Company

Company

Bolt Biotherapeutics is a clinical-stage biotech company leveraging the immune system for a better way to treat cancer. The company is developing novel immunotherapies using an approach that uses foreign patterns to trigger the innate immune system, which then teaches the immune system to recognize and kill cancer.

Bolt was founded in 2015 by Dr. Edgar G. Engleman of Stanford University to expand upon his pioneering work in cancer immunotherapeutics and myeloid biology. Bolt is based in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Company’s highly qualified management team includes experienced leaders in immuno-oncology drug discovery, development, and commercialization. We are applying our expertise to the discovery and development of transformative treatments to address key unmet medical needs for patients with cancer.

Management Team

Willie Quinn

Chief Executive Officer

Willie Quinn, Chief Executive Officer and board member, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2020, bringing extensive experience in finance, operations, and business development leadership

Willie Quinn

Chief Executive Officer

Willie Quinn, Chief Executive Officer and board member, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2020, bringing extensive experience in finance, operations, and business development leadership in the biopharma industry. Prior to joining Bolt, Mr. Quinn served as the chief financial officer and senior vice president of corporate development at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Viracta Therapeutics), where he led the company through multiple public financings and corporate collaborations. Before joining Sunesis, Mr. Quinn co-founded and was chief executive officer of Bullet Biotechnology, an immuno-oncology company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines discovered at Stanford University. Previously, Mr. Quinn was instrumental in establishing the infrastructure at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he was one of the first employees. During his eight years at Jazz, Mr. Quinn held positions of increasing responsibility in operations and business development as the company transformed from a privately held startup to a public and profitable specialty pharmaceutical company identifying, developing, and commercializing pharmaceutical products in neurology and psychiatry. Mr. Quinn’s final role with Jazz was leading corporate development, including product licensing, M&A, strategy, and investor relations. Prior to joining Jazz, Mr. Quinn was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Novation Biosciences, a biotechnology software company (acquired by Agilent Technologies). He served on the board of directors of A Foundation Building Strength, a nonprofit organization with a mission to find treatments for nemaline myopathy, for more than a decade, in addition to serving on the board of directors of Neuromast, a specialty pharmaceutical company.

Mr. Quinn earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.

Grant Yonehiro

Chief Operating Officer

Grant Yonehiro, Chief Operating Officer, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2016. Mr. Yonehiro has been responsible for business and corporate development, strategy, commercialization, an

Grant Yonehiro

Chief Operating Officer

Grant Yonehiro, Chief Operating Officer, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2016. Mr. Yonehiro has been responsible for business and corporate development, strategy, commercialization, and general management within biotechnology companies for over 25 years with significant transactional and operational responsibilities. He served as president and chief executive officer of Perseid Therapeutics from inception through acquisition by Astellas Pharma and stayed on post-acquisition as president of an Astellas operating site. He served as chief business officer for Berkeley Lights and Maxygen Inc., and held various senior management positions at GenVec, Inc., including vice president of commercial operations, vice president of product management and vice president of drug development. Prior to GenVec, he served in business development at Cell Genesys, Inc. in investment banking at Piper Jaffray and in the Technology Transfer Office at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Mr. Yonehiro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies and received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.

Michael N. Alonso, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Research

Michael Alonso, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research, is scientific co-founder at Bolt Biotherapeutics and co-inventor of Bolt’s proprietary ISAC platform. Dr. Alonso is passionate about translati

Michael N. Alonso, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Research

Michael Alonso, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research, is scientific co-founder at Bolt Biotherapeutics and co-inventor of Bolt’s proprietary ISAC platform. Dr. Alonso is passionate about translating scientific discoveries into innovative therapies that ensure cancer patients become cancer survivors. Dr. Alonso brings deep expertise in myeloid biology and drug discovery, with more than a decade of research and translational experience in immunology, neuroscience, and transplant biology. Prior to joining Bolt, Dr. Alonso served as the lead scientist at a Bay Area biotechnology start-up company and held leadership roles at Stanford University.

