Dr. Evan Dick is currently SVP of Discovery Medicine at Aclaris Therapeutics, a publicly-traded dermatology company, and a Partner at NeXeption, a therapeutic incubator. Previously, Evan was SVP of Chemistry at Ralexar Therapeutics, a venture-backed autoimmune startup. Prior, Evan served as SVP of R&D or BD at multiple successful venture-backed startups, including Ceptaris Therapeutics (acquired by Actelion), Ception (acquired by Cephalon), and Fulcrum Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Ception). Evan gained additional startup experience at Kereos, MedStrategy, and Cytotaxis. Prior, Evan was Head of Ophthalmology R&D at G.D. Searle & Company. Evan was also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Pharmacology at the Washington University School of Medicine. He earned a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo.
Dr. Ford-Hutchinson is currently a Board Member or Scientific Advisor to multiple startup companies and private foundations. Tony has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceuticals, including an extensive tenure at Merck & Co. At Merck Frosst, Canada, Tony led teams that developed Singulair®, Cox-2 inhibitors (Vioxx® and Arcoxia®), prostaglandin DP receptor antagonist (a component of Tredaptive®) and Cat K inhibitors (odanacatib) making the Merck Frosst Laboratories the most productive discovery unit of Merck. Subsequent career highlights at Merck relating to infectious disease include the development of HIV integrase inhibitor Isentress® and development & licensing of therapies to tackle drug-resistant bacterial infections. Tony's most recent responsibility at Merck as head of Vaccine R&D led to commercialization of 4 vaccines; Gardasil®, Zostavax®, Proquad® and Rotateq®. Tony is Chairman of the Board of Directors, MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Labs, Board of Trustees, and President, Merck Genome Research Institute.
Mr. Lehr is the Co-founder and CEO of Context Therapeutics. In addition, Mr. Lehr is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Integral Molecular, an antibody discovery company. Previously, Martin was part of the founding team at Osage University Partners, a venture capital fund focused on academic spinouts from leading research institutions. At Osage, Martin focused on early stage oncology and rare disease opportunities. Prior to Osage, Martin conducted research at the Sloan Kettering Institute in DNA repair and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in thrombosis and hemostasis. In addition to his role at Context, Martin is a Director of BioBreak, a biotech executive peer group with over 2,500 active members across the United States. He holds an M.A. in Biotechnology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Martin Phillips is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Opsidio, a fibrosis-focused startup. In addition, Martin is also CEO of Tarnhelm Therapeutics, an Advisor to Integral Molecular, and on the Steering Committee of Mid-Atlantic BioAngels. Martin brings nearly 30 years of experience including a career in academic medicine, biotech and the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, Martin served as the Chief Medical Officer at two venture-backed startups: Morphotek (acquired by Eisai), an antibody discovery platform; and a Millendo Therapeutics, a rare disease drug discovery company. Prior, Martin was VP of Clinical R&D at Aventis Behring, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and an Associate Professor at University of Texas-Houston. He holds an M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine and a B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Sorensen is President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Galera Therapeutics. Mel is a Medical Oncologist who has spent 7-8 years each in patient care (including his oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic), in academia (at the National Institutes of Health), in leadership positions in clinical development in the pharmaceutical industry (GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer), and as President & CEO of private venture-funded biotechs, including Ascenta Therapeutics and Galera Therapeutics. He also serves as Chairman of other biotech companies, including OncoFusion Therapeutics. At Ascenta, Mel raised approximately $100 million in private financing and venture debt and secured global and regional deals for its three programs. Operationally, in about five years, Ascenta advanced two unrelated preclinical programs into broad clinical testing, managed multiple clinical trials, and developed an R&D presence in China. Mel is an advisor to the Biomarkers Consortium of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Ulrich is currently a Senior Advisor to Frazier Healthcare Partners. In addition, Roger on the Board of Directors of Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Aminex, and is a Scientific Advisor to Mllendo Therapeutics. Previously, Roger was Chief Scientific Officer of Acerta Pharma (acquired by AstraZeneca) and Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Gilead). Prior to Calistoga, Roger was Senior Scientific Director with Merck Research Laboratories and Director of Drug Safety Evaluation at Abbott Laboratories. Earlier, Roger was a Senior Scientist with both The Upjohn Company and Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc. Roger has authored more than 120 publications and is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from West Virginia University.