General Atlantic has a successful track record of Life Sciences investing over several decades, focusing our work on both revenue-stage and emerging growth pharmaceutical and biotechnology businesses. We partner with visionary entrepreneurs developing crucial, next-generation therapeutic solutions that address the greatest areas of unmet medical need, as well as the life science technologies, tools, and services that support and enable these therapeutics. General Atlantic is uniquely positioned as a long-term partner to provide the capital, resources, and expertise for these businesses to develop, launch, and grow. Our global network also enables us to leverage our longstanding experience in Technology and Healthcare internationally to support the growth of new businesses.
Our Current and Former Life Sciences Portfolio VIEW ALL
Sanfer is one of the largest independent pharmaceutical companies in Mexico, operating in nine countries across Latin America.
In July 2021, Sanfer was sold from General Atlantic’s managed account program to a continuation vehicle managed by General Atlantic.
Ginkgo Bioworks ×
Ginkgo Bioworks is a synthetic biology company that designs and licenses DNA code for custom designed organisms.
PathAI is a leading provider of AI-powered research tools and services for pathology.
Rubicon Research ×
Rubicon is a specialty generics pharmaceutical product-development company engaged in research, development and manufacturing of branded and specialty generic products and OTC products.
Motif FoodWorks ×
Motif FoodWorks is a synthetic biology company that designs and sells ingredients to companies that make plant-based foods and beverages.
Ocumension is a clinical-stage biotechnology platform company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmology therapeutics in China.
Adagene is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing innovative antibodies with superior safety and efficacy profiles.
Immunocore is a biotechnology company focused on therapies for oncology, viral diseases, and autoimmune disorders.
CANbridge is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing rare disease therapeutics in China.
Royalty Pharma ×
Royalty Pharma is an innovative biopharma company with a leading portfolio of commercial and pre-commercial drug royalties.
HUTCHMED is an innovative, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the discovery and global development of targeted therapies and immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases.
Life Sciences Sector Team VIEW ALL
Brett Zbar, MD
Managing Director, Global Head of Life Sciences New York
Brett Zbar, MD ×
Brett Zbar, MD, is a Managing Director and Global Head of General Atlantic’s Life Sciences sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2020, Brett was a Managing Director at Foresite Capital, where he focused on backing leading healthcare entrepreneurs and companies at all stages. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Aisling Capital, where he invested in Life Sciences companies developing and commercializing innovative healthcare products, services and technologies.
In his prior investing roles, Brett served as a board member or observer at multiple companies including Aragon (acquired), Catalent (IPO), ConnectiveRx, Kinnate Biopharma (IPO), ORIC Pharmaceuticals (IPO), Peloton Therapeutics (acquired), Pharvaris (IPO), Planet Biopharmaceuticals (acquired), Replimune (IPO), Seragon (acquired), Signant Health, Turning Point Therapeutics (IPO, acquired) and VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals.
Earlier in his career, Brett was a senior member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products practice at McKinsey & Company. He completed his internship in internal medicine on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Vice Chairman New York
David Hodgson ×
Dave Hodgson is Vice Chairman of General Atlantic and has been a member of the investment team for more than 30 years, with extensive experience across the firm’s sectors. After joining General Atlantic as its third investment professional in 1982, he helped build the firm with a singular vision of supporting entrepreneurs as they work to grow their businesses. From the outset, Dave’s mission has been to partner with strong growth companies led by exceptional management teams to help their organizations become market leaders.
Operating Partner New York
Rob Perez ×
Rob Perez is an Operating Partner at General Atlantic, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment team and portfolio companies in the Life Sciences sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2019, he was Managing Director of Vineyard Sound Advisors, LLC, an advisory practice focused on growth companies in the biopharma industry. Prior to that, Rob was President and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. before its sale to Merck in 2015. Before joining Cubist in 2003, he served as Vice President of Biogen, Inc.’s CNS Business Unit.
Head of Healthcare for China Hong Kong
Lefei Sun ×
Lefei Sun is a Managing Director and Head of Healthcare for General Atlantic’s China region. Before joining the firm in 2018, Lefei was the Founding Partner of Huatai Healthcare Investment Fund. Prior to that, Lefei held various investment roles at Hony Capital, Credit Suisse, OrbiMed, Orchid Asia and a consultant role at McKinsey and Company, all in the healthcare sector.
Principal New York
Peter Lafer ×
Peter Lafer is a Principal at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Life Sciences sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2018, Peter was a Principal at Essex Woodlands, a healthcare-focused growth equity firm. Peter began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan in the Healthcare Group.
Vice President New York
Walker Carpenter ×
Walker Carpenter is a Vice President at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Life Sciences sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2017, Walker was a 2016 General Atlantic Summer Analyst.
Joe von Rickenbach
Joe von Rickenbach ×
Joe von Rickenbach is a Senior Advisor at General Atlantic, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies in the Life Sciences sector. Joe is also currently the Managing Director of stet vision LLC. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder, President, and CEO of biotechnology company Helio Vision, Inc., a Boston-based ophthalmic biopharma company developing a therapy for proliferative vitreoretinopathy which was merged with Aldeyra, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDX) in 2019. Joe was also the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of PAREXEL International Corporation, leading the company in its growth from one of the first clinical research organizations in the early 1980s to its place as a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider, including its IPO, multiple secondary offerings, and over 40 mergers & acquisitions during his 36-year tenure. After beginning his career with Schering-Plough, he held positions with ENSECO (formerly ERCO).
Joe was named Executive of the Year in North America in the 2010 International Business Awards and won the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997. In 2013, he was honored by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council with the Henri Termeer Innovative Leadership Award. In 2014, he was named Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences. In 2018, he received the Scrip Informa Lifetime Achievement Award and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Dr. Lloyd Minor
Dr. Lloyd Minor ×
Dr. Lloyd Minor is a Senior Advisor at General Atlantic, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies in the Life Sciences sector, drawing upon his extensive leadership experience as a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. Dr. Minor also serves as the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since December 2012. He is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University.
Before joining Stanford, Dr. Minor was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his appointment as provost in 2009, Dr. Minor served as the Andelot Professor and director (chair) of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and otolaryngologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. With more than 160 published articles and chapters, Dr. Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. In 2012, Dr. Minor was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine.