Zell Lurie Institute, University of Michigan

Wolverine Venture Fund

Mina Patel Sooch

Founder & General Partner, Apjohn Ventures, Fund President and CEO, ProNAi

Mina Sooch brings with her almost twenty years of healthcare and pharmaceutical experiences as an entrepreneur, strategy & finance advisor, and venture capitalist. As a founder and general partner at Apjohn, she had been active in sourcing, screening, due diligence, and closing of all the fund investments. Mina currently serves on the board of ProNAi, Svelte, and CytoPherx with prior board seats at exited companies ZyStor and Asterand and prior board observer seats at exited companies Afmedica and Ikano. She recently completed two years as Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Venture Capital Association which she has served on also as board member for over seven years. She also has been a board member of the Midwest Healthcare Investment Network for over eight years. Mina shares her time and thoughts by serving as speaker, moderator, panelist, or judge at many entrepreneurial and life sciences community activities. Since 2001, Mina has been fully engaged in the early stage life sciences space through synergistic roles as founding principal of Apjohn Group (life sciences business accelerator) and entrepreneur in residence at North Coast Technology Investors ($100 million early stage venture capital firm in Ann Arbor). Through those roles, she has served as founding CFO of Afmedica and founding CEO of SenseGene Therapeutics (now ProNAi). Prior to 2001, Mina spent eight years as a global account manager at Monitor Group, a top tier global strategy consulting firm based in Boston, with her client base consisting of mid-cap and large-cap healthcare companies and multi-billion dollar private equity companies. With a focus on M&A, she has worked on over 30 deals including $7B Pharmacia & Upjohn merger in 1995 and $1B merger of PharMerica in 1997. Mina was also a founding leader of Monitor’s Corporate Finance practice in 1998 with Tom Copeland. Mina began her career spending several years in research and product development at Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical Company, and Proctor and Gamble. Mina received a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993. She graduated summa cum laude and commencement speaker from Wayne State University in 1989 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.