Board of Directors & Investment Team
Board of Directors
The renowned Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG has many years of industrial and scientific experience.
Dr. Erich Hunziker
Dr. Erich Hunziker has been on the Board of Directors of
BB Biotech AG since 2011 and has been elected president in 2013. He previously served as CFO of Roche from 2001 to 2010. From 1983 to 2001 he held various executive positions at Corange, Boehringer Mannheim and, before joining Roche, at Diethelm-Keller-Gruppe, where he ultimately served as CEO. Erich Hunziker earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Dr. Erich Hunziker is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Light Chain Biosciences (NovImmune SA), Entsia International AG, discoveric ag, discoveric marina ag, discoveric bio alpha ag and discoveric bio beta ag. Furthermore he is a member of the Board of Directors of LamKap Bio alpha AG, LamKap Bio beta AG and LamKap Bio gamma AG.
«BB Biotech is a strong growth play and it offers a high income stream on top of that»
Dr. Clive Meanwell
Dr. Clive Meanwell is Vice Chairman and has been a member of the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG since 2004. He founded and is the Executive Chairman of Population Health Partners LLC, an investment firm, and Chief Executive Officer of Population Health Investment Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of EQRx Incorporated. Previously, Dr. Meanwell founded The Medicines Company in 1996 and from then until January 6, 2020 he was a member of the Board of Directors and held a range of leadership positions including Chairman, Executive Chairman, Chief Executive and Chief Innovation Officer. From 1995 to 1996, he was a founding partner and managing director of MPM Capital L.P. Earlier in his career, Dr. Meanwell held various positions at Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel and Palo Alto, California. Dr. Meanwell received his MD and PhD from the University of Birmingham in the UK where he also trained in medical oncology.
«More and more biotech firms are turning a profit. This trend should continue thanks to the full R&D pipelines»
Dr. Susan Galbraith
Dr. Susan Galbraith has been on the Board of Directors of BB Biotech since 2020. She joined AstraZeneca in 2010 where she is Head of Oncology Research and Early Development. She oversaw the successful development of several cancer drugs that have been approved in countries around the world. She also co-leads the Cambridge Cancer Center Onco-Innovation Group. Susan Galbraith is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ICR Cancer Research Center of Excellence and she sits on the AACR Finance Committee as well as the AACR 2020/21 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee. Dr. Galbraith is a UK trained Clinical Oncologist & Ph.D. with 20 years’ experience of cancer drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.
«The biotech sector has clearly gained momentum thanks to groundbreaking technology advances enabling insights into the biology of disease and impactful interventions such as Crispr and gene therapy»
Prof. Dr. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen
Dr. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen has been on the Board of Directors of BB Biotech since 2020. He has been with Novo Nordisk since 1991. He has held several executive roles in the company’s growth hormone and diabetes research operations, and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Head of R&D and Chief Science Officer. Professor Thomsen has chaired Danish Research Council programs within endocrinology and he is a former president of Denmark’s National Academy of Technical Sciences. Until 2019 he chaired the governing board of the University of Copenhagen.
«The biotech sector has played a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19»
Dr. Thomas von Planta
Dr. Thomas von Planta has been elected Board member of BB Biotech AG in March 2019. Since 2006, he is owner of CorFinAd AG – Corporate Finance Advisory (advisory for M&A transactions and capital market financings). Previously he worked for Vontobel Group from 2002–2006 as interim Head Investment Banking / Head of Corporate Finance and member of the extended executive board. Prior to that he was with Goldman Sachs from 1992–2002, lastly in London in the Equity Capital Markets Group / Investment Banking Division. He holds a degree in law from the Universities of Basel and Geneva (Dr. iur.) and is also attorney at law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding AG and a member of the advisory board of Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH.
«A combination of scientific, medical and financial expertise is needed to achieve successful investment results
in the biotech sector»
Investment Management Team
A team of proven biotech specialists from Bellevue Asset Management AG with a successful track record takes care of investments in the most attractive biotech companies.
Dr. Daniel Koller
Dr. Daniel Koller has been with Bellevue Asset Management since 2004 as a Portfolio Manager and was appointed Head of Investment Management Team BB Biotech AG in 2010. From 2001 to 2004 he was an investment manager at equity4life Asset Management AG and from 2000 to 2001 an equity analyst at UBS Warburg. He studied biochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and earned his doctorate in biotechnology at the ETH and Cytos Biotechnology AG, Zurich.
«With an estimated growth of more than 10% a year, biotech is one of the most attractive sectors today»
Dr. Maurizio Bernasconi
Dr. Maurizio Bernasconi has been with Bellevue Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager since 2017. He joined Bank am Bellevue as a research analyst for the pharma and biotech sector in 2014, prior to that has worked as a chemist for SIGA Manufacturing, Ruswil. From 2009 to 2013 he earned his doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Basel. Maurizio Bernasconi holds a Bachelor and a Master in chemistry from ETH Zurich and a Ph.D. from the University of Basel.
«Biotech is driving innovation in medicine»
Dr. Samuel Croset
Dr. Samuel Croset joined Bellevue Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager and Digital Transformation Lead in 2020. He previously worked for Roivant Sciences from 2018 to 2020 as data scientist supporting investment decisions in drug projects as well as leading a team focused on the analysis of real-world data. Prior to that, he started his professional career at Roche as data scientist in the research department (2014-2018). Samuel Croset holds a Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge, a MS in bioinformatics and a MS in biochemistry from the University of Geneva.
«Substantially improved computational approaches in drug screening, identification and selection all the way to smarter and adaptive clinical trial programs are contributing to an acceleration of the innovation cycle»
Felicia Flanigan has been with Bellevue Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager since 2004. From 1999 to 2004 she was a biotech equity analyst at Adams, Harkness & Hill; from 1991 to 1999 a biotech equity analyst at SG Cowen. Felicia Flanigan holds an MBA from Suffolk University, Boston, and a BA in Communications from Boston College.
«Our investment strategy is focused on innovative drugs and therapies that offer sound value to healthcare systems»
Dr. Christian Koch
Dr. Christian Koch has been with Bellevue Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager since 2014. From 2013 to 2014 he was a sell-side pharma & biotech equity analyst at Bank am Bellevue in Küsnacht and from 2010 to 2013 a research associate at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ETH Zurich. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemoinformatics & Computational Drug Design from ETH Zurich and an MS in Bioinformatics from Goethe University in Frankfurt.
«Every second drug approved by regulators today originated from the lab of a biotech company»
Dr. Stephen Taubenfeld
Dr. Stephen Taubenfeld has been with Bellevue Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager since 2013. From 2009 to 2013 he was senior analyst at Iguana Healthcare Partners, of which he was a founding partner. From 2008 to 2009 he was a consultant with Merlin BioMed Group and from 2004 to 2008 he was M.D./Ph.D. Fellow in Neuroscience at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He holds an M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University School of Medicine.
«Our investment portfolio is distinguished by a well-balanced risk/reward profile»
Dallas Webb has been with Bellevue Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager since 2006. From 2004 to 2006 he served as Senior Vice President and equity analyst at Stanford Group Company and held the same role at Sterling Financial Investment Group from 2003 to 2004. Prior to that, he was an equity analyst at Adams, Harkness & Hill. Dallas Webb has an MBA from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Zoology from Louisiana State University.
«Takeover activity in the sector will fuel significant valuation gains over a mid- and long-term horizon»