Gokhan Batur joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023.
He has 19 years of healthcare industry experience. Formerly he was the CEO at Polyphor, a late-stage publicly listed Swiss biotech focused to oncology and anti-infectives. Prior, he assumed various management roles at MSD, lastly serving as Executive Director, Global Brand Leader, Antibiotics, responsible for leading the entire Merck antibiotics portfolio managing multiple in-line and pipeline products and sales of ~2B$.
In addition to his role at XGEN, Gokhan is a board member at APIM Therapeutics and corporate advisor to several biotechs in Europe and the US.
Mariagiulia Davide is with XGEN as Analyst since October 2022.
At XGEN she supports the investment activities of the fund as well as management company operations, including ESG related functions. Mariagiulia was formerly Business Analyst in Tethis S.p.A., a Genextra portfolio companiy focused on the development of innovative solutions in the field of oncology diagnostics.
Previously, she has experience as public sector consultant in EY, and as entrepreneur with her own business as well as non-profit entities.
Mariagiulia graduated with honors in Economics and Management of Government and International Organizations at Università Bocconi.
Keith Dawkins joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023.
He is Chief Medical Officer of Shockwave Medical Inc, a Board Member of Avicena LLC, Board Member of JenaValve Technology Inc, Chairman of the Board of InnovHeart s.r.l,. He was previously Global Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President at Boston Scientific Corporation.
He qualified in medicine from Guy’s Hospital, London University and continued his cardiology training in Oxford, and at the Royal Brompton and St George’s Hospitals, London. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University Medical Center on a Fulbright Scholarship, and President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society.
Before co-founding XGEN in 2021, Federica was Investment Director in Genextra since 2006.
Federica is board member and co-investor of a number of Genextra companies including Kuste Biopharma and InnovHeart. Previous companies include Erydel and Congenia where she served as interim COO. Federica was also a post doctoral fellow at the MRC in Cambridge (UK) before a few international experiences in VC and technology transfer.
Federica is active in the life science community as co-founder of Italian Angels for Biotech (IAB) and board member of Assobiotec.
She received a cum laude degree in Biology and a PhD in Biochemistry from La Sapienza University of Rome before completing her MBA at Columbia University.
Before co-founding XGEN in2021, Paolo was in Genextra since its inception, serving as CEO up to 2022.
Paolo is also board member and co-investor of a number of Genextra companies including Targimmune Therapeutics and Erydel; he is board member and Chairman of Intercept Pharmaceutical (NADAQ: ICPT) since 2006.
Prior to Genextra, he acquired several start-up experiences, including e.Biscom/Fastweb (2000-2004), and investment banking in London.
Paolo is co-founder of Italian Angels for Biotech (IAB). He holds a cum laude degree in B.A. & Finance from Bocconi University.
Bertil Lindmark joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023.
Professor Lindmark has a long and successful career in bio pharma with leading global roles in AstraZeneca and Almirall as well as in several biotech companies. His focus in respiratory, immunology and cancer has led to global drug approvals and successful launches. He has also been involved in several IPOs, major funding events and acquisitions. Among other roles, he currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board at Aqilion AB and Chief Medical officer at Galecto Inc (NASDAQ: GLTO).
Professor Lindmark received his PhD in molecular epidemiology from Lund University, Sweden.
Michele Manto joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023. Mr. Manto is Chief Commercial Officer at Galapagos, a fully integrated biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative medicines. He joined Galapagos in 2017 to build the commercial organization and capabilities from the ground up and successfully launch its first product.
Previously, Mr. Manto held various commercial leadership roles at AbbVie, most recently as General Manager, Global Marketing Rheumatology.
He started his career as a management and strategy consultant at McKinsey&Company. Mr. Manto holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in engineering from the Politecnico of Milan.
At XGEN since 2022, Roberto supports the team in deal scouting and due diligence activities.
Before joining XGEN he was Business Development Associate at San Raffaele Hospital, Milan. Roberto has 10+ years-experience in Nanotechnology and Personalized Nanomedicine (>40 publications, >2500 citations) spent between Houston Methodist Research Institute and Harvard Medical School as postdoctoral fellow, and University of Urbino Carlo Bo as assistant professor.
