Jim Tananbaum has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and a director since June 2020. Dr. Tananbaum is also the chief executive officer of Foresite Capital, a U.S.-focused healthcare investment firm, which he founded in 2011. Prior to founding Foresite Capital, Dr. Tananbaum served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners L.P. II and III, healthcare venture partnerships, from 2000 to 2010. Dr. Tananbaum was also the Founder of GelTex, Inc. in 1991, an intestinal medicine pharmaceutical company acquired by Sanofi-Genzyme, and Theravance, Inc. in 1997 (now Theravance Biopharma, Inc., a diversified biopharmaceutical company focused on organ-selective medicines, and Innoviva, Inc., a respiratory-focused healthcare asset management company partnered with Glaxo Group Limited). Dr. Tananbaum received a B.S. and a B.S.E.E. from Yale University in Applied Math and Computer Science, and an M.D. and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Dr. Tananbaum’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his scientific, financial and strategic business development expertise gained as a physician, founder of two life science companies and venture capital investor focused on life science companies.
Dennis Ryan has been our Chief Financial Officer since June 2020. Since 2011, Mr. Ryan has also led the Operations Group at Foresite Capital as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. Mr. Ryan currently serves as Board President of Whistlestop, a non-profit providing transportation and nutrition services to seniors. He received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in Economics, and an M.B.A from the University of Santa Clara. Mr. Ryan is a licensed certified public accountant in California.
Michael Rome has been our Vice President and Director since June 2020. Dr. Rome also serves as Managing Director at Foresite Capital, where he has held various roles since 2016. From September 2015 to July 2016, he was an Analyst at DAFNA Capital Management, a healthcare hedge fund, where he covered and formulated investment ideas for small/mid-cap biotech companies. Prior to joining DAFNA Capital Management, Dr. Rome worked in early-stage drug development as a Senior Scientist for Vault Pharma, an academic start-up out of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA from April 2014 to September 2015. In the past five years, Dr. Rome held a board observer role at Turning Point Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage precision oncology company. Dr. Rome received a B.S. from UCLA in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Caltech. Dr. Rome’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his substantial experience as a research scientist and depth of knowledge of the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals research and development process, as well as his experience investing across diverse therapeutic areas.
Vikram Bajaj has been a director on our board of directors since June 2020. Dr. Bajaj currently serves as a Managing Director at Foresite Capital, since September 2017 and Chief Executive Officer of Foresite Labs, a healthcare and data science incubator, since October 2019. He is also an Associate Professor of Radiology (Consulting) at the Stanford University School of Medicine, since 2014, and an Affiliate Scientist of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, since 2011. Prior to joining Foresite Capital, Dr. Bajaj was the Chief Scientific Officer of GRAIL, Inc., a life sciences company developing a multi-cancer early detection test, from September 2016 to September 2017. From April 2013 to September 2016, Dr. Bajaj was the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), a research organization devoted to the study of life sciences, and served as Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board from September 2016 to September 2017. He is currently on the advisory board of UC Berkeley, College of Chemistry. Dr. Bajaj holds a B.A./M.S. from University of Pennsylvania in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physical Chemistry. Dr. Bajaj’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his breadth of scientific and engineering expertise and his network of contacts in the life sciences sector.
Robert Carey will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Carey served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer for Horizon Therapeutics plc, a biopharmaceutical company, from March 2014 to October 2019. Prior to joining Horizon Therapeutics, he served as Managing Director and Head of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at JMP Securities LLC, a full-service investment bank, from March 2003 to March 2014. Mr. Carey currently serves on the board of directors of Beyond Air, Inc. (formerly AIT Therapeutics, Inc.) and Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Carey holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in Accounting. Mr. Carey’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his experience and knowledge in the healthcare investment banking industry, particularly with financings, global expansion and other strategic transactions by life-science companies, as well as his role in business development for a public biopharmaceutical company.
Dan Dubin will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Dr. Dubin is also the Vice Chairman and Head of Biopharma Investment Banking at SVB Leerink, an investment bank specializing in healthcare and life sciences, a role he has held since January 2006. He also sits on the SVB Leerink’s executive committee. Prior to joining SVB Leerink in 1999, Dr. Dubin co-founded MEDACorp, Inc., a provider of insights on the commercial potential of biotherapeutics and medical devices to healthcare companies and investors. Dr. Dubin holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Chemistry and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dubin’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive leadership experience as an advisor to life sciences companies and his experience and expertise in the execution of financing, partnership and M&A transactions in the life sciences sector, as well as his medical training.
Deepa Pakianathan will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Since 2001, Dr. Pakianathan has served as a Managing Member at Delphi Ventures, a venture capital firm. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Redd Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceuticals company, since September 2019. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Calithera Biosciences, Inc., Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc., Mereo Biopharma Group plc (formerly OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and Theravance Biopharma, Inc., and serves as the Executive Vice Chair and Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the past five years, she also served on the board of directors of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Pakianathan holds a B.Sc. from the University of Bombay, India, an M.Sc. from The Cancer Research Institute at the University of Bombay, India and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University. Dr. Pakianathan’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her depth of experience leading a biotechnology investment practice focused on drug discovery and development platform technologies and serving as a director for multiple biotechnology companies.