Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
David Hallal was appointed Chairman of iTeos Therapeutics in June 2018. He also currently serves as the Chairman of Scholar Rock (Nasdaq: SRRK) and is an independent director of Seer Biosciences.
David has 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry including over 10 years at Alexion Pharmaceuticals where he played a central role in transforming the company from the pre-commercial stage in 2006 to greater than $3 billion in annual revenue by 2016. As CEO of Alexion, David transitioned the company from a single-product to a multi-product enterprise. This included the US, EU, and Japan approval and the highly successful launch of Strensiq® and the rapid advancement of Alexion’s highest value pipeline candidate from a preclinical stage to registration trials in multiple diseases in just 18 months.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, David served as Alexion’s Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Commercial Officer, where he built the company’s commercial infrastructure and a 50-country operating platform which launched Soliris® for two ultra-rare diseases, Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria and atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, resulting in the most successful commercialization of an ultra-orphan drug in the biotechnology industry. Prior to Alexion, David held commercial leadership positions at biopharmaceutical companies where he launched and expanded the adoption of numerous first-in-class and blockbuster products in hematology, oncology, nephrology, immunology and ophthalmology, as the Vice President of Sales at OSI Eyetech and at Biogen where he led the immunology sales team. Prior to Biogen, David also held various leadership roles at Amgen focused on the major oncology and hematology products Epogen®, Neupogen®, Neulasta® and Aranesp®. David holds a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Priyanka Belawat, Ph.D. is an Investment Advisor at HBM Partners AG. Priyanka has 11 years of experience in venture and private equity investing in the healthcare space. She has been instrumental in many portfolio investments of HBM funds in areas of biotech and pharma. Presently, she represents HBM funds on the board of Neurelis Inc. (USA, Epilepsy). Some of her previous investments include Advanced Accelerator Applications (NASDAQ:AAAP, exit to Novartis), ARMO Biosciences (NASDAQ:ARMO, exit to Eli Lilly) and TrueNorth Therapeutics (USA, exit to BioVerative). Priyanka holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Zurich and completed post-doctorate work at HKUST.
Dr. Detlev Biniszkiewicz is a serial entrepreneur and an experienced biopharma executive who brings deep knowledge of oncology and immuno-oncology to his role at MPM. Currently, he is President and CEO of two early-stage biotech companies, Rekindle Therapeutics and NextPoint Therapeutics.
Prior to joining MPM, Detlev was the President and CEO of Surface Oncology (NASDAQ: SURF), where he led its growth and transformation through to clinical-stage and its preparation for a public offering. Prior to Surface Oncology, he was Vice President of Strategy in AstraZeneca’s Oncology Unit and was part of the oncology leadership that developed Lynparza® and Tagrisso®, two innovative medicines that help thousands of patients suffering from cancer. His group transformed AstraZeneca’s Oncology pipeline through numerous licensing deals, clinical and academic collaborations, and external research. Detlev has also held multiple roles at Novartis including Global Head of Portfolio, where his group provided oversight of Novartis’ research and early development portfolio. Detlev began his career at the Boston Consulting Group and performed his academic research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Aaron Davis is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boxer Capital, LLC. In 2005, after joining Tavistock Group as Portfolio Manager, Mr. Davis scaled Tavistock Group’s public healthcare investing activities and formed Boxer Capital. Mr. Davis leads the firm’s research team, deal structuring, and portfolio management.
Mr. Davis is currently Chairman of the Board of CiVi Biopharma and is a Member of the Board of Directors of iTeos Therapeutics, Mirati Therapeutics, Odonate Therapeutics, Sojournix, Inc., and Tango Therapeutics.
Prior to joining Tavistock Group, Mr. Davis worked in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking and Private Equity Group at UBS Warburg, LLC. During this period, Mr. Davis led strategic transactions for public and private biotechnology and medical device companies throughout their growth, advising on financing and mergers and acquisitions. Having also served in various roles with biotechnology and venture capital firms, Mr. Davis has extensive expertise in investment analysis and in overseeing in-licensing activities within the pharmaceutical sector.
Mr. Davis holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Emory University.
Chief Executive Officer
Michel has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since our inception. He previously served as a director at Ludwig Cancer Research from December 2010 to March 2012. Prior to that, Michel worked in various scientific and business development roles at Ogeda (f/k/a Euroscreen).
Michel holds a degree in biochemistry degree and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Université Catholique de Louvain and a business certificate from Solvay Business School.
Derek DiRocco is a Principal on the Investment Team at RA Capital Management. Derek works on both public and private investments and serves as a Board Director for 89Bio, Ltd. Previously, Derek covered solid tumor oncology landscapes. Derek holds a BA in Biology from Holy Cross College and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington. He conducted his postdoctoral research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he researched the role of the Wnt signaling pathway in mouse models of kidney disease, and was part of a team that discovered a stem cell subtype responsible for solid organ fibrosis.
Ansbert Gadicke, M.D. co-founded MPM in 1997 with his partner Luke Evnin. He was the lead investor and has served on the boards of several of MPM’s most successful investments including BioMarin, Idenix, Mitobridge, Pharmasset and Radius. Prior to launching MPM’s venture investing activities, Ansbert led MPM’s Advisory and Investment Banking business, and previously, he was at The Boston Consulting Group.
Ansbert’s commitment to drug discovery and curing disease inspires his work both within and outside of MPM. In recognition of MPM’s novel work to finance and build companies which may have a significant impact on cancer care and cures globally, Ansbert and Luke Evnin are recipients of the 2017 Global Oncology Visionary Award. He is a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and the Research Advisory Council of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ansbert received an M.D. from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt and held research positions at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT and the Biochemistry Department at Harvard University. While at the German Cancer Research Center he focused on HPV16 and 18 in Professor Harald zur Hausen’s group (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2008). Ansbert has published in leading scientific journals such as Nature and Cell.
Ansbert currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Cullinan Oncology and TCR2 Therapeutics and as a Board Director at ElevateBio.
Tim Van Hauwermeiren
Tim Van Hauwermeiren, M.Sc. EMBA, has been the Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director at argenx SE since July 2008 and July 2014 respectively. Tim co-founded argenx in 2008 having previously served as the Senior Business Development Manager of Ablynx NV. Tim has more than 20 years of general management and business development experience across the life sciences and consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining Ablynx, he held various management positions with Procter & Gamble in R&D and Corporate New Business Development. Tim holds Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Bio-Engineering from the University of Ghent and received general management training at INSEAD. He also holds Executive MBA from the Vlerick School of Management.
Ann Rhoads is a healthcare finance executive with over 25 years of experience. She was the Chief Financial Officer for Forty Seven, Inc. (Nasdaq:FTSV), a clinical stage, immuno-oncology company from 2018 until its sale to Gilead for $4.9 billion in 2020. From 2010 to early 2017, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Zogenix, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZGNX), a pharmaceutical company developing and commercializing products for the treatment of orphan and central nervous system disorders.
Prior to joining Zogenix, Ms. Rhoads was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Premier, Inc. from 2000 to 2009 (now Nasdaq:PINC). Ms. Rhoads started her career as an investment professional with Merrill Lynch and the Sprout Group, the venture capital affiliate of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (now part of Credit Suisse).
Ms. Rhoads received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.