Bridge Bank’s Life Sciences Group (LSG) today announced the hiring of Lauren Cosentino as vice president, relationship manager covering the East Coast.  Based out of Durham, North Carolina, Lauren will be responsible for underwriting new loans and managing existing relationships with East Coast-based life sciences companies.

Bridge Bank’s LSG provides term and revolving debt for a variety of purposes, including growth and working capital, refinancing, restructuring, recapitalization and financing mergers and acquisitions. In addition to providing tailored credit solutions, LSG offers the full complement of Bridge Bank’s banking products and services, including treasury management and international financial solutions.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Bridge Bank’s Life Sciences Group and look forward to working alongside a team of experienced lenders to offer clients the financial tools they need to be successful,” said Lauren.

Prior to joining Bridge Bank’s LSG, Lauren served for three years as assistant vice president and as an analyst for Square 1 Bank’s Structured Finance group, working with various technology and life sciences companies. Lauren managed a growing portfolio of client relationships and was responsible for compliance monitoring of existing borrowers’ loan accounts as well as the assessment of overall credit risk in the Structured Finance portfolio. Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy with a Health Concentration.

“We are confident that Lauren’s background working with life sciences companies will make her the perfect fit for helping our clients to achieve their goals of bringing products from lab to market,” said Rob Lake, senior vice president and head of Bridge Bank’s Life Sciences Group. “Hiring Lauren will help the Bridge Bank team hone in on the development and growth of our East Coast life sciences practice.”

About Bridge Bank
Bridge Bank is a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, the go-to-bank for business in its growing markets. Bridge Bank was founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley to offer a better way to bank for small-market and middle-market businesses from across many industries, as well as emerging technology companies and the private equity community. Geared to serving both venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies, Bridge Bank offers a broad scope of financial solutions including growth capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities, sustainable energy project finance, venture debt, treasury management, asset-based lending, SBA and commercial real estate loans, ESOP finance and a full line of international products and services. Based in San Jose, Bridge Bank has eight offices in major markets across the country along with Western Alliance Bank’s robust national platform of specialized financial services. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation. With more than $15 billion in assets, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) is one of the fastest-growing bank holding companies in the U.S. and recognized as #10 on the Forbes 2016 “Best Banks in America” list. For more information, visit www.bridgebank.com or follow us on Twitter @Bridgebank.

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