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5:01 Acquisition Corp.

Underwriter: BofA Securities
Raised
$82M
CIK
1823465
Focus
Biotech, Healthcare
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Andrew J. Schwab has served as our co-chief executive officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in August 2020. Mr. Schwab also is a Founder and Managing Partner of 5AM. Prior to founding 5AM in 2002, Mr. Schwab was a Principal at Bay City Capital where he was involved with companies such as Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PTC Therapeutics, Inc., Symyx Technologies, Inc. and Syrrx, Inc. Previously Mr. Schwab was Vice President of Business Development at Digital Gene Technologies, Inc. and a Vice President in the life science investment banking group of Montgomery Securities. At 5AM, he has led the firm’s investments in and served on the boards of BlueLight Therapeutics, Inc., Bird Rock Bio, Inc., Cleave Therapeutics, Inc., DVS Sciences, Inc. (which was acquired by Fluidigm Corporation), Escient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLXN), Ikaria, Inc. (which was acquired by Mallinckrodt plc and spun-out Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH)), Ilypsa, Inc. (which was acquired by Amgen, Inc.), Miikana Therapeutics, Inc. (which was acquired by EntreMed, Inc.), Novome Biotechnologies, Inc., Panomics Inc. (which was acquired by Affymetrix, Inc.), Pear Therapeutics, Inc., Precision NanoSystems, Inc., Purigen Biosystems, Inc., Synosia Therapeutics Holding AG (which was acquired by Biotie Therapies Corp.), TMRW Life Sciences, Inc. and Viveve Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIVE). Mr. Schwab also serves on the boards of trustees of the California Academy of Sciences, Davidson College and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Mr. Schwab received a B.S. with Honors in Genetics & Ethics from Davidson College.

We believe Mr. Schwab is qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive experience in both private and public companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors.

Kush M. Parmar, M.D., Ph.D. has served as our co-chief executive officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in August 2020. Dr. Parmar is also Managing Partner at 5AM and joined in 2010 from Harvard Medical School, where he was an NIH-sponsored M.D./Ph.D. Physician Scientist Fellow in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. Dr. Parmar serves or has served as a director on the boards of Akouos, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKUS), Arvinas, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARVN), Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (which was acquired by Astellas Pharma Inc.), Entrada Therapeutics, Inc., Homology Medicines, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIXX), Rallybio, scPharmaceuticals, Inc (Nasdaq: SCPH), Vor Biopharma, and Ensoma Inc. He previously served as Acting VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at Novira Therapeutics, Inc. (which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson) and served as board observer for Envoy Therapeutics Inc. (which was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited), Achaogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAO) and Pulmatrix, Inc. (Nasdaq: PULM). Dr. Parmar serves on the advisory boards of Harvard Medical School, Penn Medicine, Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology, and the Grace Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Society of Kauffman Fellows. Before joining 5AM, Dr. Parmar completed clinical clerkships at the Massachusetts General & Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He holds an A.B. in Molecular Biology and Medieval Studies from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from Harvard University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

We believe Dr. Parmar is qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive experience in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies.

Galya D. Blachman, Ph.D., Esq., has served as our general counsel and secretary since September 2020. Dr. Blachman also joined 5AM in 2018 and serves as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Dr. Blachman joined 5AM from AbbVie where she was on the Legal R&D transactions team. Prior to that, she was a Director in the legal group of Stemcentrx before it was acquired by AbbVie in 2016. Dr. Blachman began her career at Slaughter & May and also practiced intellectual property law at Simmons & Simmons. She currently serves on the board of directors of and as the General Counsel at Biotech Connection Bay Area, a non-profit that focuses on career development for academic scientists. Dr. Blachman received her law degree in England and completed a postgraduate diploma in intellectual property law from Oxford University. She earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Cambridge University and an M.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry and Hebrew. Dr. Blachman is based in the San Francisco, CA office.

