GeneChem is a manager of focused venture capital funds. Since 1997, we have been involved in the launching of companies and in the management of their growth and liquidity events.

GeneChem has been part of investment syndicates which included a wide breadth of marquee international investors as well as smaller local players. The team has knowledge and expertise in various fields of science including biochemistry, chemistry, immunology, oncology, virology, bacteriology, analgesia, ophthalmology and human genetics.

We have invested at the very early stages of start-ups, where hands-on management is required, and also at the later stages such as mezzanine rounds and private placements in public entities. The team's experience is broad and deep-reaching within the biotech investment sector.

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Montreal, Quebec
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Louis Lacasse, MBA General Partner

Mr. Lacasse joined GeneChem at its inception in 1997. Prior to that, he was Vice-President of Healthcare and Biotechnology at Sofinov, a wholly owned venture capital subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. In total, he spent ten years with the Caisse where he was responsible for numerous investments in small and medium sized businesses in cutting-edge industries such as biotechnology, software and telecommunications. Mr. Lacasse has been involved in a number of very successful investments in companies such as BioChem Pharma inc., Axcan Pharma inc., and Neurocrine Biosciences inc. Mr. Lacasse is or has been a member of the board of directors of several companies including BioChem Pharma inc., Axcan Pharma inc. and Metrowerks inc. He has held positions with the Bank of Montreal and with the "Centre de développement technologique" of École Polytechnique de Montréal. Mr. Lacasse obtained a Bachelor's degree in finance from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales ("HEC") and a M.B.A. from McGill University. In 2008, he became a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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