Christian J. SUOJANEN
Head of Life Sciences, Valor Management S.A.
& Co-Chairman, Tech Transfer Summit Initiative
Christian is a strategic adviser to biotechnology companies, Venture Capital funds, and government agencies. With a focus on Europe, North America and the BRIC countries, his primary specializations are in licensing, strategic development, fund-raising, and capital formation, selectively accepting a small number of mandates which he supports closely.
He served in a turn-around role as Secretary General and Executive Board Member of Europe's largest biotechnology association, and maintains an extensive network of close contacts with senior life science investors, industry executives and policy makers across Europe and internationally. Christian was instrumental in growing a start up into the leading pan-European provider of investment and partnering initiatives for VCs and entrepreneurial tech and biotech companies, launching major European initiatives for VC investment into biotechnology, and later industrial biotechnology. He currently co-chairs the Tech Transfer Summit Initiative, the leading international platform for bringing tech transfer officers together with senior industry licensing executives and investors to discuss best practices and improved models for collaboration and licensing.
Christian serves on several boards and committees related to biotechnology, innovation, and access to finance, was Founding President of the fastest growing country committee of Democrats Abroad and served as Co-Chairman of international fundraising for the DPCA.
He is fluent in 3 languages and holds degrees in business, political science, and an MA in International Relations & Economy.