Dr. Alonso is a well-published scientist who earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and his Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Alonso graduated with distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology.

Dawn Colburn, PharmD, BCOP

Senior Vice President, Clinical Development

Dawn Colburn, Pharm.D., BCOP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Development, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2023, bringing over two decades of experience in oncology clinical developmen

Dawn Colburn, PharmD, BCOP

Senior Vice President, Clinical Development

Dawn Colburn, Pharm.D., BCOP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Development, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2023, bringing over two decades of experience in oncology clinical development. Before joining Bolt, Dr. Colburn served as Vice President of Clinical Science for Agenus and Arcus Biosciences, where she built and led the clinical science organization and the non-small cell lung cancer clinical development strategy at both organizations. Prior, Dr. Colburn spent over 15 years at Genentech, where she participated in the global filings for the Erivedge, Zelboraf, and Cotellic programs. She additionally took on the international development leadership for the Zelboraf/Cotellic programs in melanoma, as well as Tecentriq and Anti-TIGIT for hematologic malignancies.

Before working in clinical development, Dr. Colburn practiced as an Oncology Clinical Pharmacist for the leukemia service at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a board-certified oncology pharmacist. Dr. Colburn received her Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis.

Nathan Ihle, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations

Nathan Ihle, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2019, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D, primarily

Nathan Ihle, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations

Nathan Ihle, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2019, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D, primarily in cancer drug development. Prior, he was the founder and principal at Ihle CMC Solutions. He also served as the vice president of manufacturing strategy at Immunomedics, Inc. (now Gilead Sciences), where he developed the supply strategy, supporting the global commercialization of the company’s first antibody-drug conjugate product, and was closely involved in the company’s regulatory submissions. Previously, Dr. Ihle worked for 16 years at Seattle Genetics, Inc. (now Seagen) as the vice president of CMC strategy and management, leading critical portions of the development of Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) and other programs. At Seagen, Dr. Ihle was responsible for CMC aspects of development and regulatory strategies for all corporate programs, portfolio and project management, and alliance management.

Dr. Ihle completed his post-doctoral work as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley after receiving his doctorate in organic chemistry from Stanford University.

Wesley Burwell

Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Wesley Burwell, Vice President, Head of Human Resources, brings more than 20 years of experience in building and driving human resources and employee dev

Wesley Burwell

Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Wesley Burwell, Vice President, Head of Human Resources, brings more than 20 years of experience in building and driving human resources and employee development strategies for clinical-stage life science companies to Bolt Biotherapeutics. Prior to joining Bolt, Mr. Burwell was senior HR leader at Global Blood Therapeutics, where he supported the company’s exponential growth from early development through commercialization by leading talent acquisition and establishing internal programs to foster learning and development and employee engagement and retention. Over the course of his career, Mr. Burwell has held leadership roles in life science and technology companies, in addition to founding and building a successful recruiting and HR consulting practice. He has served on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations focused on healthcare and education. Mr. Burwell is passionate about building mission-driven organizations with strong cultures and diverse, inclusive workforces.

Mr. Burwell earned his MBA in international business from the University of San Francisco and B.A. in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University.

Pam Howland

Vice President, Portfolio and Program Management

Pam Howland, Vice President, Portfolio and Program Management, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2022 with more than 20 years of experience driving biotechnology programs through Investi

Pam Howland

Vice President, Portfolio and Program Management

Pam Howland, Vice President, Portfolio and Program Management, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2022 with more than 20 years of experience driving biotechnology programs through Investigational New Drug (IND) and clinical development, and regulatory approval and commercial launch program phases. Ms. Howland previously worked at Lyell Immunopharma, where she was responsible for the advancement of the first two lead cell therapy programs through IND and into clinical trials. Prior to Lyell, Ms. Howland served as Vice President, Project and Alliance Management at Pellepharm Inc., a BridgeBio company, where in addition to program management responsibilities for the company’s three clinical trials, she also served as Alliance Manager for research collaboration supporting eventual commercialization of the program. Prior to Pellepharm, Ms. Howland spent ten years at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (now Viracta Therapeutics), where she managed the vosaroxin program from Phase 2 development through planning and conduct of the Phase 3 clinical program, including regulatory submission and defense. Previous responsibilities included program management roles at Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Cepheid.

