Lawrence A. "Larry" Bock (September 21, 1959 – July 6, 2016) was an American entrepreneur who has aided in starting or financing 50 early-stage growth companies, with a combined market value of more than $70 billion.
Bock was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Chappaqua to parents Ulrike Proctor and Richard Bock. Larry had one older sibling Steven who was deaf. He received a degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and an MBA from UCLA. After school, he worked for Genentech. Bock was a donor, co-founder, and the executive director of USA Science and Engineering Festival.
Bock died from cancer on July 6, 2016.
Bock was highlighted as a "keystone species" in the ecosystem of Silicon Valley in the book The Rainforest. A keystone species, in the innovation context, is someone who connects people who would benefit from working together, but who would not work together under normal circumstances because of trust, distance, and/or cultural barriers.
Bock founded multiple companies:
- Illumina, a biotechnology company for genetic products
- Nanosys, a nanotechnology company for optics and batteries
- Pharmacopeia biotechnology, a company investigating small molecule combinatorial chemistry
- Idun Pharmaceuticals, a company developing drugs targeting apoptosis
- Caliper Life Sciences, which aids in drug discovery.
USA Science and Engineering Festival
Bock worked with Lockheed Martin to start the first festival in San Diego. It was later moved to Washington D.C. It premiered on the National Mall but was later moved to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where it attracted more than 350,000 participants in 2016, making it the largest event housed in the convention center.
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- Robbins, Gary (July 8, 2016). "Larry Bock dies at 56; biotech entrepreneur launched science festivals". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- Hwang, Victor and Greg Horowitt (2012). The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley. Los Altos Hills: Regenwald. pp. 68–75. ISBN 978-0615586724.
- Bock, Larry (2004). "Following Mr. Robinson's Advice: The Story of Nanosys". Nanotechnology Law & Business. 1.1: 91–97. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- Nour, David (March 20, 2009). The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital (1st ed.). Praeger. pp. 8, 17, 46. ISBN 978-0313356025.
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