Global Life Science Ventures — Investing in the life sciences

Global Life Science Ventures (GLSV) is a leading, independent venture capital fund focusing exclusively on the life sciences. GLSV is dedicated to supporting early-stage groups, originating from universities, scientific institutions or industry. The fund may also invest in selected later stage companies, including buy-outs. For this purpose, GLSV provides finance, advice and access to expertise and networks. The group currently advises and manages funds totalling more than € 200 million. With offices in Germany and Switzerland, GLSV acts as one team with a global perspective.

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Dr. Hans A. Küpper

Dr. Hans A. Küpper, Dipl. Chem., Partner

Dr. Küpper has a total of 29 years experience in biotechnology with 19 years in the life science industry, where he was involved in activities from research and R&D management to technology assessment and acquisition. In February 1999, Dr. Küpper joined as a Managing Director of GLS I's advisory company, based in Munich, Germany. Since that time he has been advising GLS I and managing GLSV II in all aspects of investments. Dr. Küpper is a board member, or attendee, with a number of portfolio companies, one of which is now listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange and one at NASDAQ.

He received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 1974 and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT in Boston with Nobel Laureate Prof. Khorana. After another four years at Heidelberg University he joined Biogen in Geneva, one of the pioneering biotech companies, in 1980. There he held various R&D and management positions with increasing responsibilities and was Assistant Research Director from 1982 to 1985. In 1985, he joined Behringwerke AG to build up and head their Molecular Biology department. Later he became head of R&D and member of the board of their Immunology/Oncology business unit. His major research focus was on gene regulation and vaccines. Since 1991 he has been increasingly involved in deal negotiations and various aspects of company restructuring such as acquisitions, joint ventures and spin-offs, including the spin-offs of their vaccine unit and diagnostics business.

Dr. Küpper, born in 1944, is author of 50 scientific publications and 13 patent applications. He has served as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and the European Commission.

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