Board of Directors
Paul A. Friedman, M.D.
Paul has served as Executive Chairman since October 2014 and as a director since January 2014. From 2001 to January 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Incyte Corporation, a public biotechnology company, and he served as President of Incyte from 2004 to January 2014. From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Friedman was President of DuPont Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company (formerly The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company), from 1994 to 1998 he served as President of Research and Development of The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, and from 1991 to 1994 he served as Senior Vice President at Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to his work at Merck and DuPont, Dr. Friedman was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Friedman is a director of Incyte, public biopharmaceutical companies Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Durata Therapeutics, Inc. and private biopharmaceutical company Gliknik, Inc. Dr. Friedman was a director of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated from 2004 until its acquisition in 2007 and was a director of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 2008 until its acquisition in June 2008. Dr. Friedman received his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
William H. Rastetter, Ph.D.
Lead Independent Director
Bill has served as a director since January 2014 and as lead independent director since April 2014. He is a Co-Founder of Receptos, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he has been a director and Chairman of the Board since May 2009 and was Acting Chief Executive Officer from May 2009 to November 2010. Dr. Rastetter served as a Partner at the venture capital firm of Venrock Associates from 2006 to February 2013. Prior to his tenure with Venrock, Dr. Rastetter was Executive Chairman of Biogen Idec, from the merger of the two companies (Biogen and Idec Pharmaceuticals) in 2003 through the end of 2005. He joined Idec Pharmaceuticals in 1986 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Idec, he was Director of Corporate Ventures at Genentech, Inc. and served as well in a scientific capacity at Genentech. Dr. Rastetter also serves as the Chairman of public life sciences companies Illumina, Inc., Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. and Fate Therapeutics Inc. and as a director of Regulus Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Rastetter has held various faculty positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University and is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Dr. Rastetter holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Alan L. Crane
Alan is one of Cerulean’s co-founders and has served as a member of our board of directors since 2006. Alan served as Chairman from 2009 to 2014. From our founding until 2009, Mr. Crane served as Cerulean’s Chief Executive Officer. Currently, he is a general partner at Polaris Venture Partners and was a Venture Partner at Polaris from 2002 until 2009. From 2002 until 2006, Mr. Crane was President and Chief Executive Officer of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. Mr. Crane serves on the boards of privately held life sciences companies Visterra, Inc., T2 Biosystems, Inc., Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc., Calorics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., XTuit Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Vaccinex, Inc. Previously, he served on the boards of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Glaxo SmithKline), Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb), and Hydra Biosciences. Mr. Crane received his B.A., M.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Steven E. Hall, Ph.D.
Steven has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Dr. Hall has served as a venture partner at Lilly Ventures, the venture capital arm of Eli Lilly and Company, since 2009. Prior to joining Lilly Ventures, from 2003 to 2008, Dr. Hall was Senior Vice President, Research and Development, at Serenex, Inc., a biotechnology company (acquired by Pfizer), where he was also a co-founder. From 1994 to 2003, Dr. Hall held multiple positions, including Site Director, Sphinx Labs, Eli Lilly. Dr. Hall is the author of more than 40 papers and 60 patents. Dr. Hall currently sits on the boards of privately held life sciences companies FORMA Therapeutics, Inc., Esanex, Inc., Nimbus Discovery, LLC and Hydra Biosciences, Inc., and on the board of crowdsourcing service provider InnoCentive, Inc. Dr. Hall received his B.S. in chemistry from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Susan L. Kelley, M.D.
Susan has served as a director since October 2014. Dr. Kelley has been developing drugs in oncology and immunology for over 25 years. From 2008 to 2011, she was Chief Medical Officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium and its sister organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. From 2001 to 2008, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Bayer-Schering Pharma, including Vice President, Global Clinical Development and Therapeutic Area Head – Oncology, where she led the Bayer team responsible for the development and worldwide regulatory approval of Nexavar® (sorafenib), including a renal cell carcinoma indication. She also held positions of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Oncology and Immunology drug development from 1987 to 2001. She was a Fellow in Medical Oncology and Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and a Fellow in Medical Oncology and Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, where she also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Kelley currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of ArQule and Alchemia, oncology-focused biotechnology companies. Dr. Kelley received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine.
