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The Company’s Business and Methodology
Amphion’s business is the formation, development, operation and financing of market-leading life science and technology companies in partnership with corporations, governments, universities and entrepreneurs seeking to commercialize their intellectual property. Building upon two decades of disciplined investment and operating expertise, the building of numerous successful public and private companies, and over $20 billion in value creation, Amphion provides an opportunity to participate in both public and private early-stage investments, with a primary focus on life science and technology companies
Amphion’s Value-Creation Process
The Directors believe that the key to Amphion’s success will be the continued pursuit of the management’s successful multi-phase process for value creation.
Through its experience in building more than 30 companies, the Management Team has developed a process which generally can be broken down into distinct phases. Set out below is a representation of Amphion’s value-creation process, showing the five key phases described in more detail.
Phase I. Creation and sourcing of opportunities
Working with universities, corporations, governments and entrepreneurs seeking to commercialize their intellectual property, Amphion identifies potential company-building opportunities. Throughout the process, Amphion maximizes value creation by drawing upon a collaborative network of strategic partners built over 20 years. This network provides access to innovative technologies, enhances its ability to identify and address unmet market needs and solicits the guidance of industry and technical experts. While this network is a key source of opportunities, it also provides advice and counsel throughout the company-building process that may be technical, financial or business-related and ultimately helps the Partner Companies compete and grow.
Phase II. Down-selection of opportunities
Amphion devotes considerable time and resources to screening for the most attractive business models and proven technology platforms from the available opportunities. Potential opportunities must also provide a tractable corporate and ownership position to ensure that Amphion will be able to implement its company-building process.
Central to Amphion’s selection and investment strategy is rigorous risk management based on identifying companies with proven technology and a quantifiable, verifiable business opportunity. Amphion does not invest in “speculative” technologies requiring long development timeframes or excessive capital investment; it looks for defensible core intellectual property and know-how for long-term competitive advantage, and growth potential in very large markets of at least $1 billion in size — and actively works with Partner Companies from the earliest stages to identify and defend core intellectual property (‘IP’).
For an example of our selection process, please click here
Phase III. Adaptive strategic positioning
Amphion then seeks to optimize its Partner Companies’ products and market positioning through refining or changing the emerging company’s market focus, business model, or strengthening the company management. Concurrently with this process, Amphion will undertake a review of the intellectual property, both strategic IP (i.e. what can be protected) and tactical IP (i.e. what can be protected) both to defend and expand the Partner Company’s competitive advantage and lead time over competitors.
Optimizing the business is often a “trial and error” process of rapid iteration and learning, with the objective of creating a company targeted on the greatest commercial opportunity that also provides a sustainable source of competitive advantage.
From this stage on, Amphion accelerates company development through a methodical and focused application of financial and human resources. The Management Team has traditionally adopted a hands-on approach with each new investment, seconding existing Amphion management to new Partner Companies in order to utilize Amphion’s accumulated knowledge in the company value-creation process, while gaining additional experience and insight which can be applied to subsequent investments.
Phase IV. Scaling and execution
In building its Partner Companies, Amphion typically provides a wide range of services including direct management, strategic planning, intellectual property planning and strategy, capital raising from Amphion’s network of investors, recruiting, business development, and other advisory services in areas such as marketing, administration, and capital markets. Amphion provides these services under an advisory agreement with the partner company and receives fees for doing so.
Amphion will then identify and recruit leading industry talent from its network of life science and technology partners and contacts to strengthen the management of the Partner Company, leading it to the next stage of development, generally an initial public offering or trade sale.
Phase V. Expansion and development
With an experienced industry team in place, Amphion continues to work with its companies over the long term, staying integrally involved with management, and seeking to influence and manage the boards and advisory committees to build value for both Amphion and Partner Company shareholders. To assist in this, Amphion will typically maintain a sizable ownership stake and measure of influence or control in the relevant Partner Company.
Throughout the company-building process, the Management Team strives to ensure that investor interests come before its own, and that the Company’s commitment to its Partner Companies, and investors, is a long-term one. The Company’s philosophy is to support its Partner Companies through difficult times, and provide additional management support when necessary to help them successfully weather downturns while improving their positioning for subsequent upturns.
Richard Mansell-Jones, Chairman
Richard Mansell-Jones is a former Non-executive Chairman of Amphion, and has great experience of public company leadership and governance. Mr. Mansell-Jones was Non-executive Chairman of Brown, Shipley & Co. Limited from 1992 until 2003. From 1988 until 2000 he was Executive Chairman of J. Bibby & Sons PLC (subsequently Barloworld PLC); from 1992 until 2005 he was a Non-executive Director of Standard Bank London Limited (now Standard Bank PLC), where latterly he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and from 2001 until 2006 he was Non-executive Chairman of Millfield Group plc. Furthermore, Mr. Mansell-Jones is a Non-Executive Director of a number of charities, including Burlington Magazines Publications Limited and World Monuments Fund Britain Limited.
