Stanford Professors and Biotech (June 2019)
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HOW TO READ THIS SPREADSHEET:
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(1) Each sheet deals with a different way in which a faculty member is involved with a company. There's a sheet for Advisory Board Members; one for Board of Directors members; and one for Founders.
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(2) Each sheet has a similar format. It lists all companies linked to a given faculty member by services like Crunchbase, Bloomberg or the SEC.
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(3) For Board of Directors and Advisory Board sheets, companies with a LIGHT BLUE background are those that faculty members themselves report on their Stanford profiles, CVs or LinkedIn. Companies with a GREEN background are those we at the Sphere could confirm, by looking at companies' official lists for board members, or at very recent SEC forms that list the composition of their boards. Companies with a YELLOW background are those in which faculty involvement was likely, but not confirmed. Companies with an ORANGE background are those in which faculty involvement was unlikely, but not confirmed to be non-existing. Companies with a GREY background were confirmed not to have a current involvement with the faculty member. The sources for tagging companies with these colors are also listed.NOTE: Criteria to determine whether to tag a company as yellow or orange were somewhat holistic. In general, though, a few rules of thumb applied: (1) the older the public appointment to a board, the more unlikely we found faculty members to have kept serving on them; (2) having more sources pointing out that the faculty member holds a position made us consider it being held more likely.
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(4) The distinction made in item (3) was not fully applied to Founders. We assumed that while Bloomberg, Crunchbase and other sources could be (and indeed were) out of date when it came to board involvement, they would not simply dream up companies founded by given people. (The exception were people with common names who usually got mixed up with others.) So if someone shows up as a Founder in one of those sources, they will be considered as a Founder by the Sphere. They will, however, be tagged as LIGHT BLUE if reported in the faculty member's CV, and left blank if not. Sometimes, these entries were also complemented by SEC details on how much stake these founders have on the companies listed.
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(5) When it comes to Board of Directors and Advisory Board seats, the table at the Sphere article only lists companies that were tagged as LIGHT BLUE or GREEN. All other companies were ignored. For founders, all companies were taken into account.
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(6) The Courtesy sheet lists a few courtesy professors in the four department we looked at, but who ultimately were not cited in the article.
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