Carolyn Ng is a Managing Director of Vertex Ventures HC. At Vertex, Carolyn is responsible for driving venture investments across biotechnology, medical devices and health technology fields. Carolyn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Obsidian Therapeutics, Twentyeight-Seven Therapeutics, Bicycle Therapeutics and Nuvaira. She is also a Board Observer for Visterra (acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical for USD430M) and Earlens. She has previously closely supported Vertex’s investment into Twelve (acquired by Medtronic for USD458M). Working across the US, Europe and Asia, she plays an active role in expanding the geographical reach of Vertex HC and its portfolio companies for cross-border collaborations, business development and syndication.
She started her healthcare training in the oncology pharmacy department of the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, where first hand clinical experience inspired her to pursue scientific research in oncology. As an oncology scientist, she is deeply passionate about innovation that impacts patients’ lives. Prior to joining Vertex, Carolyn was also a Pharma Strategy Consultant at Deallus Consulting, a specialized London-headquartered life sciences consulting firm where she led global strategic projects for clientele comprised of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies.
Carolyn holds a PhD in Cancer Molecular Biology from the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Technology (NGS), where she was a recipient of the prestigious NGS PhD Scholarship. As an inventor and patent holder of a novel small molecule nuclear receptor activator indicated for the treatment of neuroblastoma, her research work was awarded the AAPS-NUS Prize (American Association of Pharmaceutical Society-National University of Singapore). She also holds a BS degree in Pharmacy with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, where she received the PSS Prize for Pharmaceutics awarded to the top graduating student in the class.
Outside of Vertex, Carolyn is a retired competitive squash player, a high intensity interval training enthusiast, and an aspiring but untalented oil painter.