Jens is President of SR One, the corporate venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline. He joined SR One from TVM Capital where he was last a venture partner, entrepreneur-in-residence and appointed CEO and president of SelectX Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he was a general partner in TVM's Boston life sciences practice where he focused on earlier-stage investments. Jens was the founder of Akikoa Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology start-up company focusing on hearing loss, and North Haven Systems, a life science IT company. Prior to joining TVM Capital, he led drug discovery programs at Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Mitotix, Inc.
Jens is currently chairman of the board of directors of Thrasos Therapeutics and a director at Palleon Pharma, Decibel Therapeutics, ZappRx, Gladius Pharmaceuticals, and BioHealth Innovation (BHI). He was previously a member of the board of directors for Alios Biosciences, CoNCERT Pharmaceuticals, Enanta Pharmaceuticals, SelectX Pharmaceuticals, Rapid Micro Biosystems, Anchor Therapeutics, and an advisor and board observer to Sirtris Pharmaceuticals.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Jens earned his doctorate, summa cum laude, in biological chemistry in the laboratories of Prof. Ghisla at the University of Konstanz and Prof. Hastings at Harvard University. As a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Santi at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Jens combined structural studies and mechanistic enzymology for thymidylate synthase drug design.
He is the author of multiple scientific publications and holds several issued and pending patents.
As a Kauffman Fellow and angel investor Jens enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs. He was the Creator, Judge and Mentor of OneStart, the largest life sciences accelerator, run by SR One and Oxford Biotech Roundtable.
Jens is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 10 and served his fellowship under mentor Gert Caspritz at TVM Capital in Boston, MA. He was also a mentor to Vikas Goyal (Class 17).
Jens lives with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is always pining for summers and sails on North Haven Island in Maine where he is currently Commodore at the North Haven Casino.