Daniel D. Burgess, Chairman
Mr. Burgess was founder, President and CEO of Rempex Pharmaceuticals Inc., an antibiotic company that was sold to the Medicines Company. Previously, Mr. Burgess was President and CEO of Mpex Pharmaceuticals Inc., a company that advanced an inhaled antibiotic for cystic fibrosis into Phase 3 before it was acquired by Aptalis Inc. in 2011. Mr. Burgess has also held senior executive positions at a number of other biotechnology companies and served as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Santarus Inc. until its acquisition by Salix Inc. in 2014.
Casper Breum, Partner, Lundbeckfonden Ventures
Mr. Breum was previously CEO of ilochip A/S, a venture backed diagnostic company. Before this he held different positions at H.Lundbeck A/S and most recently in Corporate Business Development and. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lundbeck Foundation and Lundbeckfonden Invest as an employee representative. Prior to his work at H.Lundbeck, Casper worked for Novo Nordisk A/S and Niels Clauson-Kaas A/S. Casper has an MSc in organic chemistry and an MBA.
Erez Chimovits, Senior Managing Director, Orbimed Israel
Mr. Chimovits is a Managing Director. Erez has 14 years of operational experience, including 10 years of senior managerial experience in public companies. Prior to joining OrbiMed Erez was the CEO of NasVax (TASE: NSVX). NasVax acquired Protea and struck agreements with GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis. Previously, Erez spent more than seven years with Compugen (Nasdaq:CGEN), as President, Compugen USA Inc. and Executive VP, Commercial Operations. At Compugen, he had P&L responsibility for more than 100 people and led multiple transactions including J&J, Novartis, Teva, Abbott, Medarex and others. In addition to Atox Bio, Erez is a board member at AdicetBio, FutuRx, LogicBio, Emendo, Novus, Nucleix, NovellusDX, BiomX and Mitoconix. Erez earned his M.B.A., M.Sc. in Microbiology and his B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University.
Matthew Foy, Partner, SR One
Mr. Foy joined SR One’s London office in 2011. Previously he was a Vice President at Greenhill & Co, an M&A Investment Bank and Private Equity firm in New York. Matthew studied Molecular Biology at The University of Oxford; Drug Discovery at UCL; Corporate Finance at The London Business School and holds various FSA & SEC qualifications. His portfolio companies include AtoxBio, Progenitor, PsiOxus, Pulmocide, Puridify and VHSquared.
Terry Gould, Partner and Head of Venture/Growth Investments, Adams Street Partners, LLC
Terry invests in venture and growth-oriented companies with a focus on the healthcare space. Terry sits on the Boards of Directors of Aptinyx, Atox Bio, Corvus Pharmaceuticals (NADSAQ: CRVS), Fusion Pharmaceuticals, LifeBond, Orbus Therapeutics, and Outpost Medicine. He is a Board Observer at Millendo. He is a former board member at CombiChem, INC Research, Incline Therapeutics, OncoMed (NADSAQ: OMED), and Proteus Digital Health. He is responsible for several other successful investments including Heartport, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Naurex Pharmaceuticals, NxStage Medical, Pharmacyclics, Rempex Pharmaceuticals, Revivant, Spinal Dynamics and Vivant Medical. Before joining in Adams Street in 1994, Terry was with Trinity Ventures, Ltd. and spent five years as a management consultant, including experience with the Boston Consulting Group, an international strategy consulting firm. He also has experience as a founder and executive in two successful entrepreneurial companies. Terry is a graduate of Dartmouth College, BA and Stanford University Graduate School of Business, MBA.
Dane Ross, Managing General Partner, Belay Equity
Mr. Ross has been an Atox Bio Board Director since early 2012, serving as the Company’s Chairman 2013-14. Dane started VC in 1995 with DLJ’s (Credit Suisse) VC affiliate Sprout Group, and was 8 years with Elwin Capital Partners. Dane was also the Chairman of International Management Ventures. Previously, he was with Denmark’s Carl Bro Group’s software subsidiary System Data. Dane Ross is alum of the Kauffman Venture Capital Fellows Charter Class, the first of 19 classes of 350+ Kauffman VC Fellows & Mentors managing 300+ funds and $200+ billion. Dane also has 25+ years of CEO experience, 7 years as dual CEO/ COO. Dane earned an MBA and a Lebor/ Arthur Rock Entrepreneur Fellowship at the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelors- International Business- University of Minnesota and DIS Program/ Copenhagen University, Denmark.
Christian Schetter, Managing Director, Arix Bioscience
Christian has over 20 years’ experience in the life science industry. He is Executive Chairman of STipe Therapeutics and a Non-Executive Director of Aura Biosciences, Atox Bio and Quench Bio, all Arix portfolio companies. Prior to joining Arix he was for four years CEO of Rigontec GmbH, a German Biotech start-up company in the immune oncology space. Christian lead Rigontec to a successful acquisition mid 2017 by MSD valuing EUR 115 MM in upfront payment and additional EUR 349 million in potential milestones.
Between 2008 and 2014 Christian was President and CEO of Neovii Biotech, previously Fresenius Biotech. During his tenure one antibody product was brought to market and the indication for another product expanded. Christian was instrumental in selling Fresenius Biotech to the Neopharm Group, Israel, to form Neovii Biotech and positioning it as a successful standalone business. Before joining Fresenius, Christian was Senior Vice President, European Operations of Coley Pharmaceutical Group, Inc, a pioneer in the development of immunostimulatory oligonucleotides, and served as Managing Director of Coley GmbH. He was part of the leadership team which built Coley Pharmaceuticals from inception through multiple financing rounds, a NASDAQ IPO and, following a number of significant pharma deals, to a trade sale to Pfizer in 2007.
Before entering the life science industry Christian was successfully performing academic research at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried, Germany. He received his undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Cologne and did postdoctoral research in oncology and virology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.