Eucrates Biomedical Acquisition Corp.

Sponsors: Eucrates
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Dr. Stelios Papadopoulos, the Chairman of our Board of Directors , is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biogen Inc., Exelixis, Inc., and Regulus Therapeutics Inc. He is a co-founder of Exelixis, Inc. as well as co-founder and former Chairman of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Hoffman — La Roche in 2011) and Cellzome, Inc. (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012). In the not-for-profit sector, Dr. Papadopoulos is a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke Medicine, a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, and co-founder and Chairman of Fondation Sante, a foundation providing research grants to biomedical scientists in Greece and Cyprus. Dr. Stelios Papadopoulos spent six years (2000-2006) at Cowen & Co., LLC, most recently as Vice Chairman, where as an investment banker he focused on the biotech and pharma sectors. Prior to joining Cowen, he spent 13 years as an investment banker at Paine Webber, Incorporated where he was most recently Chairman of Paine Webber Development Corp., a Paine Webber subsidiary focusing on biotechnology. He joined Paine Webber in 1987 from Drexel Burnham Lambert where he was an analyst in the Equity Research Department covering the biotechnology industry. Prior to Drexel, he was the biotechnology analyst of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Before coming to Wall Street, Dr. Papadopoulos was on the faculty of the Department of Cell Biology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Papadopoulos holds an M.S. in physics, a Ph.D. in biophysics and an M.B.A. in finance, all from New York University. We believe Dr. Papadopoulus’s deep scientific, financial, entrepreneurial and businesss expertise and extensive experience as a member of the boards and board committees of other public companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

Parag Saxena, our Chief Executive Officer and member of our Board of Directors , has extensive investment experience in the U.S. and in the Indian subcontinent. Mr. Saxena co-founded Vedanta Management L.P. and New Silk Route Advisors L.P., private equity investment management firms, in 2006 which currently collectively manage over $600 million in assets. He is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of both firms. Since August 2018, he has served as Chairman for Tenzing Acquisition Corporation. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of INVESCO Private Capital (and its predecessor firms), a venture capital firm in the U.S. During his 23-year tenure, over 300 investments were made, including early stage investments in Amgen, Costco, PictureTel, Polycom, Staples and Starbucks. Mr. Saxena led more than 90 investments for INVESCO Private Capital (and its predecessor firms), a third of which went on to become public companies. These investments include Alkermes, Celgene, Genomic Health, Indigo, Masimo, Transgenomic, Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Amber Networks, ARM Holdings, MetroPCS, and Volterra. Mr. Saxena has served on committees advising the Prime Minister of India on foreign direct investments, and the Planning Commission of India on venture capital. He was also a Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay’s Heritage Fund as well as a Trustee of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Studies on India at the University of Pennsylvania and is on the Indian Advisory Council of Brown University. Mr. Saxena was the President of TiE Tri-State (NY, CT, NJ) from 2003 to 2010. He was also on Mayor Bloomberg’s Applied Sciences NYC Advisory Committee. Mr. Saxena received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. We believe Mr. Saxena’s deep financial, entrepreneurial and business expertise and extensive experience as a member of the boards and board committees of other public companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

Dr. Evangelos (Vangelis) Vergetis, our President, Chief Operating Officer and member of our Board of Directors , is a company founder with over a dozen years of early-stage investing, strategic advisory and operational experience in data science and healthcare. Dr. Vergetis is a co-founder, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer, of Intelligencia Inc, a venture-funded company founded in 2017 which applies artificial intelligence to pharmaceutical research and development to assess and minimize the risk of clinical development. Prior to co-founding Intelligencia, Dr. Vergetis worked at Hakluyt from 2014 to 2018, where he was a Partner, and worked at McKinsey & Company from 2006 to 2014, where he most recently served as an Associate Partner. During his time at Hakluyt and McKinsey, Dr. Vergetis led or facilitated multiple diligences in healthcare, and several engagements designing and putting in place different operating models for healthcare companies. Dr. Vergetis has been working in the intersection of technology/data science and healthcare for more than a decade, is a board member and member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (AAIH), and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Cornell’s Faculty of Computing & Information Sciences. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Dr. Vergetis’s deep financial, entrepreneurial and business expertise qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