William T. McKee
William has served as a director since January 2014. Mr. McKee served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at EKR Therapeutics, Inc., a private specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2010 until 2012 when EKR was sold to Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., a public pharmaceutical company. Until 2010, Mr. McKee served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barr Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, a generic pharmaceutical company, and the successor entity to Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public specialty pharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Teva in 2008. Mr. McKee was also Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barr prior to its acquisition by Teva, after having served in positions of increasing responsibility at Barr from 1995 until its acquisition. Prior to joining Barr, Mr. McKee served as Director of International Operations and Vice President-Finance at Absolute Entertainment, Inc., a private developer and marketer of entertainment software, from 1993 until 1994. From 1990 until 1993, Mr. McKee worked at Gramkow & Carnevale, CPA’s, an accounting firm, and from 1983 until 1990, he worked at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. McKee serves on the board of directors of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public specialty biopharmaceutical company. Mr. McKee received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
David Parkinson, M.D.
David has served as a director since October 2014. Dr. Parkinson is a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). From 2007 until 2012, Dr. Parkinson served as President and CEO of Nodality, a South San Francisco-based biotechnology company focused on the biological characterization of signaling pathways in patients with malignancy to enable more effective therapeutics development and clinical decision-making. Prior to 2007, Dr. Parkinson was senior vice president of Oncology Research and Development at Biogen Idec, vice president of Oncology Development at Amgen and vice president of Global Clinical Oncology Development at Novartis. Dr. Parkinson also worked at the National Cancer Institute from 1990 to 1997, serving as chief of the Investigational Drug Branch, then as acting associate director of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. He has also held academic positions at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas and New England Medical Center of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Parkinson is a past chairman of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Biologics Advisory Committee and is a recipient of the FDA’s Cody Medal. He is a past president of the International Society of Biological Therapy, and past editor of the Journal of Immunotherapy. He currently serves on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine. He has recently completed a term on the FDA’s Science Board as well as a term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). He continues to serve as Chairman of the AACR Finance Committee. Dr. Parkinson received his M.D. as gold medalist from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1977, with Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology training in Montreal at McGill University and in Boston at New England Medical Center.
Ram Sasisekharan, Ph.D.
Ram is one of Cerulean’s co-founders and has served as a consultant and as a member of our board of directors since 2006. Dr. Sasisekharan has been a Professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1996 and is Director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology and Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Biological Engineering & Health Sciences & Technology and also a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Dr. Sasisekharan founded Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Visterra, Inc., and he serves on the board of directors of Visterra, Inc. Dr. Sasisekharan’s research on complex polysaccharides has led to over 125 publications and over 50 patents, including the core technologies of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has won both the Burroughs Wellcome and Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Awards and was the recipient of the 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 CaPCure Awards from the CaPCure Foundation. Dr. Sasisekharan serves on the steering committee of the Consortium for Functional Glycomics. Dr. Sasisekharan received his B.S. in Physical Sciences from Bangalore University, his M.S. in Biophysics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School.
Robert I. Tepper, M.D.
Robert has served as a member of our board of directors since 2006. Dr. Tepper has over 25 years of experience building and operating leading research and development operations. Dr. Tepper co-founded Third Rock Ventures, L.P. in March 2007 and focuses on the formation, development and scientific strategy of its portfolio companies, as well as actively identifying and evaluating new investments. Prior to joining Third Rock Ventures, L.P., from 2003 to 2007, Dr. Tepper served as President of Research and Development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Before joining Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 1994, he served as principal investigator in the laboratory of tumor biology at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Dr. Tepper is also a founder and former member of the scientific advisory board of Cell Genesys/Abgenix. Dr. Tepper serves as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and is an advisory board member of several leading healthcare institutions, including the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. Dr. Tepper is a board member of private life sciences companies Alcresta, Inc., Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Constellation Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as well as public biopharmaceutical company bluebird bio Inc., and is also on the board of overseers at Tufts University. Dr. Tepper holds an A.B. in biochemistry from Princeton University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.