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First Light Biosciences

First Light’s high-margin products will be the first to enable any hospital to afford rapid automated testing to prevent and treat deadly hospital infections.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Bedford, MA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded December 2006
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

First Light is commercializing breakthrough products for rapidly detecting and treating deadly hospital infections, saving lives and money for hospitals and payers. The company’s technology is the first to enable affordable rapid tests to detect infections and determine which antibiotic will cure the patient for a broad menu of hospital infections. High-margin consumable sales to hospital clinical microbiology labs drive the revenue model.


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    Don Straus
    CEO, Founder

    CEO and founder Don Straus previously founded Rapid Micro Biosystems, a commercialization-stage Kleiner Perkins-backed company. At both companies he identified the target markets, invented the core scientific technology, built the founding teams, developed the product concepts, built IP portfolios, and led development of product prototypes. He was Asst. Prof. (Brandeis U.) and earned a Ph.D at Harvard (W. Gilbert) and a B.S. in Chem. (Berkeley).

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    Michael Ellis

    Michael Ellis is a senior financial executive and attorney with over 30 years of financial and operational experience in the manufacturing and service industries. He has expertise in strategic and operational planning, cash management, technology licensing, budgeting and forecasting, cash management as well as debt and equity financing. Mike’s industry experience includes medical devices, high tech, R&D, software, and telecommunications.

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    Bruce Walsh
    VP Engineering

    Bruce Walsh, VP of Engineering, leads the development of First Light’s products. He has more than 25 years of executive engineering management experience. Bruce was CTO at Spectel where he led a 100 person team and delivered strategy and products that led to the $103M sale of the company. As VP of Engineering at Data Translation, Bruce developed a critically acclaimed video product. He has a MSEE from Northeastern University and a BSEE from WPI.


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    John Hession, Partner, Cooley LLP
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    Sandra Krieg, Financial Consultant, Malley & Franey Financial Group
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    Jeff Arnold

Previous Investors

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    Phil Straus, brother of founder