Ms. Howland received her Master of Science degrees from Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara and her Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University.

Sarah Nemec

Vice President, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer

Sarah Nemec, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2020, bringing more than 20 years as a senior finance leader in the

Sarah Nemec

Vice President, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer

Sarah Nemec, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2020, bringing more than 20 years as a senior finance leader in the life science industry to the company. At Bolt, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial planning, accounting, and reporting. Ms. Nemec played a key role in Bolt’s initial public offering and spearheaded all activities necessary to establish the company’s financial management infrastructure, key reporting systems and processes. Prior to joining Bolt, she served as the vice president, principal accounting executive for BioElectron Technology Corp., where she led accounting and cash management for the company through the sale and transition of its assets to PTC Therapeutics. Previously, Ms. Nemec served as the director, financial reporting for JDA Software (now Blue Yonder) and associate director, SEC reporting for Affymetrix (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific).

Ms. Nemec began her career as an auditor in the financial services and life science practice at Ernst & Young, LLP. Ms. Nemec is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Ohio University.

Lu Xu, Ph.D.

Vice President, Development Sciences

Lu Xu, Ph.D., Vice President, Development Sciences, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2022, bringing 20 years of experience in the development of a range of

Lu Xu, Ph.D.

Vice President, Development Sciences

Lu Xu, Ph.D., Vice President, Development Sciences, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2022, bringing 20 years of experience in the development of a range of antibody-based therapeutics, primarily in the field of oncology. Over the course of her career, Dr. Xu has led or supported new drug development programs from early-stage research through post-marketing commitment, including 12 INDs and two BLAs. Before joining Bolt, Dr. Xu was co-founder and head of drug development at PRAV Biosciences. Prior, she was head of preclinical development and clinical pharmacology at 23andMe Therapeutics, where she oversaw preclinical safety assessment, pharmacokinetics, biomarker discovery, and bioanalytics. Dr. Xu also served as the head of clinical pharmacology and preclinical pharmacokinetics at OncoMed Pharmaceuticals (now Mereo BioPharma Group), supporting the planning and execution of multiple oncology programs from pre-IND stage through Phase 2 clinical studies. Before joining OncoMed, she held drug development positions of increasing responsibility at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and Novartis.

Dr. Xu earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.S. in regulatory science from the University of Southern California, and an M.S. in biochemistry from University of California, Riverside.

Tai Yu

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Tai Yu, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2022 with more than 18 years of clinical research and regulatory affairs experience across multiple therapeu

Tai Yu

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Tai Yu, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2022 with more than 18 years of clinical research and regulatory affairs experience across multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Bolt, Mr. Yu worked at Amgen for more than 16 years with increasing regulatory strategy and oversight responsibilities for clinical programs and marketed products. Most recently, Mr. Yu served as the Global Regulatory Leader for bemarituzumab. During his tenure at Amgen, Mr. Yu was responsible for regulatory strategy for multiple T cell engager programs in early clinical development, participated in meetings with the FDA Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, EMA Scientific Advisory Group, and other regulatory agencies. He also led global marketing application filings and approvals of BLINCYTO (blinatumomab) worldwide, including in the U.S., EU, Japan, China, and other countries. Prior to Amgen, Mr. Yu worked in clinical research at the City of Hope National Medical Center and The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Institute. Mr. Yu holds a master’s degree in biological sciences, with an emphasis in molecular biology and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and medical technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Board of Directors

