Jay Lichter, Ph.D.

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Jay Lichter, Ph.D. has served on our board of directors since May 2008 and Chairman of our board of directors since August 2015. Dr. Lichter served as our Chief Executive Officer from inception until November 2010. Dr. Lichter is currently Chief Executive Officer of Avelas BioSciences and Fortis, both private biotechnology companies. He is an experienced biotechnology and pharmaceutical business executive with over 25 years of experience in management, scientific research and business development. Since 2007, Dr. Lichter has been a Managing Director at Avalon Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on information technology and life sciences. In that role, he led Avalon’s investments in public companies Synthorx, Inc. and Aratana Therepeutics, Inc., and served as a director and Chief Executive Officer for several privately-held biotechnology companies. He previously served on the board of directors of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., a public pharmaceutical company, from December 2010 to August 2015, and currently serves on the board of directors of Synthorx, Inc., a biotechnology company. Dr. Lichter also led Avalon’s investments in or currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies, including AristaMD, Fortis Therapeutics, Inc., Avelas BioSciences, Inc., COI Pharmaceuticals Inc., Sitari Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Sova Pharmaceuticals, Inc., among other life science companies. Dr. Lichter received a Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He also completed post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University and Du Pont Merck Pharmaceutical Company.

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