Allan W. May

Allan May ARI Vice-Chairman
Founder, Life Science Angels and General Partner, Emergent Medical Partners

Allan is a founder of Life Science Angels ( ), the largest angel organization in the U.S. focused solely on early stage medical device and life science start-ups, and comprised solely of high net worth individuals from the medical device or biotech fields.  Since 2005, LSA has invested over $35M in 32 early stage companies, attracted in excess of $700M in contemporary or follow-on venture capital, and achieved five favorable exits.  In 2011, Allan initiated the Life Science Angel Network, a syndicate of angel groups throughout the United States, which will focus on increasing the syndication and capitalization of highly vetted medical device and biotech startups.

In 2007, Allan joined renowned inventor, entrepreneur and cardiac surgeon, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, in co-founding Emergent Medical Partners, a boutique venture fund focused on early stage medical device company creation and investing.  EMP has made 25 investments to date with 4 successful exits, including eValve and Ardian.

In 2010, Allan was elected Chairman of the Board of the Kauffman Foundation’s Angel Capital Education Foundation, now known as the Angel Resource Institute.  ARI, a nonprofit devoted to the promotion and study of angel investing, works closely with the Angel Capital Association in furthering angel investing and entrepreneurial mentoring. 

Allan has been founder, Chair/CEO, or investor in over 50 medtech and biotech startups, including Athenagen (Comentis), Nanostim, nSpine, and BioMimedica.  He lectures frequently at universities, conferences and government programs on trends and developments affecting early stage biotech and medtech investing.  He co-chaired Singularity University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track at its 2011 FutureMed Program, and is a member of the editorial board of Elsevier Windhover’s In Vivo magazine.