Stephen M. Sammut

  • Senior Fellow, Health Care Management and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Wharton School Co-Founder and Vice President, Academic Programs and University Partnerships, One University Network
  • Program Director
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Mr. Sammut currently holds an appointment as Senior Fellow, Health Care Management at Wharton. During his 24 years teaching at Wharton, he has created numerous courses, including Private Equity in Emerging Markets and Health Care Entrepreneurship. He has taught over 9000 students. During his career, he has founded, managed or financed over 40 companies in health care, life sciences, education and information technology globally. His primary areas of research and publication coincide with his venture and private activity: private equity and venture capital approaches to economic development; health care and biotech capacity building in the emerging markets; and, the role of the private sector in addressing needs in global health.

Mr. Sammut also Co-Founded and is Vice President, Academic Programs and University Partnerships of One University Network, an international on-line, higher education learning platform affiliated with universities internationally.
He is a visiting faculty in the Indian School of Business healthcare management program and Strathmore University Business School in Nairobi, Kenya where he founded the first Health Care Management MBA program on the African continent, as well as founding the African Institute for Health Care Management. He is a member of the Advisory Panel at the Abraaj Capital Africa Health Fund and a Senior Advisor to the Excelsior Group in Nairobi.

Mr. Sammut works energetically to build human resource capacity in biotechnology. He founded and chairs the International Institute for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship which has conducted 45 intensive courses or “boot camps” in 12 countries over the last 10 years. His other community-oriented activity includes board membership on HealthRight International, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, BioEthics International and the Agora Partnership.

Outside of Wharton, Mr. Sammut was previously a Venture Partner at Burrill & Company, a merchant bank and venture capital fund focused on the life sciences and health care. His role there was capital formation and general management of overseas venture capital funds, particularly in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. He has also consulted with the IFC and World Bank on private equity, technology transfer, and venture capital program assessment. Earlier in his career he was Vice President, SR One, the venture capital arm of GSK, and Vice President for Corporate Development at Teleflex Incorporated where he led the corporate private equity fund and was responsible for M&A activity. He began his career as co-founder and CEO of the transplant organ bank in Philadelphia, the first of its kind in the United States.

He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Villanova University in biological sciences and philosophy, holds an MBA from the Wharton School and is a DBA Candidate at the Fox School of Business at Temple University.