Led by a Board with Broad Expertise in Clinical-Stage Pharmaceuticals and Infectious Disease
Meet our highly knowledgeable and talented Board of Directors.
Milind Deshpande, PhD Chairman of the Board
Milind Deshpande, PhD, serves as Chairman of the Spero Therapeutics Board of Directors. Milind joined Achillion in September 2001 as Vice President of Chemistry, was named Head of Drug Discovery in April 2002, Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery in December 2002, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer in December 2004, and Executive Vice President of Research and Chief Scientific Officer in June 2007. He was promoted to President Research and Development in October 2010. In May 2013, Dr. Deshpande was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Achillion and joined the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Achillion, Dr. Deshpande was Associate Director of Lead Discovery and Early Discovery Chemistry at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 1991 to 2001, where he managed the identification of new clinical candidates to treat infectious and neurological diseases. From 1988 to 1991, he held a faculty position at Boston University Medical School. Dr. Deshpande received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Ohio University, following his undergraduate education in India.
Casper was previously CEO of ilochip A/S, a venture backed company focused on development of diagnostic biochips. Before this held different positions at H. Lundbeck A/S most recently in corporate business development and strategy where he gained broad international experience. Prior to his work at H. Lundbeck, Casper worked for Novo Nordisk A/S and Niels Clauson-Kaas A/S. While working at H. Lundbeck A/S he was member of the board of directors of the Lundbeck Foundation and Lundbeckfond Invest as an employee representative. Casper has an MSc in organic chemistry and an MBA.
Jean-François Formela, MD
Jean-François Formela focuses on new advances in biology and drug discovery technologies as well as novel therapeutics.
He is chair of the board of IFM Therapeutics and serves on the boards of F-star, Intellia Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NTLA), Kyn Therapeutics, Spero Therapeutics, and Translate Bio (formerly RaNA Therapeutics) which he co-founded.
Jean-François has been involved in the formation of companies such as Adnexus (acquired by BMS), ArQule (NASDAQ: ARQL), Arteaus Therapeutics (acquired by Lilly), Cellzome (acquired by GSK), deCODE (NASDAQ: DCGN, acquired by Amgen), Exelixis (NASDAQ: EXEL), MorphoSys (Xetra: MOR.DE), NxStage (NASDAQ: NXTM, acquired by Fresenius Medical) and SGX Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SGXP, acquired by Lilly). He was also an investor in Achillion (NASDAQ: ACHN), Annovation Biopharma (acquired by The Medicines Company), CoStim Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Novartis) and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ: HZNP) as well as a board member of Biochem Pharma (NASDAQ: BCHE, acquired by Shire) and Novexel (acquired by AstraZeneca).
Jean-François joined Atlas Venture in 1993 to build the U.S. life sciences franchise. Prior to joining Atlas, Jean-François worked at Schering-Plough, where he directed U.S. Phase IV studies in all therapeutic areas. Before that, he was responsible for the marketing of Intron A, Schering-Plough’s alpha-interferon. Jean-François began his career as a medical doctor and practiced emergency medicine at Necker University Hospital in Paris.
Jean-François is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Advisory Council and a former trustee of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art.
He received his MD from Paris University School of Medicine, and his MBA from Columbia University.
Vikas joined SR One in January 2011, after interning with SR One since 2009. Prior to joining SR One, Vikas was a consultant at McKinsey and Co, a co-founder of Extera Partners, and a business development manager at Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Over his career, Vikas has supported business and corporate development activities for nearly 50 large and small public, venture-backed, and angel funded life science companies.
Vikas received his BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University, and his MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Class 17 of the Kauffman Fellows Society.
Rez serves as head of the Merck European Innovation Hub in London, leading business development and licensing activities, with a focus on early-stage therapeutics, i.e. pre-clinical to proof-of-concept, and novel technology platforms.
He is also a partner in the MRL Venture Fund with responsibility for European investments. The European Innovation Hub offers a range of partnering constructs to match the interests of European innovators: collaborations, licensing and independent venture investments.
Previously, Rez was a partner with the corporate venture capital arm of Partners HealthCare, a large academic medical center and Harvard Medical School affiliate, based in Boston, US. In this role, he led investments and had Board responsibility for a number of therapeutics and technology platform companies, spanning infectious disease, oncology, neurology, inflammation and genome editing. Prior to this, he was a founding member of a US-based product development company, BioMed Valley Discoveries, that in-licensed and advanced a number of oncology assets into clinical trials. He also had management roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, based in the US, initially in the diabetes and metabolism group, and then in an internal incubator with a mandate to develop programs outside the core disease areas. Earlier in his career, he led research at Xcellsyz Ltd, a venture-backed start up in the UK. Rez holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Newcastle University, UK.
Ankit Mahadevia, MD President and CEO
Ankit Mahadevia is the CEO of Spero Therapeutics and a member of the Board of Directors. He was formerly a Venture Partner in the life sciences group at Atlas Venture, located in Cambridge, MA. In that capacity he supported the formation of eight companies focused on novel drug discovery platforms and therapeutic products, three of which he led as Acting CEO. Prior to joining Atlas in 2008, Ankit worked on product and business development with the founding team at Arcion Therapeutics. He has also held positions in business development both at Genentech and at Vanda Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he worked in the health care groups of McKinsey & Company and Monitor Group. Ankit began his career in health care policy, with roles in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committees, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).
Frank E. Thomas
Mr. Thomas has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017. Mr. Thomas served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded, commercial-stage pharmaceutical company, from April 2015 to April 2017, and previously served as AMAG’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2012 through April 2015 and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from August 2011 through May 2012. Prior to joining AMAG, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Molecular Biometrics, Inc., a commercial stage medical diagnostics company, from October 2008 to July 2011. Prior to Molecular Biometrics, Mr. Thomas spent four years at Critical Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, from April 2004 to March 2008, where he was promoted to President in June 2006 and Chief Executive Officer in December 2006 from the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He also served on the Board of Directors of Critical Therapeutics from 2006 to 2008. Prior to 2004, Mr. Thomas served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Thomas was a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council from 2007 to 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Zafgen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, which he joined in June 2014. Mr. Thomas holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Patrick Vink, MD
Patrick Vink, M.D., M.B.A., aged 52, is currently an advisor to the Pharmaceutical industry since 2015 and non-executive Board member of several companies. Previously, Dr. Vink was employed at Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Most recently he served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all worldwide commercial and technical operations as well as global alliance management and managing the company’s P&L. He joined Cubist in 2012 as Senior Vice-president and Head of all International Business Operations. In this role he was responsible for the all business activities in International markets outside USA.
Prior to joining Cubist, Dr. Vink served as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Hospital Business and Global Head of Biologics for Mylan Inc. In this role, Dr. Vink managed the global hospital business of the company. He joined Mylan in 2008 and established a number of global functions for the company in Switzerland. Before joining Mylan, Dr. Vink held several leadership positions across the industry, including Head of Global Business Franchise Biopharmaceuticals for Novartis Sandoz; Vice-President International Business for Biogen; and Head of Worldwide Marketing, Cardiovascular and Thrombosis for Sanofi-Synthelabo.
Dr. Vink served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) between 2013 and 2015. Dr. Vink graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Leiden, Netherlands in 1988 and obtained his MBA in 1992 at the University of Rochester.
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