We have a big exit in Iceland – DeCode Genetics

By Terry McGuire, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Partners Today, biotech giant Amgen announced that it acquired deCODE Genetics for just over $400 million in cash.  deCODE is a Polaris portfolio company and genomics pioneer.  Analysts will ask why; this certainly doesn’t fit the more common pharma model of acquiring a company with a…

What kills you makes the ecosystem stronger

I have been having so much fun watching Nicholas Nassim Taleb talk about Antifragility. Did I mention that I am big fan of his work? It is just brilliant the way he has simplified complex systems. I really like his perspective on Entrepreneurs and those who risk it all and have their skin in the…