9th January 2014, London: – Advent Life Sciences announced today the appointment of Alan Walts as a Venture Partner. Alan brings 27 years of biotech industry experience in corporate venture capital, business development, research and development, and general management at Genzyme Corporation. He most recently managed Genzyme’s corporate venture fund, Genzyme Ventures (now Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures), where he was responsible for identifying and managing a portfolio of investments.
Alan earlier led business and corporate development activities in Genzyme’s Therapeutics business, where he initiated and executed a number of transactions and new business initiatives that led to several innovative marketed products. Alan’s roles at Genzyme also included President of Genzyme Pharmaceuticals and head of chemistry and biopolymer research.
Alan received a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT in 1985, carried out post-doctoral research in biochemistry at MIT with Professor Christopher Walsh, and completed the executive Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1993.
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