOR ♦ Co-Chairman, OneMedForum Conference OneMedPlace October 2014 - January 2015
Chief Executive Officer ♦ President ♦ Chairman of the Board at S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc. S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc. October 2008 - March 2014
INVESTOR ♦ Member at Life Science Angels Life Science Angels August 2008 - January 2014
ADVISOR ♦ Venture Partner at Kranenburg Capital Management Kranenburg Capital Management December 2008 - January 2012
CONSULTANT ♦ Head, GI Products at SciDose LLC SciDose LLC October 2008 - July 2010
Vice President of Development at Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. December 2007 - July 2008
Chief Business Officer at Corium International, Inc. Corium International, Inc October 2007 - December 2007
Chief Business Officer at StrataGent Life Sciences, Inc. StrataGent Life Sciences, Inc. May 2007 - October 2007
Senior Program Executive at Nektar Therapeutics Nektar Therapeutics 2005 - 2007
Senior Director, Product Marketing at Nektar Therapeutics Nektar Therapeutics 2001 - 2005
Business Manager, Anti-infectives at Nektar Therapeutics Nektar Therapeutics 2000 - 2002
Associate Director, Program Management at Inhale Therapeutic Systems Inhale Therapeutic Systems 1998 - 2000
Global Project Manager at Ligand Ligand 1997 - 1998
Project Leader at Somatogen Somatogen January 1997 - December 1997
Expression Research Group Leader at Somatogen Somatogen 1992 - 1997
IRTA Research Fellow at National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) 1989 - 1992


University of Wisconsin-Madison Genetics 1982 - 1989
Northern Illinois University Biology 1980 - 1982
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Biology 1978 - 1980
Boylan Central Catholic 1973 - 1977

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Exit Strategy
  • • Strategic Alliances
  • • Exited a company ; CEO/Chairman of large corporations ; seasoned investors
  • • Wound care
  • • Drug delivery
  • • Antiinfectives
Markets of Interest
  • • Healthcare
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Commercial strategy architect and company leader:
• Personally initiated and negotiated Seed through Series C investment rounds and partnerships worth more than $175 Million.
• Grew SEA Medical from inception to 26 employees and $5M in annual revenue.
• For SEA Medical, raised seed through Series B funding and signed two strategic deals.
• In less than one month, prepared business plan for start-up founded by Nobel Prize winning scientist.
• Developed product strategy and selected products for four Medical Device and Biotechnology Drug Delivery companies.
• Created new businesses – initiated Anti-infectives Business Unit at Nektar with four products in development - several were part of 2008 $115M Novartis transaction.

Successful product development leader:
• Led Product Development and Project Management functions at two start-ups.
• Led flagship proprietary products in development at Nektar, directing clinical, regulatory and CMC activities and leading all regulatory interactions with FDA and EMEA.
• Led development teams at 4 different companies for products from preclinical stage through NDA.
• Managed product development partnerships at Nektar with Biogen and Enzon.

Business and scientific communicator:
• “Best Presenter" out of 81 companies participating in the 13th annual New York Venture Summit, 2013
• Presented Nektar’s first proprietary product to analysts and investors, NYC, 2005.
• One month after forming company, prepared and presented business plan at an international competition winning best Biotech company and First Runner-up overall.
• 22 peer-reviewed scientific publications authored or co-authored.
• 31 presentations at national and international meetings on Program Management, Finance and R&D
• Co-Chaired 2001 Project Management and Finance DIA Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Presented the highest rated peer presentation at the 2000 Project Management and Finance DIA Workshop.
• Wrote, co-wrote or edited numerous regulatory documents including US and EU orphan drug applications (both granted), waivers (granted), Fast Track application (granted), pre-meeting packages.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

The working relationship among founders depends on the skills and roles each member of the team possesses. I like to be very transparent - as CEO of SEA Medical, I prepared a monthly report for everyone, shareholders, Board members and employees, which covered the status of the whole business. I prefer clear roles and responsibilities but the flexibility to respond to evolving situations, particularly in the early stages of a company, is essential. I like a lot of communication - so it is always clear where things stand - but the emphasis should always be on measurable execution.

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Franck Brinkhaus, PhD
We worked together  •  Affiliate, Growth Capital Services, member FINRA, SIPC and CEO & Founder, Biotech Alliances International Inc.
Michael is a great guy to work with. He is very experienced, highly intelligent and has high integrity.
Griff C. Danheim
We worked together  •  Business Development Manager, PBA Health and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances, Pharmacist Partners, CKO.
Michael is an incredible entrepreneur, putting it all on the line to bring projects to reality. He is "all in" and an intelligent,tenacious ... leader.
Gal Cohen
We worked together  •  Principal, Jasper Ridge Advisory Group and Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Ploom. Stanford grad. Yale grad.
Michael is super smart and is always the hardest working one in any company or team he leads, leading by example. He is a scientist turned ... business leader and has excellent experience for leading medical device, diagnostic, and biotech related companies. He also has the highest ethical character. He is great to work with.
Brendan Weickert
They're my friends  •  Engineer, Palantir Technologies. Previously Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University. University of Michigan grad. Princeton grad.
Truly exceptional combination of native intelligence, drive, and skill at human interaction.
Carlos Schuler
We worked together at S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.  •  Vice President, Technical Operations, Forsight Vision5 and Independent Consultant, -. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Michael is a truly unique individual with a deep and broad technical background, keen business sense and experience and the ability to form ... and lead a team to achieve ambitious objectives.
Ron Garret
They're my investor  •  CEO and chief bottle washer, Amalgamated Widgets Unlimited. Previously CEO, Founders Forge. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State grad.
Very experienced. Never gives up. Fair and reasonable, no drama.
Rich Preston
They're my advisor: Charisela  •  CEO, Charisela Technologies, Inc.. Previously CEO, Abrevity, Inc. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Sharp guy, easy to get along with. Reasonable and knowledgeable Experienced.
Chelli Miller
We worked together  •  President and CEO...customized Client Services for emerging life sciences companies, Chelli Connects, LLC.
Michael is a thoughtful leader always inspiring his team to achieve great things with thoroughness and excellence. He is a personable profe ... ssional able to deliver value to multiple stakeholders even when they pull him in conflicting directions. His dedication to his shareholders and team members is admirable. This is a quality one can not learn in a classroom nor is often found.
Ryan McCuan
We worked together  •  Technical Support Expert, Dako. Previously Medical Device Engineer, SEA Medical Devices. San Francisco State grad.
Michael has the compassion, forethought, and understanding of the health-care industries organization and utilization of technologies. His ... drive for innovation is based in a desire to make the world a better place. We can make health-care cheaper, safer, and easier.
Anna Ivanovskaya
We worked together at S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.  •  Previously Scientist, S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.. Previously Staff Research Associate, UC Santa Barbara.
Michael has strong leadership skills. He is passionate and dedicated. He is flexible and soaks up the best practices. He always thinks ahead ... and generates new ideas. He is successful entrepreneur by lifestyle.
Eileen Neacy
We worked together at Nektar Therapeutics  •  COO, CHDI Foundation. Previously Consultant, RTI. University of California, Los Angeles grad. University of Wisconsin-Madison grad.
Micheal's extensive, well-rounded experience with start-ups, matched with his excellent leadership, networking and communication skills enab ... les him to be highly effective in starting up and growing companies.
Chris Searcy
We worked together at Nektar Therapeutics  •  Senior VP Corporate Development, Chief Business Officer, Taris Biomedical. Previously SVP, Valeritas Inc. Wharton grad.
Michael was known within Nektar as a person who got things done. He would work tirelessly to finish what ever project he was working on and ... the quality of his work product was always high. He also was able to build bridges and work with people who many thought were difficult and he managed to win them over to his way of thinking. His enthusiasm is also contagious. I think he would be an ideal person in a start up capacity due to the depth of his knowledge combined with a get it done mentality. He was one of my favorite colleagues while working at Nektar.
Vadim Yuzhakov, PhD, PMP
They're my advisor: NanoBioSciences, LLC  •  Manager of Mechanical & Systems Engineering, Bayer HealthCare. Previously Manager of Material Technology, PolyRemedy.
Dr. Weickert has numerous years of experience in scientific research and for the last two dozen years has led drug development and marketing ... at a variety of Biotech and Pharma companies.
Faz Bashi
We worked together at Life Science Angels  •  Chair, Digital Health & Sciences Committee, Life Science Angels. Chair & Board member, Collaboration Committee, Angel Capital Association
Michael is intelligent, communicative, and an experienced entrepreneur. He gets things done, and he is a real team player. He understands ... the power of technology, and has a strong appreciation for the importance of powerful business and revenue models.
Trudy Nichols
We worked together at S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.  •  V.P. Quality Assurance, S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.. Previously Sr. Consultant - Medical Device Quality Systems, Maetrics, LLC.
Hi is analytical, driven, risk taker, intelligent, tenacious and communicative but aside from these he a genuine, and does his research. He ... is friendly and personable and easy to work for and with. I believe that when he puts his mind to something he is dedicated and will follow through. Hi has a strong business acumen.
Karen-Leigh Edwards
We worked together  •  Associate Director, Pharmaceutical Development, The International Partnership for Microbicides.
Michael is one of the most driven people I have met who has a vision and is committed to its realization. He is comfortable with risks and ... can be persuasive and is a great communicator.

Gal Cohen
We worked together at Nektar Therapeutics  •  Principal, Jasper Ridge Advisory Group and Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Ploom. Stanford grad. Yale grad.
Gal is a very creative and innovative thinker who strives to understand the interface between cool ideas and actual customers.

Griff C. Danheim
They're my advisor: SEA Medical  •  Business Development Manager, PBA Health and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances, Pharmacist Partners, CKO.
Griff is a caring connector who knows how to introduce a product's benefits to the right people to generate enthusiasm about the solution it ... creates for them.

Avery Lyford
We worked together  •  Member Board of Directors, GoGrid and Executive Chairman, Qubell.
Avery is very articulate and colorful, drawing on the wisdom of others as well as his own. He combines substantial experience delivered in a ... no BS approach that focuses on reaching goals and doesn't waste time.

Ravi Srinivasan
We worked together at S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc.  •  Cofounder, Stealth Mode Startup Company and Sr. Vice President, Research and Development, S.E.A Medical Inc..
Ravi combines a brilliant, MIT-trained engineering background with a real understanding of the business imperatives. He has started several ... businesses including one where his technical background was not applicable and he built a team to exploit the opportunity. Ravi works extremely well with others gets things done.

Giles Sanders
We worked together  •   , The Technology Partnership. Previously Analyst, deltaDOT.
When Giles visited my former startup to discuss technology assistance, he understood the problems quicker than anyone we had ever talked to ... and engaged with the team at the basic, detailed level that they needed, as a supportive and inquisitive colleague, encouraging the open communication necessary to find solutions. My experience shows Giles would be outstanding with technical founders and staff.