We are Fountain.

 

Dr. Manus Rogan, Ph.D, MBA

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Manus is a PhD chemist who worked in product development at GSK in the UK before moving over to a series of licensing and business development roles at Elan. He moved to the US in the early 2000’s and joined Aidan in the corporate VC group before returning to Ireland to establish Fountain. In addition to his investing role, Manus leads investor relations and fund raising activities for the Fund.

Dr. Manus Rogan, Ph.D, MBA

Dr Manus Rogan is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Fountain Healthcare Partners. He has over 27 years of investment and operating experience in the life science sector in both the US and Europe. Manus earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of York (sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline) and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

Manus began his career in product development at GlaxoSmithkline in the UK and in 1996 joined Elan Corporation’s business development group. For four years he was responsible for licensing products and drug delivery technologies in Europe and Japan. In 2001, Manus joined Elan’s Corporate Venture Capital group in New York where he invested in private and public biotechnology companies. Investments included Sirna (acquired by Merck, 2006) and Beyond Genomics (IPO, 2011). In his 7 years at Elan, Manus concluded over twenty five investment and technology licensing transactions involving companies in the US, Europe and Japan.

Manus led Fountain’s investment in Innocoll Inc. and currently serves on the board of Opsona Therapeutics, Mainstay Medical (IPO, 2014), Neuromod Devices and Inflazome Ltd. He was formerly Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association (‘IVCA’) and previously represented Fountain on the board of Amarin Corporation.

Aidan King, MBA, CFA

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Aidan is a pharmacist by training who enjoys the challenge presented by investing in a rapidly changing life science market. Aidan started his industry career at Elan in pharmaceutical strategic marketing before moving to New York to work in Elan’s corporate venture capital group. Aidan established Fountain with Manus and primarily focuses on US investments, marketing and fund raising.

Aidan King, MBA, CFA

Aidan King is Managing Partner and co-founder of Fountain Healthcare Partners. Aidan qualified as a pharmacist from Trinity College Dublin and in 1992 joined Elan Corporation’s strategic marketing group with the responsibility of identifying and evaluating product development candidates for Elan’s drug delivery technologies. In 1996, Aidan assumed Head of Strategic Marketing for Elan’s drug delivery division with a focus on competitive analysis and strategic positioning of Elan’s technology platforms.

Having completed an MBA at University College Dublin in 1998, Aidan moved to the U.S. as one of the founding members of Elan’s corporate venture capital group. Over the next five years, Aidan undertook twenty-two strategic investments in public and private specialty pharma, biotechnology and medical device companies, in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Investments included Quadrant Healthcare (acquired by Elan, 2000), Atrix laboratories (acquired by QLT, 2004), Idun Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer, 2005) and Zealand Pharmaceuticals (IPO, 2010).

In 2004, Aidan joined Bio-IB, a New York based boutique life science investment bank where he was responsible for M&A and strategic licensing transactions. Aidan is a CFA charter holder. He currently sits on the boards of Chrono Therapeutics and Velicept Therapeutics. Previously, he was the firm’s representative on the boards of Civitas Therapeutics (acquired by Acorda, 2014) and Palyon Medical.

Dr. Ena Prosser, Ph.D.

Partner

Ena is a PhD immunologist with a broad range of interests in science, government affairs, venture and patient focused charities. Prior to helping establish Fountain, Ena led Enterprise Ireland’s life science group where she assisted a number of Irish starts ups. Her industry career began at Elan, where she worked in product development, alliance management, M&A diligence and intellectual property. Ena invests across all sectors and manages a number of external relationships for the fund.

Dr. Ena Prosser, Ph.D.

Dr Ena Prosser is a Partner in Fountain Healthcare Partners. Ena was part of the team that raised Fountain Healthcare Partners Fund 1 in 2008. Ena is a PhD Immunologist by training and she has a broad background in international alliance and intellectual property management. She has led rigorous due diligence projects on technologies and products within the Specialty Pharma, diagnostic, device and biotechnology areas.

Ena was formerly Director of Enterprise Ireland BIO. In this role, she led a large team to identify, fund, protect and exploit relevant Intellectual Property, commercialise lifescience technologies and review investment opportunities in R&D.

Prior to Enterprise Ireland, Ena held various R&D and project management roles within Elan Corporation and had extensive involvement in drug delivery development, licensing and acquisition projects over a 9-year period. Ena has a strong innovation policy background and is a member of the Irish Government Innovation Taskforce in Intellectual Property, as well as being a council member of the Irish BioIndustry Association. She led the investments and is a board member of Genable Ltd, and Trino Therapeutics Ltd. Ena works closely with Ireland’s leading ophthalmology research charity Fighting Blindness. Ena is an Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin and she is a member of the Institute of Directors (Cert. Comp Dir).

Justin Lynch, MBA

Partner & CFO

Justin is an accountant who came into venture on the back of successfully founding his own medical device company. He brings a unique perspective to the fund, having worked in a number of corporate finance and investment banking roles in many industries outside of life sciences. Within Fountain, Justin primarily focuses on medical device investments as well as having the responsibility of Chief Financial Officer.

Justin Lynch, MBA

Justin Lynch is a Partner in Fountain Healthcare Partners and also serves as the CFO of the firm. He joined the team prior to the launch of Fund I in 2008. Justin has a BA in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University, an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has over 25 years experience in capital markets, corporate finance, entrepreneurial and venture investing across multiple sectors, the latter half in life science.

Justin began his career as a research analyst at NCB stockbrokers in 1985. During this time, Justin had analytical responsibility for 13 companies accounting for 25% of the capitalisation of the Irish Stock Exchange. In 1988, Justin joined the Corporate Finance group of Fyffes plc where his activities included the execution of a number of M&A and financial transactions. He subsequently held a similar senior Corporate Finance role with the Jones Group plc for several years before returning full time to Trinity College to complete an MBA.

After completing his MBA in 1997, Justin co-founded Legend Care and developed a series of medical hosiery devices including a preventive foot care device for diabetic foot disease which is presently in a physician led 400 patient longitudinal multi-centre RCT in the US and the UK, funded by the NIDDK, US National Institutes of Health. Justin has a particular interest in the medical device sector. He led the firms investments in Vivasure Medical and Neuravi and is a member of the board of directors of both companies.