A multidisciplinary and multi-talented team of healthcare professionals, experienced in the entire value chain of therapeutic innovation development.
Dr Rafaèle Tordjman, MD PhD, has been an investor in life sciences for almost 20 years. She joined Sofinnova Partners, a Paris-based venture capital firm, in 2001, as an analyst. She became co-leader and partner with €1.5 billion in assets under management, which she held until 2017.
Rafaèle has invested in and served on the boards of a number of life science companies, including DBV Technologies [DBV], Ascendis [ASND], Lysogene [LYS], MedDay, Enyo Pharma, Nucana Biomed [NCNA], Flexion Therapeutics [FLXN] and Preglem, before the company was sold to Gedeon Richter.
In 2018, Rafaèle founded Jeito Capital, an independent investment company dedicated to biopharma/biotech to establish a model of continuous financing and to invest in the next generation of leaders in medical innovation. The company was approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) at the end of 2019 as a portfolio management company.
To engage more women in the life sciences industry, in 2010 she founded the association W.I.T.H. (Women Innovating Together in Healthcare) that now has a global membership of 500 women representing the full chain of medical innovation. Please visit their website at https://with-association.com/.
In September 2020, she was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest distinction, for her achievements. Prior to joining Sofinnova Partners, Rafaèle worked as a physician and researcher in haemato-oncology. After five years working at the Paris University Hospitals as a medical doctor specialising in internal medicine and clinical hematology, she presented her doctoral thesis on Haematopoiesis and Angiogenesis, which she obtained in 2000. She then completed her post-doctoral work in immunology at INSERM, Cochin Hospital, and published in Nature Immunology among others. In 2002, she also completed a management training course at INSEAD.
Sabine Dandiguian is Managing Partner at Jeito Capital and has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry.
Sabine has in-depth operational and strategic capabilities, particularly in market access, innovative “business models” and management.
Prior to Jeito, she spent 20 years at Johnson & Johnson, in operational positions of increasing responsibility, notably at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical arm) as President France in 2005, then Managing Director of European emerging countries, in charge of Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Three years later, she was promoted to Company Group Chairman, President Europe of Johnson & Johnson’s medical business, managing $3.5bn of turnover and an international team of 4,500 people.
Sabine has been recognized as Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and is a member of the « Assemblée des 100 » of Institut Pasteur. She has been a member of W.I.T.H. (Women Innovating Together in Healthcare) since its creation.
Sabine graduated in Finance from ESCP Business School (Grande Ecole).
Rachel Mears is a partner at Jeito Capital and has over 20 years of transactional, operational, and legal experience in biotechnology and pharma companies. She led Strategy and International Business Operations at Forest Laboratories, where she worked on the successful development and commercialization of more than 10 FDA approved drugs, including Lexapro®, Namenda®, Linzess®, Vraylar® and AvyCaz®, and spearheaded the company’s integration with Allergan (then known as Actavis). She also served as Chief Business Officer and General Counsel at Modern Meadow, a biotechnology company focused on sustainable materials and as Senior Counsel, Chief of Staff to PepsiCo’s General Counsel.
Rachel began her career as a patent attorney, first with Morrison & Forester and later Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in complex intellectual property strategy and litigation. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Hackley School. Rachel received her B.S. degree with honors in chemistry from Stanford University and her J.D. degree from NYU School of Law and is admitted to the US Patent Bar.
Track record of company successful building, exits and leading medicines to clinical Proof of Concept and regulatory approval.
Previously GP at BioMedPartners and top executive in pharma (Roche)
Advised biotechs on strategy, R&D, and regulatory matters
PhD Pharmacology, MBA
More than 20 years of global experience in pharma & biotech including start up companies.
Successful track record in fund raising, M&A deals, commercialisation organisation build ups, product launches, market access.
Currently CEO at PRegLem SA and serving as entrepreneur in residence for Jeito
Ksenija is also a member of W.I.T.H.
Over 10 years of Life Science Venture Capitalist experience in biotech, Chairing Biotech Boards and securing successful financial exits.
Annette is also a member of W.I.T.H.
More than 10 years of experience in global drug development strategy, including strong expertise in rare diseases.
10 years of experience at the European Medicines Agency, first as coordinator and then as scientific pediatric lead, including interactions with the FDA.
MBA from Imperial College Business School in London.
More than 20 years in biomedical science in Europe, US & Brazil, including 7 years as Venture Capitalist in Europe at Sofinnova Partners.
Professor & Head of Research Unit & Department, at University of Sao Paulo.
Member of Scientific & Strategic Boards.
35 years of pharma experience with Takeda, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Aventis, Sanofi.
CMO France, Europe, International, Japan (2 years in Tokyo).
Responsible for major global drug developments, approvals, pricing and launches.
Team member of more than $20bn transaction within Strategy & BD department at Sanofi.
PharmD and ESSEC background. Followed by a 3 years master in chemistry (Paris Descartes).
Successful experience in development and launch of therapeutic biotech.
Active member of multiple healthcare organizations.
He supported early-stage biotechs and medtechs with their development (fundraising, partnerships) and Pharmas with their corporate & startups programs.
Previously Manager of the Paris Brain Institute startup incubators with over 30 startups in portfolio and BD at a comprehensive cancer center.
PhD in Cell Biology from Institut Pasteur, BFC’15 INSEAD.
Master at ESSEC Business School (Grande Ecole) with double degree at London School of Economics (LSE) and specialization in Bioentrepreneuship.
Former experience in Healthcare consulting firm & Healthtech association.
Supported biotechs and medtechs in their financial and organizational structuring for fundraising, global growth and IPOs (Euronext, Nasdaq).
Previously Manager at EY with more than 7 years of experience in financial audit and advisory, specialized in Healthtech.
Master in Management & Corporate Finance.
Successful experience in Life Sciences Private Equity and Venture Capital after 5 years at Turenne Capital.
PharmD background followed by a Master in Biopharmaceutical Management (ESCP).
Held several board member and observer positions in Biopharmaceutical companies.
Advised corporate and private equity companies on M&A, LBO and private equity deals, and more broadly on commercial and corporate law matters.
More than 17 years of experience as Counsel in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Private Equity Group and at King & Wood Mallesons (ex SJ Berwin).
Attorney (Avocat à la Cour), member of the Paris Bar.