Bill Robbins is a business owner, professional advisor and published author with more than 35 years of experience in the corporate world, start-ups, and seed-stage investing, as well as in small business and healthcare. His industry experience includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, medical imaging, bioengineering, advanced materials and OTC healthcare products, as well as healthcare delivery.
As founder of Convergent Ventures, Bill played a leading role in the creation and management of four start-ups in drug discovery and advanced materials, drawing upon intellectual property and scientific leadership from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and UCLA. Bill has advised more than 50 companies in fields ranging from small molecule and protein-based therapeutics, to medical devices, diagnostics, medical information technology, advanced materials, and specialty products.
In addition to his investment and entrepreneurial pursuits in the life sciences and the tech world, Bill also monetized his creative proclivities and personal passions in the business of cycling and outdoor sports and adventure, by building and managing from the ground-up a 22-person independent sales rep network selling to bike shops, ski & snowboard shops, and specialty outdoor retailers across much of the U.S.
Prior to Convergent, Bill served as VP, Business Development at Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc., where his original idea for Convergent Ventures was born. As both a concept and a NASDAQ-listed company, Bio-Imaging Technologies was a perfect example of technology convergence, representing a "coming together", or a merging, of physics, engineering, biology, and medicine. As the seventh employee and first business person to join Bio-Imaging, Bill was responsible for business development, marketing, sales, and investor relations for the company during its critical early years. Earlier in his career, Bill worked in product management and new product development in the pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products industry. Bill began his career in New York, managing pharmaceutical accounts at Grey Medical Advertising.
Bill has been a non-profit leader, holding regional and national board positions, including several chairmanships, with the American Technion Society, the Israel Cancer Research Fund, the Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles, and the Columbia Business School Club of Southern California.