Occam Places Chulani Karunatilake as CTO at Werewolf Therapeutics

Werewolf Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOWL), an innovative biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of conditionally activated therapeutics engineered to stimulate the body’s immune system for the treatment of cancer, today announced the appointment of Chulani Karunatilake, Ph.D. as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Dr. Karunatilake brings more than 30 years of experience in Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls (CMC) process and strategy development and will oversee manufacturing operations in the newly formed role

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Occam Places Jeff Landau as CBO and Chau Cheng as VP IR at CytomX Therapeutics

South San Francisco, CA based CytomX Therapeutics [CTMX], a longstanding client of Occam Global’s, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Jeff Landau as SVP, Head of Strategy and Chief Business Officer.  CytomX is a clinical-stage, oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company with a vision of transforming lives with safer, more effective therapies. The company is developing a novel class of investigational conditionally activated therapeutics, based on its Probody® technology platform, for the treatment of cancer.  CytomX has strategic drug discovery and development collaborations with AbbVie, Amgen, Astellas, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

Jeff Landau has over 20 years of biopharmaceutical experience in corporate development, corporate strategy, and new product strategy/planning.  Most recently, he was SVP Corporate Development, Commercial and New Product Strategy at Catalyst Biosciences, Inc., where he was responsible for partnering, license and acquisition, corporate strategy, pipeline and new product planning, and alliance and project management.  Prior to joining Catalyst, Jeff held corporate development and global product and pipeline strategy roles of increasing responsibility at Threshold Pharmaceuticals and Onyx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen).  Jeff holds a BS in Biochemistry/Biotechnology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Recently, Occam also placed Chau Cheng, PhD as VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at CytomX.  Previously, Chau led investor relations at Immunomedics, Inc. for over 15 years until the company’s acquisition by Gilead Sciences for $21B.

Occam Places Paul Audhya as CMO at KalVista Pharmaceuticals

KalVista Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KALV), a pharmaceutical company which has developed a proprietary portfolio of novel, small molecule plasma kallikrein inhibitors initially targeting hereditary angioedema (HAE) and diabetic macular edema (DME), has announced the appointment of Paul Audhya, MD as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Audhya has over 20 years of clinical development and global medical affairs leadership experience across a range of therapeutic areas and disciplines, including rare disease.

Most recently, Dr. Audhya was Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he established and provided oversight for all medical affairs functions including Health Economics and Outcomes Research and Global Patient Advocacy. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Global Strategy and Phase 4, Global Medical Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led global launch and lifecycle management planning and implementation for the cystic fibrosis portfolio. Before Vertex, Dr. Audhya was Vice President, Medical Affairs at Hospira Inc. (acquired by Pfizer) where he introduced transformational strategies for biosimilars globally and led the successful launch of the first monoclonal biosimilar in the EU. In the years prior to Hospira, Dr. Audhya held positions of increasing responsibility across all stages of drug development at Reata Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb and Janssen.

Dr. Audhya received a BA and MD from New York University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Occam Places Vatnak Vat-Ho as CBO at Ryvu Therapeutics

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.

Occam Places Teresa McRoberts as Chief Financial Officer at Triumvira Immunologics

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.

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