Board of Directors
Mr. Lawrence Alleva has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2019. He is a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), where he worked for 39 years from 1971 until his retirement in June 2010, including 28 years’ service as a partner. Mr. Alleva worked with numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as clients and, additionally, served PwC in a variety of office, regional and national practice leadership roles, most recently as the U.S. Ethics and Compliance Leader for the firm’s Assurance Practice from 2006 until 2010. Mr. Alleva currently serves on the board of directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc., Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. and Adaptimmune Therapeutics PLC and chairs the audit committee for those companies. He previously served on the board of directors of TESARO, Inc. through the time of its sale to GSK in January 2019, Mirna Therapeutics, Inc. which was merged into another company in 2017 and of GlobalLogic, Inc. through the sale of the company in 2013, and he chaired the audit committee for those companies. Mr. Alleva is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Ithaca College and attended Columbia University’s Executive M.B.A. non-degree program.
Emmett Cunningham, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Cunningham is a Managing Director at Clarus. He is on the Board of Directors of Annexon Biosciences, Graybug Vision, Restoration Robotics and SFJ Pharmaceuticals Group, is a Board observer for Lumos Pharma, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Aerie Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Clarus, Dr. Cunningham was the Senior Vice President, Medical Strategy at Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Eyetech, Dr. Cunningham was at Pfizer, Inc, where he was responsible for the clinical development of early phase central nervous system compounds and the in-licensing of early and late-stage therapeutic candidates in ophthalmology. Dr. Cunningham is an internationally recognized specialist in infectious and inflammatory eye disease with over 350 publications. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University School of Medicine, was Clinical Professor and Director of the Uveitis service at NYU from 2002 to 2005, and was Director of both the Uveitis Service and the Kimura Ocular Immunology Laboratory at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) from 1995 to 2001. Dr. Cunningham received an MD and MPH in epidemiology and statistics from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) for work done at The Salk Institute. Dr. Cunningham founded and is the Chairman of the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit, a well-attended symposium held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Retinal Surgeons. The OIS brings together leading companies, clinicians, academics and investors in the ophthalmology space.
Jason Fuller, PhD
Dr. Fuller joined NEA as a Principal in 2014 and focuses on investments in biopharmaceuticals. Prior to joining NEA, Dr. Fuller was a Principal with Third Rock Ventures were he contributed to the creation and management of several companies, including NinePoint Medical, Kala Pharmaceuticals and most recently, Jounce Therapeutics where he served as Director of Corporate development after helping found the company. Dr. Fuller earned his PhD at MIT under the supervision of Robert Langer as an NSF fellow, and received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge where he was a Churchill Scholar. He also holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Mr. Lokay is Head of the U.S. Lung Cancer Franchise at AstraZeneca plc, a position he has held since August 2018. Mr. Lokay served as an advisor to AbbVie Inc. from August 2017 until December 2017. Mr. Lokay was previously Vice President and Business Unit Head, Oncology at Boehringer Ingelheim, a position he held from December 2009 until December 2016. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cytogen Corporation from 2007 until 2008 and served in various positions at GlaxoSmithKline from 1997 until 2007 and at Merck & Co. from 1981 until 1997. Mr. Lokay received a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College and a M.S. from Purdue University.
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.
J. Mel Sorensen, MD
Dr. Sorensen has served as Director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Galera since 2012. Dr. Sorensen serves on the board of several private biopharmaceutical companies, as director or Chairman, including Oncopia Therapeutics, OncoFusion Therapeutics, Esanik Therapeutics and Context Therapeutics. He is an advisor to the Biomarkers Consortium of the National Institutes of Health and to the Irish Cancer Society. Dr. Sorensen holds an M.B., B.Ch. and B.A.O. from University College, Dublin. Dr. Sorensen’s postgraduate education and work has been in the United States, including an internal medicine residency in St. Louis and medical oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, seven years at the National Cancer Institute as Senior Investigator in the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program and four years each with Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Sorensen served as Director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ascenta Therapeutics from 2004 until he joined Galera.