Jaromir Zahradka

Chairman I&I Bio, Prague

JAROMÍR ZAHRÁDKA, Ph.D. is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors in i&i Prague, a bio-innovation centre and incubator established within ecosystem of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS. In 2021, he also became the founder and Managing Partner of the i&i Biotech Fund, unique early-phase investment fund with more than 45 mil EUR under management. The fund has teams in Luxembourg and Prague, and it focuses on investments in European Life Sciences start-ups with global potential. Under his leadership, these companies have developed into respected partners of Czech and European scientific institutions, spin-offs, and other international investors. In his 10 years of experience in the field of technology transfer and investment, Jaromír has been involved in the management of many successful projects. Together with his team, he has participated in the development of more than 15 biotech spin-off companies from more than 6 countries. He has also participated on multiple significant and international out-licensing deals. In his profession, he combines his dual background in biochemistry and economics. He teaches at the university level, where his expertise is in methods for determining the market potential of early-stage technologies and their valuation for negotiations between academia and investors.