Rebecca L. Lucia has served as our chief financial officer and treasurer since September 2020. Ms. Lucia also joined 5AM in 2016 and serves as its Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Partner. Ms. Lucia has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, finance, and the life sciences industry. She was previously the CFO for Prospect Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in biotechnology and medical device companies. Ms. Lucia also served as CFO for Asset Management Ventures. She held senior finance positions at CV Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CVTX), Chiron Corporation (Nasdaq: CHIR) and at Deloitte. Ms. Lucia has earned a Chartered Financial Analyst designation as well as a Canadian Chartered Accountant designation and received an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of VCBC, a VC industry finance organization. Ms. Lucia is based in the San Francisco, CA office.

Jason Ruth, Ph.D. has served as our chief business officer since September 2020. Dr. Ruth is also a Principal at 5AM, which he joined in 2017 from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he studied precision medicine and high throughput screening in Levi Garraway’s laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He serves or has served as an Observer on the boards of directors of Expansion Therapeutics, Inc., Entrada Therapeutics, Inc., Vor Biopharma, Inc., Homology Medicines, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIXX), and Cabaletta Bio Inc. (Nasdaq: CABA). Dr. Ruth also serves as Chief Scientific Officer and as a Scientific Advisory Board member for the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania as an HHMI-Interfaces Fellow and received a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Ruth received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California in Irvine. His work is published in journals including Science and Lancet Hematology. Dr. Ruth is based in the Boston, MA office.

Non-Employee Director Nominees

Daniella Beckman will serve as a director following this offering. Ms. Beckman has served as the chief financial officer of Tango Therapeutics since September 2019. Prior to Tango, Ms. Beckman provided consulting and interim chief financial officer services for early-stage biotechnology companies through Beckman Consulting LLC from November 2015 to September 2019. Prior to consulting, Ms. Beckman was the chief financial officer of Idenix Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Merck in 2014. Prior to serving as chief financial officer, Ms. Beckman served as corporate controller for Idenix. She has previously held finance positions at Coley Pharmaceuticals, Biogen Idec and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Beckman serves as Chair of Audit Committee for the boards of directors of Translate Bio (NASDAQ: TBIO) and Vor Biopharma. Ms. Beckman has a B.S. in business administration/accounting from Boston University and is a certified public accountant in Massachusetts.

We believe Ms. Beckman is qualified to serve on our board due to her extensive experience in both private and public companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors.

Martin Mackay, Ph.D. will serve as a director following this offering. Dr. Mackay currently is co-founder and chief executive officer of Rallybio, a privately-held early-stage biotechnology company incorporated in January 2018. Previously, Dr. Mackay was Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development at Alexion from 2013 until 2017. Prior to joining Alexion, Dr. Mackay served as President, Research and Development at AstraZeneca from 2010 to 2013, where he led the research and development (R&D) functions worldwide, including discovery research, clinical development, regulatory affairs, and key related R&D functions. From 1995 to 2010, he held various positions at Pfizer Inc., including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Development, President of Global R&D, President, Pfizer PharmaTherapeutics and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team. From 1986 to 1995, Dr. Mackay worked at Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and held various positions in academic research prior to that time. Dr. Mackay obtained a First-Class Honours degree from Heriot-Watt University and his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. His postdoctoral work was conducted at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Mackay also serves as a board member of Charles River Laboratories (NYSE: CRL), Novo Nordisk (NYSE: NVO) and is a senior advisor to New Leaf Venture Partners.

We believe Dr. Mackay is qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive experience in both private and public companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors.

Matthew Patterson will serve as a director following this offering. Mr. Patterson is the co-founder of Audentes Therapeutics, where he currently serves in the role of strategic advisor. Previously, he served as Audentes’ chief executive officer from inception in November 2012 until its acquisition by Astellas Pharma Inc. in January 2020. Mr. Patterson was also Audentes’ chairman of the board of directors and formerly served as President until May 2018. Previously, Mr. Patterson worked for Genzyme Corporation, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, and Amicus Therapeutics. Prior to Audentes he was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with OrbiMed. Mr. Patterson also currently serves as chairman of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, the international advocacy organization representing the gene and cell therapy and broader regenerative medicine sector, and is a member of the board of directors for Homology Medicines, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIXX). Mr. Patterson received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College.

We believe Mr. Patterson is qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive experience in both private and public companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors.