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

  • 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!

  • Hakan Gunaydin, Ph.D.

    Hakan Gunaydin, Ph.D.
    Computation

    Hakan Gunaydin, Ph.D.

    Hakan is known to put his wetsuit on inside out for good luck when surfing at night.

  • David Lanzetta

    David Lanzetta
    Nonclinical Operations

    David Lanzetta

    David spent a semester at college in New Mexico taking classes in wilderness survival and caving.

  • 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.

  • Joy Fletcher

    Joy Fletcher
    Lab Operations & Facilities

    Joy Fletcher

    As a child while visiting Seaworld with her family, Joy was bitten by a stingray. She is probably the reason your kids aren’t allowed to touch them now.

  • Megan Bonney, Ph. D.

    Megan Bonney, Ph. D.
    Biology

    Megan Bonney, Ph. D.

    As a result of numerous dislocations during years as a soccer goalie, Megan’s left shoulder is held together by metal stitches (though thankfully not enough to set off a metal detector).

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Gaauri Naik, M. Sc.

    Gaauri Naik, M. Sc.
    Pharmaceutics

    Gaauri Naik, M. Sc.

    Gaauri has a family who doesn’t shy away from singing in the car. So next time you hear the song “The Fox (what does the fox say)” at a traffic light, its probably her kids singing in the car…herself included.

  • Randy Kipp, Ph.D.

    Randy Kipp, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry

    Randy Kipp, Ph.D.

    Randy can recite Les Miserables in its entirety.

  • Mahesh Padval, Ph.D.

    Mahesh Padval, Ph.D.
    Pharmaceutical Drug Development

    Mahesh Padval, Ph.D.

    Mahesh still has 500+ CD’s in his music collection covering Classical, Jazz, rock, dance, alternate, POP, instrumental, and world music.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dejan Maglic, Ph.D.

    Dejan Maglic, Ph.D.
    Biology

    Dejan Maglic, Ph.D.

    Growing up, Dejan and his childhood friends trained in table tennis. Some of his friends went on to compete at the World Cup Table Tennis championship. Dejan is always up for a pickup game.

  • Zahra Ammar

    Zahra Ammar
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Zahra Ammar

    Zahra used to camp every summer with her family at the beach. From these camping trips, she built her love for swimming and wanted to be a lifeguard.

  • Brandi Hudson, Ph.D.

    Brandi Hudson, Ph.D.
    Computational Chemistry

    Brandi Hudson, Ph.D.

    A huge Harry Potter fan, Brandi has visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 4 times in the span of 6 years and even had the opportunity to meet Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) for an autograph!

  • Stacey Gearin

    Stacey Gearin
    Lab Operations & Facilities

    Stacey Gearin

    Stacey has a three-legged cat named Luke Triwalker.

  • Kathryn Middleman

    Kathryn Middleman
    Administration

    Kathryn Middleman

    Kathryn studied Opera and Jazz singing in college.

  • Klaus Michelson, M. Sc.

    Klaus Michelson, M. Sc.
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Klaus Michelson, M. Sc.

    Living in Mexico for three years during his childhood, Klaus was the champion of a chili pepper eating contest with the neighborhood kids.

  • Mary Mader, Ph.D.

    Mary Mader, Ph.D.
    Chemistry

    Mary Mader, Ph.D.

    In college, Mary’s weekend and summer job was delivering balloon bouquets while dressed as a clown.

  • Anneli Matheson

    Anneli Matheson
    Administration

    Anneli Matheson

    Anneli’s first job at the age of 15 was teaching private piano lessons, and her favorite student was her Grandmother.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ermira Pazolli, Ph.D.

    Ermira Pazolli, Ph.D.
    Biology

    Ermira Pazolli, Ph.D.

    Ermira worked for an NGO during her last summer in high school. She interviwed refugees from Kosovo.

  • 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.

  • Jason Baird

    Jason Baird
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Jason Baird

    Jason spent half a summer reroofing his parents house. He enjoyed the workout from hauling 50 pound bags of sand and shingles up and down a ladder in the summer heat but is glad he stuck with science.

  • Matt Delaney

    Matt Delaney
    Finance

    Matt Delaney

    Despite being fully aware of how goofy he looks in spandex, Matt enjoys cycling and is specifically passionate about the Pan Mass Challenge Ride every August in support of Cancer Research.

  • Brian Webb

    Brian Webb
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Brian Webb

    Brian lived in a tent for two months on Paradise Divide outside of Crested Butte, Colorado to save money before grad school.

  • Greg Lahue

    Greg Lahue
    Human Resources

    Greg Lahue

    After his knees begged him to stop running track in high school, her took up golf, mostly because he wanted to drive a golf cart. Eventually he taught himself to play well enough to compete at the collegiate level.

  • 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!).

  • Erin Wilson, Ph.D.

    Erin Wilson, Ph.D.
    Pharmaceutics

    Erin Wilson, Ph.D.

    Erin grew up on a farm and showed cattle for 10 years.

  • Matt Zubrowski

    Matt Zubrowski
    Biology

    Matt Zubrowski

    Matt volunteered as an EMT while in college. On one overnight shift he helped deliver a baby in the back of an ambulance.

  • Kamil Bruderek

    Kamil Bruderek
    Biology

    Kamil Bruderek

    Kamil has been to over 100 concerts in his life and is slowly crossing artists off his bucket list.

  • Artemisa Bulku

    Artemisa Bulku
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Artemisa Bulku

    The first time moving to the States, Artemisa accidentally exited the airport without her luggage or any form of ID and was trapped in Zurich without any entry plan back into the airport.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rob Morse

    Rob Morse
    IT

    Rob Morse

    As a youth, Rob grew up on a farm and spent much of his time in the swamp trying to catch frogs.

  • Tony Garcia

    Tony Garcia
    Computation

    Tony Garcia

    Tony lived in 4 different countries (USA, Spain, England, and Portugal) by the time he was 10 years old.

  • Kevin Raynor

    Kevin Raynor
    Chemistry

    Kevin Raynor

    Kevin has tried Espresso from 15 different countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia. The best was from a small café bar in Milan called Bar Pasticceria Rovida.

  • Patrick O’Hearn

    Patrick O’Hearn
    DMPK

    Patrick O’Hearn

    After college, Patrick spent over a month living out of a Chevy Suburban traveling the US by car.

  • 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.

  • Joann Prescott-Roy

    Joann Prescott-Roy
    Computation

    Joann Prescott-Roy

    Joann owns an anvil and at least twenty different specialized hammers because she is also a silversmith. She specializes in forging as well as anticlastic and synclastic forming.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rausan Battle

    Rausan Battle
    Lab Facilities

    Rausan Battle

    Rausan coaches AAU basketball and has lead his team to 18 championships.

  • Arno Venter, Ph.D.

    Arno Venter, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Arno Venter, Ph.D.

    Arno and his wife’s decision to get married at the foot of the grand staircase in the oldest theater on the continent of Africa landed them in the local newspaper.

  • Hanmo Zhang, Ph.D.

    Hanmo Zhang, Ph.D.
    Chemistry

    Hanmo Zhang, Ph.D.

    Hanmo was an avid soccer fan in college. He watched almost every La Liga match that FC Barcelona played during the season of 2004-2005.

  • Imogen Pryce, Ph.D.

    Imogen Pryce, Ph.D.
    Strategy and Corporate Affairs

    Imogen Pryce, Ph.D.

    Imogen was once an aspiring professional ultimate frisbee player. Unfortunately, her height and her clumsiness squashed her dreams of making it to the big league. She does, however, still play on the weekends.

  • Songping Zhao

    Songping Zhao
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Songping Zhao

    Scuba diving ranks high on Songping’s bucket list.

  • Jonathan LaRochelle, Ph.D.

    Jonathan LaRochelle, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Jonathan LaRochelle, Ph.D.

    Jonathan’s most adrenaline-packed experience took place while hiking up a mountain in northern Colorado, where he came face-to-face with a full-grown blonde bear.

  • 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.

  • Annie Delgaudio

    Annie Delgaudio
    People Operations and 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.

  • Kevin Wang, Ph.D.

    Kevin Wang, Ph.D.
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Kevin Wang, Ph.D.

    Kevin sold cutlery in high school where he once managed to finish the pitch after a self-inflicted injury. Net sales that day: $0.

  • Molly Schmidt, M.Eng.

    Molly Schmidt, M.Eng.
    Computation & Informatics

    Molly Schmidt, M.Eng.

    Molly once crowd surfed at a punk rock concert.

  • 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.

  • Tom McLean, J.D., Ph.D.

    Tom McLean, J.D., Ph.D.
    Intellectual Property

    Tom McLean, J.D., Ph.D.

    Despite not having any interest in either cars or soccer. Tom is currently obsessed with the car soccer video game Rocket League.

  • Tom Catinazzo

    Tom Catinazzo
    Finance

    Tom Catinazzo

    Tom is the youngest of three siblings and did not do one load of laundry till the day he left for college!

  • 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.

  • Yutong Zhao

    Yutong Zhao
    Computation

    Yutong Zhao

    Yutong routinely makes Sichuan food so spicey that he ends up not being able to eat any of it.

  • Katelyn Connell

    Katelyn Connell
    Biochemistry & Biophysics

    Katelyn Connell

    When Katelyn was 16 she was hit with a rare autoimmune disorder that left me temporarily paralyzed. (It was followed by a full recovery!)

  • Alyssa Speranza

    Alyssa Speranza
    Finance

    Alyssa Speranza

    Alyssa worked at a small pizza restaurant for 6 years throughout high school and college and she never once got sick of eating the pizza.

  • 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.

  • Bobby Pagos

    Bobby Pagos
    Finance

    Bobby Pagos

    Bobby and his brother once wore all the clothes in their carry-on’s allowing enough room to stuff other traveler’s bags into ours, averting an international vacation disaster.

  • 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.

  • Tim Hopper

    Tim Hopper
    Computation

    Tim Hopper

    Tim secretly kept a turtle in his dorm room at Northeastern for 3 years before giving her away to live on a farm.

  • Sherri Smith

    Sherri Smith
    DMPK

    Sherri Smith

    Sherri hitchhiked roundtrip Brockton to Worcester in winter at age 15 to see Duran Duran. Smuggled in camera, made it to front row! No Darwin award yet.

  • 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’.

  • Nick Pabon, Ph.D.

    Nick Pabon, Ph.D.
    Computation

    Nick Pabon, Ph.D.

    Nick is a tattoo fanatic. He’s traveled to Brooklyn, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, and Tokyo to be tattooed by his favorite artists. He’s quickly running out of empty skin.

  • Chris Owen

    Chris Owen
    Biology

    Chris Owen

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Hamel

    Amanda Hamel
    Biology

    Amanda Hamel

    Amanda spent a summer during college studying photography and art in Italy. She often chose her photography locations based on their proximity to her favorite gelato shops.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Katie Otto

    Katie Otto
    Legal

    Katie Otto

    Though she’s known for being quite cautious generally, snowmobiling has stolen Katie’s heart. You can find her speeding through the Green Mountains of Vermont on any given winter weekend.

  • 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.

  • Isabelle Mieling, M.Sc.

    Isabelle Mieling, M.Sc.
    Computation

    Isabelle Mieling, M.Sc.

    Isabelle has two scars under her chin from two separate falls while ice skating, which happened 7 years apart.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 three siblings and did not do one load of laundry till the day he left for college!

  • Pascal Fortin, Ph.D.

    Senior Vice President, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Pascal is Senior 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.

  • Mary Mader, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Chemistry

    Dr. Mader brings a long track record of drug discovery experience to Relay Therapeutics. She joins the company from Eli Lilly and Company, where she contributed to the development of multiple clinical candidates and held roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as a research fellow and group leader. Prior to Eli Lilly, Dr. Mader was a visiting research scientist at the Bayer Research Center and an associate professor at Grinnell College. Dr. Mader received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and her Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University.

    Fun Fact:

    In college, Mary’s weekend and summer job was delivering balloon bouquets while dressed as a clown.

  • Mahesh Padval, Ph.D.

    Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Drug Development

    Prior to joining Relay Therapeutics, Dr. Padval was vice president of pharmaceutical sciences and product development at Verastem, Inc. There, he was responsible for preclinical development, CMC, and clinical pharmacology activities in support of company’s development programs through non-clinical, clinical development and regulatory filings, including the recent approval and commercial launch of COPIKTRA™. Prior to Verastem, Dr. Padval held roles of increasing responsibility at Zalicus, Inc., culminating in his role as vice president of preclinical development and formulations. Dr. Padval also held roles at Charles River Discovery and Development Services and Genzyme Transgenics Corporation. Dr. Padval received his Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Bombay, India.

    Fun Fact:

    Mahesh still has 500+ CD’s in his music collection covering Classical, Jazz, rock, dance, alternate, POP, instrumental, and world music.

  • 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.

  • Imogen Pryce, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs

    Prior to joining Relay Therapeutics, Dr. Pryce worked in Corporate Strategy at Shire Pharmaceuticals. There, she managed and contributed to multiple projects ranging from whole company initiatives to targeted efforts within specific therapeutic areas and functions. Prior to joining Shire, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where she was a core member of the health care practice area. She advised senior client teams on a number of topics, including corporate strategy, M&A due diligence and R&D portfolio prioritization. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University.

    Fun Fact:

    Imogen was once an aspiring professional ultimate frisbee player. Unfortunately, her height and her clumsiness squashed her dreams of making it to the big league. She does, however, still play on the weekends.

  • Pat Walters, Ph.D.

    Senior 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.

    Senior Vice President, Biology

    Jim is Senior 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 chairman of Relay Therapeutics’ board of directors. He is a leading biotechnology entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience building, operating and investing in innovative science-based companies to make a positive difference in the world. Alexis co-founded Foundation Medicine, served as its first CEO, and then chairman, remaining on the board until the $5 billion acquisition by Roche. He also co-founded Blueprint Medicines, served as interim CEO, and continues to serve on the board. As a partner at Third Rock Ventures for a decade, Alexis played key roles in launching and building several portfolio companies. He was a founding investor for Editas and Magenta Therapeutics; founding investor and chairman of Tango Therapeutics; founding investor and chairman of Celsius Therapeutics; and an investor in REVOLUTION Medicines, Insitro and Thrive Earlier Detection, among others.

     

    Alexis founded his first company, CombinatoRx, when he was in his 20s, serving as its chief executive officer and bringing the company public on the NASDAQ. He has been involved in countless financing and business development deals and has authored numerous scientific papers and patents. Graduate 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 is currently vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Boston Museum of Science, has served on the board of BIO, and served as the chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.

     

    Alexis holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago and did his graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Schreiber at Harvard University.

    Fun Fact:

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

  • Linda A. Hill, Ph.D.

    Dr. Hill is the author of several leadership books and articles on leadership and innovation, including Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. Her research focuses on building innovative organizations and ecosystems and the role of the board in governing innovation. She is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Business Publishing and the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc. Dr. Hill serves on the board of trustees of the Art College of Design and serves on the advisory board of Eight, Inc., the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the American Repertory Theater. Dr. Hill co-founded Paradox Strategies, a leadership research and advisory firm, and consults in the areas of leadership development, talent management, leading change and innovation, and managing cross-organizational relationships. Organizations with which Dr. Hill has worked include General Electric, IBM, MasterCard, Salesforce.com and The World Economic Forum. Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences and a M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship from Harvard Business School.

    Fun Fact:

    Linda flunked kindergarten (but she loved it).  Linda’s mother shared this news with her for the first time when she came to visit one of her MBA classes and they asked her for a fun fact.

  • Douglas S. Ingram

    Douglas S. Ingram is president and chief executive officer of Sarepta Therapeutics and brings to Relay Therapeutics a wealth of experience, having spent more than 20 years in executive and operational roles across the biotech and pharma industry. He was appointed to his current role in 2017, and also serves as a member of the Sarepta Therapeutics’ board of directors. Prior to Sarepta, from December 2015 until November 2016, he served as the president, chief executive officer and director of Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Chase Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Ingram was at Allergan, Inc. from 2001 until it was acquired by Actavis in 2015 for $66 billion. He served as Allergan’s president from 2013 until Allergan’s acquisition and previously served in various roles including president, Europe, Africa and Middle East; chief administrative officer; and general counsel. Mr. Ingram holds a J.D. from the University of Arizona and a B.S. from Arizona State University.

    Fun Fact:

    One of Doug’s earliest jobs was as a disc jockey – it was clearly not his calling but he fully embraced the Saturday Night fever vibe required.

  • Steven Kafka, Ph.D.

    Dr. Kafka was most recently president and chief operating officer and formerly chief business officer at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a company dedicated to transforming cancer care by identifying molecular alterations in each patient’s unique cancer and matching them with potential targeted therapies and immunotherapies. In these roles, Dr. Kafka was responsible for the biopharmaceutical and clinical businesses and had significant impacts on growing revenue and scaling operations for the core businesses, launching products, expanding the product to a global scale, driving key business development relationships and financing the company. Prior to joining Foundation Medicine, Dr. Kafka served in executive roles at oncology drug discovery and development companies including as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Aileron Therapeutics, and vice president of finance for Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kafka earned a B.A. with distinction and honors in economics and political science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University.

    Fun Fact:

    Steve joined the Local Food Workers’ Union at age 16 as an employee in the produce department of the Rainbow Foods grocery store in his town, where he learned a failsafe method for judging the ripeness of melons.

  • 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.

  • Deep Nishar

    Deep Nishar has more than 20 years of experience helping to build and grow successful companies. He is currently a senior managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, where some of his representative investments include Guardant Health, Vir, Zymergen, 10X Genomics, Collective Health, and Slack. Prior to Softbank, he joined LinkedIn in 2009, and served as the senior vice president of products and user experience until 2014. Before LinkedIn, Mr. Nishar worked at Google from 2003 to 2009, where he held a number of senior executive roles, including heading the mobile products division and product strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. He holds an MBA with highest honors (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, a MSEE from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B. Tech with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology. Mr. Nishar has co-authored fourteen patents and is also a recipient of the Google Founders Award which is given to employees who make extraordinary contributions to the company.

    Fun Fact:

    Once upon a time, Deep trained to drive eighteen wheeler trucks. This included being able to do a 3-point turn with a 80-ft tractor trailer.

  • 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.

  • 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.