In 2021 he received the IAAM Young Scientist Medal from the International Association of Advanced Materials for his contribution to “Applications of Nanotechnology”.
Monica Pala is with XGEN since 2022. Monica is responsible for administrative duties of the Company, including bookkeeping, tax, reporting and payments. She also assists the team with compliance and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining XGEN she was part of the Genextra team since 2007 where she was Administration Manager managing bookkeeping and finance for Genextra and portfolio companies. Previously she held different finance positions in advertising agencies FPM and TBWA.
Monica earned a laurea degree in Economics from Università Cattolica, Milan (IT).
Laura Pizzi is with XGEN since 2022 as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She manages all office operations and coordinates corporate duties of XGEN .
Prior to joining XGEN, Laura has had several experiences in other Investment firms, including Genextra, Indaco Venture Partners, and Europa Investimenti.
Laura holds a degree in Public relations from IULM University.
Dr Luca Quagliata joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023. Luca is VP and Global Head of Medical Affairs for the Genetic Science Group at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Before joining Thermo Fisher, Luca worked as Senior Director and Team Leader of the Molecular Diagnostics Division at the Institute of Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.
Luca is trained in Medical Biotechnology (Naples, Italy), holds a Ph.D. in Vascular Medicine (Heidelberg, Germany), a Certificate of Achievement (COA) in Genetics (Harvard, Boston), was a visiting fellow at the NCI-NIH (Bethesda, USA), and is a Board-Certified Specialist in Medical Affairs (BCMAS).
Victor has joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023. He is the Chief Innovation Officer, AI Center Director at Humanitas and Adj. Professor at Humanitas University in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health Systems in Medicine.
Victor has launched over 50 digital health products, health media platforms, websites, apps and digital therapeutics, currently being used by over 90 million users.
Now focused on R&D on clinical and research applications based on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. Collaborations on numerous A.I projects developed with his team of data scientists, manager and physicians and other international institutions.
Before co-founding XGEN in 2021, Daniele was Investment Director in Genextra since 2006.
Daniele is Chairman of Tethis, where he served as CEO between 2020 and 2022, and board member of Kuste Biopharma and Page Therapeutics.
Prior to Genextra, Daniele held several strategic and financial planning collaborations in different sectors (retail, tlc, media, tech etc), and business planning & investor relations in e.Biscom/Fastweb.
Daniele holds a cum laude degree in in Economics of Financial Markets, Rome University of Tor Vergata.
Bastiaan van der Baan joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023.
He has over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, with a key focus on oncology and diagnostics. Most recently he was the Chief Clinical Officer of Agendia, a breast cancer molecular diagnostic company. Bas is an independent director of Thetis Spa in Milan, LIXTE biotechnology, Pasadena CA. He co-founded ThromboDx, a liquid biopsy company, Qameleon Therapeutics, a company developing synthetic lethal drug combinations for cancer treatment, and Oncosence, an oncology drug development company using senescence as target for drug development.
Simona Varani is with XGEN as Associate since October 2022.
Before joining XGEN, Simona was Intellectual Property (IP) manager at Fondazione Telethon where she was responsible for building and managing the institution’s patent portfolio. Prior to that she was partner at Zebra Ventures, a firm specialized in IP strategy and business development in life sciences, and previously IP manager at Bioxell, an immunology focused biopharma company.
Simona also dedicated several years to academic research, she holds a master of Intellectual Property Law from the University of Strasbourg and a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Milano.
Marija Zecevic joined XGEN as Venture Partner in 2023.
She is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience in the biotech industry including both public and private companies across the US and Europe. She is currently serving as the Chief Business Officer at a neuroscience drug discovery and development company in Boston. Marija previously held executive roles at Proteostasis Therapeutics, Allozyne, and BioXell, where she executed key licensing and partnership transactions.
She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Zurich and an M.S. in International Healthcare Management from Bocconi School of Management.