Venture Partners, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and Atlas Advisors

Rajesh Devraj, PhD

Venture Partner; President & Chief Executive Officer, Rectify Pharmaceuticals


Raj is a venture partner and the president and CEO of Rectify Pharmaceuticals. Previously he co-founded and was chief scientific officer of Disarm Therapeutics until its sale to Eli Lilly in 2020, and was CSO of Padlock Therapeutics until its sale to BMS in 2016. Before that Raj was president and chief executive officer of Euclises Pharmaceuticals and senior vice president of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of Jubilant Drug Discovery & Development. Raj spent 14 years in positions of increasing responsibility with Pfizer Global R&D and legacy Pharmacia and Searle companies. He has led multiple discovery & early clinical development teams that have advanced eight candidates into clinical trials for refractory cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic nephropathy, COPD, and pain.

John Maraganore, PhD

Venture Advisor


Dr. John Maraganore was founding CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he led the advancement of RNAi therapeutics as a whole new class of medicines, bringing four approved medicines to patients around the world. Previously John was an officer and management team member for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Befofre that he was director of Molecular Biology and director of Market and Business Development at Biogen, Inc. where he also invented and led the discovery and development of ANGIOMAX® (bivalirudin) for injection. Earlier, he was a scientist at ZymoGenetics, Inc., and the Upjohn Company. John serves on the boards of BIO and the Termeer Foundation, and on the advisory boards of N-Lorem and Ariadne Labs. John received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago.

Jodie Morrison

Venture Partner


Jodie is a venture partner and was CEO of Cadent Therapeutics until its sale to Novartis in 2020. Previously she served as interim CEO at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (managed Akebia merger), COO at Syntimmune (acquired by Alexion), and CEO of Tokai Pharmaceuticals (led 2014 IPO). Before her tenure in executive leadership, she held positions in clinical and medical affairs at companies including Dyax, Curis, and Diacrin. Jodie received her business training through the GBEP program at the MIT Sloan School of Management, her clinical research certification from Boston University School of Medicine and her B.A. in neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College. Jodie has been awarded the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50” and “Women to Watch” awards and WEST’s “Making a Difference” award.

Steven Robinette, PhD

Venture Partner


Steven is a venture partner focusing on company creation within the Atlas Venture portfolio. Previously he was a principal on the investment team at Atlas, where he was a member of the founding teams of Kymera Therapeutics (NASDAQ: KYMR), Disarm Therapeutics (acquired by Eli Lilly), Disc Medicine, Korro Bio, and Vigil Neuroscience. Before joining Atlas Steven was a consultant in the pharmaceutical R&D service line at McKinsey & Company. Steven received his Ph.D. from Imperial College London where he studied the biochemical genetics of rare disease as a Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow and his B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida.

Brian Bettencourt, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Brian joined Atlas as an EIR in August of 2021, after serving as SVP of Research at Triplet Therapeutics since the company’s foundation in 2018. Prior to Triplet, Brian held various prior leadership roles at the intersection of biology, bioinformatics, and biostatistics, including leading the Bioinformatics group at Translate Bio. He led the development of siRNA efficacy prediction in Bioinformatics and founded the Biometrics department at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Prior to industry, Brian was a professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a research focus on Drosophila evolutionary genetics. Brian has a BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD in Organismal Biology and Anatomy from the University of Chicago.

Aoife Brennan, MB, BCh, BAO, MRCPI

Atlas Advisor; President and Chief Executive Officer, Synlogic


Aoife serves as Synlogic’s president and CEO. Aoife is an experienced physician scientist and drug developer responsible for the successful clinical development and registration of multiple transformative medicines. Prior to Synlogic, Aoife served as head of the Rare Disease Innovation Unit at Biogen developing programs from pre-clinical to commercial across multiple therapeutic areas including successful late phase development & registration of SPINRAZA® (nusinersen) for spinal muscular atrophy and ALPROLIX® and ELOCTATE® for Hemophilia B and Hemophilia A. Aoife serves on the Board of Directors of Cerevance and Fibrogen, Inc. She holds a medical degree from Trinity College and completed post-doctoral training in clinical research and metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Joshua Brumm

