Jeremy Bender, PHD, MBA

Jeremy Bender, Ph.D., M.B.A. has served on our Board since October 2023. Since September 2020 he has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the board of directors of Day One Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing new medicines for patients of all ages living with cancer. Prior to joining Day One, Dr. Bender was Vice President of Corporate Development at Gilead Sciences from March 2018 to September 2020. He held several leadership roles in biotech companies prior to Gilead, including Chief Operating Officer of Tizona Therapeutics from July 2015 to March 2018, Chief Business Officer of Sutro Biopharma from October 2012 to July 2015, and Vice President of Corporate Development at Allos Therapeutics, from January 2006 to September 2012. Dr. Bender began his career in the life sciences practice at Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting company. Dr. Bender also sits on the board of Mereo BioPharma as an independent board member. He holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Colorado, and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Donald Bergstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bergstrom has served as Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development at Relay Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage precision medicine company deploying cutting-edge experimental and computational tools since 2018. He also currently serves as a board observer on the Cellectis S.A. Board of Directors. From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Bergstrom was Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Mersana Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing novel antibody-drug-conjugates for the treatment of cancer. Prior to Mersana, Dr. Bergstrom was Global Head of Translational and Experimental medicine at Sanofi Oncology and held roles of increasing responsibility in oncology translational medicine and early clinical development at Merck Research Laboratories.

Dr. Bergstrom holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle and a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Teresa Bitetti, MBA

Teresa Bitetti, MBA, has served as our director since October 2023. Since April 2019, Ms. Bitetti has served as President of the Global Oncology Business Unit at Takeda, a large public biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Takeda, from 1996 to 2019, Ms. Bitetti held various roles of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Company, a large public biopharmaceutical company, including as senior vice president, Head of Worldwide Oncology Commercialization. While at BMS, she also served as Senior Vice President and Head of U.S. Oncology – where she managed the launch of the drug, Opdivo™, President and General Manager of BMS Canada, and Worldwide Head of the BMS Virology business. Before BMS, Ms. Bitetti also held various roles of increasing responsibility at Mobil Oil Corporation. Ms. Bitetti holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BA from Wellesley College.

Pablo Cagnoni, MD

Dr. Cagnoni is currently President and Head of Research & Development (R&D) at Incyte (NASDAQ: INCY), where he leads the Company's R&D efforts across its portfolio of programs in oncology, hematology and inflammation and autoimmunity including dermatology. Prior to Incyte, Dr. Cagnoni was Chief Executive Officer of Laronde, a Flagship Pioneering Company, and Executive Partner at Flagship Pioneering, the bioplatform innovation company. Prior to joining Laronde and Flagship, he was Chief Executive Officer of Rubius Therapeutics, where he remains Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Cagnoni joined Rubius Therapeutics as Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. Over the course of his career as an oncologist and pharmaceutical executive, Dr. Cagnoni has been committed to advancing the development of breakthrough treatments for people with cancer and other diseases. He has played a key role in the development, approval and commercialization of more than 20 life-changing treatments, including Afinitor®, Kyprolis® and Tarceva®.

Before joining Rubius, Dr. Cagnoni served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tizona Therapeutics, a privately held biotechnology company focused on developing next-generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. He joined Tizona as the company’s first employee and grew the organization to support the filing of its first Investigational New Drug application. Prior to Tizona, he served as President of Onyx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen). Dr. Cagnoni joined Onyx in March 2013, as Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development and Technical Operations, and was named President in October 2013, when Onyx became an Amgen subsidiary. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Development at Novartis Oncology, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Allos Therapeutics (acquired by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals) and, prior to that, Chief Medical Officer of OSI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Astellas).

Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Bone Marrow Transplant Program, where he cared for patients undergoing stem cell transplants. Dr. Cagnoni earned his medical degree from University Buenos Aires School of Medicine, and he completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and a fellowship in Stem Cell Transplantation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

In addition to Rubius, Dr. Cagnoni is a member of the Board of Directors for Repertoire Immune Medicines and Tizona Therapeutics. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bay Area Discovery Museum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as a board member for CRISPR Therapeutics, Harpoon Therapeutics and Tango Therapeutics and was Executive Chairman of Blade Therapeutics.

Barbara Duncan

Ms. Duncan most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 2009 to June 2016. Prior to Intercept, Ms. Duncan served as Chief Financial Officer of DOV Pharmaceutical, Inc., another biopharmaceutical company, from 2001 to 2006 and as its Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009.

