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BIO-Europe Spring
Save the dateMarch 17–19, 2025 | Milan, Italy

Roel Bulthuis
Managing Partner at Syncona


Roel is currently a Managing Partner at Syncona, where he manages the investment team and utilises more than 20 years of life science venture capital, business development and investment banking experience to help Syncona deliver value through the investment cycle.

Roel joined Syncona from Inkef Capital, an Amsterdam-based venture capital firm focused on life science investments. As Managing Partner and head of healthcare, he led the firm’s growth into a leading European healthcare VC platform. Before this he served as SVP and Managing Director of Merck Group’s M-Ventures for almost 10 years, where he played an instrumental role in creating the business and building it into a leading corporate venture capital fund. Prior to his time at M-Ventures, Roel held senior positions in global business development at Merck Serono and was in the investment banking team at Fortis Bank. Roel holds a MSc in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University, Netherlands and an MBA in Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics, Finland. Roel is a Kauffman fellow and a Level20 mentor and is highly driven by the development of next generation investor and entrepreneurial talent.

Agenda Sessions

  • Navigating the dealmaking landscape in 2024 and beyond