Atlas Advisor; President and Chief Executive Officer, Dyne Therapeutics


Josh is president and CEO of Dyne Therapeutics. Previously, he served as COO and CFO of Kaleido Biosciences, where he led the company’s IPO and helped bring its lead program into Phase 2 development. Prior to joining Kaleido, Josh was COO and CFO at Versartis, where he oversaw its IPO and negotiated the company’s first product partnership. His previous roles included EVP of finance at Pharmacyclics; CFO at ZELTIQ Aesthetics and director of finance at Proteolix. He also held investment banking roles at Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley. Over the course of his career, Josh has raised nearly $2 billion in capital. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Terry Connolly, PhD

Atlas Advisor; President and Chief Executive Officer, K36 Therapeutics, Inc.


Terry is CEO of K36 Therapeutics. Terry brings over 20 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience spanning roles in research, development, technical operations, alliance management, business development and executive leadership. After working in process chemistry at Roche, Wyeth, and Celgene, Terry transitioned to Alliance Management where he managed some of Celgene’s most valuable and complex corporate alliances, then Business Development where he executed more than two dozen licensing transactions, collaboration agreements, equity investments and private company acquisitions. Subsequently, Terry served as Chief Business Officer at Dragonfly Therapeutics and Skyhawk Therapeutics, then Chief Operating Officer at Skyhawk Therapeutics. Terry holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mount Allison University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa.

Bob Copeland, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder, Accent Therapeutics


Bob is President, CSO and Co-Founder of Accent Therapeutics, board director at Disarm Therapeutics, and President of Ki Consultant, LLC. He was formerly President of Research and CSO of Epizyme and before that, VP of Cancer Biology at GlaxoSmithKline. He has contributed to drug discovery and development efforts leading to 18 investigational new drugs entering human clinical trials. Bob has authored more than 200 scientific publications, 5 books, and holds 13 issued U.S. patents. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Bob received his doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University and did postdoctoral studies as the Chaim Weizmann Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Howard Davis, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Operating Officer, Third Harmonic Bio


Howard is an EIR and COO of Third Harmonic Bio with more than 20 years of experience in the biotech industry. Before joining Third Harmonic, he was VP of Corporate Development at Sophren Therapeutics, a clinical stage neuropsychiatry company. Prior to Sophren, Howard was a Principal at Flagship Pioneering where he focused on business development across the firm’s portfolio companies. Howard spent his early career at Novartis & Biogen working in commercial, manufacturing, and program leadership. Howard was formerly a consultant with BCG where he focused on R&D and portfolio strategy for biopharma clients. Howard holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Yale, as well as a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Harvard & MIT.

Tom Engber, PhD

Atlas Advisor; SVP, Head of Neuropharmacology and Translational Sciences, Disarm Therapeutics


Tom is SVP, head of pharmacology and translation at Disarm Therapeutics. He has 25 years of pharmaceutical research and development experience focused on therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders. Prior to joining Disarm, Tom was in the Center for External Innovation at Takeda and the Neuroscience Research Unit at Pfizer. The majority of his career in industry was spent at Biogen, where he led projects in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and neuropathic pain at the discovery and early clinical development stages. Tom’s first industry position was at Cephalon after completing a postdoctoral fellowship and several years in a tenure track position at NINDS. He obtained his PhD in pharmacology and BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pamela Esposito, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Business Officer, Replimune


Pamela is chief business officer of Replimune. Previously she served as CBO at Ra Pharmaceuticals which she helped transform from a discovery platform to a clinical stage company and ultimately raising approximately $58 million in a Series B/mezzanine financing. Prior to Ra, she was VP of business development at Biovex and was responsible for negotiating the acquisition of the company by Amgen in 2011 for $1 billion. Biovex’s drug, Imlygic (T-VEC), was approved in the US, Europe and Australia in 2015. Previously, Pamela held business development, strategy and commercial roles at several clinical stage biotechnology companies including Bioduro, Vion and Angiochem. Pamela holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Tufts Medical School.

