MICHAEL MOORE DSc (Hons) PhD (Chairman)
Dr Moore has extensive experience in drug discovery and development and is currently a non-executive director of several private and public bioscience companies, including Mission Therapeutics, of which he was Founder Chairman, NASDAQ-listed Trillium Therapeutics Inc. and Mironid Limited. He is currently Chairman of Chronos Therapeutics and was Founder Chairman of PsiOxus Therapeutics. Dr Moore was previously CEO of Piramed, acquired by Roche in 2008, and Research Director and CSO of Xenova Group plc. Prior to joining the UK biotechnology sector, he had an extensive academic research career, principally at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Manchester Medical School, where he was Honorary Reader in immunology and oncology. Dr Moore holds PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Nottingham, fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and is a past Chairman of Cancer Research UK’s drug discovery committee.
MARK KRUL (Non-Executive Director)
Mark has been involved in therapeutic drug development since 1993 and has a background in molecular biology and immunology. Before founding Aglaia BioMedical Ventures in 2003 he was Program Director of the NDDO Research Foundation. He held several positions at NDDO Oncology BV (formerly the EORTC New Drug Development Office) with respect to oncology drug development strategies (1997-2002). From 1993 till 1997 Mark has been Research Manager of the European Cancer Center and headed the Department of Molecular Virology at the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection from 1989 till 1993.
HAKAN GOKER (Non-Executive Director)
Hakan is a senior investment director at Merck Ventures, corporate venture arm of the Biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Hakan joined Merck Ventures in 2013 and previously was investing as a partner at Aescap Venture and prior to that at Atlas Venture. Since 2006, Hakan was instrumental in the creation, financing, and strategy of multiple biotechnology companies globally including Asceneuron (CH), Orphazyme (DK), Nimbus Discovery (US), F Star (NL), Bicycle Therapeutics (UK) and Nitec now Horizon Pharma (CH/US). Hakan received his PhD in cancer biology from the Institute of Cancer Research/ University of London and continued his scientific career with post-doctoral work at the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Centre/Royal Marsden Hospital. He gained his BSc Honours, from University College London. Hakan is currently a board member of Asceneuron, Artios Pharma, Forendo, Raze Therapeutics, Tocopherx, Synaffix, and Storm Therapeutics.
VENKAT REDDY PhD (Chief Executive Officer)
Dr Reddy is an innovation-driven, drug discovery professional, with deep understanding of pharmaceutical R&D disciplines, extensive experience in biologic and small molecule drug discovery both in preclinical and clinical stages of drug development in Oncology and Autoimmune diseases.
Dr Reddy joined Macrophage Pharma in January 2020 and prior to that he was previously at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals where he was a senior vice president and global head of translational sciences leading the translational programmes of the Company’s innovative preclinical and clinical portfolio.
He co-founded APC Therapeutics Inc., a small molecule immuno-oncology start-up, the lead programme of which was licensed to Glenmark. Previously, Dr Reddy was leading strategic alliances and partnerships for east coast at Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation. Prior to that he held senior leadership positions at Biotherapeutics and Oncology at Sanofi. Before joining Sanofi, Dr Reddy was a group leader in oncology drug discovery at Novartis, San Diego.
He received his PhD in human biology at Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in oncology and immunology at Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla.