Board of Directors
Bruce Booth, DPhil
Bruce Booth is a partner at Atlas Venture and focuses on the discovery and development of novel medicines and therapeutic platforms. Bruce is currently chairman of AVROBIO (NASDAQ:AVRO), Kymera Therapeutics, Hotspot Therapeutics, Nimbus Therapeutics, Rodin Therapeutics, and Unum Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UMRX), and also serves on the boards of Lysosomal Therapeutics and Magenta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MGTA). He previously served on the boards of past Atlas companies Avila (acquired by Celgene), Padlock (acquired by BMS), Prestwick (acquired by Biovail), Stromedix (acquired by Biogen), Zafgen (NASDAQ:ZFGN), and a number of other ventures. Bruce serves as an advisor in various capacities to UCB, Takeda, and the Gates Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the National Venture Capital Association, the Pennsylvania State Research Foundation, and New England Disabled Sports, a charity dedicated to adaptive sports. Bruce blogs about biotech and venture capital topics at LifeSciVC.com, which is syndicated on Forbes. Prior to joining Atlas in 2005, Bruce was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, as well as an investor for Caxton Health Holdings. As a British Marshall Scholar, Bruce received a D.Phil. (PhD) in molecular immunology from Oxford University. He received a BS in biochemistry, summa cum laude, from The Pennsylvania State University.
Geoff is an experienced CEO with proven success leading innovative businesses. While CEO of Organogenesis Inc., the company treated 1 million patients with living cell therapies, received the first FDA CBER allogeneic cell-therapy approval and achieved an unparalleled position within regenerative medicine. Geoff was founding CEO of eGenesis, applying CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing to xenotransplantation. Geoff spent 11 years at Novartis in senior leadership positions within the Global Transplantation & Immunology franchise. Past activities include Chairman of the Board of MassBio, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance of Regenerative Medicine, and Advisory Council to the Health Policy Commission for Massachusetts. Through his public and private enterprise work, Geoff is dedicated to applying innovation to reshape and improve the quality of healthcare.
Ian is currently serving as an Operating Partner within Clarus Ventures and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and Head of North American Commercial Operations at Genentech. From 2003 to 2010 he held the positions of Head of Global Product Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer of Roche, Executive Vice President – Commercial Operations and Senior Vice President and General Manager – BioOncology at Genentech. Prior to joining Genentech, he served as general manager of Novartis Canada, where he oversaw all of the company’s country operations, and as Chief Operating Officer for Novartis United Kingdom. Ian serves on the boards of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Shire plc. He was recently a member of the Kite Pharma board until its acquisition by Gilead Inc. He has served on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) since 2009, as well as on the boards of TerraVia and the Gladstone Foundation, and as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council. He is an Advisor to the Institute of Life Sciences at Southampton University in the UK. Ian received a Bachelor of Science Degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Biological Sciences from Southampton University in the United Kingdom.
Annalisa Jenkins, MBBS, FRCP
Dr. Annalisa Jenkins is a life sciences thought leader with over 20 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience. She has recent experience in the fields of gene therapy and rare disease, having served as president and CEO of Dimension Therapeutics, Inc., until its acquisition in November 2017. Her prior leadership roles at global pharmaceutical companies included serving as executive vice president, global development and medical for Merck Serono, and several senior positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb spanning 15 years including as a senior vice president and head of global medical affairs. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jenkins was a medical officer in the British Royal Navy during the Gulf Conflict, achieving the rank of surgeon lieutenant commander. Currently, Dr. Jenkins chairs the boards of CellMedica, Cocoon, Vium, Inc., and Silence Therapeutics; serves as chief executive advisor to PlaqueTec Ltd.; and is a director on the boards of Ardelyx, Oncimmune Holdings plc, and a number of early–stage private biotech and life science companies. She also serves as a committee member of the Science Board to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Jenkins graduated with a degree in medicine from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the University of London and subsequently trained in cardiovascular medicine in the U.K. National Health Service.
Phillip brings more than 23 years of leadership expertise in finance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and operations focused in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. His background includes recent experience with a gene therapy company, AveXis, Inc., where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President until June 15, 2018, following its acquisition by Novartis.
Phillip has held leadership roles overseeing strategic transactions, financing management and accounting operations, controls and reporting processes for growing life sciences companies. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Depomed, Inc. Previously, Phillip was the Chief Financial Officer at RestorGenex Corporation from 2014 to 2016, when RestorGenex merged with Diffusion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From 1998 to 2013, he served as the Chief Financial Officer at BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. until the merger of the company with ANIP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Phillip earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Christopher Paige, PhD, FCAHS
Christopher earned a PhD in Immunology at the Sloan-Kettering Division of Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1979. He became a Member of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland in 1980 where he worked until joining the Ontario Cancer Institute as a Senior Scientist in 1987. In 1990, Dr Paige became the founding Director of the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre as well as Director of Research at The Wellesley Hospital. In 1997, he returned to OCI, now part of the University Health Network, to assume the role of Vice President, Research at UHN. Dr Paige now serves as Senior Scientist at UHN and is a Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto.
Philip Vickers, PhD
Dr. Vickers is President and CEO of Northern Biologics, Inc., a company focused on the development of monoclonal antibodies as immuno-oncology therapeutics to treat targeted populations of cancer patients. Prior to joining Northern Biologics, from 2010 to 2017, he was Global Head of Research and Development at Shire, responsible for overseeing preclinical research and development, clinical research, regulatory affairs, and medical affairs. Phil oversaw Shire’s growing product portfolio and as Executive Vice-President and a member of Shire’s Executive Committee he played a key role in developing and executing Shire’s global business strategy, with a particular focus on rare diseases. Prior to joining Shire, he had roles of increasing responsibility in drug discovery in a range of therapeutic areas at Merck, Pfizer, Boehringer-Ingelheim and Resolvyx. Phil is also a member of the board of directors of Revance Therapeutics. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biochemistry from the University of Salford, Manchester U.K. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.