Andrew Fraley, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Technology Officer, Stealth NewCo


Andrew is an EIR and CTO for a stealth company. Most recently he cofounded Triplet Therapeutics and Korro Bio in partnership with Atlas, serving as CTO for Korro. His responsibilities at Korro included oversight for company launch and build, and leading its RNA editing platform. Previously, Andrew was a founding executive team member and SVP of translational sciences for Trucode Gene Repair. He has held key senior leadership roles at Moderna Therapeutics, enabling the development of modified messenger RNA, and Ensemble Therapeutics, leading platform development and macrocyclic discovery. He holds a B.A. from DePauw University, earned his Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry at Boston College and was a Chateaubriand Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Université de Louis Pasteur.

Jason Gardner, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Magenta Therapeutics


Jason is chief executive officer of Magenta Therapeutics. He was Head of GSK R&D Satellite in Boston, and created and led the Regenerative Medicine Unit where he ran internal programs and established external partnerships, including stem cell gene therapies. Jason was also Head of GSK’s Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery and led a team that identified, established and managed alliances with world-leading biotech companies. He has worked on multiple successful modalities across a range of therapeutic areas from target to launch, including the NDA approval for Tykerb in breast cancer. He was formerly a scientist at Progenics Pharmaceuticals and Chiron, and was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard Universities.

Alex Harding, MD, MBA

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Senior Vice President of Business Development, Remix Therapeutics


Alex is senior vice president of business development at Remix Therapeutics and senior director of corporate and product development at a stealth-stage NewCo. Alex was previously a senior associate at Atlas Venture, where he was involved in starting multiple biotechnology companies. He is also a practicing physician who sees patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he completed his residency in internal medicine. He received an MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society. He graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA. He completed his undergraduate education at Yale University, where he received a BA magna cum laude with distinction. He writes for the Timmerman Report.

Gerraldine (Gerry) Harriman, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, HotSpot Therapeutics


Gerry is Co-Founder and CSO of HotSpot Therapeutics. She brings more than 20 years of experience in various leadership roles in Boston biotech. Prior to founding HotSpot, Gerry was Vice President and Head of the Nimbus Apollo subsidiary at Nimbus Therapeutics where she led the effort to develop a leading NASH drug currently in Phase II. This culminated in subsidiary acquisition by Gilead. Prior to Nimbus, Gerry was Vice President at Galenea Pharmaceuticals, co-led the Inflammation Therapeutic Area at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and was a member of the founding scientific team at LeukoSite. Gerry received her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island and completed her post-doc fellowship at The University of Kansas.

Jeff Hrkach, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Technology Officer, Stealth Company


Jeff is CTO of a stealth start-up focused on gene editing and delivery. Over the past 20 years, Jeff has held leadership positions focused on drug delivery, technology development and early clinical translation. His experience includes Frequency Therapeutics (drug delivery to the inner ear for treating hearing loss), Moderna (mRNA nanoparticle delivery), BIND Therapeutics (targeted polymeric nanoparticles for cancer), Momenta (complex generics for enoxaparin and glatiramer acetate), and AIR/Alkermes (inhaled large porous particles for insulin and L-Dopa (Inbrija®). Jeff carried out his postdoctoral research with Professor Robert Langer at MIT, received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and M.S. in Polymer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Robert Hughes, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Robert is an EIR and was previously head of molecular discovery at Disarm Therapeutics which was acquired in 2020 by Eli Lilly in a deal valued up to $1.36 billion. Robert has over 19-years of experience in drug discovery. Previously, Robert held positions at Boehringer-Ingelheim and Pfizer working across multiple therapeutic areas including cardiometabolism, neurodegeneration and immunology and target classes advancing programs from conception to the clinic. Robert is co-author / co-inventor on more than 65 publications and patents. Robert received his Ph.D., in chemistry, from the Scripps Research Institute and B.S. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics for the University of Arizona.

Niranjan Kameswaran, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Business Officer, Stealth-stage Newco


Niranjan is an EIR and the CBO of a stealth-stage Newco. Niranjan was previously SVP, Strategy at Kala Pharmaceuticals, where he led Business Development and Investor Relations. Prior to Kala, Niranjan was Director of Commercial and Business Development at Civitas Therapeutics, where he played a lead role in managing a dual-path IPO/M&A process that led to an acquisition by Acorda Therapeutics. Before Civitas, Niranjan worked in life sciences strategy consulting where he oversaw engagements for biopharmaceutical companies across all major therapeutic areas and global markets. Niranjan holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India.

