Dr. Sandra Panem

New York, New York
United States

Focus Areas

Finance / Fundraising / Administration
Biotechnology Issues


Sandra Panem, Ph.D. is a partner of Cross Atlantic Partners, a venture capital firm focused on the emerging life sciences and health care industry. She has 30 years of experience in the life sciences encompassing private and public equity portfolio management, venture capital, scientific research, and public policy. Dr. Panem received a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Chicago. She was President of Vector Fund Management, where she was responsible for the start-up, capital raising, and management of the asset management affiliate of Vector Securities International. Operations included the management of the Vector Later-Stage Equity Fund, L.P., and Vector Later-Stage Equity Fund II, L.P., private partnerships committing $240 million to equity investments in the emerging life sciences and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Vector, Dr. Panem served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager for the Oppenheimer Global BioTech Fund, a $200 million mutual fund that invested in public and private biotechnology companies. Prior to Oppenheimer, Dr. Panem was Vice President at Salomon Brothers, Inc. where she acted as a principal member of the investment team responsible for Salomon Brothers Venture Capital, a $40 million fund focused on early and later-stage life sciences and technology investments. Dr. Panem was also an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago, and a Science and Public Policy Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She is the author of several books concerning the commercialization of new medical technologies. Dr. Panem has served as a member of numerous Boards of Directors of public and private companies and not-for-profits. She is currently on the Board of the Society for Women's Health Research and the Tenement Museum.