Wainwright Fishburn, Jr., Partner at Cooley, is a prominent venture capital attorney and global chair of the firm’s Digital Health group.
As a recognized life science and digital health thought-leader, Wain is a frequent speaker at programs addressing industry issues, including at the International CES Digital Health Summit, USC’s Body Computing Conference, Impact Forum and the Samsung: Health + Tech Conference. Wain has also served as the Chair of the BIO Digital Health Forum at the BIO International Convention from 2014 – 2019.
As both a founder and counsel, Wain has worked with venture capital-backed companies across a variety of fields. For example, in the field of genomic medicine, he works with groups that develop and deploy high-performance network technology for genomic research and medicine. He is also Vice-Chairman of the board of the Critical Path Institute, a public-private partnership created in part by the FDA, dedicated to integrating scientific advances into the development pathway. Mr. Fishburn has been widely recognized as a leading attorney in numerous publications, including among others, his recognition by The Daily Journal as one of California’s top attorneys. He was named by Nature as instrumental to the success of San Diego as a life science cluster.
As a community leader, Wain is past Chairman of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, one of the nation’s leading independent research institutes. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the board of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center where he is afforded a clinical perspective on the application of breakthroughs in genomic medicine and is assisting with the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy. He is a founding director of both the Corporate Directors Forum and BIOCOM, representing more than 1100 member life science companies and is a member of its Executive Committee.
Wain is a co-founder of seven companies, two of which became public. He is a third-generation Arizonan and earned his B.A. from the University of Arizona where he serves on the Advisory Board for Tech Launch Arizona. He completed post-graduate work as a Senior Fellow at the Australian National University and received his JD degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he served as President of the Hastings Board of Governors.