Meet our Founder – Our DNA

« Minerva Lifesciences GmbH, is a well recognized leadership, mentorship and strategic consulting firm, operating in EU & US,  ensuring that every engagement leads to tangible and impactful outcomes & value creation. »

  • Mentorship
  • Hands-on Advisors
    • Strategy –  Development – Organization
    • Go to Market – Patient Pathway
    • Capital raise – BD
  • Interim C-level -Board


Ivan Cohen-Tanugi MD, managing partner & founder

A french, american citizen held over its 20 years experience at Sanofi, Amgen, Roche, Teva positions from product launches in the Medical Affairs, Clinical Development and General Management positions with P&L up to US$700M.

Ivan held positions of CEO of a preclinical genetherapy company, followed by CEO of a listed clinical stage Biotech /Medtech in Zurich.
Since 2018, Ivan & Minerva Lifesciences GmbH support its clients in their development , strategy, growth.. in Europe and in the US.


Our Values

Our visceral understanding of industry and our passion for leadership and excellence at execution

Committed to change & transformation

Enthusiastic, agile, innovative, determined

“Hands on” Senior Executives, CEO, Board Members

Maximize patients, customers, shareholders value creation


How we can help you…


Leaders Mentorship by Leaders

Acting as a “sparing partner”, tailored to each leader, specific need, company, business with one goal:

  • Maximize Leaders, BoD, Investors plans, outcome & value. Support brainstorming, plans development, coordination, execution
  • Unlock Leaders capabilities, skills, actions, outcomes, in full confidentiality vs teams & board.

How does it work ?

  • A customized approach allows you to leverage expertise & support through your key challengesA dedicated expert, partnering with you, raising understanding of your business, needs, challenges, objectives, doubts, a few hours a week, a few days a month, to support you according to your needs.




Eric Schmidt (former CEO Google), Bill Gates (Founder Microsoft)

“The best advice I ever got was to have a coach.

Everyone needs a coach, does not matter you are a tennis player, basketball player, a surgeon, founder of a start-up, CEO of a GAFAM; we all need someone who can give us feedback, watching, challenging, strengthening communication, plans, execution”.

Strategy, Development & Organization

Redefining vision, strategy

Business case/ Business plan development & assessment

  • Market access strategy
  • Go to market model

R&D / Medical Affairs

  • Clinical development strategies from PI thru PIII
  • Advisory Board & TLs network build up & facilitation
  • Regulatory Affairs strategy

Coordination of Clinical, Regulatory, Market Access, Business Global, EU, US plans

Organization design, set up, assessment, recruitment

Business Excellence


      Operational plans

  • Design and implementation of commercial local, regional & global plans
  • Development of medical plans, TLs development
  • Sales training and plans
  • Patient pathway design & implementation

      Go to market model implementation

  • Market expansion/development
  • Designing US, EU, Global commercial strategy and structure

      Market expansion development plans & execution


Interim Senior Management



Expert interim manager can

  •  from one day to another, ensure transition, replacement of a CEO, C-level  executive, for a few months, sometimes 9-12 months or more,
  • supplement or mentor your manager

thanks to an extensive, strategic, operational, leadership experiences in driving changes, and creating value



Fund Raising,
Business Development
Alliance Management


     Capital raise, development & implementation

     Business development

  • identification of partnerhips,
  • due diligence
  • licensing in/out including evaluation, negotiations, deal making

      Alliance Management         

Digital Health



Complex project management and customer excellence

  • from business case, to project scoping,
  • development and deployment at large scale of SaMD  solution

Business development and Key Accounting

SaMD Quality and Compliance


Examples of Missions : Mentorship


Examples of Missions : Strategy & Organization


Examples of Missions : Business Excellence


Examples of Missions : Fund raising & BD


Examples of Missions : Interim Senior Management


Examples of Missions : Digital Health


Our Team and Preferred partners


Managing Partner






Ivan Cohen-Tanugi MD,  MBA – Managing Partner

20+ years experience in Europe & in the USA within TEVA, AMGEN, ROCHE, SANOFI from Global & local Product launches, late stage R&D, to successful General Management experiences within EU, US & International with P&L up to $700MM.

Between 2009 & 2017, Ivan held the positions of

  • Senior VP & General Manager Teva North America Biologics & Specialty
  • President & CEO of a Paris based Biotech/Medtech start up (genetherapy in ophthalmology + device at pre-clinical stage) funded by key investors, then
  • CEO of a Zurich/SIX listed a clinical stage Medtech-Biotech in Orthobiologics


Helène M-D

BS in Biology & Cell Biology Physiology and Master in Marketing ESSEC Paris
Through 15+ years tenure in Blue ship Pharma, Biopharmaceuticals, Diagnostic companies,  Hélène, developed a strong expertise in marketing, sales, « Go to Market », medico-marketing as well as cross functional development functions and Project management
strong experiences in TLs management. Multichannel plans by medical specialties

Development & implementation of Patient Pathway programs in Neurosciences

Development & implementation of market expansion project


Lamouri Bessalah – Partner

BS in Biomedical Sciences and Master in Biotechnology and Management at IONIS

Digital Health University Diploma (Paris Sorbonne) and HEC Strategy and Performance

+10 years’ experience in Digital Health (4 years in complex Project Management, 3 years as a Business Unit Manager, and 2 years in Business and Sales roles withing a US consulting firm)

Developed technical know-how as well as a deep knowledge on healthcare innovations in SaMD regulated environment, through ISO13485 certification of e-health platform

Deep interactions with Pharma and medical device industry players across
Europe at operational and leadership levels (e.g. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Covidien/Medtronic, MSD..)


Our Preferred Experts Partners


Our most recent clients


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