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. »


Hands-on Advisors

Strategy –  Development – Organization
Go to Market – Patient Pathway
Capital raise – BD

Interim C-level – Board Membership


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 and later of a listed clinical stage Biotech /Medtech in Zurich.
Since 2018, Ivan through Minerva Lifesciences GmbH supports its clients in their development, strategy, value creation 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”:

This tailored approach caters to individual leaders, specific needs, companies, and businesses. The overarching goal is to provide support for brainstorming, strategy & plan review, coordination and execution maximizing outcomes and value creation.

This mentorship aims to unlock leaders’ capabilities, skills, and actions, maintaining full confidentiality in relation to teams and boards.

How does it work ?

Customized to your unique needs, this approach enables you to tap into expert guidance and support for overcoming your key challenges. A dedicated mentor collaborates with you, gaining a deep understanding of your business, objectives, and obstacles. Whether it’s a few hours a week or a few days a month, their customized assistance aligns with your specific requirements.     


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.

Example of Missions : Mentorship

Served as a « Sparing Partner » in
full confidentiality, to a CEO of a listed clinical stage Biotech
to test, refine, validate strengthen communication of full company strategic change to the Exec team & BoDs (Onco, Ophtalmo)

Challenged, supported development of a  start up CEO best approach for fund raising strategy, communication with VCs, implement, complete a CHF20M raise (Orthobiologics)

At the request of BoD of a listed Biotech, supported the integration of a new CEO (first CEO job). Challenging & support in building 100 days action plan, monitoring, corrective actions (CDMO)

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

Example of Missions : Strategy, Development & Organization

Re-alignment of international commercial affiliates across the globe, closure, opening, re-sizing. Designed & implemented full re-organization (R&D & Commercial) of multiple start-up or mid size, medtech, pharma, biotech

Supported two Boston Biotech  (acquired then by AZ & Novo N.),  in CV diseases and Nephrology, in re-aligning PII/III strategic orientation, re-evaluation of BP, development of EU specific clinical development, KTL Ad. Board, RA strategy, business case, commercial approach

Design & implemented Global, US, EU commercial strategy & structure for US Biotech pre- filing/launch (CV disease….)

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


Example of Missions : Business Excellence

Brand & market assessment for products at clinical stage, development of BP, driving R&D plans and major M&A process leading to US$B acquisition (CV diseases, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis…)

Supported & led major & niche products launch plans followed by support in execution in France, US, across EU and globally with global sales of US$5B+
Led re-launch of “heritage” products non promoted brands leading to double digit growth

Design & implemented a market expansion program  & services for a mid size pharma in a major EU country leading to significant market & brand growth (Neurosciences) 

Interim Senior Management

Whether you need a short-term or long-term solution, our Interim Managers are here to step in, supplement, or coach your existing managers. With extensive practical experience spanning various functions and industries, they’re well-equipped to tackle the challenges you face. Typically, Interim Managers can start within days or weeks.

Our highly qualified Senior Interim Managers at Minerva Lifesciences specialize in developing and executing practical strategies to guide you successfully through periods of change. They boast a solid track record of steering positive transformations even in complex situations. Each Interim Manager brings a wealth of assets to the table:

Broad Operational Experience – Industry-Specific Knowledge – Functional Expertise – Proven Results in Similar Assignments – Strong people management & leadership skills


Example of Missions : Interim Senior Management

Replacement of CEO of Medtech in Biophotonic, in France, during 6 months, to re design Vision, Company Strategy, Clinical Plan, fund raising preparation,  organization design

Replacement of CEO of a listed Biotech/ Medtech in Zurich, during 10 months, to re-design Vision, Company Strategy, Clinical Plan, Commercial Plans, develop, implement a CHF20M fund raising

Replacement of Founder & CEO of a Biotech/CDMO in France, straightening, re-aligning, organization, aligning share holders until recruitment of a technical expert CEO and Euros5M interim fund raise.

Fund Raising,
Business Development
Alliance Management


     Capital raise, development & implementation

     Business development

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

      Alliance Management         

Example of Missions : Fund Raising, BD
Alliance Management

Supported & led multiple Licensing deals in the US, EU & globally with values > US$1B

Implemented multiple fund raises through VCs & PEs from US$2-20M+

Organized and led alliance management among major corporations, mid-sized companies, and startups during both clinical and commercial phases.

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


Example of Missions : Digital Health

Involved in defining/reviewing strategic intent and business case
of multi pharma players across the EMEA market (Rheumatology, IBD, Psoriasis, …) Supported business model development and definition

Lead deployment of multi-million SaMD IBD solution in +13 countries (Pharma player)
Defined strategy and Lead deployment of Rheumalogy solution in +9 French hospitals Obesity solutions (MD player)

Managed internal teams and coordinated external partners for complex IBD SaMD solution (incl. third party players). Coordinated UX/UI research & dev for multiple products (Obesity, Rheumatology)

Our Team & 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..)


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