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Susie Harborth

General Partner and CFO, BioInnovation Capital

Susie Harborth is the general partner and CFO at BioInnovation Capital, an early-stage venture firm, and the co-founder and managing director of BioLabs San Diego, a biotech-focused coworking space. Previously, Harborth served as CFO at GnuBio, a sequencing startup that was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2014. Prior to joining GnuBIO, Susie launched Cequent Pharmaceuticals and Boston Heart Diagnostics. Harborth is on the advisory board at LabCentral, a biotech coworking space in Massachusetts. She also co-founded Launch Bio, a nonprofit organization focused on STEM education, social impact, innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship. She is a recent recipient of Biocom’s Catalyst Award.

ALMA MATER: CSU Long Beach, Harvard University

EARLY CHILDHOOD: Her family escaped Vietnam on a boat when she was 2 and she lived nine months at a refugee camp in Thailand before moving in with family in Los Angeles.

FAVORITE: 85° Bakery-sea salt coffee.