Laura Berner

Director

Laura Berner has extensive biopharma industry experience, in leadership roles spanning corporate strategy, bus

Laura Berner

Director

Laura Berner has extensive biopharma industry experience, in leadership roles spanning corporate strategy, business development, investor relations and law. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at TRexBio, a private, venture-backed biotech company, with responsibility for the company’s corporate and operational functions. Previously, Ms. Berner was Vice President, Head of Business Development & Investor Relations at Myovant Sciences, where she led the execution of global partnerships for the commercialization of the company’s lead products Myfembree® (relugolix, estradiol and norethindrone acetate) and Orgovyx® (relugolix) and supported the company through multiple follow-on financings. Earlier in her career, she was a member of the business development team at Roche Pharma Partnering, and the transactional law group at Genentech. Ms. Berner began her career as a corporate attorney first at Ropes & Gray LLP, and later in the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University, advising on general corporate, business development and strategic transactions.

Ms. Berner earned her B.A. in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne Gies College of Business.

Jim Healy, M.D., Ph.D.

Lead Independent Director

Jim Healy, M.D., Ph.D., is a General Partner of Sofinnova Investments with over

Jim Healy, M.D., Ph.D.

Lead Independent Director

Jim Healy, M.D., Ph.D., is a General Partner of Sofinnova Investments with over 20 years of experience funding innovative therapies. He is currently the Chairman of CinCor (CINC) and Y-mAbs (YMAB), a member of the board of directors for Atsena, Karuna (KRTX), Natera (NTRA), the lead independent director of Bolt (BOLT), and a board observer at Visen. Prior to Sofinnova, Dr. Healy held positions at Sanderling Ventures, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, and ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Additionally, Dr. Healy has extensive board experience, serving on both private and public company boards, including Amarin Corporation, Auris Medical Holding AG, Edge Therapeutics, and Hyperion Therapeutics, as Chairman of the Board. In 2011, Dr. Healy won the IBF Risk Innovator Award and was named as one of the industry’s top leading Life Science investors in 2013 by Forbes Magazine. Dr. Healy holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Immunology from Stanford University School of Medicine and holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley

Kathleen LaPorte

Director

Kathy LaPorte has more than 30 years of experience building and operating private and public biotech companies

Kathleen LaPorte

Director

Kathy LaPorte has more than 30 years of experience building and operating private and public biotech companies. She currently serves as a director of Elysium Therapeutics, Precipio Diagnostics and D2G Oncology. Kathy was chief executive officer of Nodality Inc. as well as a founding partner of New Leaf Ventures, which was a spinout from the Sprout Group. Prior to that, Kathy served as a general partner of The Sprout Group for over 12 years.   She is passionate about helping founders, CEOs and organizations grow successfully and playing a meaningful role on outstanding boards. Kathy’s board experience is extensive and includes both private and public companies, as well as public-sector boards such as the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).  She has served on more than a dozen public company boards, including companies such as Affymax, ISTA Pharmaceuticals, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals.  Kathy has served on 12 audit committees, and chaired several. She is a Qualified Financial Expert. Kathy has a B.S. degree in Biology from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Frank D. Lee

Director

With over 25 years’ global experience in product development and commercial leadership across a wide range o

