Breakout Ventures Grows to Meet Opportunities In Creative Biosciences

Experts in neuroscience and organic chemistry to provide scientific counsel and drive investment growth towards a bio-based future

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Breakout Ventures, the home for creative bioscience entrepreneurs, today announced the hire of Dr. Dana Watt and Dr. Nima Ronaghi, expanding Breakout’s scientific depth and investing team. Previously, Dr. Watt served as a Senior Investment Associate for Ascension Ventures, a healthcare venture fund. Dr. Ronaghi served as an Ambassador for Breakout Labs, the precursor to Breakout Ventures.

A neuroscientist by training, Dr. Dana Watt earned her doctorate in cellular and molecular neurosciences at Washington University in St. Louis. While a graduate student, she was deeply involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Louis, co-founding Pro-Arc Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company. She worked closely with the University’s entrepreneurship center as she conducted research focused on axon growth and regeneration. While at Ascension Ventures, Dr. Watt also became a Kauffman Fellow.

As a Principal, Dr. Watt will continue to expand Breakout Ventures’ seed-stage portfolio, cultivating new relationships with bold entrepreneurs revolutionizing human health and sustainability.

Dr. Nima Ronaghi joins Breakout Ventures as an Associate, having earned his doctorate in organic chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Ronaghi was funded by the Renewable Bioproducts Institute, a research institute within Georgia Tech focused on converting biomass into value-added products, developing advanced chemical and bio-based refining technologies, and advancing excellence in manufacturing processes.

In his new role as an Associate, Dr. Ronaghi will evaluate and grow Breakout Ventures’ early-stage pipeline and deep tech ecosystem.

“Drs. Watt and Ronaghi both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our growing team,” said Julia Moore, Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures. “Both have the scientific backgrounds to identify, support and build companies that are pushing the traditional boundaries of science to unlock new possibilities, and the experience to build relationships with the bold entrepreneurs leading them.”

Breakout Ventures is led by Managing Partners Lindy Fishburne and Julia Moore, who have spent the last decade supporting creative bioscience companies initially through Breakout Labs and then launching Breakout Ventures in 2016. The firm is based in San Francisco.

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About Breakout Ventures

Breakout Ventures is the home for creative bioscience entrepreneurs. We invest in early stage companies harnessing the power of cells to scale solutions in human health and sustainability.

Our team has spent the last decade supporting science-driven companies moving with urgency. We’ve partnered with bold founders throughout the entire life cycle, from seed to scale.

We challenge the traditional boundaries of science to unlock new possibilities.

Breakout Ventures was founded in 2016 and based in San Francisco, California.

Breakout Ventures. Building a future powered by science.


Shannia Coley

Release Summary

Breakout Ventures today announced the hire of Dr. Dana Watt and Dr. Nima Ronaghi, expanding Breakout’s scientific depth and investing team.


Shannia Coley