Board of Directors

Tmunity Board of Directors Beth Seidenbe

Beth Seidenberg, MD

Founding Managing Director, Westlake Village BioPartners

 

Usman “Oz” Azam, MD

Dr. Usman Azam was elected to the Tmunity board in 2018

Most recently, Dr. Azam was the Head of the Cell & Gene Therapies Unit at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and was a member of the Pharmaceutical Executive Committee. He has an extensive US, Global and International pharmaceutical industry background, with strong experiences in science, clinical development, regulatory and commercial activities. While at Novartis, he lived and worked in the US and Switzerland. Previous roles at Novartis included Head of Global Medical Affairs & HEOR General Medicines, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of US Clinical Development & Medical Affairs and Global Head Regulatory Affairs for the Neurosciences & Ophthalmic Franchise.

Prior to Novartis, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Novaccel Therapeutics LLC, a company he founded focusing on accelerating assets in the translational medicine setting. Prior to this he served as Chief Medical Officer at Aspreva Pharmaceutics Inc, a company that focused on orphan and rare autoimmune disease states. Aspreva was acquired by Galenica SA in 2008. Prior to this he worked at Johnson & Johnson in Pharmaceutical Research & Development and in Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson Ethicon. He started his life sciences career with Warner Lambert-Parke Davis in 1998. Dr. Azam is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Azam is a graduate of the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, where he completed undergraduate studies in Human Biology & Anatomy. He graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine and attained board certification as an Obstetrician & Gynecologist in the UK.

 

Jorge Conde

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Jorge Conde was elected to the Tmunity board in in 2019

Mr. Conde is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he leads investments at the cross section of biology, computer science and engineering. Prior to joining a16z, Mr. Conde served as Chief Strategy Officer for Syros (NASDAQ: SYRS), which is advancing a new wave of medicines that control expression of disease-driving genes to treat cancer and other diseases. He previously served as the company's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Product Officer, leading the platform strategy for Syros' novel gene regulation technology. Mr. Conde also cofounded Knome, a human genome interpretation company acquired by Tute Genomics in 2015. Earlier in his career, Mr. Conde worked in marketing and operations at MedImmune and as a biotechnology investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Conde holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and a BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Conde was named one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by the MIT Technology Review and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He previously served on the board of the Museum of Science, Boston.

 

Patrick Gray

Director, Audit Committee Chairman and Member of the Quality and Risk Management Committee for Civitas Solutions, Inc.

Patrick Gray was elected to the Tmunity board in 2019

Mr. Gray brings extensive experience in accounting and financial reporting to our board of directors, having spent over 37 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) until his retirement in 2009. He is a Certified Public Accountant who spent 25 years as an Audit Partner serving clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and multi-national companies to rapid-growth companies pursuing an initial public offering. At the time of his retirement, he served as the lead partner for the PwC U.S. firm Corporate Governance Group. Prior to that time, he held various other leadership positions with the firm, including leadership of the Price Waterhouse U.S. High Technology Group. Mr. Gray also serves on the board of directors of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a Cambridge, MA based biopharmaceutical company which is traded on NASDAQ. He previously served on the boards of directors of Civitas, Solutions, Inc. and Datto, Inc. Mr. Gray has been selected to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience in accounting, auditing, financial reporting, deep understanding of financial controls and familiarity with growing public companies, experience in leadership positions at PwC and public company governance experience as leader of the PwC’s corporate governance group. Mr. Gray holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Judith Li

Partner, Lilly Asia Ventures

Judith Li was elected to the Tmunity board in 2018

Ms. Li is a Partner with Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV). Prior to joining LAV, she worked at McKinsey and Company’s New York office, focusing exclusively on pharmaceutical and medical devices, health insurance and healthcare provider engagements. She also worked at Partners Healthcare, Harvard University’s umbrella hospital network, where she focused on hospital administration, and co-founded a start-up focused on interventional nephrology. Ms. Li holds a Bachelor’s in biology from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard University Business School.

 

Garry Nicholson

Chair, G1 Therapeutics, Inc.

Garry Nicholson was elected to the Tmunity board in 2019
 

Mr. Nicholson is Chair of G1 Therapeutics. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of XTuit Pharmaceuticals, where he also was a member of the board of directors. Prior to XTuit, Mr. Nicholson was President, Pfizer Oncology and was responsible for global commercialization and sales, clinical development and regulatory strategy, and business development. Prior to Pfizer, Mr. Nicholson also held various leadership positions in the oncology division of Eli Lilly and Company. He currently serves on the board of directors of G1 Therapeutics, Inc., Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc., TESARO, Inc., and SQZ Biotechnologies. Mr. Nicholson holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina and earned his BS in Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

Sean Parker

Founder and Chairman of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Sean Parker was elected to the Tmunity board in 2018.

Mr. Parker is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies and organizations. He is the founder and President of the Parker Foundation, which focuses on three areas: Life Sciences, Global Public Health and Civic Engagement. Mr. Parker was the co-founder of Napster at age 19 and of Plaxo at 21. In 2004 he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook and served as Facebook’s founding President. Mr. Parker is also Chairman and Founder of the Economic Innovation Group, based in Washington D.C.

 

Beth Seidenberg, MD

Founding Managing Director, Westlake Village BioPartners

Beth Seidenberg, MD was elected to the Tmunity board in 2018

Dr. Seidenberg is a founding managing director of Westlake Village BioPartners and a general partner at Kleiner Perkins, a leading venture capital firm. A longtime life sciences investor, she has incubated-invested 15 biotech ventures. Dr. Seidenberg has a demonstrated ability to identify and accelerate medically meaningful molecules through development. Her expertise is grounded in her significant senior level industry experience with leadership roles at Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck Research Laboratories. Most recently, at Amgen, Dr. Seidenberg was chief medical officer and head of global development. Prior to life science investing, Dr. Seidenberg’s career focused on developing new treatments for AIDS, arthritis, asthma, cancer and psoriasis, cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological and renal disorders for over 20 years. During that time, she introduced 10 innovative products to market and achieved over 40 regulatory approvals (including new indications and formulations) on a worldwide scale. Dr. Seidenberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and anthropology from Barnard College and attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her medical residency at Johns Hopkins University and the George Washington University, and Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

 

Chelsea Yan Zhang

Partner, Ping An Ventures

Chelsea Yan Zhang was elected to the Tmunity board in 2018

Ms. Zhang is a Partner at Ping An Ventures. Prior to Ping An, she was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and a VP at Barclays Capital. Ms. Zhang has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, an Mphil in bioscience enterprise from the University of Cambridge and a BA in bioscience from Tsinghua University.

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