Scott M. Rocklage, PhD
Scott M. Rocklage, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2016 and as Chairman of our board of directors since June 2017. Dr. Rocklage joined 5AM Ventures in 2003 as a Venture Partner, became a Managing Partner in 2004 and transitioned to Founding Partner in 2017. Dr. Rocklage has over three decades of healthcare management experience with strategic leadership responsibilities that led to FDA approval of three U.S. New Drug Applications (Omniscan™, Teslascan® and Cubicin®). He has served as Chairman and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, President and CEO of Nycomed Salutar and has also held R&D positions at Salutar and Catalytica. Dr. Rocklage formerly served as Board Chairman of Relypsa (acquired by Vifor Pharma) and Novira (acquired by J&J). He currently serves as Board Chairman of Expansion, Kinestral and Cidara (NASDAQ: CDTX) and is a Board member at NodThera and Nouscom. He was formerly Executive Chairman of Ilypsa (acquired by Amgen), Miikana (acquired by EntreMed) and Semprus (acquired by Teleflex). Dr. Rocklage received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from MIT where he conducted research in the laboratory of Richard R. Schrock (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005). He is an inventor or co-inventor of over 30 U.S. patents and has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.
Christian S. Schade
President and Chief Executive Officer
Christian S. Schade has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since June 2016. Mr. Schade has more than 30 years of private and public pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience, as well as broad corporate finance expertise from his tenure in the investment banking industry. Prior to joining Aprea Therapeutics, he was Chief Executive Officer of Novira Therapeutics, which was acquired in December 2015 by Johnson & Johnson in an all-cash transaction. Prior to joining Novira, Mr. Schade was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Omthera, a NASDAQ-listed specialty pharmaceuticals company focused on the development and commercialization of new therapies for dyslipidemia. At Omthera, Mr. Schade was responsible for all corporate finance, accounting and business development activities, and led the sale of Omthera in July 2013 to AstraZeneca. He also was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at NYSE-listed NRG Energy, and from 2000 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Medarex, a biopharmaceutical company focused on antibody-based therapeutic products for oncology, inflammation, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. Mr. Schade played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Medarex by Bristol-Myers Squibb, leading the negotiations for the sale and the eventual merger-integration process of the research, development and administrative functions. Before joining Medarex, Mr. Schade served as Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in London and held various corporate finance and capital markets positions in New York and London for both Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Mr. Schade currently serves on the board of directors of Integra Life Sciences Inc. and has previously served on the board of directors of Indivior PLC. Mr. Schade received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Princeton University.
Guido Magni, MD, PhD
Guido Magni, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2016. Dr. Magni has served a Partner with Versant Ventures since February 2012. Dr. Magni previously served as a Managing Director of EuroVentures, a Versant incubator, where he was intimately involved in several biotech investments including Synosia (sold to Biotie Therapies), Flexion and Okairos. Dr. Magni was previously the Global Head of the Medical Science Department of Roche Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland. During his twelve-year term at Roche, Dr. Magni oversaw the development and the registration of a large number of new chemical and biological entities including Cellcept, Pegasys, Mabthera, Xeloda, Herceptin, Tamiflu and Tarceva. Currently, Dr. Magni serves on the Board of Biotie and AM Pharma, with previous board positions at Adolor Corporation and Anabasis Pharma before their recent acquisitions. Dr. Magni was trained at the University of Padua with a specialization in neuro-psychiatry. He is the co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers.
Johan Christenson, MD, PhD
Johan Christenson, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2016. Dr. Christenson is a Partner of HealthCap. Prior to joining HealthCap in 2001, Dr. Christenson was with SEB Företagsinvest (the venture capital arm of SEB) to supervise its health care portfolio. He has senior management experience from Astra Pain Control as Project Director and AstraZeneca as Global Product Director and member of the global therapy area management team of pain and inflammation. Dr. Christenson received his medical training at the Karolinska Institute and received his Ph.D. in basic neuroscience in 1991. He served as a lecturer in neuroscience and also held a position as Assistant Dean at the Karolinska Institute Graduate School for two years. Dr. Christenson has four years of clinical specialist training in paediatrics and paediatric neurology.
Jonathan Hepple, PhD
Jonathan Hepple, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2015. Dr. Hepple is a co-founder of Rosetta Capital Limited, where he has served as a Partner since January 2009. He has more than twenty years investment experience in the life sciences industry. He started his investment career at Rothschilds Asset Management and he was also a partner at Seroba Life Sciences where he was on the boards of Covagen and Opsona. Dr. Hepple has held Board Director and Observer roles in portfolio companies such as Catalyst Biosciences, Glycomimetics, Novimmune, Procertus and Tranzyme. He has served on the board of Clanotech AB since June 2013. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University for cancer research.
Bernd R. Seizinger, MD, PhD
Bernd R. Seizinger, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2015. Dr. Seizinger is a board member in a number of companies, including Opsona (Dublin, Ireland), Agennix AG (Princeton, NJ; Houston, TX; Munich, Germany) and TriMod Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland). He is Chairman of Opsona Ltd. And acting Chairman of Trimod Ltd. From 1998 to 2009, Dr. Seizinger was President and Chief Executive Officer of GPC Biotech before it merged with Agennix AG. Prior to his corporate appointments, he was at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
John B. Henneman III
John B. Henneman III has been a member of our board of directors since August 2019. Mr. Henneman has more than 25 years of combined financial and operational management experience in the life sciences industry. From July 2018 until November 2018, Mr. Henneman served as the Chief Administrative Officer of NewLink Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology company, and prior to that, served as NewLink’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from October 2014 to July 2018. From 1998 to 2014, Mr. Henneman served at Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp., a publicly-held medical device company, in various capacities. Before becoming Integra’s Chief Financial Officer in 2007, Mr. Henneman was Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for Integra’s regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical affairs, human resources, information systems and legal affairs functions, the management of Integra’s surgical instruments business, and Integra’s business development function. Mr. Henneman serves on the boards of directors of R1 RCM, Inc., a publicly-held revenue cycle technology and management services company, SeaSpine Holdings Corporation, a publicly-held medical technology company, and Alafair Biosciences, Inc., a privately-held medical device company. Mr. Henneman is also senior advisor to Prettybrook Partners, a private equity firm, and a consultant to SparkMed Advisors LLC, which provides consulting and other services to start-up medical device and biotechnology companies.