Partnering and financial advisory for the life sciences

We help our clients navigate the turbulent waters of business development,
always with our sights on achieving a successful outcome

Securities offered through Financial West Group, Member FINRA/SIPC.

About Us

About Us

  • Lighthouse BioPartners was founded in Spring of 2015
  • Located near Research Triangle Park, in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • We have large and small pharma operational experience and are licensed investment bankers
  • Our focus is on business development advisory, including:
    • in-licensing/buyside
    • out-licensing/sellside
    • scientific/partnership collaborations
    • raising capital to advance our clients’ development programs
  • Expertise working with large pharma, specialty pharma, diagnostics/devices and biotech
  • Our clients include companies at all stages of development, from preclinical to commercial stage
  • We work diligently toward a successful transaction, including all aspects of a licensing or financing process:
    • preparation of materials and presentations
    • outreach strategy and execution
    • due diligence
    • transaction execution

Our experience covers the following areas:

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anti-infectives
  • Cardiovascular
  • CNS/Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes/Metabolic
  • Diagnostics/Devices
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gene therapy
  • Hematology
  • Men’s Health
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology/Immuno-therapy
  • Orphan/Rare Diseases
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology
  • Vaccines
  • Women’s Health

Transactions Completed

Contacts in the Life Sciences

Meet Us at These Upcoming Conferences

BIO Europe Fall

Copenhagen, Denmark

November 5-7, 2018

JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

San Francisco

January 6-10, 2019

Our Team

Steven L. Levine, M.B.A.

Steven L. Levine, M.B.A.


25+ years experience in biopharma including Hybritech, Abbott, J&J and GSK with roles spanning R&D, sales, commercial analysis, marketing, and business development. Advisory work on a number of transactions including M&A, licensing and financing. MBA, University of Michigan. Registered representative with Financial West Group.

David J. Tomasso, M.B.A.

David J. Tomasso, M.B.A.


25+ years experience in business development, financial evaluation and analysis, sales, marketing and manufacturing. Previous experience with Merck, King, Halozyme, Ratio, and Genprex. MBA from Columbia University. Registered representative with Financial West Group.

Recent Transactions


License of rights to develop and commercialize orphan drug product and other portfolio programs

October 2017


Acquired by Agenus

December 2015

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Divestiture of CMC Biologics Manufacturing Facility to Agenus

November 2015

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License of rights to pain product

November 2016


Divestiture of Biodefense Program to Nanotherapeutics

November 2015

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License of rights to develop and commercialize pain product

September 2015


Contact Us

Steven L. Levine

Phone: (919) 533-9112

David J. Tomasso

Phone: (919) 533-9107

Visit our office at:
3901 Barrett Drive, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

Lighthouse BioPartners and Financial West Group are unaffiliated entities.
OSJ: 961 Matley Lane, Suite 110, Reno, NV 89502

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