Nick Keen, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Scientific Officer, Bicycle Therapeutics


Nick is CSO of Bicycle Therapeutics. Previously he served as the Cambridge (US) head of oncology research at Novartis, leading a group that delivered multiple new therapies to the clinic and built industry-leading platforms for drug development. Prior to Novartis, Nick held positions of increasing responsibility at AstraZeneca, most recently leading the US oncology lead generation group; and was instrumental in the acquisition of KuDOS Pharmaceuticals leading to the registration of Olaparib (a first in class PARP inhibitor) for the treatment of BRCA mutant cancers. Nick studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and was a graduate student with the ICRF in Cambridge. He completed his post-doctoral studies at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

Doug Kerr, MD, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Medical Officer, Generation Bio


Doug is chief medical officer at Generation Bio. Previously, he ran Shire’s rare neuroscience franchise, including BD/portfolio management, transition into development and all clinical activity. Prior to that, Doug worked at Biogen as the global lead for a series of programs in Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). He was the global lead for Biogen’s nusinersen (Spinraza), the first approved drug for SMA. Doug has over 120 publications in medical journals. He received his MD and PhD from Jefferson Medical College; his MBA from Northeastern; and his B.A. from Princeton. He completed his neurology residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently served as an Associate Professor of Neurology.

Gerhard Koenig, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Arkuda Therapeutics


Gerhard is CEO and Co-Founder of Arkuda Therapeutics. Formerly he was CEO and president of Quartet Medicine. Prior to Quartet, he was Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of FORUM Pharmaceuticals where he developed a CNS-focused pipeline of small molecule therapeutics ranging from discovery-stage programs to phase 3 clinical programs. Prior to FORUM, Gerhard was Vice President, Scientific Programs and Evaluation for Fidelity Biosciences Group (now F’ Prime Capital). Before that, Gerhard was Director of the Dementia Research Department at Bayer. Gerhard has co-authored major scientific publications, patents, and reviews of new research findings in prestigious journals. He received his MS with honors and his PhD in Neurobiology, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Ivana Magovčević-Liebisch Ph.D, J.D

Atlas Advisor; CEO, Vigil Neuroscience


Ivana is President and CEO at Vigil Neuroscience, Inc. Previously, Ivana was EVP and CBO at Ipsen where she was responsible for fueling the pipeline through external innovation and led the External Innovation, Business Development and Alliance Management functions. Prior to Ipsen, Ivana was EVP, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at Axcella Health, SVP and Head of Global Business Development for the specialty drug business at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. She previously worked at Dyax Corp in management roles including EVP and Chief Operating Officer, and at Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. Ivana holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University and received her J.D. in High Technology law from Suffolk University Law School.

Alex Lugovskoy

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Executive Officer, Diagonal Therapeutics


Alex is an EIR and CEO of Diagonal Therapeutics. During his 20+ year career in biotechnology, he served as COO of Dragonfly Therapeutics, CDO of Morphic Therapeutic, VP of Therapeutics at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, and Associate Director of Drug Discovery at Biogen. Alex is an author of over 100 patents and manuscripts and an Associate Editor of the mAbs, a journal dedicated to the art and science of antibody R&D. He has received an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation and Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University, an M.Sc. in Molecular Biophysics, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Geoff MacKay

Atlas Advisor; President & Chief Executive Officer, AVROBIO


Geoff is president & chief executive officer of AVROBIO. Previously Geoff was CEO of Organogenesis Inc which treated 1 million patients with living cell therapies, received the first FDA CBER allogeneic cell-therapy approval and achieved an unparalleled position within regenerative medicine. Geoff was founding CEO of eGenesis Inc., which applies CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing to the field of xenotransplantation. Geoff spent 11 years at Novartis in senior leadership positions within the Global Transplantation & Immunology franchise. Past activities include Chairman of the Board of MassBio, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance of Regenerative Medicine, and Advisory Council to the Health Policy Commission for Massachusetts.

