About ACI

We Leverage Our Experience And Network For You

Advise Connect Inspire (ACI) helps international life sciences startups and emerging companies with their U.S. market entry. 

This high-end life sciences consulting firm runs programs for governments, accelerators, and industry organizations but also offers support directly to companies that seek access to the prime global life sciences innovation hub. 

We are based in the heart of Kendall Square and have access to talent and to a vast network of industry leaders, investors, and other relevant stakeholders.

We Help Life Sciences Companies Win

We provide tailored support for young life sciences companies ranging from high-level strategic guidance to operational and tactical assistance. On the strategic side we offer guidance in four main areas:

  • Business plan
  • Regulatory/ FDA
  • Fundraising
  • Business Development

Our operational assistance encompasses everything needed to get started in a new environment:

  • Office space
  • Access to the best service providers
  • Introductions within our vast life sciences network

Everything we do is focused on the success of the companies we support.

Our Model Works

Our team of experienced industry leaders has a proven track-record of helping companies succeed.

We are convinced that the complexity of building and growing a life sciences company calls for programs that are flexible and built around the needs of each company. 

We also understand the unique challenges of international companies that are trying to navigate a new ecosystem, and we know how to best help them.

If you would like to learn more about us and how we can help you, please contact us to set up a meeting or a conference call.

Meet The Team

Christoph Lengauer, PhD, MBA | Co-founder & CEO

In fall of 2015, Christoph was appointed by the German Ministry for Economy to lead the build out of the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) in Cambridge, MA. The GALS team provides high-end consulting to young German biotechs and supports them with introducing their products to the US market.

Christoph is Venture Partner at Third Rock Ventures and focuses there on the formation of new companies that discover and develop novel therapeutic approaches.

Christoph is also Executive Vice President at Blueprint Medicines (BPMC). For the last five years, as CSO & Chief Drug Hunter, Christoph helped guide Blueprint from raising series A funding to its initial public offering. He has a proven record in cancer drug discovery, including contributing to more than 25 drugs that reached first-in-human clinical trials and four approved medicines.

Christoph joined Blueprint Medicines from Sanofi, where he was Vice President and Global Head of Oncology Drug Discovery & Preclinical Development. Before joining Sanofi, he was Executive Director and Senior Unit Head of Oncology Discovery at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR). Prior to Novartis, Christoph was an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Christoph discovered that all cancers are genetically unstable and was involved in the identification of several cancer driver genes, incl. BRAF and PIK3CA. He has authored more than hundred scientific articles published in top-tier scientific journals, including Cell, Nature, and Science. Christoph studied human genetics in Salzburg, Austria, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg and his MBA with a focus on medical services management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Christoph holds Adjunct Associate Professor positions at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. He has received numerous awards including the Boveri Award in Cancer Genetics, the Benjamin Baker Scholar award, and a V Foundation scholarship.

Christoph was awarded the Novartis Oncology President’s Award for top innovator and has been elected to membership in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

He is a strong and outspoken advocate of patients’ rights and is featured in the New York Times bestseller and HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”   

Annika Pierson, M.A. | Co-founder & COO

Through various roles in the German and the US healthcare industries, Annika has extensive experience building strong global networks by bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, and senior industry executives. 

As Chief Operating Officer of ACI, she facilitates the successful US market entry of emerging companies from Europe and connects US-based startups with European investors and industry groups. Prior to joining the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) and founding ACI in Cambridge, MA, Annika headed the innovation and entrepreneurship programs of Charité Foundation in Berlin, including the highly successful international healthcare industry conference, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit.

Annika is an outspoken advocate for innovation-friendly policies and frequent speaker on how to foster entrepreneurship on a global level. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Charité Entrepreneurship Summit and has been active as advisor and mentor to startups throughout her career. Driven by her passion for startups and innovation, Annika collaborates with numerous organizations in Europe, the US, and beyond to continue building the global innovation ecosystem.

This Could Be You...

Please contact us if you are interested in joining ACI.

Contact Us

Advise Connect Inspire

1 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, United States

+1 (617) 949-1177


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