Managing General Partner
Jeff Clark co-founded The Aurora Funds with Scott Albert in 1994. Jeff leads the Life Science team at Aurora to identify promising investment opportunities and to support investments already made in more than a dozen life science portfolio companies. He works closely with Aurora’s life science portfolio companies to develop and execute on action plans, willingly accepting responsibility for many of the action items. He pulls from his strategic planning and operational experience to help these companies create or refine business plans, build solid management teams, develop strategic partnerships and secure key customers.
Prior to forming Aurora, Jeff spent thirteen years working in development and external affairs for Duke University (including Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duke Medical Center and the School of Engineering). Through Aurora, he hoped to close the gap between local universities and the venture capital community to facilitate the growth of life science companies.
Jeff currently serves on the boards of several of Aurora’s life science portfolio companies, including Argos, Hyperbranch, Metabolon, Regado Biosciences, StemCo Biomedical, and Xsira, assisting in the strategic direction of each. He maintains strong ties to Duke University, serving on the board of directors of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jeff also supports the entrepreneurial efforts of greater RTP community by having served as Chairman of the Board for North Carolina’s Council for Entrepreneurial Development and by co-founding of the North Carolina Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NCIIE).
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.