Board of Directors
Catabasis' board of directors is made up of leading experts with deep-rooted experience in the financial, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry who provide valuable guidance and help us think strategically.
Michael Ross, Ph.D.
Managing Partner, SV Life Sciences
Michael Ross, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2010, as Chairman since October 2010 and as Co-Chairman since February 2016.
READ MORE Since 2002, Dr. Ross has served as a Managing Partner at SV Life Sciences Advisers, LLC, a venture capital firm that he joined as a venture partner in 2001. Previously, Dr. Ross served as the Chief Executive Officer of CyThera, Carta Proteomics, MetaXen and Arris Pharmaceutical. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ross was employed at Genentech, serving in several roles, including Vice President of Development and later Vice President of Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry. Dr. Ross currently serves on the board of directors of Ophthotech Corporation as well as the boards of directors of several private companies, including Adimab and Sutro Biopharma, and the Board of Overseers of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Ross received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and completed post doctorate training in molecular biology at Harvard University.
Kenneth Bate has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2014 and as Co-Chairman since February 2016.
READ MORE Mr. Bate is currently an independent consultant. From May 2009 until January 2012, Mr. Bate was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Archemix, a privately held biotechnology company. From January 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Bate was President and Chief Executive Officer of NitroMed, a public pharmaceutical company. From March 2006 until January 2007, Mr. Bate was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of NitroMed. From January 2005 to March 2006, Mr. Bate was employed at JSB-Partners, a firm that he co-founded. From 2002 to January 2005, Mr. Bate was head of commercial operations and Chief Financial Officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Bate has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, since June 2003 and as its non-executive Chair since March 2011. Mr. Bate is a director of five other public biopharmaceutical companies, AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Epizyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Genocea Biosciences, Inc., Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and TransMedics, Inc. During the last five years, Mr. Bate also served as a director of NitroMed, BioMarin and Coley Pharmaceutical Group, a biopharmaceutical company, which was a public company during the period of Mr. Bate’s service. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Bate’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his operating, finance, commercial, transactional and senior management experience in the industry, as well as his experience serving on the boards of directors of other public companies in the life sciences industry.
Burt Adelman, M.D.
Burt Adelman, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2016.
READ MORE Dr. Adelman was Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer of Dyax Corp., or Dyax, a biotechnology company, from February 2012 until its acquisition by Shire Plc in January 2016. Prior to joining Dyax, he worked at Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, where he served as interim President of Research and Development from 2009 to 2010 and as Senior Advisor from February 2011 until December 2011. As Senior Advisor, Dr. Adelman consulted with Eleven Management to ensure a successful leadership transition. From 1991 to 2007, Dr. Adelman held positions of increasing responsibility at Biogen Inc. (formerly Biogen Idec Inc.), a global biotechnology company, ultimately as Executive Vice President, Portfolio Strategy. Since 1998, Dr. Adelman has served as a lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School and as an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Adelman holds an M.D. from Cornell Medical College and a B.S. in biology from Trinity College. He completed residency training and a hematology fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.
Nicholas Galakatos, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clarus Ventures
Nicholas Galakatos, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors and chair of the compensation committee since February 2012.
READ MORE Dr. Galakatos is a co-founder of Clarus Ventures, a health care and life science venture capital firm, where he has served as Managing Director since its inception in 2005. Dr. Galakatos has also served as a General Partner of MPM Asset Management II LLC since 2000 and as a General Partner of BioVentures III GP, LP since 2002. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Galakatos served as Vice President, New Business and a member of the Management Team at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. He was a founder of Millennium Predictive Medicine and TransForm Pharmaceuticals, where he was also the Chairman and founding chief executive officer. Dr. Galakatos is a director of NanoString Technologies and Ophthotech Corporation, and formerly was the Lead Director of Affymax and a director of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Critical Therapeutics and Aveo Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Galakatos received a B.A. in chemistry from Reed College and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and performed postdoctoral studies in molecular biology at Harvard Medical School.
General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures
Jean George has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2013.
READ MORE Since February 2002, she has been a Managing Director at Advanced Technology Ventures, a venture capital fund, where she currently serves as the East Coast lead partner for healthcare investments. Since March 2012, Ms. George has served as Managing Director at LSV Capital Management, a venture capital firm. Ms. George currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the public companies Acceleron Pharma and Calithera Biosciences, and previously served as a member of the board of directors of Portola Pharmaceuticals from 2005 to 2013 and Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc. from 2005 to 2015. Ms. George also serves on the boards of the private companies Hydra Biosciences, Thrasos Innovation and Proteolix, Inc. Ms. George holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. from Simmons College Graduate School of Management.
Michael Kishbauch has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2016.
READ MORE He has served as a director of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Achillion, a biotechnology company, since July 2004. Mr. Kisbauch has also served as a director of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, since September 2013 and of TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, since November 2014. Mr. Kishbauch previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Achillion from July 2004 until his retirement in September 2013. Prior to that, he founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OraPharma, Inc., a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company focused on oral health care that was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2003, from 1996 to 2004. Mr. Kishbauch also held senior management positions with MedImmune, Inc., a biotechnology company, from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Kishbauch holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University.
Jill C. Milne, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jill Milne, Ph.D. is a co-founder of our company and has served as a member of our board of directors and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2008.
READ MORE Prior to co-founding our company, Dr. Milne worked as head of discovery biology at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company, from 2004 to 2008, when it was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Milne worked at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where she served as the worldwide head of the Drug Pfinder Program and head of the Enzyme Target Group at the Pfizer Discovery Technology Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Pfizer, she was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow in the department of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School from 1995 to 1998. Dr. Milne holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. in biological chemistry from Wellesley College.