Peter Sandys is Chairman of Seroba Life Sciences. He was a co-founder of Seroba, acting as Managing Partner until 2021 when he transitioned to the role of Chairman.
Peter has held many directorships in the fund management, technology and financial services industries. He was previously Managing Director of ABN Amro Corporate Finance (Ireland) Limited where he had responsibility for the firm’s capital markets and venture capital businesses. Prior to joining ABN Amro, Peter worked in Corporate Advisory Services for Ernst & Young (E&Y) in London and Dublin. During this period, Peter was also seconded to 3i venture capital. Prior to joining E&Y, he worked for KPMG.
Peter has a BBS degree from TCD and is a Chartered Accountant. He has served twice as Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association and was a member of the Irish Stock Exchange’s New Issues Committee and the committee of the Irish Bio Industries Association. He was also formerly a member of the Securities Institute, a Registered Stockbroker and a member of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland. Peter sits on the board of Quanta Dialysis Technologies and was previously on the board of PrecisionBiotics (acquired by Novozymes.)
Bruno Montanari is a Partner at Seroba Life Sciences. He has a background in venture capital and in investment banking, with a focus on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
Bruno graduated in 1998 with a PharmD. from the Université René Descartes, Paris V and in the same year completed a Master’s degree in Strategic Management at HEC.
Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Bruno was a Partner at Omnes Capital (Paris) in charge of life sciences investments for the venture capital team. His previous venture capital experience was at Atlas Venture (Paris/London) and CDP Capital (Paris/Montreal). He started his career in 1999 in London, in the healthcare teams of the investment banking divisions of Deutsche Bank and later Merrill Lynch. Bruno brings a wealth of experience and network, particularly in continental Europe, where he is based.
Bruno sits on the boards of STORM Therapeutics and Coave Therapeutics.
Jennifer McMahon joined the Seroba team in 2011. She graduated from UCD with an honours degree in Pharmacology in 2010. Jennifer then entered a masters degree programme in Biotechnology and Business to further her interest in the interface of biomedical science with commercialisation.
Having placed first in her masters degree in 2011, Jennifer then joined Seroba’s Investment Team as an Investment Analyst and was appointed Senior Analyst in 2014, Associate in 2016 and Principal in 2019.
In 2019, Jennifer joined the Advisory Board for the European healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She guest lectures on venture capital at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She also speaks regularly at Investor/Entrepreneur partnering conferences across Europe. Jennifer sits on the boards of Endotronix and Palliare.
Daniel O’Mahony is a Partner at Seroba Life Sciences and brings a wealth of experience in product development, strategic planning, licensing, corporate venturing, intellectual property management and commercialisation.
Daniel was involved in corporate venture at Elan Corporation from 1996-2003. He was an advisor and consultant to Kernel Capital venture capital fund from 2001 and a partner from 2008, focusing on investments in life sciences. He joined Seroba as partner in 2009.
Daniel graduated with a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Cork in 1986 and holds a business degree in technology management from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin (2000). He has held academic appointments at the Genetics Department, Trinity College, Dublin, the Weis Research Centre, Geisinger Clinic, Pennsylvania, USA and the Department of Medicine & Experimental Therapeutics at University College Dublin. He has published in several scientific journals and is co-inventor on numerous patent families.
Dr O’Mahony currently sits on the board of Atlantic Therapeutics.. He previously sat on the boards of Apica Cardiovascular (acquired by Thoratec), Covagen (acquired by Cilag/Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of the Johnson & Johnson Group), Medlumics, Stokes Bio (acquired by Life Technologies), Straatum (acquired by Lam Research Corporation), Novate Medical (acquired by BTG) and PQ Bypass (acquired by Endologix).
Alan O’Connell is a Partner at Seroba Life Sciences. He has a background in product and business development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Alan worked in a variety of product and business development roles at Elan Corporation (Dublin), American Biogenetic Sciences, Inc. (New York), and he also spent time in the Pharmacovigilance section at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (London). His previous venture capital experience was gained at Estée Lauder Investments (New York) and he still sits on the scientific advisory board of the Lauder funded Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
Alan graduated with a Ph.D. (neuropharmacology) from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1994 and has a Master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of London (1990). He carried out post-doctoral neuroscience research at University College, Dublin and has published in several scientific journals.
Alan sits on the boards of: Ario Pharma; Crescent Diagnostics and Shorla Pharma.
He previously sat on the boards of Fusion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: FUSN), Prexton Therapeutics (acquired by Lundbeck), Veryan Medical (acquired by Otsuka Medical) and Xention (exited via pharma partnerships).
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Duignan is Chief Financial Officer of Seroba Life Sciences. He graduated from Dublin City University in 2005 with an honours degree in Accounting & Finance and became a qualified chartered accountant in early 2010. Andrew is also a qualified tax consultant.
Prior to joining the Seroba team in October 2011, Andrew worked as Financial Controller of Appleyard Motors. Previously, Andrew was a tax consultant in RSM Farrell Grant Sparks and he has also worked with AIBBNY and Citco Fund Services.
Vicky La Touche-Price
Marketing & Operations
Vicky La Touche-Price joined the Seroba team in 2010. A graduate of University College Dublin, she studied for her post-graduate diploma in Marketing in Hemel Hempstead in the UK and she also holds a Digital Marketing diploma from the MII in Dublin.
Previously with McDonnell Douglas Aviation Corporation, Guinness Ireland and DHL Worldwide, Vicky has worked in various international marketing roles in Europe and across a number of Gulf States in the Middle East and in the Near East. Vicky is now based back in Ireland and is responsible for operations and marketing for Seroba Life Sciences.
Gillian Lynch is an accountant at Seroba Life Sciences. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin.
Prior to joining the Seroba team in September 2018, Gillian worked as Finance Manager for global equities firm PI Investment Management Ltd. She has also headed up business analysis teams and worked as a management accountant with Allied Irish Bank.