Steffen is chief business officer of X-Chem and leads the business development and alliance management functions. He joined the company as VP of business development in May 2013 and has been a member of the executive team since 2016. A biochemist by training, he has significant experience in biomedical R&D in both academic and corporate settings. Steffen has over 20 years of experience in biopharma research, business development, licensing, and alliance management. He has negotiated and managed drug discovery partnerships with many top 20 pharmaceutical companies, start-up biotechnology companies and major academic research organizations. Prior to joining X-Chem, Steffen held positions in R&D, project management and business development at biotechnology companies PolyMedix and NOXXON Pharma AG. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.