Ankit Mahadevia, MD

Atlas Advisor; President and Chief Executive Officer, Spero Therapeutics


Ankit is co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Spero Therapeutics. Ankit was previously a venture partner at Atlas Venture. Prior to that, he worked in business development at Genentech, in health policy in Washington, and helped build several early stage biotech companies including Arcion Therapeutics. Ankit obtained his MD from John Hopkins University Medical School and his MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nello Mainolfi, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer and President, Kymera Therapeutics


Nello is a founder, chief executive officer, and president at Kymera Therapeutics. Previously, Nello was head of drug discovery at Atlas portfolio company Raze Therapeutics. Before that, Nello spent almost a decade at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, where first as team member and then as interdisciplinary project team leader he contributed to the identification of more than 10 compounds that have entered preclinical and clinical development. While at Novartis he also championed new technologies such as using fragment-based drug discovery as a core strategy to deliver development candidates. Nello has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications; he is co-inventor on several patents and has written reviews in the areas of synthetic chemistry and drug discovery. Nello was trained at Imperial College, University of London and The Scripps Research Institute.

Mark Manfredi, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Ikena Oncology


Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Ikena Oncology and has nearly two decades of experience in cancer biology. Mark was previously Vice President, Oncology Biology at Takeda Pharmaceuticals where he led the Oncology Biology group and was a member of the senior R&D management team responsible for the global oncology R&D strategy. During his time at Takeda the Oncology organization put 8 novel mechanisms into the clinic with the most advanced compounds being in phase 3 clinical development. Mark received his BS from the University of Rhode Island and earned his PhD in Biology from Boston College.

Geoff McDonough, MD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Generation Bio


Geoff is CEO of Generation Bio. He formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi) from 2011 - 2017. Prior to Sobi Geoff held a variety of senior roles at Genzyme Corporation, including President of Genzyme Europe and SVP and GM of the global Lysosomal Storage Diseases business. Geoff has a B.Sc. in Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating summa cum laude in both. He obtained an M.D. at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.

Sandy Mong, MD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Senior Vice President of Business Development & Operations, Curie Therapeutics


Sandy is an EIR and SVP of BD & Ops at Curie Therapeutics. She was previously VP of business development & operations at BridgeBio Pharma, where she focused on development operations for single asset subsidiaries, and supported modality agnostic asset acquisition and platform partnership efforts. Prior to BridgeBio, she was a senior director of business development & strategy at CRISPR Therapeutics, where she focused on hemoglobinopathies, regenerative medicine, and neuromuscular diseases, as well as search and evaluation for the gRNA / Cas9 and delivery platforms. Prior to CRISPR, she was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Sandy received an MD from Harvard Medical School, where she completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship. She graduated with a B.S in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale.

Jonathan Montagu

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, HotSpot Therapeutics


Jonathan is Co-Founder and CEO of HotSpot Therapeutics. Prior to HotSpot, Jonathan served as Chief Business Officer at Nimbus Therapeutics where he helped to establish the company's drug discovery platform and progressed multiple programs through a series of transactions and collaborations. This culminated in transactions with Gilead, Shire, and Monsanto. Previously, Jonathan was Vice President, Business Development at Concert Pharmaceuticals where he was instrumental in securing a $1B multi-product transaction with GSK. Jonathan trained as a chemist with Jack Baldwin at Oxford University, KC Nicolaou at The Scripps Research Institute, and Paul Nurse at Cancer Research UK.

Jonathan Moore, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Founder and CSO, Rectify Pharmaceuticals


Jon is Founder and CSO of Rectify Pharmaceuticals. Prior to starting Rectify, Jon was a Founding Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he spent over 27 years as a Structural Biologist, leading early discovery efforts across multiple disease areas, including anti-infectives, oncology, pain and cystic fibrosis. From 2018-2020, Jon was a Visiting Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Department of Biology at MIT, where his research focused on the structural and mechanistic basis of ABC transporter dysfunction in rare disease. Jon obtained his BA and PhD in Biophysics from the University of Pennyslvania and postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute and at the ETH-Zürich, where he was a Fogarty Fellow.

