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Vladimir N. Walko

Managing Director

Mr. Walko possesses over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical services, biotech, medical device, contract research (CRO), pharmaceutical packaging, generic drug, drug delivery, molecular diagnostics, healthcare IT and life science tools sectors. He has successfully consummated numerous transactions in M&A, licensing, joint ventures and R&D partnerships, and has extensive experience originating transactions and working with private equity.

Prior to joining HighBank Advisors, Mr. Walko founded Medical Growth Partners (MGP) in 1993, providing M&A advisory services to both strategic and financial buyers in the life sciences sector. Before founding MGP, Mr. Walko spent 14 years as a senior executive in the United States and Europe with West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE: WST), which serves the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. While at West, Mr. Walko held numerous positions, including Group President-UK, Vice President of Global Corporate Development, Global Vice President of Marketing and R&D, and European Vice President of Marketing and Sales.

Mr. Walko is a frequent lecturer and columnist and has been a board member of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including TAKE Solutions, Inc., Tri-West Systems, Inc., The Greater Philadelphia Venture Group and the Pennsylvania Private Investors Group.

Mr. Walko earned a B.S. in Engineering from Villanova University, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University (Howard Hughes Fellow), and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Santa Clara University (Dean’s Fellowship).

Certifications and Memberships:

  • Investment Banking Representative (Series 79)
  • Securities Agent (Series 63)