Thomas J. Dietz, PhD
Chairman of the Board
Chairman and CEO of Waypoint Holdings, LLC
Thomas Dietz is Chairman and CEO of Waypoint Holdings, LLC, a diversified financial holdings and services company. Dr. Dietz was co-CEO then CEO and a Director of Pacific Growth Equities, LLC, a San Francisco-based investment bank and institutional brokerage firm from 2004 to 2009, when the firm was acquired by Wedbush Securities. Dr. Dietz served as Head of the Investment Banking Division at Wedbush until November 2010. Prior to taking the CEO role at Pacific Growth, Dr. Dietz served as the Company’s Director of Equities Research and was an award-winning biotechnology and biopharmaceutical analyst. Dr. Dietz joined Pacific Growth in 1993. Previously, he was a member of the research faculty in the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and the VA Medical Center. Dr. Dietz also serves as the Chairman of AgBiome, LLC and Virobay, Inc, and is a board member of Paratek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK:Nasdaq) and Glialogix, Inc..
Thomas Dietz holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Washington University, St. Louis, and was a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow.
Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Therapeutics
Chuck Bramlage has over 30 years of commercial, operational and transaction experience in the pharmaceutical industry across large, mid-size, and start-up companies. Mr Bramlage is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Therapeutics, Inc., a development stage start-up company focused on treatments for respiratory diseases that was acquired by AstraZeneca for up to $1.1 billion. He previously served as President of Pharmaceutical Products at Covidien and President of European Operations at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bramlage held positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline including Vice-President of Respiratory Global Commercial Development and Vice-President of U.S. Respiratory and Cardiovascular Marketing, where he led teams responsible for the global launch of Seretide® / Advair® and the U.S. launch of Flovent® for Asthma and COPD. Mr. Bramlage began his pharma career at Merck where he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and management. In his career, Bramlage and his teams have launched over 40 prescription brands in 14 therapeutic areas. Mr. Bramlage received a B.S. in Marketing from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Dayton.
Edgar G. Engleman, MD
Managing Partner, Vivo Capital
Edgar Engleman is a founding member of Vivo Capital, LLC (formerly Vivo Ventures), a healthcare/biotechnology investment firm with offices in Palo Alto, California as well as Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, China. Dr. Engleman is Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he oversees the Stanford Blood Center and his own immunology research group. An editor of numerous scientific journals and the inventor of multiple patented technologies, he co-founded Cetus Immune (1981), Genelabs Technologies (1984), National Medical Audit (1985), Dendreon Corporation (1992), CellGate Technologies (1998) and SERC Therapeutics (2013).
Edgar Engleman currently serves on the boards of several private healthcare companies. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Columbia University School of Medicine.
Jeffrey S. Glenn, MD, PhD
Jeffrey Glenn is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Stanford University, and the Director of the Center for Hepatitis and Liver Tissue Engineering.
Dr. Glenn is an author on over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, is an inventor on over 30 issued and pending patent applications, and has been an active consultant for a variety of biotechnology and large pharmaceutical companies. His primary research interest is in molecular virology, with a strong emphasis on translating this knowledge into novel antiviral therapies. He is the principal investigator on multiple NIH grants, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a member of the FDA Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee.
Dr. Glenn’s work has focused on the function and cell biology of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) non-structural proteins, and has identified a collection of novel antiviral targets within HCV that can form the basis for new potential antiviral strategies. Dr. Glenn discovered the role of prenylation in the life cycles of hepatitis delta virus (HDV) and other viruses including as a trigger of virus assembly and a target for a promising antiviral treatment. Other interests include exploitation of hepatic stem cells, development of a small animal model for HCV, and engineered human liver tissues.
Jeffrey Glenn received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley summa cum laude in Biochemistry and French Civilization, and both a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics and M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology, at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
General Partner, Canaan Partners
Nina Kjellson joined Canaan’s healthcare team in 2015 from InterWest Partners where she has been investing in healthcare start-ups since 2002. She focuses primarily on investments in biopharmaceuticals and digital health. Nina is co-founder and co-chair of ConsumerMed.org, a forum to address the convergence of health care and consumer innovation and serves as a mentor to Blueprint Health, a digital health incubator and Springboard Life Sciences, an accelerator for healthcare companies driven by women entrepreneurs. Investment themes include innovative therapeutics for serious and underserved conditions, IT-enabled transformation of healthcare delivery and patient/consumer engagement.
Current investments include Cidara (CDTX), Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Lycera, Ocera (OCRX), Paratek (PRTK), and WellTok.
Previous investments include Labrys Biologics (acquired by Teva), Alt12 (acquired by Honest Company), Trius Therapeutics (TSRX; acquired by Cubist), CNS Therapeutics (acquired by Covidien), NovaCardia (acquired by Merck), and Aspreva (ASPV; acquired by Galenica)
Prior to InterWest, Nina was an investment manager at Bay City Capital, a life sciences merchant bank, and a research associate at Oracle Partners, a health care-focused hedge fund. Ms. Kjellson began her career conducting health policy and survey research with the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Nina Kjellson received a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University in 1997.
She serves on the California Leadership Council for the Nature Conservancy and has been nominated to join the board of the California Family Health Council.
David A. Cory, RPh, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director, Business Founder
David Cory is an industry veteran with over 25-years of experience in large pharmaceuticals, emerging stage biotechnology, and specialty pharmaceutical organizations with an established track record of operational performance, including 5 successful Orphan Designation drug programs.
Cory is President and CEO, Director, and business founder of Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, leading the company since founding and responsible for negotiating the company’s multiple technology and product licenses from Stanford University, Merck, Nippon Kayaku, and Janssen. Previously, Cory was CEO of DiObex, a metabolic disease company. Cory was President and Chief Operating Officer of Prestwick Pharmaceuticals, an Orphan CNS specialty pharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Biovail for $160 million. Cory was Co-Founder and Acting Chief Commercial Officer at CoTherix, an Orphan Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension company, which was acquired by Actelion for $425 million. Cory began his start up career at InterMune, focused on developing Orphan products for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, where he was a Senior Vice President, and a key executive in the company IPO, building and managing the company’s commercial organization, in-licensing 4 products and raising over $400 million in the capital markets. InterMune was acquired by Roche for $8 billion. Cory began his large pharma career in operating positions of increasing responsibility at The Upjohn Company, Glaxo, Glaxo Wellcome, and Glaxo Smith Kline where he led teams in CNS, Critical Care, Oncology, Infectious Disease, and Respiratory therapeutic areas, and directed 10 pharmaceutical product launches including Flolan (epoprostenol), the first Orphan Designation therapy approved for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
David Cory earned a BS from the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.