Dr. Ansbert Gadicke is co-founder and Managing Director of MPM and its venture capital activities, as well as an investment committee member of MPM’s impact collaboration with UBS that is a public/private crossover vehicle managed by MPM. He and his partner, Luke Evnin, Ph.D., founded MPM in 1997. Ansbert and the MPM team have been the inspiration and driving force behind building leading biopharmaceutical companies such as BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Idenix Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Merck & Co.), Mitobridge (acquired by Astellas), Pharmasset (acquired by Gilead Sciences) and Radius Health. MPM believes that these companies, in which Ansbert was the lead investor and served on the boards, are some of the biggest successes in biotech history – companies that ultimately resulted in helping thousands of patients live longer and vastly improved lives. For example, Sovaldi, developed by Pharmasset, was the first cure for Hepatitis C and experienced the most successful product launch in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to launching MPM’s venture investing activities, Ansbert led MPM’s Advisory and investment business from 1992 to 1997, and prior to that he was at The Boston Consulting Group in their Boston office.
Ansbert’s commitment to drug discovery and curing disease inspires his work both within and outside of MPM. In recognition of MPM’s novel work to finance and build companies which may have a significant impact on cancer care and cures globally, Ansbert and Luke Evnin are recipients of the 2017 Global Oncology Visionary Award. Ansbert is active in guiding MPM portfolio companies and serves as Chairman of the Board at Cullinan Oncology, NextPoint Therapeutics, Oroboros Bio and TCR2 Therapeutics and as a Board Director at ElevateBio and iTeos Therapeutics. He is also a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and the Research Advisory Council of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ansbert received an M.D. from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt and held research positions at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Biochemistry Department at Harvard University. While at the German Cancer Research Center, he focused on HPV16 and 18 in Professor Harald zur Hausen’s group (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2008). Ansbert has published in leading scientific journals such as Nature and Cell.