Fellows Directory

Tracy Saxton

Frazier Healthcare

Tracy co-founded Pivotal Bioventure Partners in 2017, investing in early-stage biotechnology companies developing therapeutics addressing unmet needs.

Previously, Tracy was at Roche Venture Fund, the corporate venture capital arm of Roche, as Investment Director, supporting early-stage novel technologies and discoveries. She was a board director for Millendo Therapeutics, SutroVax, Lumos Pharmaceuticals, Mission Therapeutics, and Purigen Biosystems.

Before Roche, she was an Associate at SV Life Science Advisers where she worked on the biotechnology investment team. Tracy was a board observer or actively involved in portfolio companies PanOptica, Sutro, Rempex, Itero, Catabasis, and Arsanis. Before that Tracy worked at Mission Bay Capital, a University of California-affiliated venture capital firm based in San Francisco, where she analyzed investment opportunities and managed deal flow; worked worked with university scientists to help launch companies based on technologies that were discovered in their labs; and provided commercial assessment, devised business strategies, and helped to secure funding for nascent technology development. Tracy was also the Collaboration Leader for a research alliance between the University of California and Pfizer.

Earlier in her career, Tracy held positions at Tularik/Amgen, Threshold Pharmaceuticals, and Geron Corp. She began as a drug discovery scientist and moved to leadership roles in global regulatory affairs, clinical development, business development and project management. She was the Project Leader for development programs in HIV/immunotherapy, urology, and oncology, spanning preclinical through Phase 3 of development. Additionally, she has created strategic plans for metabolic and immunology drug products, having filed original INDs/CTAs in these therapeutic areas.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Tracy earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, her MBA from Columbia Business School and was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund fellow at UCSF. She has a BSc in biology from Simon Fraser University.

As a graduated member of Class 15, Tracy served her fellowship at SV Life Sciences, under the mentorship of Mike Ross.