Ned Israelsen, JD
Ned Israelsen is a co-founder and Chairman of CardioCreate. He has been an active investor and participant in a number of life science startup companies. He is also the managing partner of the San Diego office of Knobbe, Martens, Olson, and Bear, LLP (the largest intellectual property law firm in the West), managing 120 lawyers and staff. Ned received his Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University National Law Center with High Honors and Order of the Coif; served for two years as a law clerk to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; taught law school at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles) and California Western School of Law; and has been a lecturer on law, entrepreneurship, and venture funding at University of San Diego Law School and the UCSD Rady School of Management. Ned is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Utah State University, with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry, and was recipient of highest honors from both the Department of Chemistry and the College of Science.
He is currently treasurer and governing board member of the San Diego branch of Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest angel investing network. Ned has assisted dozens of innovative companies in the IP aspects of private equity financing, initial public offerings, major licensing transactions, and corporate acquisitions, including InterMune, Inc., Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Orexigen Pharmaceuticals, and NovaCardia, Inc. He has been honored in Best Lawyers in America; Top Lawyers in San Diego; Worldwide Top IP Lawyers; and is also honored in both the Southern California Super Lawyers Edition and the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. Ned was named one of San Diego’s 120 Most Influential Individuals, and was recently selected from the 217,000 members of the California State Bar as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.