Cris joined Sanofi Ventures in 2020 with a 15+ year track record of building and launching emerging technologies, startups and innovation platforms for some of the largest organizations in the world. Prior to Sanofi, Cris was a founding team member of J&J Innovation and Global Head of Digital Innovation since 2013. He held primary digital and data responsibilities, driving strategy and external tech collaborations throughout J&J’s Innovation Centers, JLABS incubators and JJDC corporate ventures across the Pharmaceutical, Consumer and Medical Device businesses.
Previously, Cris led emerging technology programs within research informatics at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research for six years. With entrepreneurial DNA, Cris is well recognized for his role in the innovation economy since Co-Founding one of the largest startup venture pitch accelerators in the U.S called Ultra Light Startups, accelerating hundreds of companies in Boston, New York City and Silicon Valley, with several large-scale acquisitions by major tech companies. Cris was named a 40 under 40 Innovator by the Boston Business Journal in 2015, and Top 40 Healthcare Transformer by MM&M Magazine in 2019.
Cris currently serves on the boards of Medisafe, Nucleai, Click Therapeutics, Omada Health, and Aetion. He is also on the advisory boards of the American Telemedicine Association, SXSW Health, and the Boston University SPH Innovation Hub.
Cris holds a M.Sc. in Computer Information Systems from Boston University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Suffolk University.