Frank D. Lee

Director

With over 25 years’ global experience in product development and commercial leadership across a wide range of therapeutic areas within the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, Frank joined as chief executive officer of Forma Therapeutics in March 2019. Most recently serving as senior vice president, global product strategy and therapeutic area head for the immunology, ophthalmology and infectious diseases at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, he was responsible for driving development and commercial strategy for a broad portfolio of molecules in development and for global in-line product sales of more than $11 billion. Frank’s 13-year career path at Genentech included leadership positions of increasing scope and responsibility for delivering transformative medicines to patients. Previously, as vice president of the HER2/Breast Cancer Franchise, Frank was responsible for the U.S. P&L for Herceptin®, Perjeta® and Kadcyla®, driving revenues over $4 billion and launching the first HER2 neoadjuvant indication shaping a new market and treatment paradigm for early HER2 breast cancer patients. As vice president of oral oncolytics, Frank held P&L responsibility for Tarceva®, Zelboraf®, Erivedge® and Xeloda®, advancing personalized medicine for cancer patients with EGFR+ NSCLC and BRAF+ melanoma and establishing a new treatment option for patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma. Prior to joining Genentech, Frank spent approximately 13 years across Novartis, Janssen and Eli Lilly in engineering, manufacturing, sales/marketing and business development. Frank received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in marketing and finance from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. He previously served on the board of directors of the Genentech Foundation.

Richard A. Miller, M.D.

Director

Dr. Richard Miller currently serves as co-founder, president and chief executive

Richard A. Miller, M.D.

Director

Dr. Richard Miller currently serves as co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Corvus Pharmaceuticals, a public biotechnology company. He co-founded and was chief executive officer of Pharmacyclics, where he led the initial discovery and development efforts for ibrutinib. Prior to that, he was a co-founder, vice president and director of IDEC (which merged to form Biogen IDEC, now Biogen), where he led research efforts on lymphoma culminating in the development of rituximab. He has also founded other private and public biotech companies. Dr. Miller received an M.D. from the State University of New York Medical School, summa cum laude and completed residency and fellowship programs in internal medicine and medical oncology at Stanford University Medical Center. He is a board-certified oncologist and is currently adjunct clinical professor of medicine (oncology) at Stanford University Medical Center.

Brian O'Callaghan

Director

Brian O’Callaghan is a Life Science Executive with extensive experience within the biotech, big pharma and C

Brian O'Callaghan

Director

Brian O’Callaghan is a Life Science Executive with extensive experience within the biotech, big pharma and CRO sectors. He also has extensive global experience, having lived and worked in 5 different countries, as well as both sides of the US. He joined ObsEva in November 2020, as Chief Executive Officer to lead the Company through its future development, regulatory filings and product launches.

Prior to joining ObsEva, Brian has held CEO positions at Petra Pharma, Acucela, Sangart and BioPartners, as well as having held senior management positions at Pfizer, Merck Serono, Novartis, Covance and NPS Pharmaceuticals.

Brian has experience running both public and private companies, M&A’s, IPO’s, fundraising, divestments, spin-outs and strategic alliances. His operational experience is also wide ranging, having managed multiple businesses and programs, across many therapeutic areas, from concept through to commercialization. He also has extensive Board experience, having served on numerous biotech and 501c3 Boards.

Nicole Onetto, M.D.

Director

Nicole Onetto, M.D., is an independent consultant in oncology, drug development, and translational research. S

Nicole Onetto, M.D.

Director

Nicole Onetto, M.D., is an independent consultant in oncology, drug development, and translational research. She is currently on the board of directors for Basilea Pharmaceutica and Bolt Biotherapeutics, and previously held director roles at Viracta Therapeutics, NBE Therapeutics, Sierra Oncology, and ImmunoGen. She was Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Onetto held the role of Chief Medical Officer at ZymoGenetics (Bristol Myers Squibb) and at OSI Pharmaceuticals (Astellas). Her career also includes senior management positions at Bristol Myers Squibb, Nexstar Pharmaceuticals (Gilead) and Immunex Corporation (Amgen). Dr. Onetto earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Paris, a master’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of Montréal, and her medical degree and a Hematology-Oncology Certificate from the University of Paris.

