Meet The Team

Founders
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Alasdair Thong

Founding Partner
Alasdair is the founder of Selvedge Venture and huge believer in how deep technology can have a fundamental impact across life sciences and healthcare. He has been part of the ...
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Robert Thong

Co-Founder & General Partner
Robert Thong has 30+ years’ experience in biopharma and healthcare. He has worked with over 100 different organizations across 14 countries. Formerly co-head of the Life Sciences Group at Capgemini ...
Team
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Esra Berkol

Head of Investor Relations
Esra joined Selvedge Venture in August 2020 as part of the founding team to lead investor relations with a focus on the US and Middle East markets. Prior to joining ...
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Angelos Spiliopoulos

Analyst
Angelos has a well-rounded perspective at the intersection of life sciences and entrepreneurism. He has conducted scientific work in cellular & molecular biology, cancer biology, diabetes and autoimmune disease, and ...
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Kai Sing Hii

Analyst
Kai Sing has a strong interest in how machine learning applied to digital and molecular omics biomarkers can transform patient outcomes and healthcare provider productivity. Having completed her BSc in ...
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Serge Faguet

Venture Partner
Serge is the CEO of a group of biotech companies backed by leading scientists and top investors. He has founded companies with >US$1B in GMV and has raised >US$100M capital ...
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Emil Hewage

Venture Partner
Emil has held leadership & technology roles in 5 deep tech start-ups. He has over 10 years of industrial & academic R&D experience and is a former University of Cambridge ...
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Oliver Armitage

Technology Fellow
Oliver is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at BIOS, one of the 3 most advanced “bio-electronic” companies worldwide, building technology to connect human nervous system with AI-enabled computer systems for ...
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Dr. Ariella Cohain

Technology Fellow
Ariella has a passion for applying predictive modeling techniques to genomic data in order to better understand complex diseases. Centering her work around a systems biology approach, she has built ...
Advisors
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Benedikt von Thuengen-Reichenbach

Entrepreneur in Residence - Digital Technologies
Benedikt is a successful entrepreneur and CEO with experience across multiple industries including Deep Tech, AI and Machine Learning, Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Renewable Energy, and Enterprise Software. He has a ...
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Dr. John Cassidy

Entrepreneur in Residence - Oncology & AI
John is an entrepreneur with dual expertise in cancer biology and financial economics. He has over 10 years’ experience in drug development; spanning academia (University of Cambridge), industry (MedImmune) and ...
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Dr. Cem Baydar

Advisor - Life Sciences & Commercial Strategy
Cem Baydar is a senior strategy, technology and management executive with experience in establishing and growing new business operations, P&L management, incubating capabilities within existing organizations and penetrating new geographies.
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Dr. Marc van der Schee

Advisor - Medical
Marc has close to 10 years of experience in the field of volatile biomarker research. During his PhD, Marc pioneered the use of exhaled breath analysis in Lung Cancer, Asthma ...