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Michael Huebner



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Michael Huebner

New Venture Lead

Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Why I'm a JPAL

A startup company cannot employ all the experts or have access to all the knowledge it needs. That's where JPALS can support the company and help the entrepreneur avoid mistakes and be more successful.


I am the New Venture Lead for Switzerland, and in this role also a member of the J&J Switzerland leadership team and an advisor and board member of startup incubators. I am looking for transformational innovation across therapeutic areas in the EMEA region for the London Innovation Center. Previously, I was Global Business Development Manager Oncology at Roche where I led the assessment and due diligence of external innovation in oncology, and I led licensing and acquisition deals totaling over $1 billion. Before joining Roche, I was a scientist for 9 years as an EMBO fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (USA), gained a PhD summa cum laude at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and earned a Diploma (MSc equivalent) in biochemistry at Tübingen University (Germany)


"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

- Albert Einstein

Fun fact:

Hiking or skiing in the Swiss alps whenever weather permits (and sometimes when it doesn't)