BiographyCoursesCase Studies Education: B.A., Amherst College; MBA, Columbia UniversityPhilippe Sommer, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the i.Lab at U.Va. is responsible for managing Darden's Entrepreneurship program as well as its broader educational efforts around innovation, including the recently launched i.Lab. Sommer also has a joint appointment with U.Va. Innovation where he works extensively with the larger U.Va. community on new university-wide entrepreneurship initiatives, such as the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup, iStart course and the Venture Summit. Prior to joining Darden, Sommer was a founding partner of WestMed Venture Funds, which are publicly registered life-sciences venture-capital funds affiliated with CIBC/Oppenheimer, Inc. He has also served as director of business development in the medical products group for Pfizer, Inc. Sommer has extensive experience in fund management, venture capital, private investments, M&A, licensing and technology transfer. The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is part of the Batten Institute.Sommer serves or has served on a number of boards:Coulter Foundation Grant to the Biomedical Engineering DepartmentnanoSTAR Institute (nanotechnology)Buchanan Endowment Program of the Medical SchoolLaunch Pad Fund supporting diabetes research at U.Va.Center for Health Policy at U.Va.Mr. Sommer has been on the search committees for the Director of UVa Innovation and the Virginia Center for Translation and Regulatory Sciences (VCTRS). Mr. Sommer has also lectured in the School of Public Health Sciences and the U.Va. Medical School.MBA CoursesEmerging Medical TechnologiesTechnology Accelerator CourseEntrepreneurs Taking ActionBioInnovation DBPDarden Business Projects (DBP) - VenturingAdvancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.Philippe L. Sommer's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.