Cyrus Mozayeni, MD, MBA

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; CEO, Vedere


Cyrus is an EIR with Atlas and CEO of Vedere. Prior to Atlas, he was co-founder of CODA Biotherapeutics, and Oncorus, where he served as President and CBO. Before Oncorus, Cyrus was VP and global head of business development and alliance management at bluebird bio (NASDAQ: BLUE), where his efforts led to a clinical-stage CAR T-cell program in collaboration with Celgene, and a successful IPO. Cyrus earned his Sc.B. in neuroscience from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a licensed physician, and a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Peter Mundel, MD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Scientific Officer, Stealth NewCo


Peter is an EIR and CSO at a stealth-stage newco. Prior to joining Atlas, Peter was Founder and CSO of Goldfinch Bio. Before Goldfinch, Peter served on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he worked on fundamental mechanisms in kidney, metabolism, and neuroscience. For his contributions, Peter was recognized with the Marilyn Gist Farquhar Award from NephCure International, the Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Nephrology and American Heart Association, and by election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Peter earned his M.D from the University of Heidelberg. Drawing on 25+ years of experience and more than 150 publications, Peter thrives in company building, always keeping patients at the center of his vision.

Vic Myer, PhD

Atlas Advisor; President and Chief Scientific Officer, Chroma Medicine


Vic is president and CSO at Chroma Medicine. Previously he was chief technology officer of Editas Medicine where he led the genome editing platform as well as the chemistry, CMC and quality departments. He has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech industry. At the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research he led a large, technology focused target discovery, target validation and lead finding group in the Developmental and Molecular Pathways department for 11 years. Prior to Novartis, Vic focused on industrializing and using ‘omics technologies at Millennium, Akceli and Corning. He has B.S. from Cornell, a Ph.D. from Yale and did his post-doc at MIT/The Whitehead.

Don Nicholson, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Executive Chairman, Disc Therapeutics; Former Chief Executive Officer, Nimbus Therapeutics


Don is executive chairman at Disc Therapeutics and was formerly CEO of Nimbus Therapeutics. He previously spent 25 years at Merck where he held various strategic, leadership and operational roles in diverse therapeutic areas. Don began his pharma-therapeutics career in 1988 as a bench scientist at the Merck-Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Montreal and advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Worldwide Discovery Head for Bone, Respiratory, Immunology and Endocrine disorders. Don has co-authored over 150 scientific publications and is internationally-recognized for his contributions to the field of apoptotic cell death. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and trained as a Medical Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the University of Munich in Germany.

Vito Palombella, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Scientific Officer, Surface Oncology


Vito is CSO at Surface Oncology. Vito brings over twenty years of scientific leadership and experience advancing first-in-class therapeutic programs, and a successful track record of building drug discovery and development organizations. Previously, he was EVP and CSO at Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Before that, he was Director of Molecular Biology and Protein Chemistry at Syntonix Pharmaceuticals, Senior Director of Cell and Molecular Biology at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and also held a number of positions at LeukoSite and ProScript. Vito was involved in the discovery and development of bortezomib (Velcade®), a proteasome inhibitor for cancer therapy. Vito earned his B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the New York University Medical Center.

Tim Piser, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Former Chief Scientific Officer, Cadent Therapeutics


Tim was the CSO at Cadent and has passionately pursued the discovery and development of neuroscience therapeutics for almost two decades in big pharma and in biotech, most notably at AstraZeneca and FORUM Pharmaceuticals. There, he led neuropharmacology teams and both NMDA and nicotinic receptor drug discovery projects and product development teams from lead optimization through Phase 2 trials. Tim leverages collaborative scientific insight and quantitative translational pharmacology to find innovative paths to discover and develop potential breakthrough medicines. Tim earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Minnesota.

Simon Read, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Executive Officer, Curie Therapeutics


Simon is an EIR and CEO and founder of Curie Therapeutics. Prior to joining Atlas, Simon was CSO at Ra Pharma (NASDAQ: RARX) until its acquisition by UCB Pharma. Simon brings to Atlas more than 25 years of R&D experience including leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Roche/Genentech. Simon has worked on the clinical development of some of the most well-known drugs in the immunology area, including Rituxan® and Actemra®. Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK) and a board member of Oxstem Therapeutics. He obtained his Ph.D from University of Hertfordshire and studied Physiology at the University of Manchester in the UK. Simon is well published, having authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Ronald Renaud

Atlas Advisor; Former Chief Executive Officer, Translate Bio


Ron was chief executive officer of Translate Bio through its acquisition by Sanofi in 2021. He was previously president and chief executive officer of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, which he refocused on drug discovery and development, resulting in its acquisition by Merck in August 2014. Prior to Idenix, Ron served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, and before that he was a biotechnology equity research analyst at JP Morgan, Schwab Soundview, and Bear Stearns. He also spent more than five years at Amgen, where he held positions in clinical research, investor relations, and finance.

