BaseLaunch Team

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The BaseLaunch team works for Basel Area Business & Innovation.

Neil Goldsmith

Position: Director Strategy

Neil is a serial entrepreneur with broad experience of the life science sector. He has founded, or otherwise been instrumental in the early development of multiple biotech ventures over the last 35 years, including Evolva (synthetic biology, founder & CEO, IPO Zurich), TopoTarget (oncology, founder, IPO Copenhagen), Biotage (microwave chemistry, founder, IPO Stockholm), PNAD (DNA diagnostics, CEO, trade sale), BIAcore (biosensors, VP Bus Dev, IPO NASDAQ) and Scientific Generics (head of marketing, IPO LSE).

In addition to BaseLaunch, Neil is currently a board member of Alentis Therapeutics (anti-fibrotic therapeutics), Unibio plc (protein from methane) and Sundew ApS (treating water transmitted diseases). Neil has a first-class degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, and set-up his first venture straight out of university, benefitting from a very early venture accelerator that was run by the University of Stirling.

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Neil Goldsmith

Director Strategy

Stephan Emmerth, PhD

Position: Director Business Development & Operations

Stephan is Director of Business Development & Operations and also heads Therapeutics Innovation at Basel Area Business and Innovation. He has been deeply involved in establishing and building out BaseLaunch, and was involved in the sourcing, launch, growth and successful financing of numerous biotech ventures. Stephan joined the organization from brief stints in medical affairs at Lipomed and research at Roche. He gained his PhD in RNAi and epigenetics from Novartis`s Friedrich Miescher Institute, which also affiliated with the University of Basel. Stephan holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from ETH Zurich.

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Stephan Emmerth, PhD

Director Business Development & Operations

Leonildo Delgado, PhD

Position: Manager Innovation & Sourcing

Leonildo has been with BaseLaunch since 2018 supporting the strategy for how the incubator finds and engages with leading academics and entrepreneurs across Europe. In his role as Manager Innovation & Sourcing, Leonildo brings relevant skills and expertise, scouting new opportunities across different disease areas and therapeutic modalities, and has been involved in launching and building several of BaseLaunch’s portfolio companies.

Leonildo completed his MS. and BS. degrees in Biotechnology and Biochemistry at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and earned his Ph.D. in Structural Biology from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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Leonildo Delgado, PhD

Manager Innovation & Sourcing

Mariela Salas

Position: Manager Marketing & Communications

Mariela Salas joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in July 2019 in order to support the marketing activities for the innovation arm, which includes, BaseLaunch as part of Therapeutic Innovation initiative. She was previously Director of Marketing at the American University of the Caribbean Medical School; Marketing Manager for Baptist Health South Florida, one of the largest regional hospital systems. Prior to going in house, Mariela worked in advertising for Saatchi & Saatchi sister agency Conill; and Hill Holliday in Miami handling multi-million-dollar accounts across diverse industries.

Mariela Salas studied Marketing at the University of Miami (US), and also earned an MBA in International Business with a specialization in Computer Information Systems at the same location.

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Mariela Salas

Manager Marketing & Communications

Carla Benichou

Position: Fellow

Carla is a Fellow at BaseLaunch supporting its activities in therapeutic innovation for the start-ups portfolio and new applications process. Carla holds a Bachelor from ESADE Business School in Business, Finance (Barcelona) and is currently enrolled in an MSc in Applied Neuroscience from King’s College London.

Carla has previous international experience in Start-up fundraising, project management and start-up strategy consulting within Life Science and Technology sectors, from Gartner and Cukierman Investment House.

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Carla Benichou


Partners representatives on the selection board

The selection board decides which companies BaseLaunch funds

Luis Correia, PhD

Director Business Development, Roche Pharma Partnering

Carsten Kroll, PhD

Senior Scientist, SMR External Innovation & Medicinal Chemistry, pRED Roche Innovation Center Basel

Alex Stankovic

Director of Global Licensing, CSL Behring

Samuel Hou, PhD

Director of Research Innovation Europe, CSL Behring

Christian Mauriand

Managing Director and Head Roivant Sciences GmbH

Roger Sidhu

Executive Vice President, Head of R&D and CMO; Roivant Sciences

James Jungkue Lee

Founder & CEO, Bridge Biotherapeutics

B. Chris Kim, PhD

Board Member, Bridge Biotherapeutics

Klaus Breiner, PhD

Managing Partner, BB Pureos Bioventures

Anja Harmeier, PhD

Partner, BB Pureos Bioventures

Michael R. Huebner, PhD

New Venture Lead, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Expertise from our domain specific partners

Our domain specific partners belong to the premier organizations in their fields and we provide direct access for the ventures we work with.

Philipp Marchand, PhD

Partner, Patent Attorney, Vossius & Partner

Martin Rohrbach

Partner, Head of Life Sciences, KPMG Switzerland

Heather Schwoebel

Senior Vice President of BD, Head of Platform Licensing, Alloy Therapeutics, Inc.

Thomas Fessard, PhD

Co-Founder and CEO, SpiroChem

Alexander Gutmans

Partner, Walder Wyss Ltd.

Individual advisors and consultants

Whether we or our ventures need expertise, advice and consultants of any kind in preclinical and clinical drug development, commercial and BD&L, legal and IP, we can draw from the tremendous pool of expertise available in the Basel Area but also globally. The people we work with have decades of experience in biopharma form organizations such as Astra Zeneca, Biogen, Novartis, Roche/Genentech, Shire, Idorsia, Baxter, Bayer, Amgen, Micromet, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and others.

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