Board of Directors
Axel Bolte is our president and chief executive officer and is a member of our board of directors since September 2015, when he co-founded our company. Since March 2017, Mr. Bolte also has served as a managing member of Healthcare Advisors GmbH, a private healthcare advisory company.
Mr. Bolte served as a venture partner at HBM Partners AG, a provider of investment advisor services in the life sciences industry, from February 2017 to September 2019 and as an investment advisor to HBM Partners AG from March 2003 to January 2017. Mr. Bolte currently serves on the board of directors of IVERIC bio, Inc. (formerly known as Ophthotech Corporation), or IVERIC, and previously served on the board of directors of Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nabriva Therapeutics plc and PTC Therapeutics, Inc., all of which are publicly traded biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Bolte received a degree in biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.Read More + Read Less -
Sarah Bhagat has served on our board of directors since March 2019. Dr. Bhagat has served as a partner at Sofinnova Investments, Inc., or Sofinnova, a venture capital firm, since March 2020. She served as principal at Sofinnova from January 2019 to December 2019 and as an associate from May 2017 to December 2018. Dr. Bhagat was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University from April 2016 to May 2017. Dr. Bhagat served as a venture fellow at Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm, from February 2015 to February 2016.
Dr. Bhagat also served as a research assistant at The Rockefeller University from May 2008 to May 2010 and a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital from June 2007 to May 2008. Dr. Bhagat received a B.A. in biological psychology from Franklin & Marshall College and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University.Read More + Read Less -
Reinaldo M. Diaz has served on our board of directors since January 2017. Mr. Diaz has served as venture partner at Longitude Capital Management Co., LLC, a venture capital firm focusing on healthcare companies, since November 2015. Mr. Diaz has served as the managing member and managing director of DA Advisors, LLC., a financial and strategic consulting company focusing on biopharmaceutical companies, since 2005. Mr. Diaz served as a managing director at Auven Therapeutics, a private equity firm focusing on life sciences from 2008 to 2018. Mr. Diaz served as managing member and co-founder of Diaz & Altschul Capital Management, LLC, an asset management firm focusing on healthcare companies, from 1996 to 2005.
Mr. Diaz served as managing director and head of the healthcare group at Schroder Wertheim & Co., Inc. from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Diaz served in various roles at PaineWebber Development Corporation from 1985 to 1993, including as president from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Diaz received a B.A. in general studies from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Read More + Read Less -
Dr. Martin Edwards has served on our board of directors since September 2017. He currently also serves on the board of directors of KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc, and Verona Pharma plc, all publicly traded pharmaceutical companies, and he previously was on the board of directors of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, from January 2015 to March 2017.
Dr. Edwards also served as Senior Partner at Novo Holdings A/S from 2003 to 2020. Earlier in his career, Dr. Edwards served as chief executive officer of ReNeuron Ltd., a stem cell research company based in the United Kingdom, and as global head of drug development for Novo Nordisk A/S, where he led preclinical and clinical drug development. Dr. Edwards received an MBA from the University of Warwick (UK) and his medical degree from the University of Manchester (UK).Read More + Read Less -
Rob Hopfner has served on our board of directors since November 2018. Dr. Hopfner has served as managing partner of Pivotal bioVenture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on life sciences, since October 2017. Dr. Hopfner served in various roles at Bay City Capital, a venture capital firm focused on life sciences, from August 2002 to October 2017, including as a principal from June 2007 to October 2009 and as managing director and investment partner from October 2009 to October 2017.
Dr. Hopfner received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Saskatchewan.Read More + Read Less -
Edward Mathers has served on our board of directors since January 2017. Mr. Mathers has served as a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, Inc., or NEA, a private venture capital firm focusing on technology and healthcare investments, since November 2019.
He served as partner at NEA from August 2008 to October 2019. Prior to joining NEA, Mr. Mathers served as executive vice president, corporate development and venture at MedImmune, Inc., or MedImmune, a biopharmaceutical company, and led its venture capital subsidiary, MedImmune Ventures, Inc. Mr. Mathers currently serves on the board of directors of ObsEva SA, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Synlogic, Inc. (formerly known as Mirna Therapeutics, Inc.), Trevi Therapeutics, Inc. and Mirum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., all publicly traded pharmaceutical companies, and he previously served on the board of directors of Liquidia Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded life sciences company, from April 2009 to May 2019 and Ra Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, from February 2010 to April 2020. Mr. Mathers received a B.S. in chemistry from North Carolina State University.Read More + Read Less -
Lynne Sullivan has served on our board of directors since May 2020. Ms. Sullivan expects to join UNITY Biotechnology, Inc., a biotechnology company, as the interim chief financial officer in August 2020. Ms. Sullivan served as chief financial officer of Compass Therapeutics, LLC, a biotechnology company, from December 2018 to August 2019.
Ms. Sullivan served in various roles at Biogen Inc., a biotechnology company, including vice president of tax from April 2008 to February 2015, vice president of tax and corporate finance from February 2015 to March 2016 and senior vice president of finance from March 2016 to December 2018. Ms. Sullivan currently serves on the board of directors of Solid Biosciences Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, resTORbio, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and BiomX Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Ms. Sullivan was a certified public accountant for over 20 years.Read More + Read Less -
Douglas Treco, Ph.D., has served as the chairman of our board of directors since May 2020. Dr. Treco co-founded RA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or RA Pharma, a pharmaceutical company, in 2008, which was acquired by UCB S.A. in April 2020. He has served as the president and chief executive officer of Ra Pharma since June 2008.
Dr. Treco served as an entrepreneur-in-residence with Morgenthaler Ventures, a venture capital firm, from January 2008 to May 2014. Dr. Treco served as a visiting scientist in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and as a lecturer in genetics at Harvard Medical School from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Treco currently serves on the board of directors of CRISPR Therapeutics AG and served on the board of directors of Ra Pharma from June 2008 to April 2020. Dr. Treco received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and performed post-doctoral research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Massachusetts General Hospital.Read More + Read Less -