Gonzalo Cordova, our Chief Financial Officer , has served as Chief Financial Officer for Tenzing Acquisition Corporation since August 2018 and has been Senior and Lead Portfolio Manager of over $900 million in structured finance vehicles, including a collateralized financial obligations of private equity holdings and collateralized bond obligations of emerging market collateral. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has also served as director of a long short equity hedge fund, managed global balanced and fixed income funds and portfolios, served as Investment Counselor specializing in emerging markets and derivatives transactions, and has been a member of various investment policy and asset allocation committees. Mr. Cordova has been a Partner at Vedanta Capital since 2006, where he has served on committees having responsibility for evaluation and selection of private equity funds as well as private companies with an asset value of over $600M. Mr. Cordova earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Florida and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in economic policy from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He received his PhD in economics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he concentrated in environmental and financial economics. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Shrikant Sathe, our Senior Vice President , has over 24 years of operational experience in the technology area, over 20 years of which have been with private companies. Mr. Sathe joined as a Partner in Vedanta in 2007, around the time of its inception. Since then he has been involved in direct investment activities in the technology and healthcare areas, and in fund of fund investments in early and growth stage venture funds. He has served as a board member and member of the advisory board at several of the Vedanta portfolio companies and funds. Prior to joining Vedanta, he also has served in many functional areas including engineering, marketing, business development, international sales, and general management. Mr. Sathe started his career at Intel Corporation in engineering in 1979. Since then he has worked for several private companies, two of which (Daisy Systems and Cadence Design Systems) have gone public and one has been acquired by a publicly traded company (Infineon Technologies). Mr. Sathe worked at Daisy Systems as Customer Marketing Manager, at Cadence Design Systems as Director of Product Marketing and Director of Strategic Partnerships, and at Infineon Technologies as Senior Vice President of Marketing for a business unit. He holds a BTech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, an MSEE from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Atanuu Agarrwal our Vice President , has been an investment professional, currently as a Vice President, at NSR Advisors and Vedanta since 2012. Since August 2018, he has served as Vice President for Tenzing Acquisition Corporation. He has worked closely on investments worth over $500 million across financial services, education, telecom, pharmaceutical and media sectors. These include: (i) early stage investments in the biotech, digital health, medical devices, and SAAS sectors for Vedanta and Tenzing Acquisition Corporation; (ii) a financial services platform to invest in PNB Housing Finance, which platform subsequently sold to Carlyle in 2015 resulting in a highly profitable exit for NSR Advisors; PNB Housing Finance later went public in India; and (iii) NSR’s investments in Beaconhouse, a large network of K-12 schools present in 7 countries, and Varsity Education Management, a leading service provider to K-12 schools and colleges in India. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Agarrwal was part of the investment banking team at Credit Suisse where he was part of the successful $3 billion acquisition of a stake in a Portuguese utility, EDP, by China Three Gorges, which at that time was the largest ever China-into-Portugal cross-border investment. Mr. Agarrwal holds a and in Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay where he completed a dissertation on the applications of Graphene in drug delivery systems and co-authored a paper in the prestigious Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.

Daphne Karydas, a member of our Board of Directors , has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Syndax Pharmaceuticals since July 2020 and previously served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis and Strategy at Allergan from December 2018 to May 2020, until its recent acquisition by Abbvie, and previously, as the SVP of Global Investor Relations and Strategy from April 2017 to December 2018. In these roles, Ms. Karydas oversaw Allergan’s long-term financial and business strategy, and also lead engagement with the investment community and business strategy development. Prior to her operating roles at Syndax Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, Ms. Karydas spent approximately 16 years in investment banking and asset management roles, focused exclusively in the healthcare space, including biopharmaceuticals, life sciences & medical technologies and healthcare services. Prior to joining Allergan, Ms. Karydas served as Executive Director and Senior Healthcare Analyst at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Previously, Ms. Karydas was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Healthcare Analyst at The Boston Company Asset Management, a BNY Mellon company. Earlier, Ms. Karydas was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs Asset Management focused on healthcare, as well as a member of Goldman Sachs’ healthcare investment banking team. Before joining Goldman Sachs, she was a Project Chemical Engineer at Merck & Co. where she focused on process development for novel vaccines. Ms. Karydas received a B.A. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe Ms. Karyadas’s deep financial, entrepreneurial and business expertise and experience as a member of the board of another public company qualifies her to serve on our Board of Directors.

