Steve Kafka, Ph.D.


For me, the early-stage company build is the best part. To be able to go do that again — and again and again — is so incredibly fun and impactful to me.

Steve Kafka

Steve focuses on the formation and development of biologics companies that develop life-changing therapies for patients. He has more than 20 years of experience in drug discovery, development and commercialization and in molecular diagnostics. Steve was most recently president and chief operating officer and formerly chief business officer at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a company dedicated to transforming cancer care by identifying molecular alterations in each patient’s unique cancer and matching them with potential targeted therapies and immunotherapies. In these roles, Steve was responsible for the biopharmaceutical and clinical businesses and had significant impacts on growing revenue and scaling operations for the core businesses, launching products, expanding the product to a global scale, driving key business development relationships and financing the company.

After leaving Foundation Medicine, Steve took inspiration from his college-aged kids to embark on a “gap (half-)year” to follow his non-professional passions for a few months in backcountry ski touring, cheering on the sidelines of high school lacrosse games, and hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Year Joined
  • 2018
  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Political Economy and Government, Harvard University
Administrative Support
  • East Coast
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