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Square 1 Bank Expands Life Sciences Practice in Pacific Northwest

May 1, 2013

Seattle, WA – Square 1 Bank, the premier banking partner to entrepreneurs and the venture capital community, today announced that Rilus Graham has relocated to Seattle to grow the bank’s life sciences practice in the Pacific Northwest.  Mr. Graham will manage the region’s existing life sciences portfolio and establish new connections within the area’s entrepreneurial, venture capital, and industry communities.

“Rilus’ fierce drive and passion for startups, networking and the life sciences industry is a tremendous asset as the bank continues to grow our life sciences practice,” said Scott Foote, founder, senior vice president and managing director of Square 1 Bank’s Life Sciences West practice. “He has already done great work in helping to build our portfolio and reputation in San Diego, and I am confident he will continue to blaze trails as he takes this step.  With Rilus’ addition to the Seattle team, we are reinforcing our commitment to the startup communities of the Pacific Northwest region and broadening our capabilities to best meet our clients’ needs – providing additional access to flexible, focused solutions and service to help them be successful.”

On moving to Seattle, Graham added, “Being part of Square 1’s west coast life science launch in 2009 was a huge opportunity for me.  I am excited to take those experiences and lead a similar effort in Seattle, as the bank looks to grow our life sciences practice here. I plan to hit the ground running; bridging existing relationships with new partnerships.”

Since joining Square 1 Bank in 2007, Graham has served in several roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a portfolio analyst at the bank’s headquarters in Durham, NC where he supported technology and life sciences portfolios.   In 2009 Graham moved to San Diego to help jumpstart the bank’s life sciences practice on the west coast. There, Graham played a key role in expanding Square 1 Bank’s presence in the Pacific Southwest, while also co-founding Spark Bio, a life science venture capital networking association.

About Square 1 Bank

Square 1 Bank is a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1’s expertise, focus and strong capital base provide flexible resources and unmatched support to meet our clients’ needs. The bank offers tailored products and solutions aided by the latest in technological innovations. Square 1 has offices coast to coast in Austin, Boston, Denver, Durham, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.square1bank.com.

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