Our Name and Logo
The Phoenix is a mythical, sacred fire bird that can be found in a number of different cultures. It is said to have been a large and magnificent bird, much like an eagle, with gorgeous red and golden plumage.
The bird was reputed to live for 500 years. During its long life, the Phoenix would soar ever sunward. But as its span of life was nearing an end, it built a large nest of twigs. Then the Phoenix set the nest on fire and was consumed by the flames. Out of the ashes came forth another Phoenix, as beautiful and strong as the old, to live another 500 years.
The Phoenix, ever-growing, ever-changing, is alone the adequate symbol of our business, with each investment funding a new beginning. Initiare (in-ih-tee-er-ay) is derived from Latin and means to begin. Phoenix Initiare is the beginning of something remarkable, reaching beyond possibilities.
Dr. Joe Halcomb is a private equity investor with a distinguished career as a Board Member and Executive of start-up ventures, rapid-growth companies, and multi-billion dollar global corporations. He also serves as a consultant and senior advisor to companies in the medical device, biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sector. He has been a Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners, a private equity firm, since 2003.
Dr. Halcomb was Vice President of Drug Product and Device Development at Amgen, a $15B global biotechnology / human therapeutics corporation, from 2006 to 2010. He also served in other executive capacities related to operations, compliance, and cell therapy at Amgen from 1995 to 2006. Prior to joining Amgen, Dr. Halcomb was President of the Hall Surgical Division of Zimmer, Inc. (then a Bristol-Myers Squibb Company), and served in other executive capacities from 1980 to 1995.
Dr. Halcomb earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky and completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine. He also holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively.