Management Team



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Lawrence M. Blatt, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Lawrence M. Blatt, Ph.D., M.B.A., has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 2018. Prior to co-founding the Company, Dr. Blatt served as the Global Head of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical company, from November 2014 to February 2018. Dr. Blatt co-founded Alios BioPharma, Inc., a biotechnology company, and served as its Chief Executive Officer, President and Director from January 2009 until its acquisition by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in November 2014. Prior to Alios, he served as Chief Scientific Officer at lnterMune, Inc., a biotechnology company, from 2002 to 2008. Dr. Blatt previously served on the board of directors of ReViral Ltd. and Alveo Technologies, Inc., which he co-founded in 2014, and Meissa Vaccines, Inc. Dr. Blatt received a B.S. in Microbiology from Indiana University Bloomington, an M.B.A. from California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. in Public Health Administration from the University of La Verne.

K. Peter Hirth, Ph.D.


K. Peter Hirth, Ph.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2018. In 2001, Dr. Hirth co-founded Plexxikon, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until April 2013. Dr. Hirth currently serves on the boards of directors of IO Biotech, a publicly traded clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, Vaxcyte, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, and several private companies. Dr. Hirth holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Heidelberg University, Germany and completed his post-doctoral work at the University of California, San Diego.

Carole Nuechterlein, J.D.


Carole Nuechterlein, J.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2018. Ms. Nuechterlein joined F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. in 2001 and currently serves as Head of the Roche Venture Fund. She currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of a number of private companies, including Enthera S.r.L., Vivet Therapeutics, CiVi Biopharma, Inc., and Mission Therapeutics Ltd. Ms. Nuechterlein previously served as a member of the board of directors of Entrada Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company from April 2020 to June 2023, Millendo Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded clinical stage biopharmaceutical company from March 2017 to June 2021, BCTG Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company from September 2020 to August 2021, and AveXis, Inc., a publicly traded gene therapy company from October 2014 to May 2017. She received a B.A. in English and Humanities from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

James Scopa


James Scopa has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2021. Mr. Scopa served as a Managing Director of MPM Capital from May 2005 to June 2017. Mr. Scopa spent the prior 15 years working at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown and Thomas Weisel Partners advising growth companies in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. At Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, Mr. Scopa served as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking, and at Thomas Weisel Partners, Mr. Scopa served on the Investment Committee for TWP’s Health Care venture fund as well as Co-Director of Healthcare Investment Banking. Mr. Scopa currently serves on the board of directors of various biotechnology companies, including Neuron23, Inc., and Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. He previously served on the boards of DICE Therapeutics (sold to Eli Lilly), Semma Therapeutics, Inc. (sold to Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated), True North Therapeutics, Inc. (sold to Bioverativ Inc.), and iPierian, Inc. (sold to Bristol-Myers Squibb). Mr. Scopa also currently serves as a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and Advisory Board of One Ventures, an Australian based venture capital firm. Mr. Scopa holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Bridget Martell, M.A., M.D.


Bridget Martell, M.A., M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2021. Dr. Martell has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Artizan Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company from July 2021-August 2023, a part-time Healthcare Venture Partner with AlleyCorp, an early stage venture capital company, from June 2021-May 2023, and an independent board director of Achieve Life Sciences, since March 2020,  POINT Biopharma (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Lilly, Inc.), from June 2023-December 2023, and Ayala Pharmaceuticals, since October 2023,  all public biopharmaceutical companies. Under the auspice of her consulting practice, BAM Consultants LLC, Dr. Martell has held various leadership positions in early stage, private companies, including Chief Medical Officer of Nobias Therapeutics from August 2020 to August 2021, Verseau Therapeutics from October 2020 to September 2021, and RRD International, a boutique Contract Research Organization, from April 2018 to January 2020. Concurrently, Dr. Martell held various full and part-time positions at Kura Oncology, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, including VP, Clinical Development from October 2017 to January 2020, as Acting Chief Medical Officer from January 2020 to August 2020 and as Senior Scientific Advisor from August 2020 to December 2021. From January 2015 to September 2017, Dr. Martell served as Senior Vice President, New Product Development at Juniper Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-held specialty pharmaceuticals company. From October 2011 to April 2013, she was Executive Director, Head Medical Affairs at Purdue Pharma L.P., a privately-held pharmaceutical company. Prior to that, Dr. Martell held leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Pfizer, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, from 2005 to 2011. Dr. Martell received her B.S. in microbiology from Cornell University, her M.A. in molecular immunology from Boston University and her M.D. from the Chicago Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine and was an internal medicine chief resident and RWJ Faculty Clinical Scholar at Yale University. Dr. Martell is board certified in both internal and addiction medicine.