Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Charles Homcy, M.D.
Chairman of Pharmaceuticals, Lead Director
Charles Homcy, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2018, our Chairman of Pharmaceuticals since February 2019, and our Lead Director since February 2020. In 2010, Dr. Homcy joined Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm, where he is currently a partner. He served as president and chief executive officer of Portola Pharmaceuticals, a clinical biotechnology company, and he served as their president and chief executive officer since co-founding the company in 2003 until 2010. Prior to that, Dr. Homcy served as the president of research and development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (currently, Takeda Oncology), a biopharmaceutical company, following its acquisition of COR Therapeutics, Inc. in 2002. He joined COR Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, in 1995 as executive vice president of research and development, and he served as a director of the company from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Homcy was a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, and attending physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital from 1997 to 2011. He was previously president of the medical research division of American Cyanamid-Lederle Laboratories, a division of Wyeth-Ayest Laboratories. He currently serves on the board of directors of Maze Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company, and was formerly a director of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTLA) from 2004 until March 2019, Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GBT) from 2012 until June 2019. Dr. Homcy holds a B.A. and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and currently serves on its board of trustees. Dr. Homcy’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his significant experience building and leading successful biotechnology companies and his scientific expertise.
 
Richard Scheller, Ph.D.
Chairman of Research & Development, Director
Richard H. Scheller, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2018 and as our Chairman of Research & Development effective as of January 2019. Dr. Scheller served as the Chief Science Officer and Head of Therapeutics at 23andMe, a personal genetics company, from 2015 to April 2019. Previously, Dr. Scheller was the Executive Vice President of Research and Early Development and a member of the Executive Committee at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology corporation, from February 2001 to December 2014. From January 2009 to December 2014, Dr. Scheller was also a member of the Enlarged Executive Committee at Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Scheller currently serves as a member of the board of directors ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, since February 2015, Alector, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company (Nasdaq: ALEC), since October 2018, DiCE Molecules, a biopharmaceutical company, and Maze Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company, since July 2019. Dr. Scheller holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctorate in Molecular Neurobiology at Columbia University and was also a post-doctorate fellow at California Institute of Technology. Dr. Scheller’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his scientific background and his senior management experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
 
Brent Saunders
Director
Brent Saunders has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2020. Mr. Saunders is currently Chairman and Co-Founder of Vesper Healthcare Acquisitions Corp. Mr. Saunders served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan from 2014 and as Chairman from 2016 to May 2020. Prior to its acquisition by Allergan, Mr. Saunders served as the Chief Executive Officer, President, and director of Forest Laboratories, Inc. Before joining Forest Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Saunders served as Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Saunders currently serves on the board of directors of Cisco Systems, a technology conglomerate (Nasdaq: CSCO). Mr. Saunders holds a B.A. in Economics and Eastern Asian Studies from University of Pittsburg, a JD from Temple School of Law and an M.B.A. from Temple University School of Business. We believe Mr. Saunders’ extensive experience building and leading successful biopharmaceutical companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Fred Hassan
Director
Fred Hassan works as Director at Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity institution. Previously, Mr. Hassan was the chairman and chief executive officer of Schering-Plough and chairman and chief executive officer of Pharmacia Corporation, a company formed through the merger of Monsanto Company and Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. Mr. Hassan is a director at Prometheus Biosciences, and Precigen, both public biopharma companies using advanced technologies. His previous directorships include Time Warner Inc. until its acquisition by AT&T Inc. in 2018, and Avon Products, where he served as chairman of the board, and Bausch & Lomb, where he also served as chairman. He has also served as a director at Amgen. Mr. Hassan earned a bachelor’s degree from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Randy Scott, Ph.D.
Director
Randy Scott, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2020. Dr. Scott is the cofounder of Invitae Corporation, a genetic information company (NYSE: NVTA), where he served as the Chairman and CEO from 2012 to 2017 and the Executive Chairman from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Scott served on the board of Invitae from 2010 until August 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Scott cofounded Genomic Health, Inc., a genetic research company (Nasdaq: GHDX), where he served as the Chairman and CEO from 2000 to 2009 and the Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Scott holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Emporia State University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas. We believe Dr. Scott’s significant experience building and leading successful biopharmaceutical companies and his scientific expertise, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Andrew Lo, Ph.D.
Director
Andrew Lo has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2020. Dr. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, a principal investigator at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and an affiliated faculty member of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and has served as a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 1988. He is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Lo currently serves on the board of directors of Roivant Sciences, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Lo holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Dr. Lo’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive experience as a professor and a leader at two premier educational institutions.
Ronald J. Daniels
Director
Ronald J. Daniels has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2020. Mr. Daniels has been the president of Johns Hopkins University since March 2009. He is a member of the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the chair of the Executive Committee of Johns Hopkins Health System. A law and economics scholar, Mr. Daniels is author or editor of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles. Before joining Johns Hopkins University, he served as Provost and a Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. Mr. Daniels earned an L.L.M. from Yale University in 1988 and a J.D. in 1986 from the University of Toronto. He received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1982 in political science and economics. Mr. Daniels’ qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive experience as a professor and now a leader at of one of the world’s premier science institutions.
Jennifer Cook
Senior Advisor, Commercial; Director

Jennifer E. Cook has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2019. She is currently the owner and principal of Jennifer Cook Consulting since July 2019. Ms. Cook has served as a member of the board of directors of Denali Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNLI) since November 2018, Ambys Medicines since March 2020, Gyroscope Therapeutics Limited since November 2020, and Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAZZ) since November 2020. Ms. Cook served as the Chief Executive Officer of GRAIL from January 2018 to June 2019. Previously, Ms. Cook was at Roche Pharmaceuticals and Genentech, where she held a number of senior management positions; from January 2017 to December 2017, Ms. Cook served as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Clinical Operations for Roche Pharmaceuticals; from September 2013 to December 2016, Ms. Cook served as Head of Region Europe Pharma for Roche Pharmaceuticals; and from July 2010 to September 2013, Ms. Cook served as the Senior Vice President, Business Unit Head Immunology and Ophthalmology for Genentech. Ms. Cook holds a B.A. in human biology and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University, as well as an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Cook’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include her extensive experience as a senior management executive of healthcare and biotechnology companies, including as the senior vice president of one of the world’s largest healthcare companies.

