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 currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board. He served as president and chief executive officer of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTLA), a clinical biotechnology company, 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, 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-Ayerst Laboratories. He currently serves on the board of directors of Maze Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and was formerly a director of Portola Pharmaceuticals from 2004 until March 2019, and 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.
Frank McCormick, Ph.D.
Frank McCormick, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2023. He currently also serves as our Chairman of Oncology and has held this position since April 2019. He is also a Professor in the University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF”) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, a multidisciplinary research and medical care organization, and has been a UCSF faculty member since 1997. Dr. McCormick has held the positions of Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and served as Associate Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine from 1997 to 2014. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty, Dr. McCormick pursued cancer-related work with several biotechnology firms, including Cetus Corporation as Director of Molecular Biology from 1981 to 1990 and Vice President of Research from 1990 to 1991, and Chiron Corporation as Vice President of Research from 1991 to 1992. In 1992, Dr. McCormick founded Onyx Pharmaceuticals and served as its Chief Scientific Officer until 1996. Dr. McCormick is a Fellow of the Royal Society, an institution dedicated to science, since 1996, a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2014 and has served as President, 2012 to 2013, for the American Association for Cancer Research. Since 2013, Dr. McCormick has led the National Cancer Institute’s Ras Initiative at the Frederick National Laboratories for Cancer Research overseeing the national effort to develop therapies against Ras-driven cancers. Dr. McCormick also served as a member of the board of directors of Olema Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OLMA) from December 2014 to April 2021, and Aduro Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: KDNY) from 2010 to February 2019. Dr. McCormick received his B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and held postdoctoral fellowships in the U.S. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and in London at the Imperial Cancer. Dr. McCormick’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive scientific background, particularly in the field of oncology.
Fred Hassan has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2021. Mr. Hassan currently serves as Director of Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity investment institution, which he joined in 2009. Previously, Mr. Hassan served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schering-Plough from 2003 to 2009. Before assuming these roles, from 2001 to 2003, Mr. Hassan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia Corporation, a company formed through the merger of Monsanto Company and Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. He joined Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer in 1997. Mr. Hassan has served as a director of Precigen, Inc. (Nasdaq: PGEN) since 2016 and Prometheus Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: RXDX) since May 2021. Previously, Mr. Hassan served as a director of Time Warner Inc. (now Warner Media, LLC) from October 2009 to June 2018 and as a director of Avon Products, Inc. from 1999 until 2013. He was Chairman of the board of Bausch & Lomb from 2010 until its acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in 2013 and served on the board of Valeant Pharmaceuticals from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Hassan earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Hassan’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive experience leading and scaling global pharmaceutical companies and advising major corporations as a director.
Randy Scott, Ph.D.
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 of the Board since July 2022. Dr. Scott previously served at Invitae as Chairman and CEO from 2012 to 2017, as the Executive Chairman from 2017 to 2019, and on the board from 2010 to August 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Scott cofounded Genomic Health, Inc., a clinical genomics 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. Dr. Scott’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his significant experience building and leading successful biopharmaceutical companies and his scientific expertise.
Andrew Lo, Ph.D.
Andrew W. Lo, Ph.D. 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 clinical-stage and preclinical biopharmaceutical companies, including AbCellera Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: ABCL) since December 2021, Roivant Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIV) since July 2016 and Atomwise Inc. since June 2021. 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
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 has also served as a director of T. Rowe Price funds since January 2018. 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.
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 the 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.
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 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 Managing Partner of Patient Square Capital, LP, a dedicated health care investment firm. He was previously a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., a private equity and alternative asset management firm (“KKR”), and had been employed by KKR for 21 years ending in July 2019. Mr. Momtazee currently serves on the board of directors of Roivant Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIV), Apollo Therapeutics Ltd., Kriya Therapeutics, Inc. and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. 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 J. 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, Impel NeuroPharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMPL) since December 2018, 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 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 has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2021. Mr. Dachille served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”) (NYSE: AIG) from September 2015 to June 2021. Before assuming these roles at AIG, Mr. Dachille served as Chief Executive Officer of First Principles Capital Management, LLC (“First Principles”), an investment management firm, from September 2003 until its acquisition by AIG in September 2015. Prior to co-founding First Principles, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Zurich Capital Markets. Mr. Dachille began his career at JPMorgan Chase, where he served as Global Head of Proprietary Trading and Co-Treasurer. Mr. Dachille earned his bachelor’s degree in a special joint program through Union University and Albany Medical College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago. Mr. Dachille’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his decades of investment management experience, strategic expertise, and previous service as a board observer for the Company.
Hannah Valantine, M.D.
Hannah A. Valantine, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2021. Dr. Valantine currently serves as Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she has been a faculty member since 1987. From April 2014 to September 2020, Dr. Valantine served as Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health, and as a Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. From November 2004 to April 2014, Dr. Valantine was Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford University. In collaboration with her colleagues at Stanford University, Dr. Valantine co-invented the technology for donor derived cell-free DNA for diagnosis of transplant rejection, which is currently licensed and used to monitor patients for early detection of acute rejection. Dr. Valantine has served on the board of directors of Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACB) since June 2021, and of CareDx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA) since July 2021. Dr. Valantine also serves as Principal and Founder of HAV LLC, a consulting company for diversity, equity and inclusion that she founded in January 2021. Dr. Valantine received her M.B.B.S., M.R.C.P. and M.D. at St Georges Hospital/London University. Dr. Valantine’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include her extensive experience in the life sciences industry and her background in academic medicine.
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, Inc. (formerly 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. (formerly Nasdaq: MYOK, acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb), 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 (Nasdaq: LIAN) since October 2019. 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.