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. (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. 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.
Brian C. Stephenson, Ph.D., CFA
Chief Financial Officer
Brian C. Stephenson, Ph.D., CFA has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2018. Prior to joining us, Dr. Stephenson served as Partner and the Head of Life Sciences for Capital IP Investment Partners, a special situation investment fund, from 2015 to 2018. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Stephenson was a Director/Vice President Leerink Partners, an investment bank. Prior to that, Dr. Stephenson was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University. Dr. Stephenson is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Uma Sinha, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Uma Sinha, Ph.D. has served as Chief Scientific Officer since April 2016 and serves as the chief scientific officer of other BridgeBio subsidiaries, including Eidos Therapeutics. Prior to that, Dr. Sinha served as chief scientific officer of Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GBT), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, from 2014 to 2015 and previously as senior vice president of research from 2013 to 2014. She was vice president, head of biology at Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTLA), a clinical stage biotechnology company, from 2010 to 2012 and was the vice president of translational biology from 2004 to 2010. Previously, Dr. Sinha held senior research positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and COR Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Sinha received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and her B.Sc. with honors in chemistry from Presidency College.
Chairman of Pharmaceuticals, Lead Director
Charles Homcy, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2018 and as our Chairman of Pharmaceuticals since February 2019. In 2010, Dr. Homcy joined Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm, where he is currently a partner. In 2003, he co-founded Portola Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PTLA), a clinical biotechnology company, and he served as their president and chief executive officer 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 1988 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 Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a position he has held since 2004, and of Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc., a position he has held since 2012. Dr. Homcy holds a B.A. and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and currently serves on its board of trustees.
Frank McCormick, Ph.D., F.R.S., D.Sc. (Hon)
Chairman of Oncology
Frank McCormick, Ph.D., F.R.S., D.Sc. (Hon) has served as our Chairman of Oncology since April 2019. Dr. McCormick has held the positions of Director the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, a multidisciplinary research and medical care organization and served as Associate Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine from 1997-2014. 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 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 Research Fund. 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, 2012-2013, 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.
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 has been Chief Science Officer and Head of Therapeutics at 23andMe, a personal genetics company, since 2015. 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 of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, Affinita Biotech, Inc., a preclinical stage biotech company and Alector, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. 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.
Michael Henderson, M.D.
Chief Business Officer
Michael Henderson, M.D. has served as our Chief Business Officer since December 2019. Prior to holding that position, he spent two years serving as BridgeBio’s Senior Vice President, Asset Acquisition, Strategy and Operations. Dr. Henderson joined BridgeBio as our Vice President of Asset Acquisition, Strategy and Operations in April 2016. Dr. Henderson also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of certain of our subsidiaries, QED Therapeutics, Inc. and Origin Biosciences, Inc. Prior to BridgeBio, Dr. Henderson worked at McKinsey & Company from January 2015 to April 2016 and prior to that, he co-founded PellePharm, Inc., in August 2011. Dr. Henderson received his B.A. with high honors in global health with a citation in Spanish from Harvard University and his M.D. with a scholarly concentration in health services and policy from Stanford University where he was a member of both the Ignite and Leadership in Health Disparities Programs.
Cameron Turtle, D. Phil.
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management and Corporate Development
Cameron Turtle, D. Phil. has served as our Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management and Corporate Development, since January 2018 and served as a Director, Portfolio Management, from February 2017 to December 2017. Mr. Turtle has also worked for our subsidiary, Eidos Therapeutics, since February 2017, currently as the chief business officer. Mr. Turtle previously worked as vice president of business development and operations for our subsidiary, Navire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from February 2017 to March 2018. From August 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Turtle was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Turtle received his B.S. with honors in bioengineering from the University of Washington and his D. Phil. in cardiovascular medicine from University of Oxford, St. John’s College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Chief Operating Officer
Brian Stolz has served as our Chief Operating Officer since October 2019. Prior to joining BridgeBio, Mr. Stolz was the Chief People Officer at Activision Blizzard, Inc., starting in May 2016. Prior to joining Activision, Mr. Stolz served as the Senior Vice President, Neurology & Other, Generics, Obagi and President of OraPharma from July 2015 to May 2016, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for Valeant Pharmaceuticals from July 2011 to July 2015. Mr. Stolz earned a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University in 1997 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 2004.
Yi Ching Yau
Chief Accounting Officer
Yi Ching Yau has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since October 2019. Prior to joining BridgeBio, Ms. Yau served as the Vice President of Finance at Nektar Therapeutics, Inc., starting in May 2018. From November 2013 to May 2018, Ms. Yau served as the Executive Director Corporate Controller of Theravance Biopharma, Inc. Prior to joining Theravance, Ms. Yau was an Assurance Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP from October 2003 to November 2013. She received her Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in 1999.