PhD – RA Capital
Rez Halse is a Partner, RA Ventures at RA Capital Management. Rez’s primary responsibility is to lead early-stage private investments in, and oversee the creation of, new companies developing drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, and research tools. Rez brings to RA over 20 years of experience working in the life-science industry. Prior to RA, he served in a dual role at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL). He was Vice President of Merck business development and licensing where he led BD activities in the US (West Coast), Europe, and Asia Pacific region, as well as President of MRL Ventures where he led equity investing in early-stage therapeutics companies. Prior to Merck, he was a Partner with the Partners Innovation Fund, the corporate venture arm of Mass General Brigham hospital (formerly Partners HealthCare), where he invested in Seed/Series A therapeutics-focused companies. Rez has also held roles at Novartis, a virtual R&D company (BVD), and Xcellsyz Ltd, a UK-based start-up. Rez holds a BSc in biochemistry and PhD in cell biology from Newcastle University, UK.