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Blair, James C. oral history

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James Blair has been a Partner of Domain since its founding in 1985. Present board memberships include Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Cell Biosciences, Clovis Oncology, Inc., CoDa Therapeutics, Five Prime Therapeutics, GenVault, Helixis, Meritage Pharma, Microchip Biotechnologies, NeuroPace, and Zogenix. Jim has over forty years experience with venture and emerging growth companies. In the course of this experience, he has been involved in the creation and successful development at the Board level of over 40 life sciences ventures, including: Amgen, Aurora Biosciences, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Applied Biosystems, Dura Pharmaceuticals, GeneOhm Sciences, Molecular Dynamics, Nuvasive, Pharmion and Volcano.

A former managing director of Rothschild Inc., Jim was directly involved at a senior level with Rothschild/New Court venture capital activities from 1978 to 1985. From 1969 to 1978, he was associated with F.S. Smithers and Co. and White, Weld and Co., two firms actively involved with new ventures and emerging growth companies. From 1961 to 1969, Jim was an engineering manager with RCA Corporation, during which time he received a David Sarnoff Fellowship.

Currently, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and he is on the Advisory Boards of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, and the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received his BSE from Princeton University in 1961 and his MSE & PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and 1969. In 2009, Jim was the recipient of the National Venture Capital Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Believing he can “still make a difference in people’s lives,” Jim continues to enjoy the challenges of his work.




Blair, James C., Interviewee
Kolker, Carole, Interviewer


National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)




Oral history

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NVCA-Venture Forward Oral History Collection


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102781069 Blair, James C. oral history