Team

While the Relay Therapeutics team brings a wealth of different experiences to the table, we are united in our mission to bring protein motion to the center of drug discovery. Our roles don’t dictate our daily activities – every employee is empowered to make an impact, seize opportunity and to develop skills and expertise.

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THE RELAY TEAM

  • Alessandro Boezio, Ph.D.

    Alessandro Boezio, Ph.D.
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Alessandro Boezio, Ph.D.

    Alessandro has tried, over the years, to shed his nickname, but he’s been known as BOZ since the age of 10.

  • Nastaran Gerami-Moayed

    Nastaran Gerami-Moayed
    Biology

    Nastaran Gerami-Moayed

    A practicing make up artist since the age of 14, Nat focuses on braving beauty in the face of cancer. She advises and teaches techniques to those affected by their cancer diagnosis.

  • Songping Zhao

    Songping Zhao
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Songping Zhao

    Scuba diving ranks high on Songping’s bucket list.

  • Sanjiv K. Patel, M.A., M.D., MBA

    Sanjiv K. Patel, M.A., M.D., MBA
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Sanjiv K. Patel, M.A., M.D., MBA

    Sanjiv confesses that he is a terrible driver, having failed driving tests in at least two countries.

  • Randy Kipp, Ph.D.

    Randy Kipp, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry

    Randy Kipp, Ph.D.

    Randy can recite Les Miserables in its entirety.

  • Jessica B. Casaletto, Ph.D.

    Jessica B. Casaletto, Ph.D.
    Biology

    Jessica B. Casaletto, Ph.D.

    Jessica became a “Cameron Crazie” while in grad school at Duke, attending every home basketball game for 4 consecutive seasons (several of them with her face painted Duke blue!).

  • Dipali Patel, Ph.D.

    Dipali Patel, Ph.D.
    Structural Biology

    Dipali Patel, Ph.D.

    Dipali believes there’s nothing a cup of English breakfast tea (like how the Brits make) and a fabulous blow-dry can’t fix!

  • Heike Schoenherr, Ph.D.

    Heike Schoenherr, Ph.D.
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Heike Schoenherr, Ph.D.

    Heike spent twenty years on stage as a semi-professional dancer. These days, she’s more likely to be found in the lab.

  • André Lescarbeau

    André Lescarbeau
    Medicinal Chemistry

    André Lescarbeau

    Caught in a sandstorm in the Thar desert (border of India and Pakistan) André was forced to spend the night sleeping between 2 camels to avoid being buried alive.

  • Brian Adams, J.D.

    Brian Adams, J.D.
    General Counsel

    Brian Adams, J.D.

    While still trying to maintain some of the discipline from his hockey playing days, Brian biggest downfall is an insatiable sweet tooth.

  • Nigel Waters, Ph.D., DABT

    Nigel Waters, Ph.D., DABT
    Non-Clinical Development

    Nigel Waters, Ph.D., DABT

    Nigel spent his first day in the US stranded in Harvard Square waiting out a Nor’easter. Despite this initial harrowing experience, Nigel decided to stay.

  • Pat Walters, Ph.D.

    Pat Walters, Ph.D.
    Computational Chemistry

    Pat Walters, Ph.D.

    Pat played bass in The Colours (1980s), The Ironworkers (1990s) and One Monkey Away (2000s).

  • Pascal Fortin, Ph.D.

    Pascal Fortin, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry Biophysics & Structural Biology

    Pascal Fortin, Ph.D.

    An avid climber, Pascal would like to climb the nose of Yosemite’s El Capitan in a single day.

  • Ravi Kurukulasuriya

    Ravi Kurukulasuriya
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Ravi Kurukulasuriya

    While cooking, Ravi unlocks his inner chef, unloading most of the refrigerator and adding exotic spices in a dish coined ‘All the troubles in One Lankat’.

  • Matt Zubrowski

    Matt Zubrowski
    Biology

    Matt Zubrowski

    Matt completed his first Ironman triathlon in 2015. He finished the year as Bronze Ironman All World Athlete, ranking him among the top 10% for his age group globally.

