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On Wednesday, Feb. 17, LaunchBio hosted a webinar discussing diversity in life science venture capitalism. 

According to a new report, “Diversity and Inclusion in the VC Industry,” conducted by Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association, only 15% of women, 15% of Asian and Pacific Islanders, of 3% African Americans and 3% of Latinos reach the partner level at venture capital firms. 

This month’s webinar featured a panel discussing ways to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the life-science investment community. Terri Cooper, Ph.D., principal and vice chair, external diversity, equity and inclusion, at Deloitte moderated the discussion. Panelists were 

  • Diane Yoo, MBA, managing partner, Medingenii Capital; 
  • Juan Cueva, MBA, Ph.D., senior associate, Action Potential Venture Capital; and 
  • Uciane Scarlett, Ph.D., principal, Oxford Science Innovations. 

The panelists shared their journeys to becoming venture capitalists, the current state of the venture capital community and advice for increasing diversity in the industry. 

NCBIO is a community partner of these LaunchBio webinars, and a recording of the discussion can be found at

Terri Cooper, Ph.D.; Juan Cueva, MBA, Ph.D.; Diane Yoo, MBA; and Uciane Scarlett, Ph.D.