BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerel Davis, PhD
Chairman of the Board
Jerel Davis, Ph.D. has served as chairman of our board of directors since our incorporation in September 2016. Since June 2011, Dr. Davis has been at Versant Venture Management, LLC, a healthcare investment firm, where he has held the position of managing director since 2015. He has played a critical role in Versant’s company creation strategies and has served on the boards of directors of many public and private biotech companies including BlueRock Therapeutics, Turnstone Biologics, Chinook Therapeutics, Inception 5 and Northern Biologics.
Prior to joining Versant, Dr. Davis was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company in various healthcare markets including the United States, Canada, Europe and China.
He received a B.S. in mathematics and biology from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in population genetics from Stanford University.
David Bonita, M.D.
David Bonita, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2019. Dr. Bonita is a member of OrbiMed Advisors LLC, an investment firm, where he has held various positions since joining in June 2004. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Tricida, Inc. and Imara Inc. Dr. Bonita previously served on the boards of directors of several other public and private companies, including Ambit Biosciences Corporation, Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Loxo Oncology, Inc., SI-BONE, Inc. and ViewRay Inc.
Prior to joining OrbiMed, he worked as a corporate finance analyst in the healthcare investment banking groups of Morgan Stanley and UBS. Dr. Bonita has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals based on signal transduction research performed at Harvard Medical School.
He received his B.A. in biology from Harvard University and his joint M.D./M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Todd Foley has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2017. Since 1999, Mr. Foley has worked at MPM Capital LLC, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, where he currently serves as a Managing Director focusing on investments in biotech companies.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Chiasma, Inc. and Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and also serves as on the boards of directors of several other privately-held life sciences and pharmaceutical companies.
Mr. Foley received a B.S. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Samarth Kulkarni, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2019. Dr. Kulkarni is the Chief Executive Officer of CRISPR Therapeutics AG, a position he has held since 2017. He initially joined CRISPR in August 2015 as Chief Business Officer, and then served as CRISPR’s President and Chief Business Officer from May 2017 to November 2017.
Prior to joining CRISPR, Dr. Kulkarni was a partner within the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology practice at McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility after joining in 2006. He also serves on the board of directors of Black Diamond Therapeutics, Inc.
Dr. Kulkarni received a Ph.D. in bioengineering and nanotechnology from the University of Washington and a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Briggs W. Morrison, MD
Briggs Morrison, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2017. Dr. Morrison currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a position he has held since June 2015, and as a member of its board of directors since July 2015. Prior to joining Syndax, Dr. Morrison served as Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca plc from January 2012 to June 2015, leading the company’s global, late-stage development organization and serving as a member of the AstraZeneca senior executive team.
From October 2007 to December 2011, Dr. Morrison held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer Inc., culminating in his appointment as Head, Medical Affairs, Safety and Regulatory Affairs for Pfizer’s human health business. Dr. Morrison served as chairman of the board of TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. from 2014 to 2015, a member of the executive committee of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative sponsored by FDA, and is on the board of the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety. In addition to Syndax, Dr. Morrison currently serves on the boards of directors of two other public companies, Arvinas, Inc. and NextCure, Inc. as well as on the boards of directors of several private companies. He is also currently an executive partner at MPM Capital LLC, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, a position he has held since June 2015.
Dr. Morrison received a B.S. in biology from Georgetown University and an M.D. from the University of Connecticut Medical School. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Ann D. Rhoads
Ann D. Rhoads has served as a member of our board of directors since June 10, 2020. Ms. Rhoads most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Forty Seven, Inc. (acquired by Gilead Sciences, Inc.), a position she held from March 2018 until its sale to Gilead in 2020. Previously, from 2010 to January 2017, Ms. Rhoads was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zogenix, Inc. From 1998 through 2009, Ms. Rhoads was at Premier, Inc., serving as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives from 1998 to 2000 before serving as Chief Financial Officer from 2000 through the 2009.
Ms. Rhoads currently serves on the board of directors of Globus Medical Inc. and Evoke Pharma, Inc., and she previously served on the board of directors of Iridex Corporation and Novellus Systems, Inc.
Ms. Rhoads holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arkansas and an M.B.A.
from the Harvard Graduate Business School.
Carol A. Schafer has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2019. Ms. Schafer is currently a consultant in the biotech industry and has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, equity capital markets, corporate finance and business development in the biopharmaceutical sector. From April 2007 to September 2018, she held various positions of increasing responsibility at Wells Fargo Securities, most recently serving as Vice Chair, Equity Capital Markets.
From December 2003 to February 2007, Ms. Schafer served as Vice President of Finance and Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, Ms. Schafer worked at J.P. Morgan, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as a managing director in equity capital markets. Ms. Schafer currently serves on the boards of directors of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.
Ms. Schafer received a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A from New York University.
Lloyd M. Segal
Lloyd M. Segal has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our incorporation in September 2016. From February 2010 to January 2016, he was a Managing Partner with Persistence Capital Partners, a Canadian-based healthcare private equity investor. Previously, Mr. Segal was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and served as chief executive officer of several emerging biotechnology companies including Advanced Bioconcept Inc., Caprion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (now Caprion Biosciences), which he co-founded, and Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
He serves as a member of the board of directors of GBC American Fund, a U.S. growth-focused mutual fund. Mr. Segal also previously served as Chairman of LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology, Canada’s leading national endocrinology practice. From June 2016 to March 2020, Mr. Segal served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Versant Ventures. He was honored in 2013 by the Financial Times as Outstanding Director of the Year for public companies and also previously served on the boards of directors of several public and private U.S. and Canadian companies, including Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and its predecessor company, Biovail Corporation.
He holds a B.A. in politics from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.