Tim Opler, PhD

Member, Board of Directors

Tim Opler is a Partner and Co-Founder of Torreya, a global investment banking boutique serving companies in the life sciences industry. At Torreya, he manages client relationships and oversees the firm’s administrative activities.

Mr. Opler has 24 years experience leading strategic and financing transactions across multiple sectors. For nearly 20 years, he has focused exclusively on life sciences advisory; he has completed more than 150 financing, licensing, and M&A transactions across the industry with a total value of over $100 billion. Highlights include running the largest share buyback in history for Pfizer, leading a $3.9 billion convertible bond exchange for Amgen, working on Chiron’s $5.1 billion sale to Novartis, and managing Genentech’s inaugural $2 billion bond issue.

Before co-founding Torreya, Mr. Opler was Vice President of Strategy at FibroGen, where he helped raise $117 million for the company and negotiated licensing deals. Previously, he was a Managing Director in Healthcare Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston and held senior roles at W.R. Hambrecht, Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch.

Prior to his career in investment banking, Mr. Opler was a professor in the finance department at Ohio State University. He earned a B.S. in economics and philosophy from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

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