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Dr. Farokhzad is a physician-scientist-entrepreneur and has authored approximately 115 papers and holds more than 140 issued/pending US and International patents. The technologies that Dr. Farokhzad and colleagues have developed formed the basis for the launch of three biotechnology companies: BIND Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BIND), Selecta Biosciences, Blend Therapeutics. He served as Director on the Board of Directors of BIND (2006 - 2014), and currently serves, respectively, as Vice Chairman and Chairman on the Board of Directors of Selecta and Blend. Dr. Farokhzad was elected to the College of the Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and biological Engineering. He was a recipient of the 2013 RUSNANOPRIZE, one of the largest international nanotechnology prizes, for the development and industrialization of nanoparticle technologies for medical applications. In 2014, he received the Golden Door Award from the International Institute of New England, and in the same year he was also selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. In 2013, the Boston Globe selected him among the top innovators in Massachusetts and the Boston Business Journal selected him among the Health Care Champions for his Innovations. In 2012, he was among the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardees. Dr. Farokhzad completed his post-graduate clinical and post-doctoral research trainings, respectively, at the BWH/HMS and MIT in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Langer. He received his M.D. and M.A. from Boston University School of Medicine.
Dennis A. Ausiello, MD, is the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Physician-in-Chief, Emeritus of the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, Dr. Ausiello served as Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Medicine at MGH from 1996-2013, and as the Chief of the Renal Unit at MGH from 1983-1996. He is a renowned cell biologist and has made a substantial contribution to knowledge of epithelial biology in the areas of membrane protein trafficking, ion channel regulation and signal transduction. Dr. Ausiello has published over 150 papers, chapters and textbooks and serves as the co-editor of Cecil's Textbook of Medicine (Elsevier), now in its 23rd edition. A nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, Dr. Ausiello was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.
Dr. Barrett is a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). He specializes in biotechnology and works with members of NEA's healthcare investment group on medical devices, healthcare information systems, and healthcare services companies. He is a director of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, GlycoMimetics, Inhibitex, Nucleonics, Peptimmune, Predictive Biosciences, Proteostasis Therapeutics, Ruxton Pharmaceuticals, Sensors for Medicine and Science, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Targacept, and Zosano Pharma. Prior to joining NEA, Dr. Barrett served as Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Sensors for Medicine and Science, where he remains Chairman. Prior to that, he led three NEA-funded companies, serving as Chairman and CEO of Genetic Therapy, President and CEO of Life Technologies, and President and CEO of Bethesda Research Labs. Previously, he worked in various divisions of GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Barrett received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee, an M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College.
Drew Fromkin has more than 25 years of leadership experience in major areas of the healthcare industry, including biopharmaceuticals, life sciences and healthcare services sectors. He has an accomplished track record leading public and private companies through all stages of growth, including product development and commercial operations. Prior to Blend, Mr. Fromkin served as President, CEO and Director of Clinical Data, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDA) where he transformed the Company from a traditional diagnostics business with a sub-$100 million market capitalization to an innovative biopharmaceutical and personalized medicine company. Clinical Data was acquired for $1.2 billion by Forest Laboratories and he has since served in roles as an advisor, consultant or director to a variety of healthcare ventures. Prior to Clinical Data, Mr. Fromkin served as President and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc. (acquired by Quantros, Inc.), President, CEO and Director of Endo Surgical Devices, Inc. and Corporate Vice President, Business Development, for Merck-Medco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck & Co. Mr. Fromkin began his career at Health Information Technologies, Inc. as General Manager of their subsidiary, MCA, and Director of Marketing and Payer Alliances for the parent company. He was named to Business Week's "CEOs 40 and Under" list while at Clinical Data. Mr. Fromkin holds a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Mr. Hutt is a Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling specializing in food and drug law. Mr. Hutt served as Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration during 1971-1975. He is the co-author of the casebook used to teach food and drug law throughout the country. Since 1994, he has taught a full course on food and drug law each winter term at Harvard Law School. Mr. Hutt has been a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies since it was founded in 1971. He currently serves on the Working Group on Innovation in Drug Development and Evaluation for President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and he recently served on the Panel on the Administrative Restructuring of the National Institutes of Health. He also serves on academic and venture capital advisory boards and on the boards of numerous startup biotechnology companies. He was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s 50 best lawyers (out of more than 40,000) and as one of Washington’s 100 most influential people; by the National Law Journal as one of the 40 best health care lawyers in the United States; and by European Counsel as the best FDA regulatory specialist in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kania is Managing Partner and Chairman of Flagship Ventures, a firm he co-founded in 2000. Mr. Kania has 29 years of experience in the venture capital industry and has been involved in the founding, financing, and development of dozens of life science technology companies including several that have emerged as major independent enterprises or significant acquisitions. Mr. Kania currently serves as a director of several other privately held companies. Mr. Kania earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Dartmouth, he was an All-American Track and Field athlete and a national and collegiate record holder.
Dr. Langer is renowned for his pioneering contributions in the use of biomaterials in drug delivery and tissue engineering. He is the author of more than 1,175 scientific papers and a named inventor on more than 800 issued or pending patents worldwide; his patents have been licensed or sublicensed to more than 220 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. Dr. Langer is the recipient of more than 210 major awards, including the National Medal of Science, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States; the Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of engineering; the Millennium Prize, the world’s largest technology prize; the Priestley Medal, the highest award conferred by the American Chemical Society; and the Lemelson-MIT prize, the world’s largest prize for invention. He is the most cited engineer in history and is one of few individuals to have been elected to all three U.S. national academies—the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. He is the co-founder of more than 20 companies, including BIND Biosciences, Selecta Biosciences, Momenta, and Transform. Dr. Langer holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an Sc.D. from MIT, both in Chemical Engineering.
Aymeric Sallin is the Founder and CEO of NanoDimension, a nanotechnology-focused venture capital firm, with offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Menlo Park, California. Mr. Sallin is currently on the Board of Directors of Crocus Technology SA and Selecta Biosciences as well as the Advisory Board of the Physics Department of the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2001, he has actively promoted and stimulated nanotechnology around the world, receiving the "NSTI Fellow Award" for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the international nanotechnology community. In 2010, he was voted “Top 20 Under 40” in Switzerland by Bilan magazine and as one of Switzerland’s 300 most influential people in 2011. Mr. Sallin holds a Masters in Physical Engineering from EPFL.