So, you want to be an entrepreneur?

So, you want to be an entrepreneur?

Palo Alto, CA

291 Campus Drive Palo Alto, CA 94305
Speakers: Thorsten Melcher Biology 40 participants
Thorsten is Senior Director for New Ventures Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California. He focuses on establishing and guiding collaborative partnerships with academic centers and biotech companies, and on facilitating new company formation by internal and external entrepreneurs.

Previously, Thorsten led the biomedical efforts at Varian Medical Systems, an instrumentation and software company in radiation oncology. At Varian, he established a spin-out company to integrate radiotherapy with targeted cancer therapeutics. Before Varian, Thorsten was co-founder and was serving in several R&D, business development and operational roles at AGY Therapeutics, EnVivo Pharmaceuticals and Saegis Pharmaceuticals. These California-based start-up companies focused on discovery and early development in various neurological and mental disorders. Thorsten’s scientific experience spans therapeutics in neuroscience and oncology, companion diagnostics and early clinical development. On the business side, he focuses on licensing and collaborative arrangements and private financings.

Thorsten received his MS in Biochemistry from the University and Medical School in Hannover, Germany and his PhD in Molecular Neurobiology from the Center of Molecular Biology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.

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