Krakow, Poland based Ryvu Therapeutics has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Vatnak Vat-Ho as its Chief Business Officer and first US-based employee. Publicly traded on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Ryvu (WSE: RVU) is a clinical-stage drug discovery and development company focusing on novel small molecule therapies that address emerging targets in oncology.
Vatnak will have accountability for Ryvu‘s corporate and business development efforts including strategic positioning, partnering discussions, and investor interactions. He will be instrumental in cementing Ryvu‘s role as an integral player in the US and global biotech ecosystem, as the company has secured multiple partnerships internationally but has yet to break into the US market.
Vatnak’s early career was in healthcare equity research. Subsequently, during an eight-year tenure at Pfizer, he held roles of increasing responsibility in oncology business development. He then moved to biotech as Vice President of Business Development at Affimed Inc. where he led partnering activities across both the preclinical and clinical pipeline. Vatnak holds an AB in Biology from Harvard University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Based in Austin, TX, Triumvira Immunologics is a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing a novel platform for engineering T cells to attack cancers.
Teresa McRoberts brings more than four decades of experience in the financial sector across both the buy-side and sell-side with a focus on healthcare. Prior to joining Triumvira, she was Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President and Senior Analyst at Alger Management, a growth-style investment management company, where she grew Alger’s Health Sciences Trust into a top 10% healthcare mutual fund. She was also previously Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley, Portfolio Co-Manager at Tribeca Global Management, a hedge fund owned by Citigroup, and an analyst and investment banker with J.P. Morgan. Ms. McRoberts holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and Bachelor of Arts in English from Oberlin College.
MPM Capital is a leading biotechnology investment firm investing in early-stage therapeutics companies. David S. Bredt, MD, PhD, has joined its team of Executive Partners.
Before joining MPM, David was Site Head for Johnson & Johnson’s R&D Campus in La Jolla, which focuses on Neuroscience, Immunology and Biotechnology and is the original JLABS incubator for emerging healthcare companies. He was Global Head of Neuroscience Discovery at Johnson & Johnson where he had line management responsibility for neuroscience biology, biomarkers, and external innovation activities. His discovery group delivered numerous small and large molecule clinical candidates for Alzheimer’s disease, major depression, schizophrenia and epilepsy.
David joined Eli Lilly and Company as Vice President of Integrative Biology in August 2004 and became Vice President of Neuroscience Discovery and Early Development a few years later. As head of neuroscience research at Eli Lilly, David’s group was responsible for Discovery through Phase 2 programs in Neurology, Psychiatry, Migraine, and Pain indications. His group prosecuted numerous small and large molecules that entered preclinical and clinical development including galcanezumab / Emgality, which is now approved for preventative treatment of migraine.
Dr. Ann Taylor is the newest member of Unlearn.AI’s Board of Directors. Dr. Taylor is the Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca and has spent more than 35 years as a leader in exploratory research and early clinical medicine.
At AstraZeneca, Dr. Taylor oversees safety and quality assurance, as well as risk assessment for medicines in development and in the market. She is also responsible for AstraZeneca’s global regulatory policy and intelligence. She has over 30 years of experience as a researcher, with a focus on Phase I and II clinical trial design and execution, including strategy, operations, and compliance.
This year will mark a pivotal moment at Unlearn for clinical research as they begin using Digital Twins to design and execute substantially more efficient clinical trials. It’s a critical step towards their goal of halving the time it takes to run a typical clinical trial. Dr. Taylor’s expertise across the lifecycle and ecosystem of drug development will help the team immensely on this journey. Clinical excellence, statistical rigor, and regulatory compliance are foundational principles at Unlearn, and Dr. Taylor is uniquely qualified to help Unlearn execute a strategy built on these pillars.
Dyne Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: DYN), a muscle disease company focused on advancing innovative life-transforming therapeutics for people living with genetically driven diseases, today announced the appointment of Wildon Farwell, M.D., MPH, as chief medical officer. Dr. Farwell brings expertise in clinical development and medical affairs in neuromuscular diseases and oligonucleotide therapies.
Dr. Farwell joins Dyne from Biogen, Inc., where he was vice president, global head of neuromuscular diseases, medical affairs. During his 10 years at Biogen, Dr. Farwell led the development and life cycle management of SPINRAZA® (nusinersen), an oligonucleotide and the first therapy approved for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy. He also led the late-stage development of tofersen, an investigational oligonucleotide therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, oversaw clinical and biomarker development for Biogen’s neuromuscular disease portfolio, and began his tenure at the company leading pharmacovigilance for multiple product candidates.
Previously, Dr. Farwell was an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System. He received his M.D. from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and an MPH in clinical effectiveness from Harvard University School of Public Health…
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