Meet our team

We´re a personable group brought together from a variety of backgrounds, so if you want to know a little bit more about us, this section of our website is for you.

Team

Akhila Kosaraju

M.D., CEO & President
Dr. Kosaraju has spent her career building companies and driving innovation in infectious disease and computational biology...

James J. Collins

Ph.D., Co-founder & Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, a Professor of Biological Engineering...

Jonathan M. Stokes

Ph.D., Co-Founder & Scientific Director
Dr. Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster...

Leanne Minall

PH.D., DIRECTOR OF R&D AND SCIENTIFIC STRATEGY
Leanne Minall has spent her career conducting research at the interface of chemistry and biology...

Joseph Vacca

PH.D., MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
Joe Vacca has decades of experience in medicinal chemistry and antibiotic compound design...

David Pompliano

PH.D., ANTI-INFECTIVE STRATEGY
David Pompliano is a drug discovery scientist, entrepreneur, and executive focused on creating...

Magdalena Zalacain

PH.D., Preclinical R&D
Magdalena Zalacain has 20 years of experience in antibacterial drug discovery and development...

David Holmes

PH.D., Preclinical R&D
David Holmes spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry...

Claire Nishioka

M.B.A., DIRECTOR, HEAD OF BUSINESS STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS
Claire Nishioka has spent her career in the pharmaceutical industry as both a strategist and marketer...

Board of Directors

William Foster (Chair)
William Foster serves as Managing Partner at The Bridgespan Group. Since joining the firm in 2002, he has supported the success of the sector’s most innovative philanthropies...
James J. Collins
Dr. Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, a Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT and a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology faculty... 
Steve Ellis
Steve Ellis is a Managing Partner of TPG, a global investment firm with $109 billion under management, and the Co-Managing Partner of The Rise Fund, TPG’s industry leading impact...
Jose-Carlos Gutierrez-Ramos
Dr. Jose-Carlos Gutierrez-Ramos is the Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer at Danaher. He has diverse leadership experience across multiple biotech...
Akhila Kosaraju
Dr. Kosaraju has spent her career building companies and driving innovation in infectious disease and computational biology...
Robert Plenge
Dr. Robert Plenge serves as senior vice president, Head of the Immunology, Cardiovascular and Fibrosis Thematic Research Center, and...
Susan Urahn
Susan Urahn is the President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Urahn has served at Pew for more than 25 years, with increasing leadership...

Scientific Advisory Board

James J. Collins (Chair)
Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, a Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT and a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology faculty 
Nathalie Q. Balaban
Professor of Biological Physics and heads the Laboratory of Self Replicating Matter in the Physics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Regina Barzilay
Delta Electronics Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a faculty lead for the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic)
Eric Brown
Distinguished Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and member of the M.G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University
César de la Fuente
Presidential Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Fortune
John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Deborah T. Hung
Associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School, and the director of the Infectious Disease Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Tommi S. Jaakkola
Thomas Siebel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT
Jens Nielsen
CEO of BioInnovation Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark and Professor of Systems Biology at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Laura Piddock
Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and Director of Scientific Affairs, Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP)
Jonathan M. Stokes
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery, McMaster University
Gerry Wright
Director- Institute for Infectious Disease Research and Professor - Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University

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