Board of Directors
Thomas Dyrberg, MD, DMSc
Dr. Dyrberg is Managing Partner at Novo A/S. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Delenex Therapeutics AG, Nuvelution Pharma, Inc., Ophthotech Corporation, PanOptica Inc., and Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S. Dr. Dyrberg held research positions at the Hagedorn Research Institute, Denmark, and at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA. In 1990, he joined Novo Nordisk A/S, initially working in health care discovery on various aspects of diabetes immunology and pathogenesis, and from 1996 in health care clinical drug development. Dr. Dryberg attended the University of Copenhagen, where he obtained an MD degree and a DMSc degree.
Campbell Murray, MD
Dr. Murray is a Managing Director for the Novartis Venture Funds in Cambridge, MA, USA. Prior to joining the fund, he worked at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research as the Director of Special Projects and as a physician in Auckland, New Zealand. Campbell is a New Zealand trained physician, Kauffman Fellow, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPP (public policy) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Knox Fellow and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Campbell serves on the boards of Aerpio Therapeutics, Alios BioPharma, Annexon, BioNano Genomics, Galera Therapeutics, ImaginAb, and Neurovance.
Mike Powell, PhD, Chair
Dr. Powell joined Sofinnova in 1997 and SVP X is his seventh Sofinnova fund. He has 32 years of experience, including 15 years of R&D before entering the venture community. Dr. Powell has been involved in more than 50 clinical programs and is the author of 90 publications and books, including a 1,000-page treatise on vaccine design. Before joining Sofinnova, he was Group Leader of drug delivery at Genentech, as well as Director of Product Development at Cytel. Before this he was Senior Scientist and Project Team Leader at Syntex Research. Dr. Powell received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Toronto and carried out postdoctoral studies in Bio-organic Chemistry at the University of California as a National Science and Engineering Research Council Scholar.
Michal Silverberg is a Managing Director at Novartis Venture Funds (NVF). Prior to joining NVF, she was a Senior Director for External Innovation at Takeda Ventures and, before that, worked at Novo Nordisk in roles of increasing responsibility including as Senior Director Business Development and New Product Commercialization, serving as a member of the BioPharm leadership team. Since 1998, Michal has held positions in various sectors of the life science industry including in the Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel (The Incubator program), venture capital (Ofer Brothers Hi Tech) and global pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including various positions at MGVS, an Israeli biotech company and at OSI Pharmaceuticals in a business development role. She received her B.A. in Economics and Business Management from Haifa University, her M.B.A from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Columbia University in New York. Michal serves as a director on the boards of Cavion, Forma Therapeutics, Galera Therapeutics, Inc. and Viamet Therapeutics and is an observer on the board of NeuroVia.
Frank Torti, MD
Dr. Torti joined NEA in 2007 and focuses on investments in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare services. He has been actively involved in the firm’s private and public investments in healthcare, including Peplin (acquired by LEO Pharma), CITIC Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Shanghai Pharmaceuticals), Alimera Sciences, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Dermira, Galera Therapeutics, Neotract, Novast Pharmaceuticals, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, and Solta Medical. Dr. Torti received his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and his BA with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Mel Sorensen, MD
Dr. Sorensen has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Galera Therapeutics since 2012. He is a Medical Oncologist who has spent 7-8 years each in patient care (oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic), in academia (Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health), and in leadership positions in clinical development in the pharmaceutical industry (Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline). Since 2004, he has served as President & CEO of private venture-funded biotechs. Dr. Sorensen has raised over $150 million in several private financing rounds and has led licensing deals for multiple preclinical and clinical-stage compounds. He also serves as Chairman of other biotech companies, including Oncopia Therapeutics and OncoFusion Therapeutics, and is an advisor to the Biomarkers Consortium of the National Institutes of Health and to the Irish Cancer Society.
Robert A. Beardsley, PhD
Dr. Beardsley is a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Galera Therapeutics. Prior to Galera, he served as CEO at Metabolic Solutions Development Corporation and Kereos, as acting CEO at Metaphore Pharmaceuticals, and in a variety of roles at Confluence Life Sciences, SImile Investors, bioStrategies Group, and Vector Securities International. In addition, Dr. Beardsley served on the boards of a number of other public and private life science firms, including Collagenex Pharmaceuticals, BioSeek, and KemPharm. He has an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in biochemical engineering from the University of Iowa.