Our Team

We are led by a team of industry veterans who have a successful track record of taking molecules from bench to bedside and who have a passion to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Jill C. Milne, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jill C. 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.
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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.
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Joanne M. Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Development

Joanne M. Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., has served as our Chief Medical Officer since July 2011.
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Since 1989, she has worked as a staff physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where she was formerly Chief of Gastroenterology. Dr. Donovan has held an appointment at Harvard Medical School since 1990, most recently as associate clinical professor of medicine. From 1998 to July 2011, Dr. Donovan served in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately as vice president of clinical development, at Genzyme, a biotechnology company, which she joined through its acquisition of GelTex. Dr. Donovan holds a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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Ted Hibben
Chief Business Officer

Ted Hibben has served as our Chief Business Officer since February 2017.
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Previously, he served as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Development from April 2015 to February 2017. From September, 2010 to April, 2015, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Ensemble Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops small molecule therapies for cancer and other serious diseases. Prior to Ensemble, Mr. Hibben was Chief Business Officer at Cequent Pharmaceuticals until its merger with MDRNA, Inc. (now Marina Biotech), and was Vice President, Business Development and Alliance Management at Coley Pharmaceutical Group, until its sale to Pfizer. Mr. Hibben holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
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Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Andrew Nichols, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since October 2016.
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Previously, he served as our Senior Vice President, Research and Development from February 2014 to October 2016. From October, 2013 to February, 2014, Dr. Nichols was Associate Vice President, Cardiometabolic Diseases at Merck Research Labs, a pharmaceutical research company, leading drug discovery and early clinical development programs. Dr. Nichols was also Associate Vice President/Executive Director, In Vivo Pharmacology at Merck Research Labs from August, 2010 to October, 2013, and Executive Director, In Vivo Sciences at Merck Research Labs from August, 2009 to August, 2010. Prior to Merck, Dr. Nichols was Vice President of Preclinical Research at Zafgen, Vice President of Research at Alinea, Vice President of Drug Discovery Project Leadership at Millennium and Director of the Alliance Management Group at SmithKline Beecham. He holds an M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge, England and a B.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds, England.
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Deirdre A. Cunnane
Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Deirdre A. Cunnane has served as our Senior Vice President and General Counsel since November 2015 and as our Treasurer since April 2016.
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Prior to joining Catabasis, Ms. Cunnane served as General Counsel at Advanced Technology Ventures, or ATV, from January 2006 to October 2015, and at Lightstone Ventures, or Lightstone, from its founding in January 2012 until October 2015. Prior to ATV and Lightstone, Ms. Cunnane was an investment officer at BancBoston Ventures and Deputy General Counsel at BancBoston Capital. Ms. Cunnane started her law career with, and later became a Partner in, Goodwin Procter's corporate department. Ms. Cunnane holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S. in Finance from the Boston College School of Management.
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Angelika Fretzen, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Product Development

Angelika Fretzen joined Catabasis in 2014. Prior to joining Catabasis she was Vice President of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Development at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.
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Dr. Fretzen led Pharmaceutical Development and CMC related aspects of Ironwood's linaclotide program through the approval as Linzess® in the US and as ConstellaTM in Canada and Europe. She has been responsible for discovery and development programs for small molecules and peptides in a variety of different disease areas. Prior to joining Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Fretzen was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. She holds a Diploma (M.S.) in chemistry from the University of Würzburg in Germany and her Ph.D. in organometallic and synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. In addition Dr. Fretzen has received an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston.
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Joe Johnston
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Joseph Johnston joined Catabasis in 2016 as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.
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Prior to joining Catabasis, Mr. Johnston was at Ionis Pharmaceuticals (formerly Isis Pharmaceuticals), a biopharmaceutical company in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development, where he served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality from 2008 to May 2016. Previously, Mr. Johnston held a series of roles with increasing responsibilities at Isis Pharmaceuticals from 1990, when he was part of the original scientific team, to 2008. In his time at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Johnston provided global regulatory leadership on hundreds of regulatory applications including experience with rare diseases as well as pediatric indications. Mr. Johnston holds a M.B.A. from University of California Irvine and a M.S. in Pharmacology and a B.A. in Biology, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Andrea Matthews
Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Andrea Matthews has served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs leading the investor relations and corporate communications functions since August 2017.
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Previously, she served as Executive Director, Corporate Affairs since November 2015, and as Senior Director, Operations and Corporate Development from July 2014 to October 2015. Prior to joining Catabasis, Ms. Matthews served as Vice President, Operations and Alliance Management/Commercial Operations at Selventa (formerly Genstruct), a biomarker discovery company that collaborated with pharmaceutical and consumer product companies, from February 2010 to July 2014 and as Director, Alliance Management from February 2009 to February 2010. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Matthews held a series of roles with increasing responsibilities at Genstruct, leading to several managerial positions. Ms. Matthews holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University.
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