We are one of the first true Venture Science Capital companies
and we have double-blind, published, university and private-sector led tests
verifying the efficacy of our New Venture Assessor (NVA).


Knowledge for Venture

Our x Factor

Labx Ventures is leading an entirely different investment strategy called Venture Science Capital—driven by pure science, algorithms and rules engines—within the start-up and emerging growth venture investment industry.  We take out the subjectivity and base scores on empirical data that uses a set of rules and principles garnered from academic and statistical methods about what makes a company a likely success or failure. In published double-blind university testing, our New Venture Assessor (NVA) successfully selected—with over 80% accuracy—which companies would bring profitable exits to investors.  Our platform, our powerful assessor tool and our funds unite to create the new Venture Science Capital investment paradigm. 

What the x Means in Labx

We wanted a name that was CORE to our business model.  X is the variable or the unknown number.   Our Lab process with our New Venture Assessor (NVA) formulates that number or score we call the xScore, or X for short. 

NVA  +  xScore  +  Lab =  Labx

The back story behind Labx began years ago when a group of venture entrepreneurs and angels began collaborating on an idea. They wanted to crack the code to picking winning companies.  

Clark Straw 
Chairman of the Board

Master of Science
Admin. Sciences & Management, University of Texas, Dallas                                            

Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering, Texas Tech University                                        

Technology Special Purpose Funds (x3)
Managing General Partner 

Leading BioSciences
Chairman of the Board, CEO & Investor                                                

Hitachi Data Systems                                       
Executive Vice President & Corporate Officer                                  

Hewlett Packard
General Manager U.S. Sales & Support for HP computers
General Mgr. Worldwide Alliances & Channels (HP computers)
General Manager Western Region Operations (HP computers)
General Manager Texas Area for all HP products

Chip F. Parker
President and Chief Executive Officer

Technology Special Purpose Funds (x4)
General Partner

Leading BioSciences
Co-founder, Board Member and Investor

InLab Ventures
Founder, Executive Director

Keiretsu Forum
Founding Member, President of Southern California Chapters (x5)

Leading Ventures

Tech Coast Initiative


Realm Internet

Eric Neitzel
Principal & Controller


Macro-Pro, Inc

Baxter Healthcare
American Hospital Supply

Indiana University Bloomington
Associate in Accounting & Computer Science

Tech & Life Sciences Investor



SAIC Coder

Software Coding

Retail Finance & Sales

HR Director

Controller / Accounting Manager

Joe Simoni
Chief Operating Officer

GE Healthcare
Interventional Radiology, Cardiology & Operating Room Solutions Leader

Toshiba Medical Systems (America)
Nuclear Medicine Modality Lead & Imaging Sales Specialist

Siemens Healthineers
Nuclear Medicine Sales


UCSD Medical Center
Department Manager: Nuclear Medicine Service

US Navy
Nuclear Medicine Technology

National University
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science


Steve Curtis 
Innovation/Venture Science

Adjunct Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Business-Marketing Innovation/Creativity

Gammon Games
Co-founder, Sold to Atari

WSJ, Price/Waterhouse
First Thought-Leader

Procter & Gamble
Senior Consultant, new business, multimillion-dollar projects  

Levi Stroller & Velcro Dart Board

Paramount Studios
Senior Management (Licensing of Star Trek Properties)

USC Marshall School of Business
Chair (“The Road to Growth” Conference)

Buckeye International
Award:  Marketing Man of the Year

Master of Business Admin.
University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science
Marketing & Finance, University of Southern California

Robert Cantrell
Venture Scientist & Patent Agent

Strategy Innovators LLC.

Jimenez Law Firm

Inventor & Patent Agent

Think IP Strategy
Consultant and Business Development

Registered Patent Agent

More than 150 filed patent applications

US Army
Infantry Officer 101st Airborne Division

Mark J. Jones
Director of Engineering and NVA Development

Master of Business Administration
San Diego State

Master of Science
Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins

Bachelor of Science
Engineering, UC Berkeley

United States Navy
Lieutenant, Naval Reactors Officer

Silver Bridge Technologies LLC
Chief Technical Officer

Field Intelligence Inc.
Chief Technical Officer

Quake Global, Inc.
Chief Technical Officer

Gary Rubens
Venture Scientist and NVA Developer

Master of Education
Science Curriculum Development, University of Texas, Arlington

Bachelor of Arts
Psychology, University of California, Irvine (Biology minor)

Wm. S Hart School District
Chemistry, Biology & Geoscience Instructor

Fillmore Unified School Dist.
Science Department Co-chair, Chemistry & Biology Instructor

United States Coast Guard
Training & Administration Officer, Instructor, Command Duty Officer

Bill Ludwig
Director of Marketing

Bill Ludwig Productions
Executive Producer

Head of Television Production & Multimedia
High Definition TV Team Lead

NFL, Universal Pictures, various Fortune 500 Companies & TV Networks
Executive Producer

Owner/Operator of 6 TV Media Studios

Lisa López Cassidy
Marketing Consultant

Center for Microbiome Innovation
Corporate Engagement Officer

Location Development Manager

UC San Diego
Vice-Chancellor CFO

Alphatec Spine
Program Manager

Sculpt Fusion Yoga
Acquired by YogaSix

Bachelor of Arts in Communication
UC San Diego

Pete McBride
Business Development, Life Sciences

Cardiovascular Resource Solution Inc.

GE Healthcare USA
Business Analyst

Medi-Sphere Development Inc.
Director of Technology & Education

Charles Franc & Associates Inc.
Executive Consultant

SpringBoard Healthcare
Sr. Executive Consultant

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Cardiovascular Service Consultant

Riverside Community Hospital
Administrative Director

Leonhardt Ventures/Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Inc.
Business Analyst & Advisory Board Member

Bill Fairchild
Principal & Venture Partner

Citizens Bank
Cofounder, Acquired by San Diego National Bank

IT and Life Sciences
Board Member

Angel Investor
100+ Investments Made

InLab Ventures



Vital Brands LLC

Board of Advisors/Principal

Leading Ventures

US Air Force



Tim Penkala  
Principal & Board Member

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor of Science, Accounting
University of Notre Dame

Registered Investment Advisor
Certified Public Accountant





Investment Banker
Certified Financial Planner

Asset & Fund Manager
Over 100 syndications

Angel Investor
Over 15 start-ups







Mr Happy
Chief Morale Officer

Rescue Dog

Parson's Jack Russel Terrier

Named Happy
Because he's always Happy




Labx Ventures is based in San Diego, one of America’s top-tier start-up, emerging growth and venture capital investment communities.  San Diego is a center of high-tech innovation and is home to the brightest thought leaders and science innovation centers.


• San Diego is home to over 100,000 R&D jobs generating over $14 billion in economic impact

• San Diego is the # 1 City for patents filed per population in the US and # 2 worldwide

• San Diego had more than 400 startups launched annually the last two years

• San Diego ranks #4 in the top 10 metro areas nationally for startups

• San Diego has the highest pre-money VC valuations in the country

• UCSD faculty researchers have won more than twenty-seven Nobel Prizes

• As to talent attraction & retention, San Diego is one of the best locations to live, work and play


Our investment strategies and our investments will reach far beyond Southern California’s Tech Coast to make a global impact and Labx Ventures is proud to be based in of one of America’s science and technology hubs, San Diego, California.

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