HLXA

Definitive Agreement

MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG

Helix Acquisition Corp

Sponsors: Helix Holdings
Underwriter: Jefferies
Raised
$115M
CIK
1821586
Focus
Healthcare
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Bihua Chen serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors . Ms. Chen is the Founder and managing member of Cormorant. Prior to founding Cormorant, Ms. Chen managed a separately managed account focused on the healthcare sector as a sub-adviser to a large, multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York. During Ms. Chen’s time managing the account from 2005 through 2010, the account grew from $75 million in assets to $800 million in assets. Prior to that, Ms. Chen was a healthcare analyst and sector portfolio manager for American Express Asset Management, Boston. Ms. Chen has also served as a portfolio manager for the Asterion Life Science Fund from 2001 through 2002, an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Bellevue Research from 2000 through 2001 and an equity analyst for Putnam Investments from 1998 through 2001. Ms. Chen obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business in 1998 and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Cornell Medical College in 1994. Ms. Chen also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Genetic Engineering from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, which she received in 1990.

Jay Scollins serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Scollins is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Cormorant. He joined Cormorant in 2013 as Investment Manager. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Roark, Rearden and Hamot Capital Management LLC from 2005 until 2013. In addition, during that period, from December 2012 until March 2013, Mr. Scollins served as Interim CFO of ISC8, Inc., a company that commenced Chapter 11 proceedings in September 2014. From 2001 until 2005, Mr. Scollins was a Finance Director at Sankaty Advisors LLC. He started his career in the audit practice of Ernst and Young LLP. Mr. Scollins received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Finance from Boston College in 2004.

Nancy Chang has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Dr. Chang is currently serving as the CEO of Ansun Biopharma, Inc., a clinical late stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of unique host-directed anti-viral therapies for respiratory viruses. In addition to her role with Ansun Biopharma, Inc., she also serves as the Chairman and Founder of Apex Capital, an investment management company focused on investments in healthcare, education and socially responsible ventures. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Chang was the Founder, Chairperson and Senior Managing Director of Caduceus Asia Partners at OrbiMed Advisors L.L.C., one of the largest healthcare focused investment management firms in the world. Prior to that, Dr. Chang was the Co-Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Tanox, Inc., a company focused on the development of therapeutics to address major unmet medical needs in the areas of asthma, allergy, inflammation, HIV infection and other diseases affecting the human immune system, from 1986 to 2006. and led the company through an initial public offering in 2000 and growth to a $1 billion public valuation until its acquisition by Genentech Inc. in 2007. From 1980 to 1986, Dr. Chang held several leadership positions at Centocor Biotech Inc., now a division of Johnson & Johnson. In addition, Dr. Chang has served on the boards of a number of companies, including Charles River Laboratory International, Inc., Eddingpharm (Cayman) Inc., Crown Bioscience Inc., Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and a number of other private companies. In addition, Dr. Chang was a member of the board of directors at BIO (the Biotech Industry Organization in the U.S.) and BioHouston (the biotech industry organization in Houston, Texas). She has published more than 35 papers on topics ranging from monoclonal antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and holds seven patents. Dr. Chang graduated from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and received her Ph. D. from the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School in 1979.

Will Lewis has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. He joined Insmed, Inc. in 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors. Mr. Lewis became chair of the board of directors in November 2018. He is the former Co-Founder, President, and Chief Financial Officer of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEGR), and previously spent more than 10 years working in investment banking in the U.S. and Europe. He also previously worked for the U.S. government. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Oberlin College as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor with Honors from Case Western Reserve University. Will is a member of the board of trustees of BioNJ, the life sciences association for New Jersey, and a member of the board of trustees of Case Western Reserve University.

John Schmid has agreed to serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Schmid currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AnaptysBio, Inc., Neos Therapeutics, Inc., Poseida Therapeutics, Inc., Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Forge Therapeutics, Inc., all pharmaceutical companies, and as the chairman of the board of directors of Speak, Inc., a speakers bureau, which he helped found in 1989. Mr. Schmid served as Chief Financial Officer of Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2013 until its sale to Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2015. Prior to Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., he co-founded Trius Therapeutics, Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer from 2004 until its merger with Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2013. Mr. Schmid also served as Chief Financial Officer at GeneFormatics, Inc. from 1998 to 2003 and as Chief Financial Officer at Endonetics, Inc. from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Schmid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Diego.