Occam Places David Bredt as Executive Partner at MPM Capital

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.

Occam Places Ann Taylor, CMO of AstraZeneca, on Board of Unlearn.AI

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.

Occam Places Wildon Farwell as CMO at Dyne Therapeutics

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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Occam Places Louisa Daniels as General Counsel at Recursion

Recursion, a biotechnology company scaling more like a technology company, today announced the appointment of Louisa Daniels, J.D., MBA as its Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. In her new role, Daniels will oversee Recursion’s legal and compliance functions and augment Recursion’s industry-leading executive team.

With more than 20 years in senior roles in the biopharma industry, Daniels joins Recursion from Pfizer Inc., where she served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel. In that position, Daniels was head of the clinical development legal team and had a leading role in legal support for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine program, Operation Light Speed.

Daniels previously served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at Pfizer from April 2008 to January 2021, where she also served as Chief Counsel of Global Product Development from May 2016 to January 2021, as Chief Counsel of Global Commercial Operations, Strategy & Portfolio Management from 2013 to 2016 and as Lead Counsel of PharmaTherapeutics R&D from 2008 to 2013. Ms. Daniels obtained her J.D. from the University of California, BerkeleySchool of Law and her M.B.A from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine.

Occam Places Tim Trost as CFO at Werewolf Therapeutics

Werewolf Therapeutics, Inc., 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 Tim Trost as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Trost is an accomplished life sciences executive with extensive leadership experience in financial and accounting operations and strategy.

Trost joins Werewolf from Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio), where he served as CFO until the company’s acquisition by Bayer AG in October 2020. Prior to AskBio, Mr. Trost was Senior Vice President and CFO of Chimerix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments in oncology and biodefense, where he helped lead the company through a variety of private and public financings. Prior to Chimerix, Mr. Trost was instrumental in venture financing and collaborations as the Vice President and CFO at Argos Therapeutics, Inc., a venture capital-backed immunotherapy company, and Senior Vice President and CFO at InteCardia, Inc., a venture-backed cardiac imaging company that was acquired by Syncor International Corporation.

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