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(Revised from original 2005 version)
Cynthia Fisher and the Rearing of ViaCell
Describes the start up of Viacord, a Boston-based medical services firm founded by Cynthia Fisher (HBS MBA) in 1993. Told from Fisher's perspective, the entrepreneur details the conceptualization and launch of the business and the many obstacles and expenses faced in the company's first seven years. Fisher describes the venture capital negotiations and a merger with a biotech company that led to the creation of ViaCell in 2000. Fisher explains how her role changed from founder and CEO of Viacord to president and then board member of ViaCell, and carries the firm's story to the successful 2005 IPO.
Keywords: Managerial Roles;
Business Growth and Maturation;
Higgins, Robert F., Richard G. Hamermesh, and Ingrid Vargas. "Cynthia Fisher and the Rearing of ViaCell." Harvard Business School Case 806-002, May 2007. (Revised from original December 2005 version.)