Merged into Science 37, Inc., ticker now SNCE
LSAQ

Completed

Science 37, Inc.

Lifesci Acquisition II Corp.

Raised
$80M
CIK
1819113
Focus
Healthcare, Biopharmaceuticals
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Andrew McDonald, our Chief Executive Officer and Board Member since June 2019, is an experienced healthcare investment professional with expertise in identifying transformative products and technologies in all stages of development. Andrew has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LifeSci Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, since June 2019. Andrew has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Attune Pharmaceuticals since March 2015 and is a Founding Partner of LifeSci Advisors and LifeSci Capital. Prior to founding LifeSci in March 2010, Andrew served as senior biotechnology analyst at Great Point Partners, a dedicated life science hedge fund, from 2006 to 2008. From 2004 to 2006, Andrew was Head of Healthcare Research and a Biotechnology Analyst at ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique investment bank. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Andrew was a medicinal chemist at Cytokinetics from 2001 to 2004, where he discovered and developed a promising anti-cancer agent now in clinical trials. Andrew began his pharmaceutical career as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer. Andrew received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UC Irvine and completed his B.S. in chemistry at UC Berkeley. Andrew holds the Series 7, 24, 63, 79, 86, and 87 licenses. We believe Andrew is qualified to sit on our board due to his long-running healthcare advisory experience and background as a medicinal chemist.

Michael Rice, our Chief Operating Officer and Board Member since June 2019, has experience in portfolio management, corporate management, investment banking and capital markets. Prior to co-founding LifeSci Advisors and LifeSci Capital in March 2010, Michael was the co-head of health care investment banking at Canaccord Adams from April 2007 to November 2008, where he was involved in debt and equity financing. Michael was also was a Managing Director at ThinkEquity Partners from April 2005 to April 2007, where he was responsible for managing Healthcare Capital Markets, which included structuring and executing numerous transactions, many of which were firsts at ThinkEquity. Prior to that, from August 2003 to March 2005, Michael served as a Managing Director at Banc of America, serving large hedge funds and private equity healthcare funds. Previously, he was a Managing Director at JPMorgan/Hambrecht & Quist. Michael has been a director of RDD Pharma Ltd. since January 2016 and Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. since May 2016. Michael has been the Chief Operating Officer and a director of LifeSci Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, since June 2019. Michael received his BA from the University of Maryland. Michael holds the Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses. We believe Michael is qualified to sit on our board due to his long-running healthcare advisory experience, as well as his previous company board positions.

David Dobkin, our Chief Financial Officer and Board Member since June 2019, is an experienced healthcare capital markets investment banker with a career focused on helping high-growth life science, medical device, and healthcare IT companies achieve their financial and strategic goals. David has been the Chief Financial Officer and a director of LifeSci Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, since June 2019. David has worked with companies developing a wide range of technologies and brings extensive strategic advisory and execution capability to his clients. David has experience with both traditional and non-traditional forms of equity and debt offerings in both the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular speaker on growth capital formation at conferences across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining LifeSci Capital, David was a Managing Director at Boustead Securities. Prior to that, in 2015, David founded Dobkin & Company, an investment bank tailored for entrepreneur-led companies focused on seed and growth equity and capital, in 2015. Previously, from 2010 to 2015, David worked in various capacities with the New Zealand Government facilitating capital formation on behalf of regional companies and government agencies with a focus on securing strategic foreign direct investment. David has tremendous experience conducting cross-border transactions. Prior to October 2010, David worked for Lazard Frères, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, where he facilitated and advised on cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions in excess of $2.5 billion. Prior to joining for Lazard Frères, David began his career in in the Healthcare investment banking group for Wasserstein Perella based in New York. At Wasserstein Perella, David advised healthcare companies on capital formation as well as strategic alternatives. David conducted graduate research in stem cell bioengineering and received a Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Southern California. David also received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, from Columbia University. David holds the Series 63, 79, and 82 licenses. We believe David is qualified to sit on our board due to his extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions.

