About Us

About Us

Board of Directors

Timothy Shannon, M.D.

Dr. Shannon is the Chairman of the Board of Arvinas and a Venture Partner at Canaan Partners. He also serves on the boards of Canaan portfolio companies IDEAYA Biosciences, Nextcure, Spyryx Biosciences, Vivace Therapeutics, and VaxInnate Corporation.

Previously, Dr. Shannon was President and Chief Executive Officer of CuraGen, a biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, after serving as Executive Vice President of R&D and Chief Medical Officer. He also held positions of increasing responsibility for Bayer’s Pharmaceutical Business Group, including Senior Vice President of Global Medical Development. Prior to his career in industry, Dr. Shannon was an Assistant Professor in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Shannon received his postgraduate medical training at the Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut and has a B.A. in Chemistry from Amherst College.

John G. Houston, Ph.D.

Dr. Houston is President and Chief Executive Officer of Arvinas and has over 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Arvinas, he was the SVP of Specialty Discovery at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). He spent more than 18 years at BMS in roles of increasing responsibility and had accountability for all Discovery Biology disease teams as well as various Discovery technology departments. He was also the site head of the BMS Connecticut facility. Dr. Houston was a member of the BMS R&D Executive Leadership team and chaired the Target Portfolio Committee which had governance oversight in the discovery space. With his teams and research colleagues, he progressed over 200 compounds into early development, several of which advanced into late stage clinical trials, and toward commercialization. He was also the principal architect and driver of the ‘Leveraging Technology’ initiative at BMS which oversaw the design and implementation of an industry-leading integrated lead discovery and optimization process. This initiative created revolutionary changes in the discovery process at BMS with significant improvements in capacity, speed and cost control resulting in marked increases in research productivity and success rates. Before his time at BMS, he worked at Glaxo Welcome Research and Development in the UK, where he served as head of the Lead Discovery Unit.

John also serves on the board of directors for Cybrexa Therapeutics.

Dr. Houston obtained his B.Sc degree in Medical Microbiology from Glasgow University and obtained his Ph.D. with Professor Brian Catley in Microbial Biochemistry from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He also completed his post-doctoral studies on an MRC grant with Professor Julia Douglas at Glasgow University.

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Ted is a Partner and Member of the Health Care and Life Sciences practice of Epstein Becker Green, a national law firm. A regulatory attorney for over 20 years, Ted counsels health care companies on the legal, reimbursement, coding and coverage issues facing providers, payers and the life sciences industry. Ted has also been an active leader in health care policy and in the movement to expand equal rights and opportunities to people with disabilities, and serves as Board Chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Ted received a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. From 2015 to 2019, Ted served as State Senator in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Jakob Loven, Ph.D.

Dr. Loven is Partner at Nextech Invest Ltd., a leading, global oncology investment firm that focuses on early, private-stage cancer companies. A scientific entrepreneur and biotech venture capitalist, Dr. Loven has extensive experience in creating, launching, and building early stage therapeutic companies in the US. Prior to his work at Nextech Invest, he was at Third Rock Ventures where he led the $57M launch of Relay Therapeutics, eventually joining the company full time to lead corporate strategy, business development, and operations. Before working with Third Rock and Relay, Dr. Loven was a Scientific Co-Founder of Syros Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SYRS) and was involved from its inception in April 2013 to advancing the pipeline to its first clinical candidate and growing the company to 30+ employees, culminating in its initial public offering in July 2016.

Jakob holds a BA in Biomedical Sciences from the Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge, earned his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Karolinska Institutet, and conducted his postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Brad Margus

Mr. Margus currently serves as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cerevance, a venture-backed, clinical-stage drug development company focused on pursuing novel targets for brain diseases. From 2009-2012, as Chief Executive Officer of Envoy Therapeutics, he raised $8 million from investors, employed a unique technology to discover new compounds for brain diseases, and sold the company within three years for $140 million. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Margus was the Chief Executive Officer of Perlegen Sciences, a leader in analyzing genetic variation that raised $257 million from investors, exceeded $100 million in revenues, and identified diagnostic markers for disease risk and drug response.

