Chris Mirabelli, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Leap Therapeutics
Dr. Mirabelli has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2016 and has also served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in 2011. Dr. Mirabelli has been a managing director of HealthCare Ventures LLC since 2000. From December 1999 to May 2000, Dr. Mirabelli served as president of pharmaceutical research and development and member of the board of directors of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., following its merger with LeukoSite Inc., where Dr. Mirabelli had been serving as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors since 1993.
He was a co-founder of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS), where he held several positions including senior vice president of research, from 1989 until 1993. Dr. Mirabelli started his career at SmithKline and French Laboratories (now part of GlaxoSmithKline Plc) R&D Division. He is a member of the board of advisors of the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator Fund at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center.
Dr. Mirabelli is a member of the Board of Trustees of Guilford College. He received his Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine and a B.S. degree in biology from State University of New York at Fredonia.
James Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Managing Director at HealthCare Ventures
Dr. Cavanaugh has been a managing director of HealthCare Ventures since 1989. He was previously President of SmithKline & French Laboratories-U.S., the domestic pharmaceutical division of SmithKline Beckman Corporation. Dr. Cavanaugh had been president of SmithKline Beckman's clinical laboratory business and President of Allergan International. He has been a board member of a number of private and public pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and was Chairman of The Shire Pharmaceutical Group, plc. He served as staff assistant to President Nixon for Health Affairs and then deputy director of the president's Domestic Council.
Under President Ford, he was a deputy assistant to the President for domestic affairs and deputy chief of the White House. He has served as deputy assistant secretary for health and scientific affairs in the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, special assistant to the Surgeon General, United States Public Health Services, and director, Office of Comprehensive Health Planning.
He began his career as a member of the faculty of the Graduate College and the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa where he received his Master's and Doctorate degrees.
Thomas Dietz, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO of Waypoint Holdings, LLC
Dr. Dietz is currently chairman and CEO of Waypoint Holdings, LLC, a diversified financial-holdings and services company. Previously, Dr. Dietz was co-CEO and then CEO and a director of Pacific Growth Equities, LLC, a San Francisco-based investment bank and institutional brokerage firm from 2004 to 2009, when the firm was acquired by Wedbush Securities. Dr. Dietz served as head of the investment banking division at Wedbush until November 2010.
Prior to taking the CEO role at Pacific Growth, Dr. Dietz served as the company's director of equities research and was an award-winning biotechnology and biopharmaceutical analyst. He joined Pacific Growth in 1993. Previously, he was a member of the research faculty in the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and the VA Medical Center. Dr. Dietz is currently Chairman of Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (EIGR:Nasdaq) and privately held AgBiome, LLC. He also serves as a director of Paratek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK:Nasdaq) and several other private companies.
Dr. Dietz holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Washington University, St. Louis, and was a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow.
William Li, M.D.
CEO and President of Angiogenesis Foundation
In December 2003, Dr. Li joined the DOBI Medical Systems board of directors and was also a member of DOBI Medical System's Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Li is a co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of which he has been the President since April 2000 and Medical Director since December 1994. Dr. Li has extensive expertise in the field of angiogenesis and its therapeutic development and clinical applications. He trained with Dr. Judah Folkman, who pioneered the field of angiogenesis research.
Through the Angiogenesis Foundation, Dr. Li has worked in association with the National Institutes of Health, and other major governmental and academic institutions, and industry leaders on angiogenesis-related programs.
Dr. Li received his M.D. degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Li has also served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and Dartmouth Medical School.
Managing Director at HealthCare Ventures
Mr. Littlechild has been a managing director of HealthCare Ventures since 1992. He has been in the venture capital industry since 1980 when he joined Citicorp Venture Capital in London. He subsequently joined the Advent Group, opening the London office of Advent U.K. and becoming an early general partner of Advent International in Boston.
Prior to his career in venture capital, he held marketing and financial management positions with Rank Xerox and ICI.
Mr. Littlechild holds a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.
Chairman, Department of Medicine, Physician-in-Chief, Brigham and Women’s Hospitals
Dr. Joseph Loscalzo is currently is Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 1994, Dr. Loscalso joined the faculty of Boston University in 1994, first as Chief of Cardiology and, in 1997, Wade Professor and Chair of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry, and Director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute. In 2005, he returned to work at Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he had previously worked.
He has served on several NIH study sections and editorial boards, and has chaired the Gordon Conference on Thrombolysis. He served as an associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for nine years, Chair of the Cardiovascular Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Chair of the Research Committee of the American Heart Association, Chair of the Scientific Board of the Stanley J. Sarnoff Society of Fellows for Research in the Cardiovascular Sciences, and Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Circulation, a senior editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, a member of the Advisory Council of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and a member of the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Loscalzo has been a visiting professor at many institutions, holds two honorary degrees, has authored or co-authored more than 500 scientific publications, has authored or edited 23 books, and holds 27 patents for his work in the field of nitric oxide. He is also the recipient of many grants from the NIH and industry for his work in the areas of vascular biology, thrombosis, and atherosclerosis over the past twenty-five years and has won numerous awards.
Dr. Loscalzo received his A.B. degree, summa cum laude, his Ph.D. in biochemistry, and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his clinical training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he served as Resident and Chief Resident in medicine and Fellow in cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Loscalzo is currently a consultant for both Boston Consulting Group and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a scientific advisory board member at Broadview Ventures, Inc., Sanofi S.A., DZZOM—The Network Medicine Company and Applied Biomath, LLC, and is a member of the board of directors of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Co-Founder of NuBiyota
Mr. Mashiach is the co-founder of NuBiyota, a privately-held company developing an innovative microbiome therapeutics platform. Prior to his role at NuBiyota, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Macrocure, Ltd. He is also currently a member of the board of directors at Chemomab Ltd. He also previously served as General Manager at Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, from 2009 to 2012.
Prior to then, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2008. Prior to Omrix, Mr. Mashiach held leadership positions at several pharmaceutical companies.
He holds an MBA from the University of Manchester, England, an MPharmSc from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and a BSc, Chemical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FASCO
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Dr. Monica M. Bertagnolli is currently a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and an associate surgeon at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She also serves as the current President of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Bertagnolli is the group chair of Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and President of the Alliance for Clinical Trial in Oncology Foundation and CEO of Alliance Foundation Trials, LLC.
She has previously served as Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (2008-2018) and was an attending surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell from 1994-1999. Dr. Bertagnolli has served on numerous committees and boards including the Board of Directors for ASCO and the National Academy of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum.
Dr. Bertagnolli received her M.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine with her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received the Partners Healthcare Partners in Excellence Award: Personalized Cancer Medicine Partnership Team in 2011 and received the CEO Roundtable on Cancer Charles H. Sanders Life Sciences Award in 2015.