Willie Quinn

CEO and Board Member

Willie Quinn, Chief Executive Officer and board member, joined Bolt Biotherapeut

Willie Quinn

CEO and Board Member

Willie Quinn, Chief Executive Officer and board member, joined Bolt Biotherapeutics in 2020, bringing extensive experience in finance, operations, and business development leadership in the biopharma industry. Prior to joining Bolt, Mr. Quinn served as the chief financial officer and senior vice president of corporate development at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Viracta Therapeutics), where he led the company through multiple public financings and corporate collaborations. Before joining Sunesis, Mr. Quinn co-founded and was chief executive officer of Bullet Biotechnology, an immuno-oncology company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines discovered at Stanford University. Previously, Mr. Quinn was instrumental in establishing the infrastructure at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he was one of the first employees. During his eight years at Jazz, Mr. Quinn held positions of increasing responsibility in operations and business development as the company transformed from a privately held startup to a public and profitable specialty pharmaceutical company identifying, developing, and commercializing pharmaceutical products in neurology and psychiatry. Mr. Quinn’s final role with Jazz was leading corporate development, including product licensing, M&A, strategy, and investor relations. Prior to joining Jazz, Mr. Quinn was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Novation Biosciences, a biotechnology software company (acquired by Agilent Technologies). He served on the board of directors of A Foundation Building Strength, a nonprofit organization with a mission to find treatments for nemaline myopathy, for more than a decade, in addition to serving on the board of directors of Neuromast, a specialty pharmaceutical company.

Mr. Quinn earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.

Mahendra G. Shah, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Mahendra G. Shah is a pharmaceutical entrepreneur and executive who has been

Mahendra G. Shah, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Mahendra G. Shah is a pharmaceutical entrepreneur and executive who has been at healthcare investment firm, Vivo Capital, since March 2010. He is also the founder and executive chairman of Semnur Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Shah currently serves on the boards of Homology Medicines Inc. (NASDAQ: FIXX) and Soleno Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SLNO), and is a member of the board of trustees of St. John’s University. Dr. Shah is also a board member and charter member of EPPIC and a charter member of TIE.

From 2005 to 2009, he was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NextWave Pharmaceuticals, a pediatric focused specialty pharmaceutical company, which was sold to Pfizer for a total of $700 million in upfront and milestone payments. From 1993 to 2003 he was the chairman and chief executive officer of First Horizon Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company, where he raised over $200 million and built a highly profitable company before it was sold to Shionogi Pharmaceuticals for $1.4 billion. Prior to that, he held positions with E. J. Financial Enterprises, which manages a fund that invests in healthcare companies and with Fujisawa USA (Astellas), and before that, he worked in various scientific and management positions with Schering-Plough and Bristol Myers-Squibb. He previously served on the boards of Unimed Pharmaceuticals (UMED), Introgen Therapeutics (INGN), Inpharmakon, Protomed, Structural Bioinformatics, and Zarix. Dr. Shah received his Ph.D. in industrial pharmacy from St. John’s University and his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Pharmacy from L.M. College of Pharmacy in Gujarat, India.

Scientific Advisory Board

Edgar G. Engleman, M.D.

Founder and Co-Director of the Immunology and Immunotherapy Program

Dr. Ed Engleman is professor of pathology and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he ove

Edgar G. Engleman, M.D.

Founder and Co-Director of the Immunology and Immunotherapy Program

Dr. Ed Engleman is professor of pathology and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he oversees the Stanford Blood Center and his own immunology research group. He is also co-director of the Immunology and Immunotherapy Program of the Stanford Cancer Institute. Dr. Engleman has authored more than 350 publications in medical and scientific journals and has trained more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in industry and academia. Dr. Engleman is a co-founder and managing partner of Vivo Capital, a leading healthcare focused investment firm with offices in the U.S. and Asia. He has also co-founded a number of biopharmaceutical companies including Genelabs and Dendreon. He is the lead inventor of the technology underlying Sipuleucel-T (Provenge), which was shown to extend life for patients with metastatic prostate cancer and was the first cell therapy to be approved by the FDA. Several years ago, Dr. Engleman’s laboratory discovered a promising new immunotherapy that activates dendritic cells in tumors in situ without requiring their removal and activation in vitro. This treatment was shown to eradicate a wide range of tumors in mouse models and provided the basis for the creation of Bolt Biotherapeutics. Dr. Engleman received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Columbia University School of Medicine.

