BaseLaunch Team

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The BaseLaunch team works for Basel Area Business & Innovation.

Neil Goldsmith

Neil Goldsmith

Position: Director Strategy
Email: neil.goldsmith@baselaunch.ch

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.

Neil Goldsmith

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Neil Goldsmith

Director Strategy
Stephan Emmerth BaseLaunch

Stephan Emmerth, PhD

Position: Director Business Development & Operations
Email: stephan.emmerth@baselaunch.ch

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 Ph.D. 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.

Stephan Emmerth BaseLaunch

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Stephan Emmerth, PhD

Director Business Development & Operations

Martyna Wroblewska

Position: Manager Innovation & Sourcing
Email: martyna.wroblewska@baselarea.swiss

Before joining Basel Area Business & Innovation Martyna worked as a Project Leader at Redbiotec AG (pre-clinical stage biotech), where she was responsible for the design, development, and management of projects focused mainly on oncology and vaccine development.

Martyna holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus (Microbiology) in Poland and a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Zürich (Evolutionary Biology).

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Martyna Wroblewska

Manager Innovation & Sourcing
Carla Benichou

Carla Benichou

Position: Manager Program and Innovation
Email: carla.benichou@baselaunch.ch

In her role as Manager Program and Innovation at BaseLaunch Carla is supporting its activities in therapeutic innovation for the start-ups portfolio and new applications process. Carla holds a Bachelor’s 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.

Carla Benichou

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Carla Benichou

Manager Program and Innovation

Manager New Ventures

We are excited to be welcoming our new Manager New Ventures, who will be starting soon. If you check back in, you will be able to see her information in the coming weeks!

Starting soon!

Manager New Ventures

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

Samantha Brandler, PhD

Head of Research Innovation, Europe at CSL Behring

Christian Mauriand

Managing Director and Head Roivant Sciences GmbH

Eric Valeur

VP Research and Head of Drug Discovery, Roivant Sciences

James Jungkue Lee

Founder & CEO, Bridge Biotherapeutics

B. Chris Kim, PhD

Board Member, Bridge Biotherapeutics

Klaus Breiner, PhD

Managing Partner, Pureos Bioventures

Ximing Ding, PhD

Analyst, 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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