Meet our Agio Stars: Patrick Tjok Joe

Meet our Agio Stars!

At Agio Capital, we are rightly so very proud of our team. And no better way then introduce them to you a bit more in person. Today we introduce our very first employee, Patrick Tjok Joe who joined Agio almost 4 years ago at the start of our healthcare vertical, right after his PhD.

Patrick got in touch with Henk Joos, our Healthcare Director, who he met 2 years before joining Agio at one of the career events of Flanders.Bio. He was late to the event and couldn’t find where the event was held inside the huge corporate building. Luckily, there was one person sitting on a bench close to the entrance who was kind enough to escort him to the event. Turns out this man was the managing director of Flanders.Bio at the time, and our current Healthcare Director! They had a few nice chats (complemented with a few Belgian beers) and Patrick must have left a very good impression - must have been the beers- because 2 years later, after finishing his PhD, Patrick got a message from Henk asking if he wanted to join Agio as an analyst.

Patrick was determined to look beyond the academic world when it came to his career. As a starting PhD student, he rarely got in touch with the private sector let alone venture capital, strategy and C-level executives. He was kind of in awe of this new world opening up to him and realized that the research and ideas can go beyond publications and doing translational medicine becomes more than just a fancy term, but something more real, more closer to the patient. Besides that, Patrick really developed an interest for pitching and defending projects, especially for investors, which led to him being attracted to the position of Business analyst, where these two things are combined.

When we asked Patrick what his favorite part of his job is, he answered: ‘I actually still have to pinch myself whenever I get to talk to executives, investors, and other professionals who have been in the field 10 times longer than I have. Every conversation you get to learn from their experiences and feedback and perhaps even make new friends.’

Besides that, he also mentioned that he is really happy to get in touch with his own heritage as a 4th generation Chinese immigrant. It gives him a bit of pride when he sees how fast the country has grown or when he is walking through the futuristic financial district of Shanghai to get to his next meeting.

But Patrick does not only work for us. In his spare time, he enjoys kickboxing to keep his mind sharp after a full day of negotiations and pitchings. He also loves doing photography and multi-day hikes during holidays. ‘There’s something very relaxing about sleeping in nature and just thinking about getting from point A to B with just your feet,’ he explains. He also started salsa dancing, so a lot of footwork going on!

His passion is in helping companies grow, so he would like to use his experience in the future to help build new ventures & biotechs. There’s still so much to learn at Agio and becoming a fully-fledged business developer capable of high level negotiation and closing deals is really his near future ambition.

Patrick also said: ‘Every project we take on is a new adventure, each with its own challenges and puzzle pieces. Not to mention that the life sciences market, especially in China, is really dynamic and constantly evolving, so not only do you have to understand the case of the client, but also keep a very close eye on the market. I think these are 2 things we do very well at Agio with having boots on the ground in both Europe and China, as well as having a very diverse team with both scientific backgrounds and experienced entrepreneurs who have built successful companies before and know the challenges.’

Our team is also very tight-knitted, and basically we work on every project together with the entire group making sure we look at every angle of the case and making the most of our diverse backgrounds. Open communication and trust, are key themes in our group and Patrick thinks that this really makes the difference.

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