Board of Directors
Focus & Strategy
Marc D. Beer has served on our Board and as Chairman since December 2013. Mr. Beer served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals. Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, from August 2010 to July 2015. From November 2007 to August 2010, Mr. Beer served as an independent consultant and member of the board of directors for a number of private life sciences companies. From April 2000 to November 2007, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ViaCell, Inc., a cellular therapy company. Prior to that, from April 1996 to 2000, he held marketing and business development roles at Genzyme Corporation, a Sanofi pharmaceutical company, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Marketing. Mr. Beer has also served as a member of the board of directors for Erytech Pharma, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company and the Emerging Companies section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a trade organization. Mr. Beer is also Chairman of the board of directors of Good Start Genetics, Inc. (a privately held molecular diagnostics company), a strategic consultant to OvaScience and a member of the Notre Dame Research and Commercialization Advisory Committee, Notre Dame Graduate Studies Research and Advisory Council and Miami University Business Advisory Council. Mr. Beer holds a B.S. from Miami University (Ohio).
Remy Luthringer, PhD
Dr. Remy Luthringer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. He has been involved in the development of more than 150 active molecules for clinical trials in the central nervous system. Dr. Luthringer is an Advisor at Medicxi Ventures, formerly Index Ventures, a venture capital firm comprising all of the life sciences portfolio companies, funds and team from Index Ventures. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Index Ventures, with a focus on investments in healthcare infrastructure. He was also the head of the FORENAP Institute for Research in Neurosciences and Neuropsychiatry in France. Dr. Luthringer has extensive experience in clinical psychiatric practice and holds a PhD in neurosciences and clinical pharmacology.
Jan van Heek
Jan van Heek has served on our Board since July 2014. Since 2009, Mr. van Heek has been a Principal and Partner at BioPoint Group, a business development consulting company, where he advises biotechnology and other healthcare companies in commercial strategy development, financing and business development. Prior to establishing BioPoint in 2009, Mr. van Heek spent more than 18 years at Genzyme Corporation, a Sanofi pharmaceutical company, most recently as an Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the chief executive officer and senior management team. Mr. van Heek is currently a board member of Amarin Corporation, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. He was also a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of ViaCell Corporation, a public company, from 2002 until it was sold to Perkin Elmer Corporation in 2007. He received an M.B.A. from St. Gallen University in Switzerland and an executive degree from Stanford Business School.
Francesco De Rubertis, PhD
Francesco de Rubertis, PhD, has served as a member of our Board since our inception in August 2007. Dr. de Rubertis is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Medicxi Ventures, formerly Index Ventures, a venture capital firm comprising all of the life sciences portfolio companies, funds and team from Index Ventures. Previously he was a Founder Partner of Index Ventures (UK) LLP, a venture capital firm, since July 2009 which provided investment advice to the Index Funds. He was also a co-founder of that firm’s life sciences practice. Prior to that, from 1998 to July 2009, he served as a Senior Partner in Index Ventures, SA, in the same capacity. Dr. de Rubertis has also served and continues to serve on the boards of directors of various public and private life sciences companies, including Molecular Partners AG, Versartis Inc. and Egalet Corporation. Dr. de Rubertis received his Laurea from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).
David Kupfer, MD
Dr. Kupfer joined our Board in November 2015. He is an international leader in psychiatry who has authored more than 1,100 articles, books and book chapters. Dr. Kupfer chaired the American Psychiatric Association Task Force for the development of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which defines the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. Dr. Kupfer received his M.D. from Yale University in 1965. He is Distinguished Professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As director of research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), Dr. Kupfer helped establish WPIC as one of the nation’s preeminent university-based psychiatric research centers. He is founding president of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1990.
Fouzia Laghrissi-Thode, MD
Dr. Laghrissi-Thode has nearly 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and has held positions of leadership at AstraZeneca, Roche, Novartis and Sandoz in a broad range of therapeutic areas, including central nervous system, cardiovascular, metabolic disease and genito-urinary health. She is currently vice president of the cardiovascular and metabolism therapy area at AstraZeneca. Her business development and licensing accomplishments include demonstrated successes in global product strategy, franchise development and expansion, collaborations, corporate partnerships and joint ventures. Dr. Laghrissi-Thode holds an M.D. from the University of Tours School of Medicine in France, is board certified in psychiatry and is adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Michele Ollier, MD
Michèle Ollier, MD, has served as a member of our Board since our inception in August 2007. Dr. Ollier is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Medicxi Ventures, formerly Index Ventures, a venture capital firm comprising all of the life sciences portfolio companies, funds and team from Index Ventures. Previously, she was Life Science partner at Index Ventures, a venture capital firm, whose investments were focused in information technology and life science companies, including the Index Funds, which she joined in February 2006. From January 2003 to January 2006, Dr. Ollier was Director of Investment in Life Sciences at Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners in Paris. Prior to that, Dr. Ollier held various positions relating to strategy, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products at several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including International CNS Product Manager at Sanofi, Lipid Lowering Agents Group Director at Bristol Myers Squibb France, International Oncology Director at Rhone Poulenc Rorer/RPR Gencell and International Vice President Reproductive Health at Serono. Dr. Ollier has also served as a member of the board of directors for Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company and various private life sciences companies. Dr. Ollier holds a medical degree from Paris-Ouest University (France).
Nico Vandervelpen has been a member of our Board since August 2014. Mr. Vandervelpen previously served in a variety of capacities at Limburgse Reconversie Maatschappij NV, or LRM, a Belgium-based private equity and venture capital firm, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of BioVille (a bioincubator). Prior to joining LRM, between 1998 and 2007, Mr. Vandervelpen was a senior executive at Ernst & Young. Mr. Vandervelpen serves on the board of directors of several public and private life sciences companies. He has led several dozen venture capital transactions and M&A deals. Mr. Vandervelpen holds a Masters degree in commercial and business engineering from Hasselt University as well as a Master in Accountancy from VLEKHO Business School – Brussels.