Jeff Behrens, MS, MBA – President and CEO, Board of Directors
Jeff joined Siamab Therapeutics in May 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Senior Director of Business Development & Operations for Edimer Pharmaceuticals, a Third Rock-funded orphan drug company, where he oversaw manufacturing, finance, business development, and academic research collaborations. Prior to Edimer, Jeff worked at Alnylam as Director, Strategic Alliances and at Biogen Idec as co-founder and Head of Business Operations at the Biogen Idec Innovation Incubator. Jeff has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a MS from the joint Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Jeff was previously the founder and CEO of The Telluride Group, a Newton, MA based managed services IT provider to the healthcare industry that was sold to mindSHIFT Technologies (funded by Fidelity) in 2003.
Julie DeSander, MS, MBA – Senior Director, Corporate Development
Julie joined Siamab Therapeutics in September 2012, and manages business development, finance, program management, and operations for the company. Prior to Siamab, Julie held various positions in strategy and operations management at Frankel Group, McKinsey & Company, Amgen, and Cerner Corporation. Julie has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a MS from the joint Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Ajit Varki, MD - Co-Founder, Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Varki is currently the Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Co-Director of the Glycobiology Research and Training Center at UCSD. Dr. Varki received basic training in physiology, medicine, biology, and biochemistry at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, The University of Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis. He also has formal training and certification in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology. Dr. Varki’s research interests include the role of sialic acids in viral and bacterial infections, regulation of the immune response, initiation and progression of tumors, and unique aspects of human evolution.
Robert Mashal, MD – Board of Directors
Dr. Mashal is President & CEO of NKT Therapeutics. Before joining NKT Therapeutics, Dr. Mashal was President of Alinea Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he was a partner at Boston Millenia Partners, a venture capital firm where he focused on investment opportunities in life sciences. He served as a Director of EpiGenesis Pharmaceuticals, Novalar Pharmaceuticals, GlycoFi, Sapphire Therapeutics, CoApt Systems, Protein Forest, and Cardiomems. He was previously a Program Executive with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he led cancer drug development strategy and oversaw pre-clinical/clinical development, marketing, regulatory, and business activities. He was also a member of the Joint Research Committee for the $800 million Vertex-Novartis collaboration. Prior to that, Dr. Mashal served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and a faculty member and Attending Physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mashal is a diplomate in both internal medicine and oncology. Dr. Mashal is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Sundar Subramaniam, MS, MBA – Board of Directors
Sundar Subramaniam is Chairman of IBCC, whose holdings include Cambridge Technology Enterprises, Knome, MTPV, Cambridge Energy Resources, ThriveHive and DNSstuff. He is Chairman of Knome and Sialix and General Partner at Higher Moment Capital. He previously served as Chairman of I-Cube, C-bridge, Open Environment Corporation, and OneWave – all of which completed IPO’s and Answerfriend (Inquira, acq Oracle), WorldStreet (acq Thomson Reuters) and Integrated Computing Engines (acq Media100), director of DNSstuff (acq Solarwinds) and Managing Partner of Cambridge Samsung Partners, a Venture Capital firm.
Brad Curley, BS, CPA - Board of Directors
Brad Curley is a member of Boston Harbor Angels and an adjunct professor at Boston College. He was with KPMG LLP for more than 25 years providing services to clients in many industries. Brad was Partner in Charge of KPMG’s New England Area Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services practice and also served as the Firm’s Advisory Services practice leader for Northeast Area middle market accounts. He is a member of Board Leaders, the Corporate Directors Group and the National Association of Corporate Directors.