Thomas Wynn, who will become our Board Member on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, has been a portfolio manager at Monashee Investment Management since 2011. From 1995 to 2011, he co-founded and served as the Managing Director of Leerink Swann LLC, a Boston based healthcare investment bank. From 1991 to 1995, he worked at Lehman Brothers. Thomas received his B.A from Fairfield University and J.D. from Suffolk University We believe Thomas is qualified to sit on our board due to long-running experience in healthcare investing and advisory services.

Thomas Mathers, who will become our Board Member on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, founded and has been the President and CEO at Allievex Corporation, a company neurodegenerative diseases, since April 2018. He has also been a General Partner at Pappas Ventures V, a venture capital company, since February 2018. Prior to Pappas Capital and Allievex, from June 2010 to March 2017, Tom was the President and CEO of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCD), a biotechnology company founded by Pappas Capital, which focused on the development of lasmiditan for the acute treatment of migraine headaches. Eli Lilly & Company acquired CoLucid in March 2017 in an all cash transaction for nearly $1 billion. Prior to CoLucid, he was President and CEO of Peptimmune, Inc.; President and CEO of Cell Based Delivery, Inc; Vice President and General Manager of Cardion AG; and Vice President of Strategic Development at Genzyme Corporation. Tom currently serves as a Trustee of Butler University and is co-founder and Chairman of Déclion Holdings, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. He is also a business advisor to the Progeria Research Foundation, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization for nine years, where he was active in the policy areas of capital formation, bioethics, intellectual property, and regulatory policy. From 1988 to 1991, Tom served as a captain in the United States Army and was awarded several medals for his services as an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot in the Gulf War. We believe Thomas is qualified to sit on our board due to his long-running experience in early stage investing and experience on company boards.

Graham Walmsley, who will become our Board Member on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, has been the General Partner of Logos Global Management, LP, a biotechnology-focused investment partnership based in San Francisco, since August 2019. He was a principal at Versant Ventures, a leading healthcare investment firm, from July 2016 until August 2019. He was the head of Business Development at Jecure Therapeutics, a developer of therapeutics targeting non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and liver fibrosis from June 2017 until March 2019. From April 2018 to December 2018, he was the Head of Business Development at Pipeline Therapeutics, a developer of neuro-regeneration drugs. From July 2012 to June 2016, he was an Affiliated Trainee at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of ALX Oncology (NASDAQ: ALXO) and Akero Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AKRO). We believe Graham is qualified to sit on our board due to his extensive experience in biotechnology investing and previous company board positions.

Elizabeth Barrett, who will become our Board Member on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, is a highly regarded industry leader with extensive experience leading business organizations and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies. Since January 2019, Liz has served as President and CEO of UroGen Pharma. Prior to UroGen, from February 2018 to January 2019, Liz was CEO of Novartis Oncology and a member of the Novartis Executive Committee. She previously was previously at Pfizer Inc. from March 2009 to January 2019, where she held numerous leadership positions, including Global President of Oncology, President of Global Innovative Pharma for Europe, President of the Specialty Care Business Unit for North America, and President of United States Oncology. Prior to Pfizer, Liz held positions at Cephalon Inc., where she was Vice President and General Manager of the Oncology Business Unit, and at Johnson & Johnson. She started her career at Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Liz received a B.A. from the University of Louisiana and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University.

Scott Janssen, who will become our Board Member on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, has served as Managing Director of LifeSci Associates since June 2020. Previously, he was the Chief Accounting Officer at CMG Partners from August 2019 to April 2020. Scott has over 25 years of accounting, finance and operational experience working within and consulting to public and private companies within the life science and technology space. Scott was a Managing Director of the Connor Group from January 2014 to August 2019 to where he supported his clients by providing them accounting and operational consulting services. Mr. Janssen spent six years of his career from January 1993 to November 1999 as an auditor with Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He was a Managing Director at Connor Group, a consulting firm from January 2014 to August 2019. Scott received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. We believe Scott is qualified to sit on our board due to his long-running experience in accounting and finance consulting roles.