Eric Aguiar, M.D.
Director
Eric Aguiar, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2019. Dr. Aguiar has been a partner at Aisling Capital since January 2016 and prior to that was a partner at Thomas, McNerney and Partners, a healthcare venture capital and growth equity fund, since 2007. Prior to joining that firm, he was a Managing Director of HealthCare Ventures, a healthcare focused venture capital firm, from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Aguiar currently serves on the board of directors of Invitae Corporation (NYSE: NVTA) since September 2010. He also serves on the board of directors of Biomea Fusion, a biopharmaceutical company (Nasdaq: BMEA). He served on the board of directors of Eidos Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: EIDX) from March 2018 to August 2020. He served on the board of directors of Biohaven Corporation (NYSE: BHVN) from October 2016 to January 2020. Dr. Aguiar is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Tufts School of Medicine and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Aguiar received his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. He graduated with honors from Cornell University as a College Scholar. He was also a Luce Fellow and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Dr. Aguiar’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his medical and finance background and experience as an investor in life science companies.
 
James C. Momtazee
Senior Advisor, Transactions; Director
James C. Momtazee has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2016 and as our Senior Advisor – Transactions from February 2020 until January 2021. He is the Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Montes Archimedes Acquisition Corp. He is the Managing Partner of Patient Square Capital, LP, a dedicated health care investment firm. He was previously a Member of KKR and had been employed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., a private equity and alternative asset management firm, since 1996 until July 2019. Mr. Momtazee currently serves as Lead Independent Director on the board of directors of PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRAH), a global contract research organization. He previously served on the boards of directors of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ), a biopharmaceutical company, from 2004 to 2014, HCA Healthcare Inc. (formerly HCA Holdings Inc.; NYSE: HCA), a health care services company, from 2006 to 2014, and Entellus Medical, Inc., a medical technology company, from 2017 to 2018. He received an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Momtazee’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his expertise in corporate governance, the healthcare industry and in financing and financial matters.
 
Ali Satvat
Director
Ali Satvat has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2016. Mr. Satvat joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., a global investment firm, in January 2012 and is a Partner, Co-Head of the Health Care industry team within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform, and Global Head of KKR Health Care Strategic Growth. Mr. Satvat is a member of the Investment Committee for KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform and chairs the Investment Committee for KKR Health Care Strategic Growth. Mr. Satvat has served as a member of the boards of directors of Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRS), a biopharmaceutical company, since May 2014, Eidos Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: EIDX), a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2018 through January 2021, PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRAH), a global contract research organization, from September 2013 through April 2018, and numerous privately held companies. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Satvat was a Principal with Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, where he invested in health care from 2006 to 2012. Previously, Mr. Satvat held various positions with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, a venture capital subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Audax Group, a private equity firm, and The Blackstone Group, a global investment firm. Mr. Satvat holds an A.B. in History and Science from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Health Care Management and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Satvat previously served as a member of the board of directors of the Healthcare Private Equity Association. Mr. Satvat’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his expertise in corporate governance, financing, and financial matters and his extensive investment experience in the health care industry.
 
Andrea Ellis
Director
Andrea Ellis is the chief financial officer of Lime, an innovative transportation technology company that offers access to shared electric scooters, bikes and mopeds that is built on sustainability. Prior to joining Lime, Mrs. Ellis held various roles in finance, operations, and product management at Restaurant Brands International for many leading food chains. She previously spent six years at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and trading. Mrs. Ellis earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Douglas Dachille
Director
Douglas Dachille is AIG's former chief investment officer, where he had responsibility for overseeing the investment portfolios of AIG’s insurance companies and the investments of third-party clients managed by First Principles Capital Management, LLC, an AIG subsidiary. He joined the company when AIG acquired First Principles Capital Management, LLC, an institutional fixed income asset manager, which he co-founded and of which he served as chief executive officer. Mr. Dachille previously served as president and chief operating officer of Zurich Capital Markets and began his investment career at JPMorgan Chase & Company, where he served as global head of proprietary trading as well as co-treasurer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in a special joint program through Union University and Albany Medical College, and later was a Pew Scholar at the University of Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Neil Kumar, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Neil Kumar, Ph.D. is a co-founder and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since April 2015. Dr. Kumar has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiary, Eidos Therapeutics (Nasdaq: EIDX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, and a member of Eidos Therapeutics’ board of directors since March 2016. Prior to that, he served as the interim vice president of business development at MyoKardia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MYOK), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Kumar served as a principal at Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm, from 2011 to 2014. Before joining Third Rock Ventures, he served as an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Kumar has served as a member of the board of directors of LianBio since August 2020. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University and received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kumar’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his role as our principal executive officer and his extensive experience as an executive officer of biotechnology companies.
 
Hannah Valantine, M.D.
Director
Hannah Valantine, M.D. is a national leader in organ transplant genomics and led the National Institutes of Health's efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research. Dr. Valantine currently serves as a professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she has been a faculty member since 1987. Dr. Valantine was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2020 for her research in organ transplantation and her work to promote workforce diversity.