Ms. Duncan currently serves on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Jounce Therapeutics, Inc. each a biopharmaceutical company. She also serves on the Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, ObsEva SA and Ovid Therapeutics, Inc., all biopharmaceutical companies.

Ms. Duncan holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and a B.S. from Louisiana State University.

Steven Gannon

Mr. Gannon was most recently Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Aptalis Pharma Inc., until it was acquired by Forest Laboratories Inc. Prior to joining Aptalis, Mr. Gannon served as Chief Financial Officer for Cryocath Technologies Inc., which was acquired by Medtronic Inc. Prior to Cryocath, Mr. Gannon served as Head of Finance and Administration of the research division of AstraZeneca Canada Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Mallinckrodt Medical Inc.'s Canadian operations.

Mr. Gannon currently serves on the Boards of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committees of Aerogen, enGene Inc., and LABORIE Medical Technologies, and on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Audit Committee of Xenon Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Advanced Accelerator Applications SA. He received a bachelor of commerce from Concordia University in Montreal and completed the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Gannon is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA).

Philina Lee, PHD

Dr. Lee currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer at Blueprint Medicines, a publicly traded, global precision therapy company focused on cancer and hematological disorders. Since joining the company in 2014, Dr. Lee has served in positions of increasing responsibility, leading new product strategy, contributing to the IPO, establishing the commercial organization, building infrastructure to enable patient access, and leading multiple new product launches. In her current role, she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership across the portfolio, leading the portfolio management team as well as the program leadership and program management functions.

Prior to joining Blueprint Medicines, Dr. Lee served as Head of U.S. Marketing at Algeta ASA, where she was the second hire in the U.S. In this role, she contributed to build the fully integrated organization that successfully launched Xofigo® (radium-223 dichloride), a first in class alpha-emitting radiopharmaceutical. Algeta was acquired by Bayer AG in 2014.

Earlier in her career, she held oncology marketing roles at Sanofi and Genzyme, driving global product launches and a mature product turnaround. As a healthcare strategy consultant at Health Advances, she advised biopharmaceutical and diagnostics clients bringing novel products to market.

Dr. Lee earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She conducted post-doctoral research in the lab of Jim Collins at Boston University.

David Meek

David Meek has served as a director since October 2023. Mr. Meek previously served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Mirati Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, from September 2021 to August 2023. He previously served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of FerGene, Inc., a biotechnology company, from January 2020 to March 2021. From July 2016 to January 2020, Mr. Meek served as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Ipsen, a public global biopharmaceutical company based in France. Prior to joining Ipsen, Mr. Meek held executive leadership roles including serving as Executive Vice President and President of Oncology at Baxalta Incorporated from 2014 to 2016 leading up to the acquisition by Shire, and serving as Chief Commercial Officer of Endocyte, Inc. from 2012 to 2014. He also served in executive leadership roles at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Novartis Oncology from 2005 to 2012, after beginning his career at Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1989 to 2004. Mr. Meek served on the boards of Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries & Associations. He serves on the board of directors of uniQure N.V., a public biotech company, and he previously served on the board of directors of Entasis Therapeutics Inc. from June 2019 to July 2022 (acquired by Innoviva, Inc.). Mr. Meek holds a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.

John Valliant, PhD - CEO

Dr. Valliant is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fusion Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Valliant has been instrumental in securing both investment and scientific and medical collaborations with the industrial and academic partners of Fusion.

Prior to Fusion, Dr. Valliant founded the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC), a radiopharmaceutical research and development centre of excellence established in 2008 through funding from the Federal and Provincial governments, industry and academic partners. During his 10+ year tenure as CEO, the CPDC focused on discovering, developing and distributing the next generation of molecular imaging probes and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. The CPDC also plays an important role in Canada’s health care system, manufacturing and delivering a reliable, daily supply of imaging probes to hospitals and clinics nationally and internationally.
Dr. Valliant is also a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster University.

In 2009, Dr. Valiant was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40, Under 40, a distinction that recognizes his work at CPDC and McMaster University to advance molecular imaging probe technologies, improve patient care and spur economic growth through the commercialization of Canadian technologies. In 2015, he received the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering from NSERC, recognizing his contribution to a team of researchers from physics, chemistry and nuclear medicine, who developed a breakthrough technology that uses hospital-based cyclotrons to produce critical medical isotopes.

Dr. Valliant completed his PhD at McMaster University, and followed with a post-doctoral fellowship under the joint supervision of professors Alun G. Jones (Harvard) and Alan Davison (MIT).