MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 44 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No. 1 for cancer care in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital’s” survey. It has ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first 11 of the past 14 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).

RiverVest Venture Partners
RiverVest Venture Partners® is a venture capital firm focused on identifying and shaping early-stage life science companies to create significant shareholder value. Because of its extensive operating expertise, RiverVest is able to help entrepreneurs achieve near-term objectives that position their companies for exit.

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA)
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) was founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to strengthen the country's economy by diversifying into new asset classes. Its mission is to invest, manage and grow Qatar’s reserves to create long-term value for future generations.

Headquartered in Doha, QIA is one of the world’s leading Sovereign Wealth Funds and is structured to operate at the very highest levels of global investing. As a world class investor, QIA adheres to the strictest financial and commercial disciplines. It has a strong track record of investing in different asset classes, including listed securities, property, alternative assets and private equity in all the major capital markets as well as the newer emerging markets.

Redmile Group
Redmile is a healthcare focused investment manager founded in 2007 and headquartered in San Francisco and New York.

ARCH Venture Partners
ARCH Venture Partners, one of the largest early stage technology venture firms in the U.S., invests in the development of seed and early stage advanced technology companies that have the potential to grow rapidly into successful businesses. ARCH enjoys special recognition as a leader in the successful commercialization of technologies developed at academic research institutions, corporate research groups and national laboratories.

ARCH currently manages seven funds totaling nearly $1.5 billion and has invested in the earliest venture capital rounds for more than 150 companies. ARCH’s limited partners include major corporations, pension funds, university endowments, financial institutions, and private investors.

The partnership is led by eight managing directors, including four co-founders who have worked together for more than 25 years. They are supported by a team of partners, venture partners, associates, and technology specialists.

GreatPoint Ventures
GreatPoint Ventures is a thesis driven venture capital firm that invests in solutions to important global problems. GreatPoint looks for driven entrepreneurs and start-up businesses addressing clear pain-points in industry with innovative technology. Comprised of entrepreneurs and operators, GreatPoint actively collaborates with founders and their teams to build great businesses. GreatPoint has invested in the world's fastest database, the leader in predictive analytics for the industrial world, a marketplace to reinvent the US healthcare system, and pioneers in cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, among other break-through innovations.

Helsinn Investment Fund
The Helsinn Investment Fund is focused on early-stage investments in areas of high unmet patient need. Backed by the Helsinn Group, and guided by Helsinn’s core values of quality, integrity and respect, Helsinn Investment Fund aims to help companies with innovative technologies to transform new ideas into commercial solutions with the potential to impact health-related quality of life of patients.

Drawing on Helsinn’s 40 years of investment into research and development and commercial expertise, the investment fund selects companies with technologies in a range of areas including cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, cancer supportive care, metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders, and dermatology conditions.

Canaan Partners
Canaan Partners is a global venture capital firm that invests in people with visionary ideas. The kind that not only result in new and valuable technology, but game-changing healthcare startups as well.

We were early investors in some of the world's leading technology companies, including PrimeSense, SuccessFactors and Lending Club and healthcare stars like Cerexa, Chimerix and Advanced BioHealing.

All of which makes one thing perfectly clear. When people are your priority, good things happen.

Shire
Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. Shire strive’s to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology. Shire employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

Alexandria Venture Investments
Alexandria Venture Investments, founded in 1996, is the strategic venture capital arm of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Alexandria Venture Investments focuses on novel, breakthrough discoveries in biopharma, diagnostics, research tools, agtech and technology. Based on its experience and in-depth understanding of the life science and technology industries, its long-term relationships with leading investors and its world-class international scientific advisory network, Alexandria Venture Investments is uniquely positioned to fund seed-, early- and growth-stage companies.

William Marsh Rice University
At Rice, we believe nothing is impossible. There is no "what if” that cannot become "what is.” It just takes radical thinking to get there and a community of brilliant dreamers and doers to lead the way. That’s why we challenge convention at every turn: from the very way we live, to the teaching and research approaches we take, to the solutions we find, to the way we collaborate, to the way we insist on advancing tomorrow’s thinking, because today’s is not far enough. It sounds like a lot from a small university, but that’s what makes us special. That’s what gives us Unconventional Wisdom.