10 November 2017Biotechnology

LSIPR 50 2017: Denis Lucquin

Name: Denis Lucquin

Organisation: Sofinnova Partners

Position: Managing partner

“All venture capitalists and investors will say the same thing: it’s the management team, the management team, and the management team. The primary bottleneck is the project leader’s entrepreneurial spirit,” according to Denis Lucquin, managing partner and chairman of Sofinnova Partners, a venture capitalist firm specialising in industrial biotechnology investments.

In a 2004 interview featured in the MarketTech Group Minute newsletter, Lucquin added that a key indication for a successful biotech startup is prior pharmaceutical industry and entrepreneurial experience.

His recent investments include in BioAmber and Green Biologics, developers of bio-sourced molecules for the chemical industry. He has also invested in Avantium, a renewable chemicals company developing biobased plastic bottles for food and beverages.

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