Mr. Margus has been a member of numerous government advisory committees as well as corporate and nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the Boards of Second Genome, Presage Biosciences and the non-profit A-T Children’s Project. Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials External Oversight Board at the NIH.

Mr. Margus obtained his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Briggs Morrison, M.D.

Dr. Morrison received his B.S. in biology from Georgetown University, his M.D. from the University of Connecticut Medical School, completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He did postdocs with Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School, and Lee Nadler at the Dana-Farber. He joined Merck & Co., Inc. in 1995, was appointed Head of Clinical Development at Pfizer in 2007, and became Head of Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca in 2012. He is currently the CEO of Syndax Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Morrison has overseen the development of numerous biopharmaceutical products in multiple therapeutic areas, from first-in-human trials through to global regulatory approvals. He is currently a board member of private companies Oncorus and Repare Therapeutics, and is an advisor to a number of other private biotechnology companies. In addition, Dr. Morrison is a board member of the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a non-profit organization dedicated to optimizing the global clinical research system.

Leslie Norwalk, Esq.

Ms. Norwalk provides strategic counsel to a wide spectrum of healthcare corporations and biotechnology companies. She works in the Washington, D.C. office of Epstein Becker Green, P.C. and serves as strategic counsel to Epstein Becker Green, P.C., EBG Advisors and National Health Advisor. She also serves as an advisor to private equity firms. She currently sits on the boards of directors of NuVasive, Endologix, Providence Services Corporation, Magellan Health and several privately held health care companies. Additionally, Ms. Norwalk sits on APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council. Prior to her work as an advisor, Ms. Norwalk served the Bush Administration as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She managed the day-to-day operations of Medicare, Medicaid, State Child Health Insurance Programs, Survey and Certification of health care facilities, and other federal health care initiatives. For four years prior to that, she was the agency’s Deputy Administrator, responsible for the implementation of the hundreds of changes made under the Medicare Modernization Act, including the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Prior to serving the Bush Administration, she practiced law in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker Green, where she advised clients on a variety of health policy matters. She also served in the first Bush Administration in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Ms. Norwalk earned a juris doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and an editor of the George Mason Law Review. She earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and international relations from Wellesley College.

Liam Ratcliffe, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ratcliffe is the head of Access Biotechnology, the strategic investment arm specializing in therapeutic platforms and products at Access Industries. Prior to his work at Access Industries, he was Managing Director at New Leaf Venture Partners, where he concentrated on biopharmaceutical investing. Prior to joining New Leaf in 2008, Dr. Ratcliffe served as Senior Vice President and Development Head for Pfizer Neuroscience, as well as Worldwide Head of Clinical Research and Development. Additional positions during his 12 years at Pfizer included Vice President of Exploratory Development for the Midwest region (based in Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Head of Experimental Medicine at Pfizer’s Sandwich, UK Laboratories.

Dr. Ratcliffe received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Cape Town and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He completed his internal medicine training and fellowship in Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital and associated teaching hospitals in Cape Town, South Africa.

Laurie Smaldone Alsup, M.D

Dr. Smaldone Alsup currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer for NDA Group. She brings experience driving programs through all stages of development to commercially successful product approvals. Laurie has nearly 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, helping companies develop accelerated commercialization and market access strategies in the U.S. and global markets. Her expertise is broadly focused across multiple therapeutic areas including cancer, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, rare diseases, and metabolic, neurologic, and immunologic disorders. She spent over 20 years at Bristol Myers Squibb in roles of increasing responsibility in clinical development, regulatory strategy, and corporate risk management. She currently serves on the boards of Blackberry Ltd. and Theravance Biopharma.

Dr. Smaldone Alsup received her M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Yale.