About Us

Board of Directors

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Kenneth M. Bate
Director

Kenneth M. Bate has served on the Board of Directors since July 2016. He currently works as an independent consultant. Previously, Mr. Bate was the president and chief executive officer of Archemix Corp., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, a position he held from April 2009 through December 2011. From 2006 to April 2009, he served in various positions at NitroMed, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Bate served as head of commercial operations and chief financial officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Bate co-founded JSB Partners, LLC, a banking and advisory services firm for biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Bate was employed with Biogen, Inc., a public biotechnology company, first as its chief financial officer and then as head of the commercial organization responsible for launching its multiple sclerosis business. Mr. Bate currently serves on the board of AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc., Genocea Biosciences, Inc. and Epizyme, Inc., each a public biopharmaceutical company. During the last five years, Mr. Bate also served as chairman of the board of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as a director of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., each a public biopharmaceutical company. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Fred Craves, PhD
Lead Director

Fred Craves, Ph.D. has served on the Board of Directors since July 2016. Previously, he served as Chairman of privately held Madrigal Pharmaceuticals from its inception to merger with Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. Dr. Craves is a Managing Director and co-founder of Bay City Capital. In the course of his career, Dr. Craves has founded and managed several biotech companies. He previously served on the boards of several private and public companies. His current board memberships include Dermira Inc., where he is lead director, and three private companies, Reset Therapeutics, Grey and White Inc., and Twist Bioscience. Dr. Craves earned a B.S. in biology from Georgetown University, M.S. in biochemical pharmacology from Wayne State University and Ph.D. in pharmacology and experimental toxicology from the University of California in San Francisco.

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Paul A. Friedman, MD
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Paul A. Friedman, M.D. has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as Chief Executive Officer since July 2016. Dr. Friedman served as a member of Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s Board of Directors from March 2014 until April 2016. Dr. Friedman served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Incyte Corporation from November 2001 until his retirement in January 2014. From 1994 to 1998, he served as President of Research & Development for the DuPont-Merck Pharmaceutical Company; and from 1998 to 2001 as President of DuPont Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DuPont Company. From 1991 to 1994, he served as Senior Vice President at Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to his tenures at Merck and DuPont, Dr. Friedman was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedman is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Friedman currently sits on the Board of Directors of Cerulean Pharma Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, Verastem, Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, Incyte Corporation, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, and Gliknik, Inc. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, and Durata Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Dr. Friedman received his A.B. in Biology from Princeton University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

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Keith R. Gollust
Director

Keith R. Gollust has served on the Board of Directors since July 2016. Previously, Mr. Gollust served as a member of Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s Board of Directors from July 2002 to July 2016 and as Chairman of Synta’s Board of Directors from September 2002 to July 2016. Mr. Gollust is a private investor and President of Gollust Management, Inc., the general partner of Wyandanch Partners, an investment partnership. In the past, Mr. Gollust has served as a director of numerous public and private companies. Mr. Gollust currently serves as a director of CastleLine Holdings, LLC, an insurance holding company and Script Relief, LLC, a discount prescription drug company. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Julliard School. Mr. Gollust received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.S.I.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Richard S. Levy, MD
Director

Richard S. Levy, M.D. has served on our Board of Directors since August 2016. Dr. Levy also serves on the Board of Directors of Gliknik Corp., a privately held biotechnology company. Previously, Dr. Levy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Drug Development Officer at Incyte Corporation, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, from January 2009 until his retirement in April 2016, and as Senior Vice President of Drug Development from August 2003 to January 2009. Prior to joining Incyte, Dr. Levy served as Vice President, Biologic Therapies, at Celgene Corporation, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company, from 2002 to 2003. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Levy served in various executive positions with DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company, first as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilence, and thereafter as Vice President, Medical and Commercial Strategy. Prior to DuPont / DuPont Merck, Dr. Levy worked at Novartis and its predecessor company, Sandoz, in positions of increasing responsibility in clinical research and regulatory affairs. Dr. Levy has more than 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries through his prior positions at Celgene, DuPont Pharmaceuticals and Novartis, has extensive clinical research, regulatory and product development skills and has worked in multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Levy served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Levy is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and received his A.B. in Biology from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UCLA.

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David Milligan, PhD
Director

David Milligan, Ph.D. has served on the Board of Directors since July 2016. Dr. Milligan currently works as an independent consultant. Previously, Dr. Milligan was a partner at Bay City Capital, LLC, a life sciences investment firm, a position he held from 1997 through 2013. From 1979 to 1996, Dr. Milligan served as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Abbott Laboratories, a publicly-held life sciences company. Dr. Milligan currently serves as a director of Inspirotech and Xoult, both privately-held life sciences companies. During the past five years, Dr. Milligan has served as a director of Caliper Life Sciences, a publicly-held pharmaceutical and biotechnology company that was acquired by PerkinElmer Company, and served as a director of WebLOQ, Inc. a privately-held information technology security company. Dr. Milligan also served as Chairman and a director at Vicuron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company acquired by Pfizer, from 1997 to 2005, as a director of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held pharmaceutical company acquired by GlaxoSmithKline, from 1999 to 2007, as a director of Pathway Diagnostics Corporation, a privately-held diagnostics company acquired by Quest Diagnostics, Inc., from 2002 to 2008, as a director of ICOS Corporation, a publicly-held pharmaceutical company acquired by Eli Lilly, from 1995 to 2007, and as a director of Maxia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held pharmaceutical company acquired by Incyte Corporation, from 1999 to 2003. Dr. Milligan received an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois.

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Rebecca Taub, MD
Director, Founder, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research & Development

Rebecca Taub, M.D. has served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research & Development, and as a member of our Board of Directors, since July 2016. Previously, Dr. Taub served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of privately-held Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from inception through its merger with Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. Prior to joining Madrigal, Dr. Taub served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development of VIA Pharmaceuticals from 2008 to 2011 and as Vice President, Research, Metabolic Diseases at Hoffmann-La Roche from 2004 to 2008. In those positions, Dr. Taub oversaw clinical development and drug discovery programs in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases including the conduct of a series of Phase I and II proof of conduct clinical trials. Dr. Taub led drug discovery including target identification, lead optimization and advancement of preclinical candidates into clinical development. From 2000 through 2003, Dr. Taub worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and DuPont Pharmaceutical Company, in a variety of positions, including Executive Director of CNS and metabolic diseases research. Before becoming a pharmaceutical executive, Dr. Taub was a tenured Professor of Genetics and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Taub is the author of more than 120 research articles. Before joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Taub served as an Assistant Professor at the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and an associate investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Taub received her M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine and B.A. from Yale College.