Our Team

Tomas Svoboda

BSc., MBA - Managing Partner

  • 28 years' experience in the Life Science industry working in medical instrumentation, in-vitro diagnostics, implantable devices and drug delivery companies.
  • Tomas has lived and worked in the UK, Germany, France, the USA, Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland, employed by corporations such as Serono, Haemonetics and Boston Scientific.
  • During his career he has held a variety of executive positions including: General Manager of the LS division of a component manufacturer, Head of European RA&QA (pre- and post Medical Device Directive implementation of ISO 9001 Quality System), Head of Marketing Services (for the largest EU subsidiary in Munich), Director of International Product Supply and R&D department. Experienced in M&A team (two acquisitions $ 1,4 BN and $ 2,1 BN) and was responsible for Medical Vigilance Reporting (implantable products, MoH relationships)
  • Since the year 2000, Tomas has been involved in various start-ups as a CEO of a drug delivery and pharmaceutical company and as Managing Director of surgical instrumentation. He eventually founded his own service company, specialising in management assignments in business development, sales & marketing, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, for large and mid-sized corporations and for the Swiss government agency OPET as a Coach CTI Start-up.
  • Tomas studied Medical Technology (Pharmaceutical Production Process) in Prague, modern languages in Zürich, International Marketing in INSEAD Fontainebleau and rounded it off with an e-MBA in California. Tomas holds a number of board positions in Swiss and Czech Life Science companies.

JUDr. Klaus Posani

Associate

  • Klaus is an experienced professional in European Human Resources Management.
  • Over 10 years´ involvement in blue chip organisations as an Interim HR Manager and HR advisor
  • expertise as an HR Director in industry segments such as pharmaceuticals, automotive and food.
  • successfully involved in many complex turnaround projects, reorganisations and restructuring tasks.
  • down to earth hands, on and efficient approach to executing even very complex and delicate tasks.

Maria O'Neill, BA

Proof Reader, Financial Services Advisor

  • BA (Hons) in Literature & Psychology from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG),
  • Certificate in Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) , from NUIG
  • Diplomas in Wealth Management & Financial Services from University College Dublin.
  • Strong commercial background - worked for over 30 years in financial services - roles included Sales & Service Manager & Relationship Manager
  • Experienced in English language and literacy teaching, and the provision of proofreading in English
  • Languages: English, French, and basic Spanish

Dr. Zdenek Drabek

Associate

  • Emerging Markets Development & Governmental Affairs
  • D.Phil. in Economics (Oxford), M.A. and B.A. in Economics (Cambridge) and Dipl. Eng. from Prague School of Economics.
  • Lecturer in economics and chairman of Department of Economics at University of Buckingham (UK), senior economist and adviser for the World Bank and World Trade Organization. Chief international negotiator of trade and foreign investment agreements and government minister. Member of management and supervisory boards and, most recently, an independent consultant.
  • Executive functions held in a diversified portfolio of companies such as: Holiday Inn Hotels, Credit Bank, investment funds Patria and EPIC Securities, Barandov Film Studio, member of the executive board of the WTO Pension Fund. Managed a foreign investment promotion agency with the task of identifying foreign investors for privatisation and acquisitions.
  • Extensive experience in emerging and developing countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central and South East Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa. Established a wide network of contacts among government ministers and other senior officials, industry leaders, and members of civil society in those regions following advisory work with various governments ( e.g. Vietnam, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Laos), and regional organisations (e.g. COMESA, SADC, ASEAN, CEFTA).
  • Has considerable experience in the development of company strategies towards new markets, assessment of sovereign risk and in various forms of partnerships. Acted as adviser on entry to emerging markets of high tech products and helping establish strategy for market entry and local presence. Clients included TeleDenmark, Chase Manhattan Bank, Shell, Wharton School, Stanford Research Institute. Provided advice on international regulatory systems, regulations and disciplines affecting international trade and investment with particular emphasis on services (private and public) and new technologies

Paula Rückl

Administration

  • Freelance / translation, newsletter
  • Secretary / Admin for a Mortgage Company
  • Teaching Spanish and English
  • Executive Secretary to a Board of Directors
  • Worked in Financial Services Industry in Spain
  • Personal Assistant to the Director of a Construction Company in Spain
  • Fluent (written & spoken) in 4 languages: German, English, Spanish and Czech.

Stephanie J. Sims

BSc, MBA

  • More than 15 years' experience valuing a broad variety of asset and entity types, ranging from high-tech start-ups in the automotive industry to a UK retail center worth over GBP150M; previous experience in life science includes a mid-sized medical equipment distributor and a start-up prosthetic manufacturer
  • Significant experience on both buy and sell side with a variety of investor types, including major investment banks, private equity, venture capital and HNWIs, as well as a myriad of financing arrangements (preferred equity, mezzanine and standard debt)
  • Fluent in all aspects of investment structuring, including progressive equity purchases, convertible debt, MBOs and seller earn-outs
  • French & American citizen, has been entrusted with full due diligence responsibility (including financial projections and data room development / analysis), as well as contract reviews and negotiations in both languages
  • BS in Finance from Trinity University; MBA from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, Texas, USA

Philippe Felgines

Webmaster

  • System engineer and Webmaster,
  • fluent in french and english,
  • worked as Lotus Domino administrator for the messaging domain merge between Merck and Serono at Geneva Merck Serono HQ,
  • worked as consultant for IBM Global Services (France).

Tomas Svoboda

BSc., MBA - Managing Partner

28 years' experience in the Life Science industry working in medical instrumentation, in-vitro diagnostics, implantable devices and drug delivery companies.

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JUDr. Klaus Posani

Associate

Klaus is an experienced professional in European Human Resources Management.

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Maria O'Neill, BA

Proof Reader, Financial Services Advisor

BA (Hons) in Literature & Psychology from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG),

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Dr. Zdenek Drabek

Associate

Emerging Markets Development & Governmental Affairs

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Paula Rückl

Administration

Freelance / translation, newsletter

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Stephanie J. Sims

BSc, MBA

Associate Investment Valuation and Structuring

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Philippe Felgines

Webmaster

Web and social media

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