Alain Azan

Founding Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

Alain Azan

Alain Azan

Founding Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

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Sofinnova Partners SAS
Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

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President at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

General Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

General Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

Executive Partner, Private Equity at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

Partner & General Counsel at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

Executive Partner, Private Equity at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

Partner at Artiman Ventures

Professional at Samsara Biocapital LLC

General Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures LLC

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Alain Azan
Founding Partner at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.
Education
MBA Unknown

INSEAD is a graduate business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. INSEAD, widely considered one of the best business schools in the world, allows its students to study in the US (West Coast- San Francisco via Wharton exchange, East Coast- Philadelphia via Wharton exchange, Midwest- Evanston near Chicago via Kellogg exchange), in Asia (Singapore via INSEAD Asia Campus exchange and Shanghai via CEIBS exchange), in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi via INSEAD Middle East Campus exchange) and in Europe (Fontainebleau via INSEAD Europe Campus exchange)

Studied Mechanical Engineering & Economics
Career History
Founding Partner
1997 - Current

Sofinnova is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical venture capital firm focused on life science and information technology. They specializes in clinical and late preclinical investments in biopharmaceutical products and partner with entrepreneurs across all stages of company formation including securing initial funding, building successful management teams, forming impactful corporate alliances, and navigating the M&A acquisition or IPOs' process. Sofinnova invests in companies in the US and Europe that do business in the US, Israel, India, China, Japan and Europe.

Executive Officer
Tenure Unconfirmed

Headsprout, Inc. provides instructional solutions for teaching fundamental literacy skills. It helps children master essential academic skills with fun, interactive learning programs that work. The firm operates as an online kids reading program for K-5 students that provides teachers and parents with one adaptive, individualized reading solution. The company was founded by Greg Stikeleather, T. V. Joe Layng, Edward L. Anderson and G. K. Johnson, Jr., in June 1999 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Chief Executive Officer
1983 - 1987

Sofinnova Partners is an active manager which invests exclusively in life sciences and information technology firms in France, Europe, and to a limited extent, the US. They also have expertise in the clean technology sector. The firm aims to build companies from seed rounds to a trade sale or an IPO, investing in start-ups and early-stage companies with ambitious projects. They prefer to invest in companies capable of attracting European investors, contributing a minimum of 0.5 million euros per investment, and up to 20 million euros over several rounds of financing.Sofinnova Partners acts as lead or co-lead investor, taking a seat on the board of directors and seeking to bring added value to the investee company management team. The firm builds alliances, teaming up with other venture capitalists so that the investee company can cover their future capital needs and expand.In Information Technology, Sofinnova Partners aims to identify new trends and technological breakthroughs in areas such as materials, photonics and micro-electronics, embedded software and user interfaces for wireless and consumer electronics and IT infrastructure software solutions. The firm maintains a best-practice approach, teaming up with experts who combine scientific knowledge and business experience to help in their selection process.In Life Sciences, Sofinnova Partners focuses on ambitious seed and start-up projects developing new therapeutics in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices and give special attention to spin-offs or teams which leave companies in these two sectors, seeking to invest in companies which develop new products for unmet clinical needs, address big markets and which combine entrepreneurial and pharmaceutical experience.

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Boards & Committees
Director
Current

Sofinnova is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical venture capital firm focused on life science and information technology. They specializes in clinical and late preclinical investments in biopharmaceutical products and partner with entrepreneurs across all stages of company formation including securing initial funding, building successful management teams, forming impactful corporate alliances, and navigating the M&A acquisition or IPOs' process. Sofinnova invests in companies in the US and Europe that do business in the US, Israel, India, China, Japan and Europe.

Director
Prior - 2008

PhyFlex Networks, Inc. manufactures telecommunications equipment. The firm provides switched Ethernet services over fiber, copper, and coaxial cables. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Westford, MA.

Director
Prior

Headsprout, Inc. provides instructional solutions for teaching fundamental literacy skills. It helps children master essential academic skills with fun, interactive learning programs that work. The firm operates as an online kids reading program for K-5 students that provides teachers and parents with one adaptive, individualized reading solution. The company was founded by Greg Stikeleather, T. V. Joe Layng, Edward L. Anderson and G. K. Johnson, Jr., in June 1999 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

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Political Donations
$1,000
2002

Former Senator from Massachusetts

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Headsprout, Inc. raised money in a private placement transaction

Awards & Honors
2006
Chevalier of the Legion of Honor
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