Stephen T. Isaacs
Stephen T. Isaacs has served as our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Prior to Aduro, in 1991, Mr. Isaacs founded Cerus Corporation, a biomedical products company that commercialized the Intercept Blood Systems. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cerus from 1991 to 2004. Prior to Cerus, Mr. Isaacs founded and served as Chief Executive Officer and President of HRI Associates and HRI Research, both biotechnology companies focusing on research and development. He held a non-teaching faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley from 1978 to 1986. Mr. Isaacs has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is an inventor on over 40 issued patents. Mr. Isaacs holds a B.A. degree in Biochemistry from University of California Berkeley, and had graduate training in organic chemistry in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry at Berkeley.
William M. Greenman
William M. Greenman has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Mr. Greenman is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cerus Corporation, and has held several executive and management positions with Cerus since joining the company in 1995. Prior to Cerus, he worked in various marketing and business development positions in Baxter’s Biotech Division from 1991 to 1995. Mr. Greenman holds undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Economics from Stanford University.
Ross Haghighat has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009. Mr. Haghighat is the founder, Chairman and Managing Partner of Triton Systems, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Haghighat has served on the board of directors of S12 Technologies and FRX Polymers since 2009. Mr. Haghighat holds a B.S. and a Masters in Material Science, Organometallic Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston College.
Frank Karbe has served on our board of directors since 2019. Mr. Karbe is the Chief Financial Officer of Myovant Sciences, Inc. Prior to joining Myovant Sciences, Mr. Karbe served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Exelixis from 2004 – 2014. Earlier in his career, he worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs & Co., most recently as vice president in the healthcare group focusing on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in the biotechnology industry. He also served on the Board of Directors of Arbutus Biopharma Corporation and Kolltan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Karbe received his Diplom-Kaufmann from the WHU-Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, Koblenz, Germany.
David H. Mack, Ph.D.
David H. Mack, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2019. Dr. Mack is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of PMV Pharma. Prior to co-founding PMV Pharma with biologists Arnold Levine and Thomas Shenk, Dr. Mack was a general partner at Alta Partners from 2002 to 2013. His first investment was Angiosyn (acquired by Pfizer in 2005) where he was a Director and CEO. Prior to Alta, Dr. Mack co-founded and served as Vice President of Genomics Research at Eos Biotechnology (acquired by Protein Design Labs in 2003).
From 1994 to 1997, he served at Affymetrix as Head of Cancer Biology where he oversaw the development and application of DNA array technology in the areas of oncology and inflammation. Dr. Mack was also a pivotal member of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Invention Group at Cetus (now Novartis) in the mid-1980s. Dr. Mack has co-authored more than 30 scientific articles and reviews, including papers published in Cell, Science, and Nature, and is an inventor on 26 issued US patents. Dr. Mack was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was a Howard Hughes Fellow in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, and a B.A. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephanie Monaghan O’Brien
Stephanie Monaghan O’Brien has served as a member of our board of directors since 2011. Ms. O’Brien has been a member of the investment team at Morningside since 1997. She has served as a director for Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2013 and for numerous private nonclinical and clinical stage companies developing drugs across a broad spectrum of therapeutic focus, including oncology and immunotherapy, and has extensive experience providing operational and management oversight to venture-backed technology companies. She has also facilitated multiple financings for public and private companies such as Dendreon, BioVex, Stealth Biotherapeutics and Sohu.com. Prior to joining Morningside, Ms. O’Brien spent nine years as a corporate lawyer with Hale and Dorr in the Boston and Washington, D.C. offices, working primarily on public offerings, venture capital financings and start-up companies. She previously worked at Chase Manhattan Bank, working in international portfolio analysis. She received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Stephen A. Sherwin, M.D.
Stephen A. Sherwin, M.D., has served on our board of directors since 2015 and is a member of the board’s Science and Technology Committee. Dr. Sherwin currently divides his time between advisory work in the life science industry and patient care and teaching in his specialty of medical oncology. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a volunteer Attending Physician in Hematology-Oncology at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In addition to his advisory work with Aduro, Dr. Sherwin serves as a director of Biogen and Neurocrine Biosciences and as a venture partner at Third Rock Ventures. He is also a member of the scientific steering committee of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Dr. Sherwin holds a B.A. in Biology from Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.