William Campbell has agreed to serve on our Board of Directors . Mr. Campbell currently serves as President of Sanoch Management, a consulting and investment vehicle for financial companies, start-ups, and venture capital firms, since January 2012. He also serves as Senior Operating Advisor for NSR Advisors. Mr. Campbell served as a Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase from 2008 until 2012. Prior to that position, William was the Chairman of the Card Services Unit at JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s second largest credit card organization, from 2003 until 2008. From 2005 to 2007 he served as Chairman of Visa International, leading the organization to its IPO, the largest in U.S. history in 2008. Prior to his executive roles mentioned above, Mr. Campbell oversaw Citigroup’s Global Consumer Business from 1996 through 2000. Mr. Campbell spent 28 years at Philip Morris, including five years as Chief Executive Officer of Philip Morris USA. He began his career in Canada in brand management and eventually served as President of Philip Morris Asia Pacific, EVP of Marketing and Sales for Philip Morris USA, and then EVP of Strategic Planning for Philip Morris Companies. Mr. Campbell currently serves on the boards of Tenzing Acquisition Corp. and First Beverage Group LLC. Mr. Campbell earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is Vice Chairman of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and is also a member of the executive committee of The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation as well as a member of the Canadian Advisory Board to the Woodrow Wilson Institute. We believe Mr. Campbell’s extensive experience in general management and corporate finance across marquee multinational corporations qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

Nina Shapiro has agreed to serve on our Board of Directors . Ms. Shapiro is a Senior Operating Advisor for NSR Advisors. She is the former Vice President Finance and Treasurer of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). She was appointed Treasurer in 2000 and Vice President Finance in 2003, and held those titles until she retired in 2011. In those roles Ms. Shapiro managed IFC’s funding, liquid asset investments, asset liability management and the Corporation’s initiatives in structured finance and in local currency and risk hedging instruments. She has also held several prominent positions at the World Bank including Senior Financial Analyst for Asia Infrastructure and Director of Project Finance and Guarantees, where she developed the Bank’s partial risk guarantee instrument in project finance and the partial credit guarantee in capital market transactions. Ms. Shapiro currently serves on the boards of Tenzing Acquisition Corp., HSBC Global Asset Management, Global Parametrics, Indentiv and Zyfin Holdings Pte Ltd. and served on the board of Man Group PLC until 2018. She also currently serves on the advisory boards of Mountain Nazca and Carbon Trust. Ms. Shapiro holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she received a Sheldon Fellowship, and a Masters in Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2010, she received the Euroweek Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the capital markets. We believe Ms. Shapiro’s strong expertise in finance and international and domestic business transactions qualifies her to serve on our Board of Directors.

Amitabh (Amit) Singhal has agreed to serve on our Board of Directors . He worked at Google from November 2000 to February 2016 in various positions including Senior Vice President of Search and in 2006 was named a Google Fellow, an award given to the company’s “elite engineers,” as recognition of his rewrite of the ranking code. He led Google’s core ranking team which focused on improving the accuracy, speed, and thoroughness of Google searches. During his tenure at Google, Singhal received numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Singhal was named by India Abroad as one of the 50 most influential Indian Americans. In 2011, he was inducted as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and was given the UBM Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology at the Asian Awards. Following his departure from Google in February 2016, Mr. Singhal and his spouse founded the Sitare Foundation which provides educational opportunities for under privileged children in India. Mr. Singhal joined Uber Technologies, Inc. in January 2017 as Senior Vice President of Engineering and left in February 2017 upon it learning a female employee had complained of inappropriate conduct by him during his time at Google. Subsequent related shareholder lawsuits were filed against, among others, Google, all its Board members and Mr. Singhal which are ongoing. Mr. Singhal currently serves on the boards of GOQii Inc, REX Homes, One Hundred Feet Inc. and Fingo Inc. and served on the board of One97 Communications Ltd. until 2019. He is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Cornell's Faculty of Computing & Information Sciences. Mr. Singhal received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) in India, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University. We believe Mr. Singhal’s deep scientific, financial, entrepreneurial and business expertise qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.