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Board of Directors

Aro's Board of Directors is comprised of pharma and biotech industry experts and leading biotech investors

Susan Dillon, PhD

Chairman of the Board, Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aro Biotherapeutics

Sue Dillon, PhD, brings 30 years of experience in executive leadership roles at pharmaceutical and biotech companies to Aro Biotherapeutics. During her more than 16 year career at Johnson & Johnson, Sue led global Immunology R&D, and achieved numerous regulatory approvals for innovative antibody products for autoimmune diseases including REMICADE®, SIMPONI®, STELARA® and TREMFYA®. She also built a robust Immunology development portfolio through internal discovery and external licensing, and championed research into the emerging areas of the microbiome and immune repertoire profiling. Multi-disciplinary teams under Sue’s leadership were twice recognized with the Prix Galien Award for PROMACTA® and STELARA®, each first-in-class medicines. Sue received her PhD in Immunology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology at Duke University. She was named by FierceBiotech as one of the “Top Women in Biotech” in 2013.

Liz McKee Anderson

Independent Director

Liz McKee Anderson is the former Worldwide Vice President, Infectious Disease and Vaccines at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Liz brings more than 30 years of leadership in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines. She held senior leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson between 2003 and her retirement in 2014. Liz most recently served as Worldwide Vice President, Infectious Disease and Vaccines for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company, where she directed the commercial development of an extensive portfolio of antivirals and vaccines with responsibility for global strategic marketing, market access, and global analytics for that division. She previously served in WWVP roles for Biotechnology, Immunology and Oncology.  Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Liz served as the Vice President and General Manager of Wyeth Lederle Vaccines from 1997 to 2002, where she was responsible for a broad product portfolio and the commercialization and launch of the PREVNAR vaccine. She also previously worked in executive leadership roles at Rhone Poulenc Rorer and the American National Red Cross.  Liz also serves on the boards of directors of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Insmed, Inc., Revolution Medicines Inc., Bavarian Nordic A/S and Context Therapeutics, previously served on the board of global marketing and communications company Huntsworth Plc and is a trustee of the Wistar Institute for Biomedical Research.  Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland.

Shaan Gandhi, M.D., D.Phil.

Director, Northpond Ventures

Shaan Gandhi, M.D., D.Phil., is a Director at Northpond Ventures and leads Northpond’s Cambridge office. Prior to joining Northpond Ventures, he was a Principal at the Longwood Fund, where he created and invested in life sciences companies, including Pyxis Oncology, a cancer immunotherapy company focused on novel modulators of the tumor microenvironment, which he co-founded and served as President. Previously, he was an attending hospitalist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also did his residency in internal medicine. He holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, a D.Phil. in medical oncology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.S. with honors in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Suffolk District Medical Society, the professional medical society of Boston, and a trustee of the Boston Medical Library.

Jessica Lifton

Associate, BVF Partners, L.P.

Jessica Lifton is an Associate at BVF Partners L.P., where she focuses on public and private biotechnology investments. Ms. Lifton joined BVF in 2015. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Union College.

Christopher Mirabelli, PhD

Independent Director

Dr. Christopher Mirabelli has spent over 35 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as a research scientist, senior executive, and venture capital investor. Currently, he is a managing director of the venture capital firm HealthCare Ventures. Dr. Mirabelli is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Leap Therapeutics, where he was the Chief Executive Officer from its founding in 2015 until 2020. Previously, Dr. Mirabelli was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LeukoSite from its founding in 1993 until its acquisition by Millennium Pharmaceuticals in 1999. Dr. Mirabelli was also a Co-Founder of Ionis Pharmaceuticals. He began his industry career in R&D at SmithKline & French Laboratories, and earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine and his B.S. in Biology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia.

Karyn O’Neil, PhD

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Aro Biotherapeutics

Karyn O’Neil, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience in peptide, antibody and protein engineering. As the Venture Leader for Centyrex, a Johnson & Johnson Venture, Karyn focused on designer protein platform technologies. She is co-inventor on the Centyrin patents and has led the team advancing the Centyrin platform since its inception. She joined Centocor/Johnson & Johnson in 2001 where, prior to working on Centyrins, she held positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately becoming a Director of Antibody Therapeutics. There she played a leadership role in the discovery and optimization of multiple clinical candidates. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Karyn was in the Applied Biotechnologies group at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. Karyn received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on protein engineering and protein biophysics. She has authored more than 55 publications and holds over 30 patents. Karyn also serves as an editor for Protein Engineering, Design and Selection.  

Bruce Peacock

Independent Director

During his more than 35 year career in biotechnology, Bruce Peacock has held numerous senior leadership positions, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Adolor Corporation, Alba Therapeutics and Orthovita, Inc., and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Business Officer of Ophthotech. For over 10 years, he served as Venture Partner with SV Life Sciences Health Investors. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cephalon Inc. and prior to this, he was CFO at Centocor, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ocular Therapeutics, PanOptica and Windtree Therapeutics and is cofounder of Carisma Therapeutics and Interius Biotherapeutics, companies focused on novel cell therapies for cancer. Bruce holds a BA in Business Administration from Villanova University.

Kevin Raidy

Managing Partner, Cowen Healthcare Investments

Kevin Raidy is the Managing Partner of Cowen Healthcare Investments. Mr. Raidy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Neuron23, Inc., Escient Pharmaceuticals, NodThera Ltd., and is currently a Board Observer for Evox Therapeutics. Mr. Raidy previously served as a Board Member or Observer of Oncorus, Semma Therapeutics, Repare Therapeutics, Pliant Therapeutics and Orchard Therapeutics. Prior to his role at Cowen Healthcare Investments, Mr. Raidy was Cowen’s Head of Investment Banking and prior to that he served as co-head of Cowen’s equity capital markets group, which is responsible for the origination and execution of all equity capital-raising transactions. Before that, Mr. Raidy was a managing director at Cowen Investment Management (formerly known as Ramius LLC), where he was portfolio manager for direct investments and convertible bonds. Mr. Raidy also was the founder of H4 Capital Management LLC.

 

Mr. Raidy's sell-side experience includes ten years at Shipley Raidy Capital Partners LP, a boutique investment banking firm that he co-founded, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and structuring numerous debt and equity financings and performed M&A advisory services. Prior to founding Shipley Raidy, Mr. Raidy was an associate at Philadelphia First Group. He started his career at Cantor Fitzgerald before moving to Merrill Lynch as an analsyt in the municipal finance group.

 

Mr. Raidy holds a BS in Economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mårten Steen, MD, PhD

Partner, HealthCap

Mårten Steen, PhD, is a partner of HealthCap. Previously, he has worked with business development at Merck Serono focusing on both product and technology licensing. Mårten is a Medical Doctor trained at Lund University. He has pursued research in the field of protein chemistry and coagulation at Lund University and Novo Nordisk, rendering him a PhD in Clinical Chemistry in 2003. He is the author of 16 scientific papers and published in peer-reviewed journals. He has also a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the Lund University School of Economics and Management.