  • Barry Toure, Ph.D.

    Barry Toure, Ph.D.
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Barry Toure, Ph.D.

    Barry hasn’t watched a baseball game since 1994 – the year his hometown Montreal Expos’ shot at a World Series championship was denied due to the baseball strike.

  • Yong Tang, Ph.D.

    Yong Tang, Ph.D.
    Structural Biology

    Yong Tang, Ph.D.

    Yong owns a canoe that has trekked the Brandywine and Charles Rivers and has provided many mock runs for his kids and friends in the backyard.

  • Chris Owen

    Chris Owen
    Biology

    Chris Owen

    Chris has been a practitioner of martial arts (Kung Fu and Jiu Jitsu) for twenty years. 

  • Vy Nguyen, Ph.D.

    Vy Nguyen, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Vy Nguyen, Ph.D.

    When growing up, Vy enjoyed going on adventures with her best buddy Den, the pet pig.

  • Alex Taylor, Ph.D.

    Alex Taylor, Ph.D.
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Alex Taylor, Ph.D.

    During summers in high school, Alex worked in a factory making the partitions between the front and back seats of police cars, where he learned to operate a forklift.

  • Kelley Shortsleeves

    Kelley Shortsleeves
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Kelley Shortsleeves

    Kelley spent her senior year of college trying to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. She can now bake them from memory.

  • Jim Watters, Ph.D.

    Jim Watters, Ph.D.
    Biology

    Jim Watters, Ph.D.

    In college, Jim played a pickup basketball game with a future #1 overall NBA draft pick.  At that time, it became abundantly clear that Jim should focus on science.

  • Lucian DiPietro

    Lucian DiPietro
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Lucian DiPietro

    Lucian once incurred a foosball injury requiring game stoppage and has a lifetime undefeated record as anchor for tug of war teams.

  • Lina Gu, Ph.D.

    Lina Gu, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry

    Lina Gu, Ph.D.

    Lina once used a mid-winter work sabattical to work out in the mornings and eat in the afternoons.

  • Randy Greenwood

    Randy Greenwood
    Executive Assistant

    Randy Greenwood

    Randy is a road-trip warrior. She once made a 21 hour trip through 3 states solo.

  • Caitlin O’Brien

    Caitlin O’Brien
    Compound Management

    Caitlin O’Brien

    Caitlin was paid to play the bassoon in the pit band for a community production of Oklahoma! – the closest she’s ever come to being a professional musician.

  • Alex Tancredi

    Alex Tancredi
    Business Development

    Alex Tancredi

    Alex lived for a year in a rural Mexican village where he played romantic lead in his elementary school play, El Ratoncito (the little rat).

  • Don Bergstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

    Don Bergstrom, M.D., Ph.D.
    Research and Development

    Don Bergstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

    Don spent autumn weekends in graduate school making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

  • Sarah O’Brien

    Sarah O’Brien
    Life@Relay

    Sarah O’Brien

    Sarah studied with a Pulitzer Prize poet and won her university’s top prize in poetry.

  • Olivia Orozco

    Olivia Orozco
    Biology

    Olivia Orozco

    In lieu of taking another semester of Calculus in college, Olivia learned how to play the harpsichord and joined a chamber music trio.

  • Chris Lepre, Ph.D.

    Chris Lepre, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Chris Lepre, Ph.D.

    Chris is a virtuoso with an 8-pound sledgehammer: he mastered the art of cinderblock wall demolition in his teenage years working with his father’s (de)construction company.

  • Kori Rahaim, MBA

    Kori Rahaim, MBA
    Life@Relay

    Kori Rahaim, MBA

    Kori is really good at meeting people through the internet, including her now-husband, and 4 random roommates who have become her best friends.

  • Jeremy Wilbur, Ph.D.

    Jeremy Wilbur, Ph.D.
    Structural Biology

    Jeremy Wilbur, Ph.D.