Rene Russo, PharmD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Xilio Therapeutics


Rene is CEO of Xilio Therapeutics. With over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D, Rene has held positions of increasing responsibility ranging from early preclinical research through all phases of clinical development, registration, and commercialization of successful products in the US and EU. Rene previously served as president and CEO of Arsanis, and before that she spent 12 years building key medical functions at Cubist Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Merck for $9.6B. Earlier in her career Rene held several positions in R&D at BMS. She currently serves as a director for Life Science Cares, a nonprofit organization addressing the cycle of poverty in the Boston area.

Christian Schubert, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Christian joined Atlas as EIR in July 2021 from the Servier Group, where he was Global Head of R&D External Innovation and Managing Director of Servier BioInnovation. An established leader in external innovation and partnering in the biotechnology sector with deep experience in both academic research, early-stage venture, and commercial business development - having held prior roles at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development and at Biogen Corporate Development and Strategy - Christian is passionate about the use of human genetics, translational ‘omics, and human biology for the identification and validation of novel targets, biomarkers and patient segmentation in early-stage R&D. Christian trained in human genetics, neurobiology, and biochemistry in the US, Germany, England and Switzerland.

Martin Seidel, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, IFM Therapeutics


Martin CEO of IFM Therapeutics. Previously, Martin was the Global Head of Strategic Alliances for the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) where he and his team executed more than 70 deals. Prior to that, Martin was head of NIBR’s Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), where he helped advance over 40 clinical candidates, including 25 programs that progressed to the clinic, 13 new molecular entities that achieved positive clinical proof of concept and two marketed drugs. Martin earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in the laboratory of Jeremy R. Knowles. He was a DAAD Fellow at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and received his A.B. from Princeton University.

Peter Smith, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, Remix Therapeutics


Pete is co-founder, president, and CEO at Remix Therapeutics. He was formerly CSO at H3 Biomedicine where he led a team of scientists discovering and developing novel targeted oncology therapies. He was previously at Millennium Pharmaceuticals/Takeda Oncology where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the oncology group. Peter completed his postdoctoral studies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Leeds, U.K and obtained his PhD at the Cancer Research Unit, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

Joanne Smith-Farrell, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Be Bio


Prior to joining Be Bio, Joanne was the chief operating officer and business unit head, oncology at bluebird bio, where she led the team who grew bluebird oncology from a single-candidate effort within a rare disease gene therapy company to a leading oncology cell therapy business. Previously, she held executive roles as chief business officer of bluebird bio, vice president of transactions at Merck, vice president of business development at Pfizer, and senior vice president at Gene Logic. Joanne worked in the healthcare practice at BCG, was a post-doctoral fellow in Bob Langer’s lab at the Harvard-MIT Division for Health Science and Technology, and holds a PhD in physics from the Catholic University of America.

Matt Stanton, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Chief Scientific Officer, Generation Bio


Matt is CSO at Generation Bio. Previously, he served as VP, head of chemistry and immunology at Moderna where he led nucleotide and delivery chemistry as well as basic platform immunology in support of mRNA therapeutics discovery. Before that, Matt was Director and head of RNA medicinal chemistry at Merck, spending 16 years in roles of increasing leadership, including small molecule program leadership and head of chemistry capabilities enhancement, across numerous therapeutic areas that spanned a range of modalities. Matt graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in chemistry and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on physical organic chemistry and natural product synthesis.

Catherine Stehman-Breen, MD MS

Atlas Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Chroma Medicine


Catherine is CEO at Chroma Medicine, and serves as a board member at Dyne Therapeutics. Catherine was previously Chief Medical Officer at Disarm Therapeutics and Dyne Therapeutics, and before that was CMO at Sarepta Therapeutics which focuses on RNA-targeted therapeutics. Prior to Sarepta, she was Vice President, Clinical Development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. She also served as Vice President, Global Development at Amgen, leading several therapeutic areas. Catherine earned her M.D. from the University of Chicago. She completed her residency and nephrology fellowship training at the University of Washington, where she also received an MS degree in Epidemiology. Catherine served as a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology and remains and Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Public Health with more than 90 publications in medical journals.

Steven Sweeney

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Head of Clinical Development Operations, Third Harmonic Bio


Steve is an EIR at Atlas and head of clinical development operations at Third Harmonic Bio. He started his career in clinical research in the 90’s and held leadership positions in Clinical Operations and Clinical Technology at Pfizer and Infinity Pharmaceuticals before making the move to start-ups. Since 2012 he has worked as Head of Development Operations at several Atlas seeded companies including Arteaus Therapeutics (migraine), Annovation BioPharma (sedation and general anesthesia), Quartet (pain) and Rodin Therapeutics (synaptopathies). His experience spans Phase 1 first-in-human through Phase 3b global registration studies and includes the design and implementation of technology to improve trial analytics and processes. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Toxicology from Northeastern University.

Mark Tebbe, PhD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Technical Officer, Matchpoint Therapeutics


Mark is an EIR and CTO of Matchpoint Therapeutics. Formerly Mark was Co-Founder and CTO of Quench Bio and before that was VP, Head of Drug Discovery at Quartet Medicine. Mark has >23 years of experience in drug discovery and development and is a co-inventor of Incivek (Telaprevir), an HCV protease inhibitor. He was previously VP of Medicinal and Computational Chemistry at Forma Therapeutics where he focused on small molecule cancer therapeutics. Prior to that, Mark held positions of increasing responsibility during his 16-year career at Eli Lilly including head of chemistry and Global Head of Operations for the discovery chemistry group. He obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Andre Turenne

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Executive Officer, Matchpoint Therapeutics


Andre is an EIR and CEO of Matchpoint Therapeutics. Prior to joining Atlas, Andre was CEO of Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VYGR). Andre brings more than 20 years of experience in big pharma and biotech, including senior leadership roles at Genzyme and Sanofi. At Sanofi, he was the Global Head of Business Development & Licensing, where he and his team executed more than 50 deals. Andre earned his BA from Kalamazoo College and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Srikanth Venkatraman, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Vice President and Head of Chemistry, Disc Therapeutics


Srikanth is an Atlas Advisor and is vice president and head of chemistry at Disc Therapeutics. Prior to joining Atlas, he has more than 19 years of experience in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery working in Schering Plough and Merck leading chemistry teams. He has worked in number of programs in infectious and cardiometabolic diseases. He was a major contributor to the discovery Victrelis, the first HCV NS3 protease inhibitors approved for the treatment of gt-1 infections. He was awarded the Heroes of Chemistry award by the American chemical society for this contribution. Srikanth holds a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh and a postdoctoral training from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Shelia Violette, PhD

Atlas Advisor; Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, President of Research, Q32 Bio


Shelia is founder, CSO, and president of research of Q32 Bio. She is a leader in the field of inflammation, autoimmune disease and fibrosis with deep industry experience in translational research and drug development. She was previously VP of Tissue Injury and Fibrosis Research at Biogen where she spearheaded a team of scientists conducting discovery science and advanced programs into clinical development. From 2008 to 2012, Shelia was VP of Research at Stromedix and led all research activities supporting the development of the anti-avb6 antibody, STX-100. She has authored more than 90 manuscripts and patents. Shelia received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Yale University and completed her post-doctoral training with Frank Ruddle in the Department of Biology at Yale University.

Stephen Yoo, MD

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Head of R&D, Third Harmonic Bio


Stephen is Head of R&D at Third Harmonic Bio. Previously, Stephen was the first CMO at Regenxbio and helped advance a pipeline focused on developing AAV gene therapies for retinal, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases. Prior to Regenxbio, he held multiple roles in clinical development within MedImmune/AstraZeneca and Abbott Labs within the autoimmunity and inflammation group. Stephen earned his B.A. in molecular genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and he completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Texas, Southwestern.

Leigh Zawel

Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Chief Scientific Officer, Stealth NewCo


Leigh is an EIR at Atlas and CSO at a stealth NewCo. Prior to joining Atlas, Leigh was a CSO at Cullinan Oncology and an Executive Partner with MPM Capital. He previously held leadership roles with Pfizer and Merck and began his career at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Leigh is an Oncology expert with more than 20 years of experience developing targeted therapies. He holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Rutgers University.