AJU IB INVESTMENT U.S. TEAM
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Aju IB investment U.S. team has extensive experience in life sciences and venture capital.
TIMOTHY E. SULLIVAN – PARTNER
Mr. Sullivan joined Aju IB Investment in January of 2014 and currently serves as Partner. Previously, he was Head of Life Sciences Investment Banking at RBS Citizens and was an investment banker focused on life sciences at Jefferies and Bear Stearns. Mr. Sullivan was involved in financing and M&A transactions in excess of $20 billion in capital and advisory. His previous healthcare experience also includes three years of advisory, business development and operations at Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals as well as four years managing a clinical research division within Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Mr. Sullivan also currently serves as a director of G1 Therapeutics and Molecular Templates and is a board observer for several other companies within Aju IB Investment’s U.S. portfolio.
Mr. Sullivan received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and his B.A. in Biology from Harvard College.
DEREK YOON - PARTNER
Mr. Yoon joined AJU IB Investment upon the close of the Platform Fund and currently serves as Partner. Mr. Yoon is also a board member of Clearside Biomedical and is a board observer for several other companies within Aju IB Investment’s portfolio. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Yoon primarily focuses investment opportunities in the U.S. Life Sciences industry as well as cross-border strategic partnerships between U.S. and Korean pharmaceutical companies.
Prior to joining AJU IB Investment, he spent more than 15 years in VC / PE and healthcare banking in both the U.S. and the Asian markets where he took various responsibilities as Portfolio Manager or Investment Manager. Mr. Yoon earned his M.B.A. from Babson College, M.S.F. from Boston College and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
WILLIAM C. HAHN, M.D., Ph.D. – HEAD, SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. William C. Hahn is a medical oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He co-directs the Center for Cancer Genome Discovery, is the Chief of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Oncology and is the Chair of the Executive Committee for Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Hahn has made numerous seminal discoveries that have informed our current molecular understanding of cancer and which have defined new conceptual paradigms and formed the foundation of new translational studies. His laboratory has helped develop widely adopted experimental models and genome-scale tools, all of which he has made openly available to the research community. Dr. Hahn and his colleagues helped demonstrate that activation of the reverse transcriptase telomerase plays an essential role in malignant transformation. This observation provided the means to create novel experimental model systems to identify and characterize the cooperative genetic interactions that lead to malignant transformation. Together with his colleagues at the Broad Institute, he helped develop genome scale tools and technology (RNAi and open reading frame collections) to perform somatic cell genetics in human cells. His laboratory has pioneered the use of integrated functional genomic approaches to identify and validate cancer targets. Using these approaches, his laboratory has discovered several new oncogenes including IKBKE, CRKL, CDK8 and SOX2 as well as targets (TBK1 and CYCLOPS genes) that are essential in specific genetic contexts, which will pave the way for new therapeutic approaches. The tools, models and approaches that his laboratory has developed have already become widely used worldwide to discover and validate molecularly targeted cancer therapies. Dr. Hahn and his collaborators are now engaged in clinical trials testing whether inhibition both of these new oncogenes or synthetic lethal partners will lead to clinical responses.
Dr. Hahn has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the 2000 Wilson S. Stone Award from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for outstanding research in cancer, a Kimmel Scholar Award, the Howard Temin Award from the National Cancer Institute, a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award, and the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine (2010).