James E. Burden, JD, FIOD is the President and principal owner of Dorset Capital. Mr. Burden has over 40 years of experience in management, business operations, and corporate finance, including, as a California lawyer, years of transaction-based law practice. In 1999, he co-founded Dorset Capital LLC as an adjunct to his law practice. In 2001, Mr. Burden ceased the active practice of law to devote full time to the business ventures of Dorset Capital both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. He has continued his law qualifications and remains an active member of the California State Bar.
Mr. Burden’s involvement with co-founding, financing, and operating companies in the U.S. and United Kingdom commenced in the 1980s when he was elected an Underwriting Member/Name of Lloyd’s of London. Through his Lloyd’s connections in the City of London, he began working with Small and Medium Enterprises in the U.K.
Mr. Burden and Dorset Capital LLC have co-founded several companies in the healthcare, software, and tech areas. An example in the healthcare area is KineMed, Inc., which was formed to commercialize assay technology developed at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. During his tenure as COO and director, KineMed grew from a start-up to a company with 55 employees in 17,000 square feet of laboratory, vivarium, and administrative facilities.
Mr. Burden also co-founded Emiliem, Inc., a cancer drug development company with top scientists formerly with Chiron, Pharmacia, and Pfizer. Emiliem focuses on the drug discovery and development process. This included understanding the molecular determinants of target modulation as it relates to the efficacy of therapeutics, potential adverse drug reactions, diagnostic markers for rare diseases, and computational aspects of predicting both positive and negative patient outcomes.
In the field of software, Mr. Burden and Dorset Capital co-founded Info4cars, Inc., an auto buying and vehicle history report service. Other co-founders included the data company Experian Inc., Consumer Guide, and NASDAQ-listed CCC Information Services, Inc. Revenues grew more than $11m during his tenure as a director and corporate officer. The company subsequently was acquired by Consumer Guide.
Mr. Burden has extensive ties to the United Kingdom as a result of being an underwriting member of Lloyds of London in the 1980s. Through Lloyds’ connections, he became active in U.K. start-ups and venture transactions. He was a co-founding director of the Gloucestershire Innovation Centre and developed and implemented with U.K. venture groups a business model to expand the markets of US companies to Europe by utilizing UK tax-advantaged (VCT and EIS) financing. He co-founded EuroGen Ltd, a UK based company formed to obtain the UK and European regulatory approvals and market a portfolio of oncology drugs of a NASDAQ-listed US oncology pharmaceutical company.
Mr.Burden received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business), and his J.D. law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He did post-J.D. studies at the Graduate School of Law at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Burden has taught courses and has lectured at various venues, including the University of California, Berkeley Extension, Haas Business School, Oregon Health & Science University, and Continuing Education of the CA State Bar programs. He has participated in webinar presentations and authored and co-authored several white papers, articles, and publications. A copy of a recent white paper based on a 2019 webinar appears in the Business Model section. He is an active member of the California State Bar, a member of the University of California, Berkeley Faculty Club, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, London.
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