Syncona Ltd, a leading healthcare company focused on founding, building and funding global leaders in life sciences, announces the appointment of Danny Bar-Zohar, M.D., as Syncona Partner, from 17 April 2020. In this role, Danny will leverage his expertise in clinical development, regulatory environments and medical affairs to help Syncona further build and establish its portfolio of life science companies.
Danny has almost 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector, having worked at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Novartis Pharma after practicing medicine for over a decade. He joins from Novartis where, most recently, he was Global Head of Clinical Development and Analytics, leading all late-stage clinical development across neuroscience, immunology, oncology and ophthalmology, amongst others. During his 7 years at Novartis, Danny held multiple roles including Global Head of Neuroscience Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Novartis Pharma Italy.
Before joining Novartis, Danny spent 7 years at Teva Pharmaceutical industries Global Innovative Products division where he headed multiple therapy areas and clinical programmes in Neurology. Prior to Teva, Danny had practiced general surgery at Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, having studied medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University in Israel.
Martin Murphy, Chief Executive of Syncona Investment Management Limited, said: “Danny has a wealth of experience in clinical development and we are excited to welcome him to our team. Having served as a surgeon for over a decade, Danny is acutely aware of medicine’s profound impact and we share his drive to improve patient outcomes through transformative treatments. Furthermore, we were particularly drawn to Danny’s deep understanding of the evidence needed to bring high-value therapeutics to patients as this aligns with Syncona’s commercially-oriented found, build, fund strategy.”
Danny Bar-Zohar, Partner at Syncona Investment Management Limited, added: “Working at Syncona means working hands on throughout the entire journey of clinical development, from nurturing academic science to commercialising life-changing therapies. I very much look forward to embedding myself within the team at Syncona and contributing to their excellent work.”
Syncona is a leading FTSE250 healthcare company focused on founding, building and funding a portfolio of global leaders in life science. Our vision is to build a sustainable, diverse portfolio of 15 - 20 companies focused on delivering transformational treatments to patients in truly innovative areas of healthcare, through which we are seeking to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns for shareholders.
We seek to partner with the best, brightest and most ambitious minds in science to build globally competitive businesses. We take a long-term view, underpinned by a strategic capital base which provides us with control and flexibility over the management of our portfolio. We focus on delivering dramatic efficacy for patients in areas of high unmet need.