Tech Industry Luncheon - Nov. 20
BioTech Startups in DFW? Yes! The CerSci Therapeutics StoryFeaturing Lucas Rodriguez, MS, PhD.
Co-founder and CEO, CerSci Therapeutics
presented by co-hosted with Tech Titans Health Tech Forum
The North Texas region hasn’t been known for biotechnology startups. That’s changing rapidly, with research insights from our universities and research hospitals being translated into clinical therapies by newly-formed companies. Lucas Rodriguez led one such company, CerSci Therapeutics, from concept, though founding and growth, to high-dollar acquisition by an established pharmaceutical firm. We’ll learn about the opportunity that Lucas and his colleagues identified, the formation of CerSci Therapeutics to address that opportunity, how the North Texas business community enabled their success, and developments in the region that are making it an even better environment for biotechnology companies.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Lucas Rodriguez is a businessman with a strong scientific background in biomedical engineering. He has won numerous awards in entrepreneurship and business development, and prides himself as a problem solver, leveraging his engineering background in everything he does. Rodriguez co-founded CeriSci Therapeutics, a non-opioid drug development firm concentrating its efforts on developing analgesic drug products without the deleterious side effects of pain treatments currently on the market. CerSci was formed to revolutionize the way in which pain is treated in our world today. The company raised more than $20 million and received approval of their first Investigational New Drug Application from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CerSci was acquired by Acadia Pharma in 2020.