Prior to joining as Chair of the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals in 2019, Dr. Bastiani served as a member of the board of directors of C3J Therapeutics since 2013. He has over 40 years of industry experience and has served on the boards of 14 biotechnology and life science companies throughout his career. He has served as a member of the board of directors of BioNex, a privately held company that develops and manufactures systems for laboratory automation and liquid handling, since 2014. From 1995 through 2018, he served as a member of the board of directors of Abaxis Inc., a public diagnostic company providing point of care, automated blood analysis systems and single test products for human and veterinary markets that was acquired by Zoetis in 2018 for $2 billion. From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Bastiani was President of Dendreon, a biotechnology company dedicated to providing innovative cell therapies for cancer. From 1970 until 1995, Dr. Bastiani held a number of positions with Syva Company, a diagnostic company, including as President from 1991 until Syva was acquired by a subsidiary of Hoechst AG of Germany in 1995. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Bastiani served as Chairman of the board of directors of Response Biomedical Corporation. In 1996, Dr. Bastiani was appointed to the board of directors of ID Biomedical Corporation, a public vaccine company, and he served as the chairman of the board of directors from 1998 until the company’s 2005 acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Bastiani also served as co-founder and a director of DiscoverRx, a privately held company developing and selling high-throughput screening, protein profile and cell pathway assays and services, and on the boards of Pathwork Diagnostics, a privately held Molecular Diagnostic company focused on cancer diagnostics using proprietary genomic profiling and informatics. Dr. Bastiani also serves on the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1970, his M.S. in Chemistry from California State University in 1967, and his B.S. in Chemistry from Santa Clara University in 1964.
Jeremy is a veteran in the life sciences/healthcare industry and has been actively supporting the commercialization of healthcare innovations and helping entrepreneurs build their international businesses over the past 45 years.
Founder and Managing Director of BioScience Managers, Jeremy brings his decades of international experience to our investment team, to support the identification of investment opportunities and in the strategic assessment of value creation options, in particular through M&A and expansion into new geographies. He actively supports portfolio companies through his executive and non-executive roles.
Over his career, Jeremy has successfully managed in excess of US$1billion in equity investments. He launched the first dedicated biotechnology fund for the Australian market and is a former head of the life science private equity team at Rothschild Asset Management, an early pioneer and significant investor in the sector. In his early career he founded the International Biochemicals Group which he successfully sold to Royal Dutch Shell. He co-created a European-focused seed fund with Johnson & Johnson and built the International Biotechnology Trust.
He has served on more than 40 boards of directors in the life science sector, in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. Jeremy currently serves on the following boards: Avita Medical Ltd, Rex Bionics Pty Ltd, Armata Pharmaceuticals, SummatiX Pty Ltd, Adherium Ltd, JLCC Ltd, Bioscience Managers UK Ltd, Bioscience Managers Pty Ltd, International BioScience Managers Ltd, Arecor Ltd, Smart Matrix Ltd
Dr. Kostas joined the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals in February 2020. At Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA), a company with a portfolio of royalties that include respiratory assets partnered with Glaxo Group Limited, Dr. Kostas has served as a member of the Board of Directors since December 2017 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since April 2018. He is currently a member of Innoviva’s Audit Committee and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. Dr. Kostas is a Partner and Senior Analyst at Sarissa Capital Management LP focused on improving the strategies of companies to enhance shareholder value. Prior to joining Sarissa Capital, Dr. Kostas served as a Director at Evercore ISI (formerly ISI), covering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, he practiced internal medicine as part of the Yale New Haven Health System and was engaged as a consultant to various biotechnology companies. Dr. Kostas currently serves on the board of directors of Enzon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENZN).
Ms. Parker is the Principal of Parker BioConsulting. Prior to joining the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals in 2019, Ms. Parker served as a member of the board of directors of C3J Therapeutics since 2010 and as chair of the board since March 2016. She has also been a member of the board of directors of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. since June 2014. Ms. Parker has over 36 years of experience in the biotechnology industry. She served as the chief executive officer of The Infectious Disease Research Institute, or IDRI, a not-for-profit global health research institute, from March 2011 to December 2013. In 1992, Ms. Parker founded Targeted Genetics Corporation, a publicly traded Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company formed to develop gene-based treatments for acquired and inherited diseases that became a world leader in AAV gene therapy. She held the position of President and CEO and was a member of its board of directors from the company’s inception until November 2008. Prior to founding Targeted Genetics, Ms. Parker served in various capacities at Immunex from August 1981 through December 1991, most recently as vice president, corporate development. From February 1991 to January 1993, Ms. Parker served as president and a director of Receptech Corporation, a company formed by Immunex in 1989 to accelerate the development of soluble cytokine receptor products. She has served on the board of directors and the executive committee of BIO, the primary trade organization for the biotechnology industry. She currently serves as a member of the boards of directors for several for-profit and non-profit companies including Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. and StrideBio, Inc. Ms. Parker received her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Washington.
Mr. Patrick has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals since May 2019, following the merger of C3J Therapeutics and AmpliPhi Biosciences. Mr. Patrick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of C3J Therapeutics since 2010, and as a member of the board of directors since 2009. Previously, Todd served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ID Biomedical Corporation. Mr. Patrick joined ID Biomedical in 1994 when he became the first employee of the Company’s vaccine subsidiary. Todd remained with ID Biomedical as its President until 2005, when GlaxoSmithKline purchased the Company for $1.5 billion. Upon retiring from ID Biomedical, Mr. Patrick and a group of investors raised over $100 million to invest in several biomedical companies where Todd served as a director and consultant. Before he joined ID Biomedical, Mr. Patrick was appointed as the first Director of the Office of Intellectual Property Administration at UCLA, helping the organization start its IP program in 1989. Mr. Patrick is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, a 400-person, non-profit global health organization focused on creating new drugs and vaccines to treat infectious diseases in the developing world. Todd currently serves on the board of directors of CRH Medical Corporation (NYSE American: CRHM); and InvVax, Inc. He is also on the board of the non-profit Foster Foundation.
Dr. Patti has served as a member of the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals since 2019. Dr. Patti currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Agilvax, Inc., a private company that discovers and develops immunotherapies to combat cancer and targeted vaccines against infectious diseases, and as President of JP Biotech Advisors, Inc., which provides strategic growth and drug development advice to emerging biotechnology companies. Dr. Patti joined Aviragen Therapeutics, Inc. in November 2012 and served as its Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy until October 1, 2014, when he was appointed as that company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a director. He served in those roles until 2018, when Aviragen merged with Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ CM: VXRT) in a transaction that valued the company at a premium to its market capitalization. Prior to joining Aviragen, Dr. Patti co-founded Inhibitex, Inc. in 1998 and served as its Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development from 2007 until it was acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb in February 2012. He also served as its Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research and Development from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice President, Preclinical Development prior to that. Before co-founding Inhibitex, Dr. Patti was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology and also served on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Patti received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.S.P.H. from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Patti was a director of SciStem Therapeutics, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Patti was a director of Inhibitex from 1998 to 2005.
Dr. Peterson has served as a member of the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals since October 2019. Dr. Peterson has more than 35 years of experience in biotechnology and life sciences research and development across the areas of molecular biology, nucleic acids and genomics product and technology development. Dr. Peterson currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at the Allen Institute in Seattle, Washington, overseeing science and technology strategy and operational, translational and growth initiatives to deliver on its impact mission. Prior to joining the Allen Institute in 2018, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a leader in synthetic biology and applied genomics technologies developing a robust portfolio of breakthrough solutions addressing major global issues. Prior to joining Synthetic Genomics, Inc., Dr. Peterson led genomics and synthetic biology R&D at Invitrogen/Life Technologies, a global leader in life science tools. Prior to Life Technologies, he held research and development positions with increasing responsibilities and scope at Genicon Sciences, Trega Biosciences, Hybritech and Gen-Probe where he focused on technology research, product development and commercialization. Dr. Peterson was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne Germany after receiving his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He obtained his M.A. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Schlesinger joined the board of directors of Armata Pharmaceuticals in February 2020. Dr. Schlesinger has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA) since February 2018, a company with a portfolio of royalties that include respiratory assets partnered with Glaxo Group Limited. She is currently Chair of Innoviva’s Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. Dr. Schlesinger is an Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation at Rockefeller University and Senior Attending Physician at Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Schlesinger led the Dendritic Cell section of the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and was also a member of the Division of Infectious and Parasitic Disease Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology from 1994 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Schlesinger rejoined Rockefeller University and began working with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative as a Scientist in Vaccine Research and Design. Dr. Schlesinger has been a member of Rockefeller University Hospital’s Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) (Ethics Committee) since 2003 and previously served as IRB’s vice-chairperson. In 2017 she assumed the position of chairperson of the IRB. She is currently the director of the education and training programs at Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science and serves on the Medical Staff Executive Committee of Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Schlesinger currently serves on the board of three non-profit organizations: the AIDS Vaccines Advocacy Coalition, Global Viral and The Hastings Center, the pre-eminent center for the study of bioethics. Dr. Schlesinger served as an independent corporate director of Ariad Pharmaceuticals from 2013 until its sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited in 2017. Dr. Schlesinger has a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.