Lawrence Fong, M.D.

Cancer Immunotherapy Program Leader

Lawrence Fong, M.D., is an Efim Guzik distinguished professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Un

Lawrence Fong, M.D.

Cancer Immunotherapy Program Leader

Lawrence Fong, M.D., is an Efim Guzik distinguished professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Fong is focused on developing immunotherapies for different cancers including prostate, kidney, bladder, melanoma, and GI cancers. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Fong also leads a translational immunotherapy laboratory. He has been involved in both pre-clinical and clinical studies for many cutting-edge immunotherapies. Dr. Fong obtained his M.D. at Stanford University, completed internal medicine training at the University of Washington, and an oncology fellowship at Stanford University with Drs. Ed Engleman and Mark Davis focused on tumor immunology. He served on the program committees and editorial boards for ASCO and AACR. He is co-director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at UCSF and is the site primary investigator for the NCI-sponsored Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN).

Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief of Medical Oncology, Director for Translational Research

Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., is ensign professor of medicine, professor of pharmacology, chief of medical oncol

Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief of Medical Oncology, Director for Translational Research

Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., is ensign professor of medicine, professor of pharmacology, chief of medical oncology, director of the Thoracic Oncology Research Program, and associate director for translational research at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Herbst has worked over several decades as a pioneer of personalized medicine and immunotherapy, serving as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials for advanced stage lung cancers. This work led to the approval of several therapies (such as Gefitinib, Cetuximab, Bevacizumab, Axitinib, Atezolizumab, and Pembrolizumab), which have revolutionized the field and greatly enhanced patient survival. His work on "umbrella” trials has galvanized the field of targeted therapy and cancer drug approvals at the FDA. He works closely with public-private partnerships to develop large clinical studies, such as Lung-MAP. He is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), where he chairs the Tobacco Task Force, as well as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Herbst’s work published in Nature was awarded the 2015 Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award by the Clinical Research Forum.

Nils Lonberg, Ph.D.

Executive in Residence

Nils Lonberg is currently an Executive in Residence at Canaan Partners. Dr. Lonberg led drug discovery and pla

Nils Lonberg, Ph.D.

Executive in Residence

Nils Lonberg is currently an Executive in Residence at Canaan Partners. Dr. Lonberg led drug discovery and platform development teams in the biotech and pharma industry for the last 30 years, most recently as Senior Vice President, Oncology Discovery Biology, at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to that he was Scientific Director at Genpharm International and Medarex, where his research groups developed genetically engineered strains of mice with human immunoglobulin genes that have been used to discover 10 FDA-approved antibody therapeutics, including ipilimumab and nivolumab, two drugs discovered by Dr. Lonberg’s team that target immune-attenuating pathways to activate patient immune responses to multiple cancers (so-called "checkpoint blockade" therapies). Dr. Lonberg received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) in 1985, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015.

Bruce D. Roth, Ph.D.

Principal

Bruce D. Roth, Ph.D. is best known as the inventor of Lipitor®, for which he has received numerous awards, in

Bruce D. Roth, Ph.D.

Principal

Bruce D. Roth, Ph.D. is best known as the inventor of Lipitor®, for which he has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Perkin Medal, the highest award given to industrial chemists in the United States. Dr. Roth is now active as a biopharmaceutical research consultant. Prior to founding his consulting practice, between the years of 2007 and 2017, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Genentech, the last one being senior vice president of gRED (Genentech Research and Early Development) small molecule drug discovery and co-leader of gRED research. Before that, he served as vice president of chemistry at Pfizer Global Research and Development, Ann Arbor Laboratories, and prior to that, was an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy of the University of Michigan.