Our Team

Peter Alff

Senior Venture Partner


Marc Appel

Founder & CEO


Miguel Castellanos

Director of Quality Assurance


Catherine DeMarr

VP of Human Resources

Brittany Fitzgerald

Chief of Staff to COO

& Associate Director


Ryan Fox

Chief Operating Officer


John Freshley

Venture Partner


Richard Ganz

Senior Venture Partner


Lutz Giebel

Executive Chairman


Bill Han

VP & Head of Intellectual Property


Lauren Huizenga

Associate General Counsel


Amanda Hutchins

HR Generalist & Scientific Recruiter


Michael Kalos

SVP & Head of Cell Therapy

Brett Katz

Investment Analyst


Omar Khan

Director of Cell Therapy


Amanda Kneipp

Executive Assistant to COO & CBO


Hua Liao

VP & Head of Pharmacology

& Biochemistry

Patricia Luna


Bill Miller

VP & Head of Medicinal Chemistry


Garin Murphy

Chief Business Officer

& General Counsel


Rishi Nair

Head of Crypto Strategy


Taylor Negrete

Executive Assistant to CEO


Ken Olivier

Chief Development Officer


Shruti Parab

CMC Consultant


Jason Rizzo

Senior Director &

Head of Translational Biology


Christopher Ryan

Vice President of CMC


Colin Sheehan

Associate Director


Aubrey Smith

Associate Director

Glenn Smits

VP Non-Clinical Safety & Toxicology

Jennifer Vella-Chentorycki

Associate Director


Bruce Weaver

CMC Consultant


Diane Yu

Chief of Staff to CEO 

& Associate Director