Luke Evnin, Ph.D.
Luke Evnin is managing director of MPM Capital, a venture firm dedicated to life sciences investing. Dr. Evnin co-founded MPM’s asset management business in 1997 to launch MPM’s first venture fund and established the San Francisco office for the firm in 1999. Previously, Dr. Evnin was at Accel Partners for over seven years including four as a General Partner. At Accel Partners, he was involved in biopharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare service companies for Accel’s funds III, IV and V. Dr. Evnin earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California-San Francisco, and he received his A.B. in Molecular Biology magna cum laude from Princeton University. He serves on the External Advisory Board for QB3, the Advisory Board for Mission Bay Capital (the internal venture investment vehicle for QB3), the External Advisory Board for the Lewis Sigler Institute of Quantitative Genomics at Princeton, and is the Chairman of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
Christian Richard is an SVP, Research at Tekla Capital Management LLC, an advisor for four healthcare-focused closed-end investment funds since March of 2015. Previously, Mr. Richard was a Partner/Head of Research for Merlin Biomed Private Equity/Merlin Nexus for 12 years. Merlin Nexus is a cross-over life sciences fund focused on negotiated transactions in both late-stage private and public companies. Prior to Merlin Nexus, Mr. Richard spent five years in the Allergy/Immunology Group at the Schering-Plough Research Institute. He has a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Purchase College and both an M.S. in Biochemistry and an M.B.A. in Finance from NYU. Mr. Richard is also on the board of Bioclin Therapeutics, Inc. and was formerly on the Board of Merus N.V. as an observer.
Vinay Bhaskar, Ph.D.
Vinay Bhaskar, Ph.D., joined MPM in 2016 after leading External R&D for the Oncology therapeutic area at Amgen. In this role, Vin was instrumental in forging collaborations with companies such as Kite Pharma, Merck and Xencor. During this time he also led internal immuno-oncology strategy discussions and served as executive sponsor and/or board observer for several Amgen Ventures investments, including Surface Oncology, Precision BioSciences and Tizona Therapeutics, a company founded by MPM. Vin joined Amgen through its acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where he led preclinical search, evaluation and diligence for licensing and acquisition opportunities on the Asset Acquisition Team.
Prior to joining Onyx, Vin held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in Discovery Research at Portola Pharmaceuticals, XOMA, PDL Biopharma and Eos Biotechnology. In these roles, he initiated and led multiple preclinical project teams and functional groups focused on biologies that spanned oncology, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. Through these endeavors, Vin has gained broad expertise across all phases of drug discovery, early development and process sciences. Vin holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA and a B.S. in Biochemistry from UC Davis.
Florian Fischer, Ph.D.
Dr. Fischer joined Affimed in 2005 as CFO on a part-time basis. Since September 2014, Dr. Fischer is fulltime employed by Affimed. He has a strong track record in various Biotech/MedTech executive positions, as lead advisor in a variety of transactions and financings in the life sciences and healthcare sector.
Dr. Fischer is founder of MedVenture Partners – a corporate finance and strategy advisory company focusing on the life sciences and healthcare industry. Dr. Fischer was Chief Financial Officer of Activaero GmbH from 2002 until 2011 and responsible for corporate development until the acquisition by Vectura in 2014. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Vivendy Ltd. from 2008 until 2013 and as managing director of AbCheck in 2009.
Prior to founding MedVenture Partners, Dr. Fischer worked with KPMG for more than six years until 2002, where he was responsible for biotech and healthcare assignments. Before joining KPMG, he worked for Deutsche Bank AG. Dr. Fischer is also a Director of Amphivena.
He holds a graduate degree in business administration from Humboldt University, Berlin and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Bielefeld.
Jeanmarie Guenot, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Jeanmarie Guenot, Ph.D. has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She has worked at both public and private companies, and across research and development, corporate development and venture capital. Among her achievements are several noteworthy bio-pharma mergers/acquisitions and licensing deals. Her experience spans small molecules and proteins and a variety of therapeutic areas including inflammation, autoimmune disease, oncology, cardiology, metabolic diseases, ophthalmology and neurology. She has more recently focused in immuno-oncology and specifically, in T cell engagement and bi-specific antibody drug development. Since 2013, Dr. Guenot has been the President & CEO of Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage company developing a novel CD33 x CD3 bispecific antibody therapeutic for acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. She also co-founded Harpoon Therapeutics in 2015 and was its founding CEO and President. She co-founded Maverick Therapeutics in 2016, a spinout of Harpoon, and executed a build-to-buy deal with Takeda in January 2017 which comprised $125 million in funding including R&D support, option fee and equity investment.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Guenot co- founded, built and ran SKS Ocular, a start-up ophthalmic company incubator, focused on dry AMD, sustained release ocular drug delivery technologies and therapeutics for glaucoma, macular degeneration and ocular inflammation. She was a business advisor for Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel and Shanghai, and she was Vice President of Corporate & Business Development at PDL BioPharma, where she led licensing, mergers and acquisitions and alliance management for PDL’s R&D and commercial product portfolios. She led and negotiated the Biogen Idec-PDL 50:50 co-development and co-commercialization strategic collaboration, which involved three Phase 2 cancer and autoimmune disease drug candidates. This $800 M transaction included a $100 M equity investment in PDL and a therapeutic candidate with indications split between Biogen Idec/PDL and Hoffmann-La Roche. She also licensed the ophthalmic indication for the oncology drug to Ophthotech. She has portfolio, project and alliance management experience in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, neurology and ophthalmic diseases.
Dr. Guenot started her business career at Atlas Venture, where she managed venture capital investments and built life science companies. She started her scientific career as a principal scientist in Preclinical R&D at Hoffmann-La Roche, discovering and developing drugs for metabolic diseases, inflammation, autoimmune diseases and oncology. Dr. Guenot trained in physical and medicinal chemistry, with a focus in quantum mechanical and semi-empirical methods for molecular dynamics, protein structure prediction, X-ray and NMR refinement and drug design. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.