Thorsten Melcher, Ph.D.Thorsten Melcher, Ph.D. Senior Director, Business Development

My Focus and Background

I focus on enhancing Calico's therapeutics portfolio and technology platforms by identifying, evaluating, and transacting on external opportunities. I also participate in establishing collaborative research partnerships to increase our understanding of the biology of aging and to explore new areas within age-related diseases.

Before joining Calico, I worked at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Innovation, where I developed and supported external innovation projects for the oncology and neuroscience therapeutic areas in the Pharmaceutical and Device sectors of J&J. My projects included in/out-licensing transactions, strategic partnership transactions, corporate venture capital financings, and new company formations. Prior to J&J, I worked at Varian Medical Systems to improve treatment of solid tumors by integration of radiotherapy and targeted therapeutics in an external innovation business model, and as co-founder at several neuroscience start-up companies to combat neurodegenerative diseases using diverse approaches.