Khalid Islam, PhD


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Dr. Islam has over 30 years of Pharma and Biotech industry experience. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fennec Pharmaceuticals,and Minoryx Therapeutics S.L. and a member of the Board of Directors of Immunomedics Inc. He has been the Chairman and CEO of Gentium S.p.A. (a Nasdaq-listed company; 2009-2014) where, under his leadership Defitelio was granted Marketing Authorisation and the company value increased from 25m USD leading to all cash 1billion USD merger with Jazz Pharmaceuticals, plc. From 1999-2008, he was President and CEO of Arpida AG where he transitioned the early-stage start-up to a SWX-listed company and raised 300m USD in the IPO and follow-ons. From 1987-1999, he held various positions in HMR & MMD (now Sanofi-Aventis). Previously, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Karolinska Development, Molmed, OxThera, Arpida AG , Rheoscience AS; PCovery AS, Adenium AS and C10 Pharma AS. He is also as an advisor to Kurma Biofund (Paris).

Lorenzo Leoni, PhD

Vice Chairman

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Dr. Leoni has more than 20 years of drug development experience. He is currently Managing Partner of TiVenture. He is a scientific serial entrepreneur and founder of several biomedical companies in the US and in Europe (Salmedix Inc, Telormedix SA, Elion Oncology Inc, Oculox Technologies SA, BioPharmaTi Ltd). He holds Board positions in several technology companies and has an extensive network at the academic, financial and industrial level in Biotech and MedTech. 

Dr. Leoni was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine at UCSD in San Diego, working in the fields of oncology and immunology. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Lausanne

Marianne Bjordal, PhD


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Dr. Bjordal is a Senior Associate at the Helsinn Investment Fund. She is an experienced scientist with over 15 years of research expertise focusing on metabolism, nutrient sensing and neuroendocrine signaling. Marianne holds a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Bergen, Norway and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology as well as an MBA from the University of Nice, France. She is a former Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and former researcher at the CNRS. In 2014 she received the AXA Prize from the French Academy of Science.

Roberto Barzi


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Mr. Barzi is Managing Partner of VitaTech SA. He has been active as an investor in the healthcare sector for over a decade. Initially a member of the global healthcare group at 3i, Roberto then set up Fort Rock Capital, a London-based investor in life sciences. He is currently the managing partner of VitaTech, a Luxembourg based platform focused on pan-European healthtech investments. Roberto sits on the boards of GNS Healthcare (USA, digital health and AI), Vasopharm Gmbh (Germany, traumatic brain injury), Medinet (UK, clinical services) and Algenex (Spain, protein production). He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a degree in economics from Bocconi University.

Jeffrey Riley

Independent Member

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Mr. Riley has more than 25 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, during which he has negotiated numerous worldwide strategic corporate alliances, established joint ventures and assisted in venture financings to support product development. He has raised over $1.5B in equity and debt instruments.  He has worked for big pharma (SmithKline Beecham and Pfizer), venture capital (Queensland Biocapital Fund / QIC) and numerous biotechnology companies in their capacity of business development and general management.  He has served on public and private Boards in the USA and Australia. He has a BS degree (Boise State University), a MBA/MIM (Thunderbird/Arizona State) and advanced science work (UC San Francisco/Berkeley)


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