Meet our People

We are groundbreaking leaders, scientists, investors, community luminaries, and thinkers.

Executive Leadership

Marc Appel, JD, MBA


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Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

David Crampton, MBA, MS


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Senior Vice President of Finance & Strategy

Ryan Fox, MS


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Chief Operating Officer

Lutz Giebel, PhD


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Executive Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder

Garin Murphy, JD, MBA


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Chief Business Officer & General Counsel

VENTURES TEAM

Peter Alff, PhD


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Senior Venture Partner

Rich Ganz, MBA


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Senior Venture Partner

Michael Kalos, PhD


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Senior Venture Partner &
Head of Cell Therapy

Laura Crawford PhD, DABT, RAC-Drugs


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Senior Director,
Drug Development

John Freshley


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Venture Advisor

Brittany Fitzgerald, PhD


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Chief of Staff to Chief Operating Officer & Associate Director

Nicholas Preiss, PhD


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Associate Director

Colin Sheehan, PhD


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Associate Director

Aubrey Smith, PhD


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Associate Director

Jennifer Vella-Chentorycki, PhD


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Associate Director

Research & Development Team

William Han, JD, PhD


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Vice President & Head of
Intellectual Property

Kenneth J. Olivier, PHD


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Development and Regulatory Advisor

Hua Liao, PhD


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Vice President & Head of Pharmacology & Biochemistry

William Miller, PhD


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Vice President & Head of
Medicinal Chemistry

Chris Ryan, PhD


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Vice President of CMC

Glenn Smits, PhD


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Vice President of
Non-Clinical Safety and Toxicology

Jason Rizzo, PhD, MD


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Senior Director &
Head of Translational Biology

Miguel Castellanos, MSc


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Director of Quality Assurance

Omar Khan, PhD


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Director of Cell Therapy

Malachi Blundon


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Scientific Grant Writer

Diane Yu, PhD


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Associate Director, Biology

Shruti Parab, MS


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CMC Consultant

Bruce Weaver, MS


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CMC Consultant

Legal

Human Resources

Catherine DeMarr, SHRM-CP


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Vice President of Human Resources

Amanda Hutchins, MS


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Scientific Recruiter
& Human Resources Generalist

Finance & Accounting

Patricia Howard, MAcc


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Controller

Brett Katz


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Investment Analyst

Administrative

Amanda Kneipp


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Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Business Officer

Taylor Negrete


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Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer