BOSTON and LONDON, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF), the venture capital fund investing in, and creating, biotech companies pursuing transformational therapeutic approaches for dementias, announces the appointment of Luca Santarelli, M.D., as new Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
Dr. Santarelli is an entrepreneurial pharmaceutical executive with a background in academic research and more than 20 years of experience in R&D and as a biotech CEO. He has led drug programs in the areas of neuroscience, rare diseases, ophthalmology, metabolic and G.I., spanning the value chain from discovery research to commercialization. In his new role with DDF, Dr. Santarelli will use his scientific and strategic expertise to advise on DDF's investment pipeline and portfolio strategy, provide input on its most advanced investment opportunities, and support to existing portfolio companies.
Dr. Christian Jung, Partner at The Dementia Discovery Fund,said, Dr. Santarelli brings scientific excellence, vast industry experience and a deep understanding of venture capital combined with a strong entrepreneurial spirit to our Scientific Advisory Board; we are delighted that he has agreed to become its Chair. I am confident that, in this role, he will provide outstanding guidance to continuously evolve DDF's scientific focus as we look to both source exciting new opportunities pursuing the translation of novel therapeutic concepts at the leading-edge of science and drive the growth and development of our existing portfolio.
Dr. Luca Santarelli, said, I am honored to be appointed Chair of DDF's world-class Scientific Advisory Board. DDF is building a portfolio of highly innovative companies in the dementia space and it is clear that technological innovation and better biological understanding of neurological diseases is presenting new opportunities to create ground-breaking companies and progress the development of new therapies in this important area. I very much look forward to working with the SAB and DDF's partners and portfolio companies on this exciting mission.
Luca Santarelli, M.D.