Patrick Berdoz received his HEG diploma in Economics from HEG in Lausanne Switzerland in 1985. Following a short career in finance, he became CEO (1986) and owner (1988) of Viso Medical, an intravenous therapy company located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His first major success came when he sold Viso Medical to a pharma company at age 34. In 1995 he continued his career in the medical field, becoming the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Precimed, a major worldwide orthopedic manufacturer. While continuing his global leadership role, he moved to the US in 1998 to establish Precimed, Inc. He made a few acquisitions, ranging from start-ups to mature companies, that he continued to develop after being integrated into Precimed. Patrick Berdoz successfully sold Precimed in 2008 to Greatbatch (NYSE:GB) and is now leading a diverse group of start-up companies active in the medical device and dental industries.
Erich Schlick is general partner with Wellington Partners in Munich. Prior to venture capital, Erich spent 15 years with BASF Pharma Knoll AG, 10 years thereof as an executive board member with worldwide responsibility for preclinical and clinical R&D. During this time, he obtained worldwide registrations for five products in cardiovascular, metabolic and pain indications. In 1993, he established the partnership with Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), which led to the successful development of Humira. Erich studied medicine and specialised in pharmacology. He holds a professorship of immunopharmacology at the University of Heidelberg/Mannheim.
Claude Claret, 55 years old, holds a MBA and a PhD in Pharmacy. Dr. Claret started his career with Allergan-AMO where he spent 10 years as Marketing Director. He was responsible for the European glaucoma pre-launches. He then joined in 1993 Transphyto, a R&D company, as Director Business Development; through his activities, Dr. Claret participated to the creation of Laboratoires Théa where he was also General Manager for 8 years. He then started his own company, MC Développements, providing consulting services for marketing, developing, in- or out-licensing pharmaceutical products. Since 2003, Dr. Claret is the owner and General Manager of Horus Pharma, a growing independent laboratory specialised in ophthalmology and developing drugs, devices and production processes.
Michel Habib is Venture Partner with Agate Medical Investments LP and the Founder & CEO of Matar Capital Advisors, a Venture Boutique. Prior to that he served as Director Business Development at Elron Electronic Industries, part of the IDB group (NASDAQ ELRN) where he led Medical Device investments (Nulens, Brainsgate, Impliant etc) and served as BOD of Elbit Vision Systems, Nulens, 3DV Systems, KIT, Elron Telesoft & others. Prior to Elron Michel established and managed the investment banking activity of ING Barings, the London-Amsterdam based investment arm of ING Group, in Israel. Prior to that Michel served as VP Investment Banking at Cukierman & Co. Formerly Michel served as Israel's Economic Consul to New England, Boston, & as Commercial Attache to Seoul, South Korea. Michel holds a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and he is member of the Technion Alumni ‘100 Club’.
Jean-Marc brings 25 years experience in international growth management and financing. Formerly executive with Silicon Microstructures Inc. and Medtronic, COO of Lysis, CEO and founder of Neocast. Since 2003, Jean-Marc is active as a business consultant and interim manager for innovative high-tech companies such as Innovative Silicon, Spinetix, Axsionics, Nexthink, or Mnemis. He is also a consultant and financial expert with the CTI start-up Swiss federal organization, lecturer with Venturelab and Master of Technology/EPFL, and is jury member with Venturekick. Jean-Marc holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from EPFL and MBA from IMD.
Matteo has extensive experience in clean room processes and in the overall design, testing, and manufacturing of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). Matteo holds a PhD in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).