UCB Ventures, the corporate venture arm of UCB Pharma, today announced that Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte will join UCB Ventures as Partner in Boston. Alicia brings 10 years of deal making experience, spanning business development transactions to early stage investments in biotech. She will work closely with the London and Brussels teams to source and support transactions in the US and beyond.
Alicia joins from M Ventures, the corporate ventures arm of Merck KGaA where she was instrumental in the expansion of its Healthcare Portfolio and was the US based representative since 2014. During her time at M Ventures, Alicia was closely involved in company creation with the Merck Spin-offs and she represented the fund on various boards. Alicia holds a Master of Research in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University, the Netherlands.
“We are thrilled to have Alicia join our team,” said Erica Whittaker, Head of UCB Ventures. “Boston is a critically important biotech hub, and Alicia’s investment experience and network will add significantly to our efforts as we continue to build our investment portfolio.”
“I am delighted to join the UCB Ventures team and further contribute to the expansion of a new corporate venture fund that has a long-term commitment for high risk, high reward science,” said Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte. “Delivering impactful therapies to patients is deeply rooted in UCB culture, and its Venture Fund is one of the key enablers of this ambition.”