Philippe Sommer

Philippe Sommer is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Darden and manages the diverse portfolio of entrepreneurship opportunities that are supported by Darden's Batten endowment. He also teaches MBA courses in the management of life science businesses and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Darden, Sommer was president and founder of Alsacia & Sommer, Inc., which provided strategy-consulting services and funding for early-stage med-tech companies. Previously, he was a founding partner of WestMed Venture Funds, publicly registered life sciences venture capital funds affiliated with CIBC/Oppenheimer, Inc. He has also served as director of business development in the medical products group for Pfizer, Inc. Sommer has extensive experience in fund management, private investments, M&A, licensing and technology transfer. Sommer serves on the advisory boards of the Coulter Foundation Grant to the Biomedical Engineering Department at UVa, NanoSTAR Institute (nanotechnology) at UVA, the LaunchPad funds and the Buchanan Endowment Program of the Medical School, also at UVa.