Wilma Lukas, PhD, MBA, Managing Director

Dr Lukas has over 25 years of experience in drug discovery, R&D, licensing and business development. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from the Universtity of Geneva, completed by an MBA. She gained pharmaceutical expertise at the Glaxo Institute of Molecular Biology (GSK) and Serono (now Merck Serono) before joining a start-up that was later on successfully acquired by Molecular Devices Corp (USA).

Dr Lukas joined Debiopharm in 2007. She was in charge of the search and evaluation process and identified pre-clinical and clinical opportunities to in-license in line with Debiopharm’s strategy, business model and portfolio. 

Dr Lukas has created her own company (W Life Sciences) to provide strategic advice and expert scientific opinion to biotech companies, start-ups, universities, investors and pharmaceutical companies. She is supported by expert advisers with more than twenty years of experience in business development and clinical development.

Dr Lukas is also acting as Board Expert at the Skolkovo Foundation and is a Mentor for young start-ups. She is also an Expert for BioExpert Network, a crowdfunding company. Additionally, she is a Judge at MassChallenge, the WW start-up accelerator and was recently acting as a Mentor for Seedstars World, the largest community of entrepreneurs in emerging markets.  

Finally, Dr Lukas joined recently Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency, as an Expert to evaluate funding applications and to promote Swiss innovation projects. 


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  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechs
  • Strong understanding of science and business
  • Identification and evaluation of thousands of opportunities
  • Wide network 
  • Credibility in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry