Nicholas Galakatos, PhD
Nicholas Galakatos, Ph.D., has served as chairman of our board of directors since March 2016. Dr. Galakatos is a managing director of Clarus, a health care and life sciences venture capital firm, which he co-founded in 2005. Dr. Galakatos has been a venture capital investor since 1992, initially at Venrock Associates and then at MPM Capital as general partner. Prior to that, he was vice president, new business, and a member of the management team at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical in May 2008, and was a founder of Millennium Predictive Medicine, Inc. and TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was the chairman and founding chief executive officer. Dr. Galakatos currently serves on the board of directors of Nanostring Technologies, Inc. Nuvelution Pharma, Inc. and Praxis Precision Medicines Inc. He has previously served as the lead director at Affymax Inc., and as a member of the boards of directors of Ophthotech Corporation, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Galakatos received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Reed College, a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and performed postdoctoral studies in molecular biology at Harvard Medical School. We believe that Dr. Galakatos is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his operating experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and his extensive experience as a venture capital investor and a director of public companies in the life sciences industry.
Manos Perros, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Manos Perros, Ph.D., has served as our chief executive officer, co-founder and director since May 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Perros worked for AstraZeneca AB as vice president and head of its infection research and early development organization from 2010 to 2015 and as site head for its research center in Waltham, Massachusetts from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Dr. Perros served as director of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore, and prior to that, as vice-president and chief scientific officer, antivirals, at Pfizer, Inc. A chemist by training, Dr. Perros conducted his Ph.D. work in Belgium, France and Germany, and was an associate in the Biophysics department at Yale from 1993 to 1995. Dr. Perros received the PhRMA Discoverer’s Award in 2010. We believe that Dr. Perros is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive knowledge of our company as co-founder and chief executive officer, his experience at major pharmaceutical companies and his scientific experience and achievements.
Gregory Norden has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2016. From 1989 to 2010, Mr. Norden held various senior positions at Wyeth/American Home Products, most recently as Wyeth’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Norden currently serves on the boards of directors of Nanostring Technologies, Inc., Royalty Pharma, Univision and Zoetis Inc. Mr. Norden previously served as a director of Welch Allyn, Inc. (acquired by Hill-Rom, Inc. in 2015), Lumara Health Inc. (acquired by AMAG Pharmaceuticals in 2014), and Human Genome Sciences Inc. (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc in 2012). Mr. Norden received a M.S. in Accounting from Long Island University—C.W. Post and a B.S. in Management/Economics from the State University of New York—Plattsburgh. We believe that Mr. Norden is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive financial and accounting expertise and experience at Wyeth and at Arthur Andersen & Company and his significant experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Andy J. Staples
Andrew J. Staples has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2015. Mr. Staples has served at AstraZeneca AB in a range of pharmaceutical and finance positions since 1997. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Eli Lilly before joining AstraZeneca. Mr. Staples received a chemistry degree from The University of Sheffield. We believe that Mr. Staples is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience at AstraZeneca and his accounting background.
James Topper, MD, PhD
James N. Topper, M.D., Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2016. Since August 2003, he has been a partner with Frazier Healthcare Partners, a venture capital firm, currently holding the position of managing general partner of the life sciences team. Prior to this, Dr. Topper served as head of the cardiovascular research and development division at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and prior to the merger of COR Therapeutics, Inc. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals in 2002, served as the vice president of biology at COR Therapeutics. He served on the faculties of Stanford Medical School and Harvard Medical School prior to joining COR Therapeutics. Dr. Topper currently serves on the board of directors of Allena Pharmaceuticals Inc. and AnaptysBio, Inc. Dr. Topper received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He did his postgraduate training in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is board certified in both disciplines. We believe that Dr. Topper is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his management experience in our industry and knowledge of medical and scientific matters.
Thomas Dyrberg, M.D, DMSC
Thomas Dyrberg, M.D., D.M.Sc., has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2016. In December 2000, Dr. Dyrberg joined Novo Holdings A/S, a limited liability company wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation that is responsible for managing the Foundation’s assets, where he serves as a managing partner of Novo Ventures. Prior to that, Dr. Dyrberg held positions at Novo Nordisk A/S. Dr. Dyrberg currently serves on the board of directors of Galera Therapeutics, Inc., Ophthotech Corporation and Nuvelution Pharma, Inc. Dr. Dyrberg received a D.M.Sc. and an M.D. from the University of Copenhagen. Dr. Dyrberg has held research positions at the Hagedorn Research Institute in Denmark and at the Scripps Research Institute in California. We believe that Dr. Dyrberg is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his many years of industry experience, his extensive experience as a venture capital investor in the life sciences industry and his service on the board of directors of other life sciences companies.
Heather Behanna, PhD
Heather Behanna, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2017. Dr. Behanna has been a principal at Sofinnova since January 2017, focusing on biopharmaceutical investments. Prior to joining Sofinnova, Dr. Behanna was a senior vice president and biotechnology sell-side analyst at Wedbush Securities from August 2014 to December 2016, preceded by a role as an associate at JMP Securities from September 2010 to June 2014. Prior to this, Dr. Behanna worked in early stage drug discovery at the Astellas Research Institute and was also an adjunct professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Behanna received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science and her B.S. from Tufts University. We believe that Dr. Behanna is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical investment industry and her scientific background.
Heather Preston, MD
Heather Preston, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2017. Since 2005, Dr. Preston has served as a managing director at TPG BioTech, a biotechnology venture capital firm. Prior to joining TPG BioTech, Dr. Preston served for two years as a medical device and biotechnology venture capital investor at J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, a private equity firm. Prior to that, she was an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm, and was a leader of the pharmaceutical and medical products consulting practice at McKinsey & Co. Dr. Preston currently serves on the boards of directors of Albireo Pharma, Inc., Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., Otonomy, Inc. and a number of private companies. Dr. Preston received her M.D. from the University of Oxford and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of London. We believe that Dr. Preston is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical investment industry and her scientific background.
Rob Hopfner, RPh, PhD, MBA
Robert Hopfner, Ph.D., has been a member of our board of directors since December 2017. Dr. Hopfner has served as a managing director and partner at Pivotal bioVenture Partners since October 2017. Prior to joining Pivotal, Dr. Hopfner was an investment partner and managing director at Bay City Capital, a venture capital firm, since August 2002. Before joining Bay City Capital, Dr. Hopfner worked as an associate in DuPont Pharmaceutical’s business development and strategic planning group and as an analyst at Ag-West Biotech, a Western Canadian seed-stage biotech venture capital firm. Dr. Hopfner served on the board of directors of Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Hopfner holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We believe that Dr. Hopfner is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in venture capital, particularly his experience investing in life sciences companies, and his medical background.
David C. Hastings
David C. Hastings has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2018. Mr. Hastings served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Unilife Corporation from February 2015 to June 2017 and as Unilife’s Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer from July 2016 to June 2017. From October 2003 to October 2014, Mr. Hastings served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Incyte Corporation. Mr. Hastings currently serves on the board of directors of Scynexis Inc. and VBL Therapeutics Ltd. Mr. Hastings received his B.A. in Economics at the University of Vermont. We believe that Mr. Hastings is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive financial experience, including experience as the chief financial officer of multiple publicly traded companies.