Pardes Biosciences, Inc.
Jim Tananbaum has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and a director since August 2020. Dr. Tananbaum is also the chief executive officer of Foresite Capital, a U.S.-focused healthcare investment firm, which he founded in 2011. Since June 2020, he has also served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of FS Development Corp. (Nasdaq: FSDC), a blank check company. 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 August 2020. Since 2011, Mr. Ryan has also led the Operations Group at Foresite Capital as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, and is also the Chief Financial Officer of FS Development Corp. (Nasdaq: FSDC), since June 2020. He 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 a director since August 2020. Dr. Rome also serves as Managing Director at Foresite Capital, where he has held various roles since 2016, and as Vice President and a director of FS Development Corp. (Nasdaq: FSDC), since June 2020. 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.
Daniel 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 serves on the board of directors of FS Development Corp. (Nasdaq: FSDC) and 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.
Owen Hughes will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Hughes is also President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Cullinan Oncology, LLC, an oncology therapeutics company, since September 2017. Prior to joining Cullinan Oncology, Mr. Hughes served as the Chief Business Officer and head of Corporate Development at Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from February 2013 to September 2017. Mr. Hughes previously acted as Director at Brookside Capital Investors, L.P., a Bain Capital hedge fund, and Senior Portfolio Manager at Pyramis Global Advisors LLC, a Fidelity Investments company. He also serves as Chairman of Radius Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: RDUS) and as a director of Translate Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: TBIO) and Wren Therapeutics, Inc. In the past five years, he also served on the board of directors of Malin Corporation plc. Mr. Hughes received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in History. Mr. Hughes’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive experience analyzing and investing in healthcare companies and his operational experience in the life sciences sector.
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. (Nasdaq: CALA), FS Development Corp. (Nasdaq: FSDC), Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: KPTI), Mereo Biopharma Group plc (formerly OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) (Nasdaq: MREO) and Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: TBPH), 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.