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Brett Zbar, MD

Managing Director, Global Head of Life Sciences New York

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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. While at Foresite, Brett served as a board member or observer at multiple companies including ConnectiveRx, Kinnate Biopharma, ORIC Pharmaceuticals (IPO), Peloton Therapeutics (acquired), Pharvaris, Replimune (IPO), Signant Health,Turning Point Therapeutics (IPO) and VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals. 

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. Brett began his career in McKinsey & Company’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products practice and completed his internship in internal medicine on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 

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David Hodgson

Vice Chairman New York

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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.

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Rob Perez

Operating Partner New York

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Rob Perez is an Operating Partner and part of General Atlantic’s Operations Group, 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.

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Lefei Sun

Managing Director,
Head of Healthcare for China
Hong Kong

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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.

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Peter Lafer

Vice President New York

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Peter Lafer is a Vice President 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.

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Vishal Parikh

Senior Associate New York

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Vishal Parikh is a Senior Associate at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Life Sciences sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2018, Vishal was an Associate at Goldman Sachs in the Healthcare group. Prior to that, he worked as a Business Systems Analyst at Abbott Laboratories.

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Walker Carpenter

Associate New York

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Walker Carpenter is an Associate 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.

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Sophia DiPaolo

Associate New York

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Sophia DiPaolo is an Associate at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Life Sciences sector. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2019, Sophia was an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley, where she was part of the Healthcare Group.

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Elaine Fang

Associate New York

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Elaine Fang is an Associate at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Life Sciences sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2020, Elaine was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Healthcare Group.

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Dr. John Maraganore

Senior Advisor New York

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Dr. John Maraganore 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. Since 2002, Dr. Maraganore has served as the CEO of Alnylam, a biopharmaceutical company focused on RNAi therapeutics. Prior to Alnylam, Dr. Maraganore served as an officer and a member of the management team for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As Senior Vice President, Strategic Product Development for Millennium, he was responsible for the company’s product franchises in oncology, and cardiovascular, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases. He was previously Vice President, Strategic Planning and M&A and, prior to that, he was General Manager of Millennium BioTherapeutics, Inc., a former subsidiary of Millennium. Before Millennium, he served as Director of Molecular Biology and Director of Market and Business Development at Biogen, Inc. At Biogen, Dr. Maraganore invented and led the discovery and development of ANGIOMAX® (bivalirudin) for injection, formerly HIRULOGTM and currently marketed by The Medicines Company. Prior to Biogen, Dr. Maraganore was a scientist at ZymoGenetics, Inc., and the Upjohn Company.

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Dr. Lloyd Minor

Senior Advisor

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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.

 

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Joe H. von Rickenbach

Senior Advisor

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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.

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