    Jeremy once successfully battled a ring-tailed cat interested in snagging his food while on the side of a 1,000ft cliff in the middle of the night.

  • Roberto Valverde, Ph.D.

    Roberto Valverde, Ph.D.
    Structural Biology

    Roberto Valverde, Ph.D.

    Roberto once spent a week in Eastern Ukraine in hiding from ex-KGB officials.

  • Hongtao Zeng

    Hongtao Zeng
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Hongtao Zeng

    Hongtao learned to play erhu (a two-stringed bowed musical instrument) touring with an orchestra performing in several regional music festivals in his home county in elementary school.

  • Annie Delgaudio

    Annie Delgaudio
    Administration

    Annie Delgaudio

    Annie is an extreme sports fan. She’s white water rafted the Colorado River, ice climbed Mt. Washington, and has been skydiving twice.

  • Demetri Moustakas, Ph.D.

    Demetri Moustakas, Ph.D.
    Computational Chemistry

    Demetri Moustakas, Ph.D.

    In 6th grade, Demetri built his first guitar amp using an old 8-track player, a soldering iron, and several subsequently burned fingers. The amp worked, and the music has only gotten louder since then.

  • Levi Pierce, Ph.D.

    Levi Pierce, Ph.D.
    Computation & Informatics

    Levi Pierce, Ph.D.

    In high school Levi launched countless flaming soccer balls from a 50′ trebuchet siege engine he constructed in his backyard.

  • Jon Weiss

    Jon Weiss
    Computation & Informatics

    Jon Weiss

    Jon earned the nickname “MacGyver”  in college when he successfully opened a wine bottle with a bobby pin.

  • Christine Cutting, M.S.

    Christine Cutting, M.S.
    Operations & Administration

    Christine Cutting, M.S.

    Christine has studied, volunteered and worked around the globe in such locations as Guatemala, Spain, Ecuador, Central Pennsylvania and Liberia collecting artwork and recipes as she goes.

  • Tom Catinazzo

    Tom Catinazzo
    Vice President, Finance

    Tom Catinazzo

    Tom is the youngest of 3 siblings and was spoiled by his Nana (she lived on the first floor of his family’s triple decker), who washed and ironed his laundry, including his underwear, until the day he left for college.

  • Deborah Palestrant, Ph.D., MBA

    Deborah Palestrant, Ph.D., MBA
    Corporate Development and Strategy

    Deborah Palestrant, Ph.D., MBA

    If you see a minivan zipping around town with a family of Star Wars characters and light-saber windshield wiper on the back, there’s a good chance it’s Deb’s.  She and her family are Star Wars fanatics.

  • Christian Klammt, Ph.D.

    Christian Klammt, Ph.D.
    Biophysics

    Christian Klammt, Ph.D.

    Since relocating from San Diego, Christian has lived by the motto ‘there’s no wrong weather, just wrong clothing.’ He continues to surf and mountain bike all year long.

  • Elizabeth Kelley, Ph.D.

    Elizabeth Kelley, Ph.D.
    Medicinal Chemistry

    Elizabeth Kelley, Ph.D.

    As a child, Beth won first place for her self-made Energizer Bunny Halloween costume. Other self-made favorites included: grapes and a sandwich.

  • Ted Peters

    Ted Peters
    Compound Management

    Ted Peters

    A childhood interest in insects led Ted to consider a career as an entomologist.  Sadly, he’s now allergic to bees.

  • Molly Schmidt, M.Eng.

    Molly Schmidt, M.Eng.
    Computation & Informatics

    Molly Schmidt, M.Eng.

    Molly once crowd surfed at a punk rock concert.

  • Bret Williams, Ph.D.

    Bret Williams, Ph.D.
    Biology

    Bret Williams, Ph.D.

    Bret played basketball on one of the only carpeted high school gym floors in the United States.

  • Brian Adams, J.D.

    General Counsel

    Brian Adams joins Relay Therapeutics as general counsel, bringing more than 15 years of legal and business management experience within the life sciences.  Mr. Adams joins the company from Keryx Biopharmaceuticals where he served as SVP, General Counsel & Secretary.   Prior to Keryx, Mr. Adams held roles in Algeta ASA, AVEO Oncology, and Genzyme Corporation. Before joining Genzyme, Mr. Adams practiced at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he advised private equity sponsors, biotech and other emerging technology companies on a broad range of corporate matters and financing transactions.  Mr. Adams received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

    Fun Fact:

    While still trying to maintain some of the discipline from his hockey playing days, Brian biggest downfall is an insatiable sweet tooth.

  • Don Bergstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

    Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development

    Don is overseeing the research and development efforts at Relay Therapeutics and shaping the portfolio of transformative medicines based on an understanding of protein motion.

    Prior to joining Relay, Dr. Bergstrom was Chief Medical Officer at Mersana Therapeutics, where he led the advancement of two products based on Mersana’s proprietary antibody-drug conjugate platform through non-clinical development and into Phase 1 clinical trials. Prior to Mersana, he was Global Head of Translational and Experimental Medicine at Sanofi Oncology.  Prior to Sanofi, Dr. Bergstrom held roles of increasing responsibility at Merck Research Laboratories, culminating in his role as Oncology Franchise Lead, Experimental Medicine.

    Dr. Bergstrom received an M.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Ph.D. from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he also completed post-doctoral training. He was a resident in clinical pathology at the University of Washington.

    Fun Fact:

    Don spent autumn weekends in graduate school making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

  • Tom Catinazzo

    Vice President, Finance

    Tom Catinazzo joins the Relay Therapeutics team from Foundation Medicine (FMI), where he was most recently Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis responsible for over-seeing all aspects of FMI’s business planning function.  Mr. Catinazzo brings over 12 years of extensive experience in the biotechnology field having worked at Aileron Therapeutics and Genzyme Corporation supporting both the Renal and Personalized Genetic Health Division.  Mr. Catinazzo received his B.S. from Boston College.

    Fun Fact:

    Tom is the youngest of 3 siblings and was spoiled by his Nana (she lived on the first floor of his family’s triple decker), who washed and ironed his laundry, including his underwear, until the day he left for college.

  • Pascal Fortin, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Pascal is Vice President, Head of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, overseeing and evolving the experimental drug discovery platform at Relay.

    Prior to Relay, Pascal served as the head of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry in Oncology at the Novartis institutes for Biomedical Research. He led a group working at the interface of biochemistry, biophysics and cellular biology, investing significant efforts towards the development of allosteric molecules modulating the function of hard-to-drug cancer targets.

    Before joining Novartis, Pascal completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where he studied the biosynthetic logic behind natural product biosynthesis. His postdoctoral work led to the discovery of a transglutaminase homologue as a condensation catalyst in antibiotic assembly lines. It also led to a great appreciation of the many ways natural small molecules modulate protein function. Pascal obtained BS in biochemistry at Laval University and obtained a PhD at the University of British Columbia, studying the enzymology underlying aromatic compounds catabolism.

    Fun Fact:

    An avid climber, Pascal would like to climb the nose of Yosemite’s El Capitan in a single day.

  • Sarah O’Brien

    Chief People Officer, Life@Relay

    Sarah is Vice President, Head of Human Resources, overseeing and evolving the strategies focused on people and culture at Relay.

    Prior to Relay, Sarah served as the Head of Human Resources for Sobi in North America where she led global initiatives connecting feedback, leadership and personal development as catalysts for driving the goals of the organization.  Sarah also spent seven year working in Human Resources leadership roles for Novartis in both Cambridge, MA and Emeryville, CA supporting Oncology, Immunotherapy and Translational Medicine.  She began her career in Human Resources after completing a management training program in Finance at Bank of New York Mellon where she became an HR Business Partner for Mellon Capital Management in San Francisco, CA.  Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire where she majored in English, Art History and Philosophy.

    Fun Fact:

    Sarah studied with a Pulitzer Prize poet and won her university’s top prize in poetry.

  • Deborah Palestrant, Ph.D., MBA

    Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy

    Deborah is Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, where she is executing our business strategy and expanding our growth opportunities, including alliances, partnerships, and other collaborations.  She brings to Relay over 13 years of life sciences industry experience including drug discovery, company creation, operations, business development, and strategy.

    Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Deborah was a lab head at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, where she advanced multiple structure based drug discovery programs.  In 2010, Deborah joined Third Rock Ventures as a senior associate and helped to build and launch Blueprint Medicines.  Upon its launch, Deborah served an interim role in operations at Blueprint Medicines.  Subsequent to her return to Third Rock Ventures, Deborah helped to conceive and launch Editas Medicine, and as part of the original founding team, she led the business development group until joining Relay Therapeutics.

    Deborah holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University, an M.B.A from Northeastern University, and was Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute.

    Fun Fact:

    If you see a minivan zipping around town with a family of Star Wars characters and light saber windshield wiper on the back, there’s a good chance it’s Deb’s.  She and her family are Star Wars Fanatics.

  • Sanjiv K. Patel, M.A., M.D., MBA

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Sanjiv Patel brings to Relay over 20 years of life sciences industry experience. Prior to Relay, Sanjiv was at Allergan for over 10 years, and played a key part in Allergan’s sustained growth and value creation over that period. Sanjiv held roles of increased responsibility, including leading Global Strategic Marketing for all franchises and general management of Allergan’s fastest growth geographic region, the Emerging Markets.

    He was most recently part of Allergan’s Executive Team, as Chief Strategy Officer and at the center of some of the industry’s largest transactions. His work with the Senior Leadership Team of Allergan defined its long-term objectives and strategy, including divestment and integration planning activities.

    Prior to Allergan, Sanjiv was a Management Consultant at Boston Consulting Group in London and he started his career as a surgeon in the U.K.’s National Health Service. Sanjiv received his M.B.A. from INSEAD, MBBS from the University of London and has a M.A. in Neurosciences from Cambridge University.

    Fun Fact:

    Sanjiv confesses that he is a terrible driver, having failed driving tests in at least two countries.

  • Pat Walters, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Computation

    Pat Walters heads the Computation & Informatics group at Relay. This group focuses on novel applications of computational methods that integrate computer simulations and experimental data to provide insights that drive drug discovery programs. Prior to joining Relay, he spent more than 20 years at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he was Global Head of Modeling & Informatics.  In this role, he served on the global research leadership team and was a part of the cystic fibrosis research steering group.

    Pat is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, and previously held similar roles with Molecular Informatics, and Letters in Drug Design & Discovery.   He continues to play an active role in the scientific community.  Pat was the Chair of the 2017 Gordon Conference on Computer-Aided Drug Design.  He has been instrumental in many community driven efforts to evaluate computational methods, including the NIH funded Drug Design Data Resource (D3R) and the American Chemical Society TDT initiative.

    Pat received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Arizona where he studied the application of artificial intelligence in conformational analysis. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked at Varian Instruments as both a chemist and a software developer. Pat received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Fun Fact:

    Pat played bass in The Colours (1980s), The Ironworkers (1990s) and One Monkey Away (2000s).

  • Jim Watters, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Biology

    Jim is Vice President of Biology, overseeing discovery and translational research activities required to advance Relay’s pipeline. Jim joined Relay from Third Rock Ventures, where he served as a Strategic Advisor in Biology.

    Prior to Relay, Jim joined Sanofi in 2010 and served as the head of Translational Medicine for Sanofi Oncology. In this capacity, Jim led a group implementing translational science across Sanofi’s Oncology portfolio. In 2004, Jim joined Merck Research Laboratories, becoming the head of molecular profiling for Merck Oncology, utilizing omics technologies and next-generation sequencing to tailor specific therapies to individual cancer patients based on their molecular profile.

    Jim holds a BS in Biology from Purdue University and a PhD in Genetics from Harvard University. Jim was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University, performing research to elucidate the relationship between human genetic variation and response to cancer therapy.

    Fun Fact:

    In college, Jim played a pickup basketball game with a future #1 overall NBA draft pick.  At that time, it became abundantly clear that Jim should focus on science.

  • Alexis Borisy

    Executive Chairman

    Alexis Borisy is a partner at Third Rock Ventures and chairman of Relay Therapeutics’ board of directors. He is a successful biotechnology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building and operating innovative science-based organizations. Alexis joined Third Rock Ventures in 2009 to focus on the formation, development and strategy of new companies. He has played key roles in launching and building several of Third Rock’s portfolio companies. He was the chairman of the board, co-founder, and interim CEO of Foundation Medicine, interim CEO of Warp Drive and Blueprint Medicines, and currently serves as a board member of Foundation Medicine, Warp Drive Bio, Blueprint Medicines, Editas Medicine, Tango Therapeutics, and Revolution Medicine.

    Prior to joining Third Rock Ventures, Alexis founded CombinatoRx in 2000, serving as its chief executive officer and bringing the company public on the NASDAQ. He has raised billions in financing and business development deals, and has authored numerous scientific papers and patents. Trained in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard where he was a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow, Alexis was honored as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review Innovator of the Year. He was also chosen as the New England Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences and was honored as a Presidential Scholar.

    Alexis’ undergraduate degree in chemistry is from the University of Chicago, and he did his graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Schreiber at Harvard University. Alexis is a trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, is a co-founder and former chairman of FORMA Therapeutics, and serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association.

    Fun Fact:

    Alexis’ first job was selling peanuts at Wisconsin Badger football games at age 14.

  • Mark Murcko, Ph.D.

    Mark Murcko, Ph.D. has directly contributed to seven marketed drugs and several others currently in mid-stage clinical trials.

    Until November 2011, Mark was chief technology officer and chair of the scientific advisory board of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he was responsible for the identification, validation and incorporation of disruptive technologies across global R&D. Mark is a co-inventor of the HCV protease inhibitor Incivek (telaprevir), as well as Agenerase (amprenavir) and Lexiva (fosamprenavir), Vertex’s two marketed drugs for the treatment of HIV. In addition, he guided the early efforts of the Vertex’s cystic fibrosis program that later produced the marketed drugs Kalydeco (ivacaftor) and Orkambi (lumacaftor / ivacaftor). He is also a co-inventor of eight other clinical candidates in the areas of cancer, inflammation/immunology and infectious disease, and was responsible for starting many of Vertex’s programs in these and other disease areas, notably leading to Vertex’s influenza drug VX-787 and cancer drug VX-970, both currently in mid-stage clinical trials.

    Prior to Vertex, Mark worked at Merck Sharpe & Dohme, where he helped discover clinical candidates against infection and cardiovascular and ocular diseases, including inhibitors of the enzyme carbonic anhydrase for the treatment of glaucoma. One of Merck’s development candidates in this area, dorzolamide, was commercialized in two products, Trusopt and the combination medicine Cosopt (dorzolamide/ timolol).  Trusopt was the first marketed drug in pharmaceutical history to result from a structure-based drug design program.

    Mark is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT.  In addition, Mark is a member of numerous scientific advisory boards and corporate boards of directors for a diverse range of organizations.  He served as the chair of the 2013 Gordon Research Conference in Medicinal Chemistry and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the GRC.  He is a co-inventor on more than 50 issued and pending patents and has co-authored more than 85 scientific articles.  Mark holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University and a B.S., summa cum laude, in chemistry and applied mathematics from Fairfield University.

    Fun Fact:

    In college, Mark once played the arcade game “Battlezone” for 3.5 hours on a single quarter and won enough bar bets to last an entire semester.

  • Sanjiv K. Patel, M.A., M.D., MBA

    Dr. Sanjiv Patel brings to Relay over 20 years of life sciences industry experience. Prior to Relay, Sanjiv was at Allergan for over 10 years, and played a key part in Allergan’s sustained growth and value creation over that period. Sanjiv held roles of increased responsibility, including leading Global Strategic Marketing for all franchises and general management of Allergan’s fastest growth geographic region, the Emerging Markets.

    He was most recently part of Allergan’s Executive Team, as Chief Strategy Officer and at the center of some of the industry’s largest transactions. His work with the Senior Leadership Team of Allergan defined its long-term objectives and strategy, including divestment and integration planning activities.

    Prior to Allergan, Sanjiv was a Management Consultant at Boston Consulting Group in London and he started his career as a surgeon in the U.K.’s National Health Service. Sanjiv received his MBA from INSEAD, MBBS from the University of London and has a M.A. in Neurosciences from Cambridge University.

    Fun Fact:

    Sanjiv confesses that he is a terrible driver, having failed driving tests in at least two countries.

  • Kanishka Pothula

    Kanishka Pothula is Managing Director at BVF Partners L.P., a San Francisco-based investment firm focused on public and private life science companies. Mr. Pothula joined BVF in 2012. Prior to joining BVF, Mr. Pothula was an Associate at BroadOak Capital Partners, a life sciences focused investment bank. Prior to BroadOak, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of California, San Diego’s Medical School conducting primary research on apoptotic modeling on T-lymphoma cancer cells. Mr. Pothula holds an M.S. in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.

    Fun Fact:

    Kanishka has watched so much tennis, cricket, rugby and Formula 1 “on mute” in the middle of the night that he truly believes he may have a second act as a color commentator on an obscure sports network.

  • Laura Shawver, Ph.D.

    Laura Shawver sees cancer from the perspective of scientist, survivor and CEO. She is an experienced Biotech executive with more than 25 years of experience in the development of drugs for cancer and other serious diseases. Laura is President, CEO and Director of Synthorx, Inc, a company developing novel biologics using semi-synthetic organisms to incorporate non-natural amino acids.  She has been CEO and Director of Cleave Biosciences since 2011 and prior to Cleave she was Entrepreneur in Residence for 5AM Ventures. From 2002 – 2010, Laura was the CEO and Director of Phenomix Corporation and President of SUGEN, Inc. from 2000 – 2002 after holding various positions since 1992. Following her own diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer in 2006, she founded the non-profit organization, The Clearity Foundation, to help other women battling the disease access molecular profiling and improve treatment options. Laura has also served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Stand Up To Cancer since 2008 and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Ideaya Biosciences. Laura received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a B.S. degree in Microbiology, both from the University of Iowa.

    Fun Fact:

    Laura has loved science from an early age and came very close to blowing up her high school chemistry lab. Thankfully, it was rescued by the fire department.  When not engaged in an experiment, Laura surfs at various southern California beaches.

  • Markus Warmuth, M.D.

    Dr. Markus Warmuth currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of H3 Biomedicine and is responsible for the overall scientific and business direction of the company. Markus joined H3 shortly after inception and has since built it into a clinical stage biotech company, pursuing data science driven drug discovery.

    Prior to joining H3 in 2011, Markus was Head of Oncology Drug Discovery for the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR), Cambridge (U.S.) Site where he led a significant portion of NIBR’s global oncology drug discovery portfolio. From 2002 to April 2008, he served as Director of Kinase Biology, Head of the Oncology Pharmacology Program and as a member of the Research and Drug Discovery Steering Committee for the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), San Diego. While at GNF and NIBR he lead groups involved in now approved drugs such as Ceritinib and Ribociclib.

    Markus received his doctorate in medicine from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany, where he trained in Internal medicine and oncology.

    Markus has served on the SAB of Keystone Symposia and currently serves on the SRB of the Starr Cancer Consortium.

    Fun Fact:

    When Markus was 28 years old he was involved in starting up a company in Germany. To appear more senior to investors he decided to dye his hair grey. Unfortunately, they came out purple, which didn’t help his credibility with investors. However, a few days later he got to know his wife, Cindy.