Board

Heath Lukatch, PhD – Red Tree Venture Capital

Dr. Lukatch is Founder and Managing Partner of Red Tree Venture Capital, a life sciences venture capital firm.  From 2015 to 2020, Dr. Lukatch worked at TPG where he was Partner, Managing Director and Life Sciences Investment Team Leader in TPG’s Biotech, Growth and RISE platforms.  In 2006, Dr. Lukatch co-founded Novo Ventures’ San Francisco office, where he was a Partner through 2015.  Prior to joining Novo Ventures, Dr. Lukatch was a Managing Director responsible for biotechnology venture investments at Piper Jaffray Ventures and SightLine Partners.  Dr. Lukatch currently serves as Chairman of Engage Therapeutics, Inogen (INGN) and Satsuma Pharmaceuticals (STSA), and is a board member at Ceribell, Flexion (FLXN), Halo Neuroscience, SutroVax, ViaCyte and ViewPoint Therapeutics. Previously Dr. Lukatch was Chairman of Cianna Medical (acquired by Merit Medical) and Spinifex (acquired by Novartis), and served on multiple life sciences company boards, including: Amira (acquired by BMS), AnaptysBio (ANAB), Elevation Pharma (acquired by Sunovion), FoldRx (acquired by Pfizer), InSound Medical (acquired by Sonova) and Synosia Therapeutics (acquired by BioTie).  Dr. Lukatch was also a board observer at Alios BioPharma (acquired by J&J), Dynavax (DVAX), Fluidigm (FLDM) and SI-Bone (SIBN). Prior to becoming an investor, Dr. Lukatch worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and was co‐founder and CEO of AutoMate Scientific, a biotechnology instrumentation company. In addition, he was a bench scientist at Chiron, Roche Bioscience and Cetus, doing molecular biology, electrophysiology and protein chemistry, respectively. Dr. Lukatch received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University where he was a DOD USAF Fellow, and his B.A. with high honors in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Riebe, PhD

Dr. Riebe has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2017. Dr. Riebe currently serves as a Vice President at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, a position held since June 2016. Prior to joining AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Riebe was employed by Pearl Therapeutics from January 2013 to June 2016, most recently as Senior Vice President. He also previously served as Vice President of Research and Development for iCeutica, Inc. from January 2012 to December 2012. Dr. Riebe received a B.A. in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Elisabeth Sandoval

Ms. Sandoval has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2019. Ms. Sandoval currently serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. From September 2016 to April 2019, Ms. Sandoval served as the Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, a public biopharmaceutical company. Before joining Alder, Ms. Sandoval was Chief Commercial Officer for Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, acquired by Allergan in 2015, from March 2012 to October 2015. Before Kythera, Ms. Sandoval was Vice President of Marketing for Bausch and Lomb Surgical from November 2010 to November 2012. From October 1987 to October 2010, Ms Sandoval held various senior commercial roles at Allergan, a publicly traded company, including Vice President of Global Marketing at Allergan. Ms. Sandoval also currently serves on the board of directors of Menlo Therapeutics, a public pharmaceutical company, as well as on the board of directors of one private company. Ms. Sandoval began her career in research and development at Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. She holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine.

Rajeev Shah – RA Capital Management

Rajeev Shah has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Shah has been a managing partner at RA Capital Management, L.P., a multi-stage investment manager dedicated to evidence-based investing in public and private healthcare and life science companies that are developing drugs, medical devices, and diagnostics, since 2004. Mr. Shah is currently a member of the board of directors of the public companies Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Solid Biosciences, Inc., Eidos Therapeutics, Inc., and Black Diamond Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Shah was previously a member of the board of directors of KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from June 2015 through April 2018 and Ra Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from July 2015 through April 2020. Mr. Shah holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University.

Ken Takanashi, MBA, CPA – Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories

Mr. Takanashi has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2016. Mr. Takanashi currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories Ltd., where he has been employed since 2004. Prior to joining Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories Ltd., Mr.Takanashi was employed by Suasa Kristal (M) Bhd. from December 1996 to December 2002, most recently as Executive Director and General Manager. He also served as Business Development Manager for Mitsubishi Corporation from April 1987 to November 1996. Mr. Takanashi also currently serves on the board of directors of Wave Life Sciences, Ltd., a public biopharmaceutical company, as well as on the board of directors of several private companies. Mr. Takanashi is a Chartered Public Accountant in Delaware. Mr. Takanashi received a B.A. from The University of Tokyo, and an M.B.A. from The University of Warwick, Coventry U.K.

John Kollins – President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kollins has served as a member of our board of directors and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2016. Since 1989, Mr. Kollins has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry in Director, CEO, executive management, business and corporate development, and commercial roles. He has extensive experience working in CNS-focused biopharmaceutical companies, including Transcept Pharmaceuticals, where he served from June 2012 to October 2014 as Chief Business Officer, Renovis, Elan Pharmaceuticals and Athena Neurosciences. From November 2014 until co-founding Satsuma Pharmaceuticals in July 2016, Mr. Kollins was Managing Director of Parnassus Advisors, LLC, which he founded to provide strategic consulting and corporate development services to biopharmaceutical companies. Mr. Kollins earned an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School and an engineering degree from Duke University.

Thomas B. King

Mr. King has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2017. Mr. King also currently serves on the board of directors of VIVUS, Inc. a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, serving at VIVUS as interim Chief Executive Officer from December 2017 to April 2018, and interim President from April 2018 to May 2018. He has served as an independent biotechnology consultant and advisor since August 2016. Previously, Mr. King served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, from June 2003 until it was acquired by Grupo Ferrer in June 2016. From October 2015 to August 2016, Mr. King also served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From September 2002 to April 2003, Mr. King served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Cognetix, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical development-stage company. From January 1994 to February 2001, Mr. King held various senior executive positions at Anesta Corporation, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, including President and Chief Operating Officer from January 1995 to January 1997 and President and Chief Executive Officer from January 1997 to October 2000, and was a member of the board of directors from January 1995 until it was acquired by Cephalon, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Mr. King currently serves on the board of directors of Concentric Analgesics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company. Mr. King received a B.A. in chemistry from McPherson College and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas Graduate School of Business.

Thomas M. Soloway

Mr. Soloway has been a member of our board of directors since July 2020.  He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Audentes Therapeutics Inc., an Astellas genetic medicines company committed to developing and commercializing innovative gene therapy products for patients living with serious rare diseases, and has been there since October 2015.  Prior to joining Audentes, from January 2014 to September 2015, Mr. Soloway was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ascendis Pharma A/S, a Danish biotechnology company developing long-acting prodrugs in the field of endocrinology, and prior to Ascendis, from September 2002 to December 2013, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  Prior to Transcept, Mr. Soloway was a Principal with Montreux Equity Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and leading life-sciences focused venture capital investments.  Mr. Soloway earned a B.S. in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.