After reading Literae Humaniores at Worcester College, Oxford, he was articled to Price Waterhouse & Co, becoming a Chartered Accountant, before joining N. M. Rothschild & Sons in 1968
Robert J. Bertoldi, Executive Director
Prior to his involvement with the Company, Mr. Bertoldi was a founder President and CFO of Amphion Capital Partners LLC (the predecessor company) and VennWorks LLC. Mr. Bertoldi is also a general partner of Amphion Partners LLC (formerly known as Wolfensohn Partners, LP). Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer for James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. and Hambro America Inc.
He began his career at KPMG and left as a manager in the investment services department. Mr. Bertoldi received a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Queens College, New York in 1976 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978. He is a member of the AICPA and NYSCPA.
Miroslaw Izienicki, Non-executive Director
Mr. Izienicki is a career banker with experience of providing high level corporate finance advisory and M&A services, particularly in respect of multi-stakeholder engagements at or near the interface of government and commerce. Mr. Izienicki, after having served as Chief Operating Officer, is currently Senior Adviser to Gamma Finance LLP, a provider of advisory services to the alternative investments industry with a focus on illiquid hedge funds. Previously, he was Managing Director of Fifth Capital Group, the London-based think tank and leadership counsel. Prior to Fifth Capital, he was Head of Corporate Finance / M&A at the London international HQ of The Nikko Securities Co Ltd of Tokyo, one of the largest Japanese houses. Mr. Izienicki is an alumnus of University of Cambridge and UCL, London.
Mr. Izienicki presently holds directorships with Fifth Capital Limited and its subsidiary undertakings Fifth Capital Partners Limited and The Bank of Broad Wealth Limited.
Paul Kennedy, Non-executive Director
Paul Kennedy has an extensive career in the pharmaceutical industry, occupying senior management positions with major pharmaceutical companies as well as working and investing as an entrepreneur in smaller biotechnology companies.
Mr. Kennedy worked as a Marketing Director for seven years at Abbott France and Boots, both in the UK and France, before joining Novo Nordisk France, where he was President for 15 years. Having left Novo Nordisk in 1994, Mr. Kennedy set up his own pharmaceutical company, Laboratoires Murat, which was purchased by Fuisz Technologies Ltd, a Nasdaq-listed drug delivery company, three years later. Mr. Kennedy then worked as Executive Vice President, Operations for Fuisz Technologies in Paris, adding acquisitions in France, Germany and Italy, before the business was sold to Shire plc in 1999. From 1999 to 2004 he worked as an Independent Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, and in 2004, Mr. Kennedy became President of International Operations at AIM-listed medical diagnostics company Cozart plc. In 2007, Mr. Kennedy became a controlling shareholder and Director of US listed IVAX Diagnostics, Inc, which was subsequently sold to Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd, India's largest diagnostics company, in September 2010. Mr. Kennedy is currently a director of Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc and has participated as an investor in several AIM IPOs.
Richard C. E. Morgan, Executive Director
Over the course of his career, Mr. Morgan has been directly involved in the start-up and development of more than 35 companies in the information technology, healthcare, and biotechnology industries. Mr. Morgan was a founder and CEO of Amphion Capital Partners LLC (the predecessor company to Amphion Innovations). He was also the Managing General Partner of Amphion Partners LLC (formerly known as Wolfensohn Partners, LP) a position which he retains, although the partnership is no longer active.
Before joining Wolfensohn, Mr. Morgan spent 15 years with Schroders plc, a British merchant bank, where he was a member of the board of the merchant bank and head of the Schroder Strategy Group, which he founded. Mr. Morgan, a British citizen, was raised in Kenya and educated in England. He graduated with a B. Engineering First Class Honors from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In 1982 he completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
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Amphion Innovations plc
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Board of Directors
Richard Mansell-Jones - Chairman
Robert J. Bertoldi – Executive Director
Miroslaw Izienicki - Non-executive Director
Paul Kennedy - Non-executive Director
Richard C.E. Morgan – Executive Director
Nominated Advisor to the Company
Panmure Gordon & Co.
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London, EC4M 9AF
Broker to the Company
Panmure Gordon & Co.
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Advisors to the Company as to English Law
The Broadgate Tower
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Advisors to the Company as to Isle of Man Law
Cains Advocates Limited
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Auditors to the Company
KPMG Audit LLC
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