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About Versant

Versant Ventures is a leading healthcare investment firm committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build the next generation of great healthcare companies. The firm invests across the healthcare sector and at all stages of company development, with an emphasis on the discovery and development of novel therapeutics. With more than $3 billion under management and offices in North America and Europe, Versant has assembled a team with deep investment, operating and scientific expertise that enables a hands-on approach to company building. Since the firm’s founding in 1999, more than 80 Versant companies have achieved successful acquisitions or IPOs.

Director or Innovation Sourcing


Versant Ventures, a leading healthcare investment firm with more than $3.2 billion in assets under management, is recruiting for a Director of Innovation Sourcing to join our biotech team in our Basel Switzerland office. This person will report to the leader of the firm and will support the sourcing and licensing of breakthrough innovation from leading academic Swiss and European centers and its transfer into biotechnology applications. This person will play an integral role in generating new investment opportunities, conducting due diligence and working with existing portfolio companies to shape and advance their programs.


The individual will need to cover both aspects of venture capital work but also be closely working with the newly created portfolio companies to carry out innovation scouting and business development and licensing activities, which will be a critical component to the work. It is essential that the candidate has a track record in identifying and translating breakthrough innovation and science into applied biotech innovation. 



Major Responsibilities

Secure access to novel pipeline assets 

Source and champion external innovation opportunities and be responsible for relevant processes related to the identification, evaluation, and endorsement of due diligence and support senior management decision making around these. 

·      Actively engage with a broad selection of stakeholders including academia, university technology transfer officers, and early stage biotech companies 

Help identify investment opportunities for the Versant biotech team, with an emphasis on Europe. 

Conduct due diligence calls with academic researchers, physicians and other consultants.

Build and maintain strong networks among our prospective therapy and technology key opinion leaders.

Gather information using various data sources, including the internet, scientific literature, databases, and consultants to the firm.

Support Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) in their efforts to incubate new Versant portfolio companies. 

Perform other tasks as necessary to support the team.  

Built strong working relationships with Versant’s global investment and operating teams


Qualifications and Experience

PhD degree or qualifying experience at same level within Life Science. 

At least 10 years proven track record of project management, search and evaluation or equivalent role

Broad knowledge and understanding of oncology, immuno-oncology, immunology, inflammatory disease, rare disease, neuroscience and infectious disease

Exceptional analytical skills

Exceptional intelligence and intellectual curiosity

Excellent networking, stakeholder management and communication skills

Exceptional writing skills

Ability to function well in a dynamic environment

Impeccable integrity, work ethic and commitment

Self-starter attitude

Organized, detail-oriented personality with the ability to multi-task in an entrepreneurial environment

Team player with strong interpersonal skills who enjoys working in a collaborative firm culture



Compensation will be competitive for the industry.


Contact Information

Send cover letter and resumes to Tatiana Vechniakova in Human Resources at tvechniakova@versantventures.com


Contact person

Ms./Mrs. Tatiana Vechniakova

Human Resources

Website www.versantventures.com

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