Mission

Eclosion Ventures manages the Eclosion life science investment fund, which focuses on translating cutting edge science into biotechnology companies developing transformational best-in-diseases therapeutics and platform technologies.

We are builders

Eclosion’s approach is defined by its unique entrepreneurial mindset leading to a strong operational and investment commitment to start-up enterprises. Eclosion is driven by an experienced management team which brings together scientific, operational and financial expertise and a successful track record of company creation, value generation and development of new therapeutics that will transform human healthcare.

We focus on highly innovative science

and early stage companies developing new approaches to address high unmet medical needs. Eclosion2 fund’s portfolio companies have developed first-in-class drugs with high potential value to patients in fields such as multiple sclerosis, fibrosis or oncology.

We are enablers

Eclosion private investment fund supports portfolio companies from seed to capital stage up to clinical proof of concept, making significant long term operational and financial commitments to companies that have the potential to change the way patients are treated.

Team

Leadership

Jesus Martin Garcia

Jesus is the founding partner of Eclosion, a successful entrepreneur who created, invested in and developed several successful start-up companies such as LeShop, Switzerland’s largest e-commerce company which was sold to Migros. Since 2004, Jesús has been contributing his energy and management experience to the companies created by Eclosion. Jesus holds a BSc in Business Administration and an Ms in Law from UNIGE and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christophe Guichard

Christophe is dedicating his energy and passion to life-science start-ups as Director of the Eclosion Foundation since 2008 and Partner of the Eclosion investment fund. He served as CFO for portfolio companies including GeNeuro and GenKyoTex, raising over CHF 150m in equity. Prior to joining Eclosion, he was deputy CFO of an european listed company. Christophe is a graduate from EDHEC Business School and Harvard Business School and holds the DESCF.

Board of Directors

Bertrand Reich (Chairman) ; Claude Bertrand ; Roman Fleck ; Benoît Habert ; Isaac Kholberg ; Dr. Andrew Parker ; Alessia Torricelli

Bertrand Reich - Chairman

Bertrand Reich is a Partner at Bastion Avocats in Geneva. He is as judge-assessor at the Court of Appeals for Leases and Rents. From 1996 to 2006, he sat on the Council of “Genilem” (a competence center offering coaching and support to entrepreneurs). He is Director and Vice-President of the Foundation HBM Jean Dutoit, a member of the Administrative Commission of the Fondations Immobilières. He holds a Master degree in Law from University of Geneva.

Claude Bertrand

Since 2017, Dr. Claude Betrand holds the position of Executive Vice President of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Servier, France’s largest independent pharmaceutical company, with a product portfolio addressing cardiovascular, immune-inflammatory and neuropsychiatric diseases, cancer and diabetes. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice-President of R&D at Ipsen Pharma for over seven years and as Global Senior Vice President for Respiratory & Inflammation Research Area at AstraZeneca for more than five years. His career also includes senior positions at Novartis, Roche, and Pfizer. Dr. Bertrand studied pharmacy and obtained his PharmD and PhD from Strasbourg University in immuno-pharmacology and neurogenic inflammation.

Roman Fleck

Roman Fleck graduated with a PhD from MIT and a MBA from the New York University, Stern School of Business. Following this, he spent 7 years at Boehringer Ingelheim before joining Index Ventures as Principal managing due diligence processes for new investment opportunities in the life sciences, as well as acting as CEO or Board Member of various Portfolio companies.

Benoît Habert

Benoît Habert is President of Dassault Development, a venture capital affiliate of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault that specializes in new technologies. Mr Habert also serves as Managing Director of Habert Dassault Finance and as director of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault and Chapitre.com. He is also a Director to the board of bioMerieux and Trangène. He holds an L.L.B. degree in Business and Law and an MBA from INSEAD.

Isaac Kholberg

Isaac Kohlberg, formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Tel Aviv University Economic Corporation and CEO of its technology transfer organization, oversees the development of new inventions and technologies arising from research at Harvard. The Office of Technology Development (OTD) elicits and evaluates new inventions and discoveries made by the faculty, and determines whether to pursue patent protection on behalf of the University.

Dr. Andrew Parker

Andrew has twenty years of experience in drug discovery and early clinical development within pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Before joining Eclosion Andrew was VP and Head of exploratory projects group at Shire. Andrew has a Ph.D. from the National Institute for Medical Research (UK), carried out post-doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (USA) and completed an MBA with Warwick Business School (UK).

Alessia Torricelli

Alessia has more than twenty years of experience in the financial sector. Since 2019 she is the CFO of CPEG (Public Pension scheme of Canton Geneva). She started her carrier in financial sector managing pensions scheme and working for different financial organization.

Alessia hold a Master degree in Economics from the Zurich University and a specialized diploma in pensions scheme management.

 

Special Advisors

Dr. Jacques Mizrahi

Dr. Jacques Mizrahi

Jacques Mizrahi joined Eclosion in 2016 as Special Advisor. Jacques is benefiting from 25 years in drug discovery and translational medicine in big Pharma companies, including GSK, Eli Lilly and Roche, where he developed programs in Diabetes, Renal diseases and Cardiovascular diseases, such as congestive heart failure and acute coronary syndrome. Jacques trained in the department of physiology and pharmacology at the medical school of the University of Sherbrooke

Portfolio

Geneuro

World’s first biopharmaceutical company developing new medicines targeting Human Endogenous RetroViruses (HERV) mediated diseases including neurodegenerative and auto-immune diseases.

Netris Pharma

World’s Premier biotechnology company developing a novel approach in oncology targeting dependence Receptors and their ligand, including Netrin-1 with specific impact on the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition process.

GenKyoTex (Trade Sale)

Novel therapeutic approach to treat oxygen radical (ROS) mediated pathologies by inhibiting specific NADPH oxidase (NOX) enzymes.

News

GeNeuro announces successful €6.0 million private placement

Geneva, Switzerland, July 13, 2021 – 08:00 CET – GeNeuro (Euronext Paris: CH0308403085 - GNRO), a biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments focused on stopping causal factors driving the progression of neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases such as...

GeNeuro presents data supporting pathogenic role of an endogenous retroviral protein (HERV-W ENV) in post-COVID neuropsychiatric syndrome

Enters collaboration with the FondaMental Foundation to speed development of diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients▪ Data provides a biologic rationale to the long-term neuropsychiatric symptoms affecting an important subset of post-COVID-19...

Researchers Detect HERV-W ENV in COVID-19 Patients and Link Expression to Disease Severity

Data published in the Lancet’s EBioMedicine shows that the pathogenic envelope protein of the human endogenous retrovirus W (HERV-W ENV) is found on lymphocytes of hospitalized patients with COVID-19, and that its level of expression is associated with disease...

GeNeuro’s temelimab Phase 2 multiple sclerosis trial cleared to continue following planned Data Safety Monitoring Board Meeting

DSMB confirms higher doses of temelimab in ProTEct-MS Phase 2 study are well tolerated▪ Study conducted at Karolinska Institutet’s Academic Specialist Center (ASC) in Stockholm▪ Phase 2 top-line results on track to be reported in Q1 2022Geneva,...

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Switzerland