Vice President, Strategic Innovation and Alliances
Behzad Mahdavi (Vice President of Strategic Innovation & Alliances at Lonza, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the Pharma&Biotech and Specialty Ingredient markets) started his current position in 2010 after 3 years serving as Head of Lonza Canada.
Prior joining Lonza he was CEO of SAM Electron Technologies, a venture capital backed company in Life Sciences field, which has been acquired in 2007 by a multinational company. During his entire career, he worked for several privates, governmental companies and Venture Capitals in different capacities as senior executive, advisor, CEO and board member leading, managing and advising technological start-ups/companies in fund raising, strategic business development, efficient innovation management and commercialization/spinoff to create new profitable growth axis. One of his current strategic focuses is around the Cell Therapy Manufacturing Platforms enabling the new therapies to come to market in an effective, scalable and economical manner.
He earned his MBA from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Sherbrooke, Canada, his MS in Industrial Chemicals & Environment from the University of Rennes, France and his BSc in Chemical Engineering from ENSCR, France.