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 works extensively
with the larger U.Va. community on new university-wide entrepreneurship
initiatives, such as the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup and the Venutre Summit.
Prior to joining Darden, Sommer was a founding partner of WestMed Venture Funds,
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:
Foundation Grant to the Biomedical Engineering Department
- Buchanan Endowment Program of the Medical
- Launch Pad Fund supporting diabetes research at UVa
- Center for Health Policy at UVa
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 UVa Medical School.
an MBA from Columbia University and a BA with Honors from Amherst College.