Cambridge, MA, 26th June 2018: Gurnet Point Capital (“Gurnet Point”) today announced that Dr. Sophie Kornowski is to be appointed as Senior Partner. Dr. Kornowski currently serves as Executive Vice-President of Roche Partnering, where she focuses on establishing external partnerships with biotechnology and research institutions worldwide for Roche Holding AG, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies. She is also a member of Roche's Extended Global Executive Committee and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd in Japan.
Commenting on Dr. Kornowski’s appointment, Managing Partner, Christopher A Viehbacher, said: “Sophie will be joining Gurnet Point Capital at an incredibly exciting time. With a solid foundation of portfolio companies to build upon and significant capital still to invest, Sophie’s deep operational leadership experience in combination with her expertise in finding attractive acquisition targets will give additional strength to our growth. My team and I look forward to working with her very much.”
Dr. Sophie Kornowski, said: ”Given their combined experience in the sector and with Ernesto Bertarelli’s vision, and under Chris Viehbacher’s executive leadership, Gurnet Point Capital is uniquely positioned to build a new generation of companies eager to bring meaningful innovation to patients and the healthcare system. I am looking forward to working with the team and applying my experience in this entrepreneurial environment, to not only identify exciting opportunities, but also to support the growth of Gurnet Point’s existing and future portfolio companies.”
Dr. Kornowski and her team completed over 50 deals per year in her current role as head of partnering at Roche. Previously, she led Roche's major affiliate for five years in France. Dr. Kornowski also spent 11 years in various leadership roles at Merck in the US, France and Israel. She spent the early years of her career at Abbott and Sanofi, in France and the US. Dr. Kornowski has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth and a PhD in Pharmacy from Paris Descartes University.
Following her departure from Roche, Dr. Kornowski initially will be based in Geneva (Switzerland) as an advisor to Ernesto Bertarelli’s Waypoint Capital group before taking up her position at Gurnet Point’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts later this year. Waypoint Capital advises the trusts and funds associated with the Bertarelli family, the principal investors in Gurnet Point Capital.