Akan Oton is a member of Barings’ Capital Solutions team and leads the team’s investment strategy in healthcare. Akan joined the firm in 2017 and has worked in the industry since 1998, bringing over 24 years of experience. At the firm, Akan has led the growth of the team’s investment capabilities in pharmaceutical royalties and non-dilutive healthcare finance. Akan currently sits on the board of Validus Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining the firm, Akan worked at Sandoz (a division of Novartis), where he was an Executive Director and responsible for product acquisition, licensing and led M&A initiatives in generics and specialty brand segments. Prior to Sandoz, Akan worked at Catalent Pharma Solutions, where he was responsible for product partnering and technology licensing for the company’s venture group. He has also held marketing leadership roles at both Cardinal Health and Johnson & Johnson. Akan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Licensing Professional and a board member of the NJ Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society.