May 8, 2018

About Us

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Team

Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Amy Schulman

Amy Schulman is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where she teaches Legal and Corporate Accountability. Ms. Schulman joined Polaris Partners in 2014, simultaneously assuming the role of CEO of Arsia Therapeutics, a company acquired by Eagle Pharmaceuticals in 2016. In 2015, Ms. Schulman co-founded Lyndra, where she is CEO. She became CEO and Executive Chair of Olivo Laboratories in 2017, which sold its cosmetic business to Shiseido in 2018, and serves as Executive Chair of SQZ Biotech.

Prior to joining Polaris, Schulman was the general counsel of Pfizer, president of Pfizer Nutrition, and ran Pfizer consumer healthcare after the nutrition business was sold to Nestle in 2012. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: Scientific American’s “2015 Worldview 100 List”, Fierce Biotech’s 2014 “Top 15 Women in Biotech”, and Fortune Magazine’s 2013 “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”. She serves on the Board of Directors of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and the Whitehead Institute.

Co-Founder / Chief Scientific Officer

Andrew Bellinger

Andrew co-founded Lyndra and serves as its Chief Scientific Officer. He studied biophysics at Princeton and applied mathematics at NYU. He received a PhD from Columbia University studying mechanisms of calcium signaling in skeletal and cardiac muscle while developing novel therapies to treat muscular dystrophies. He has an MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and completed clinical training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and in cardiovascular disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and in cardiovascular medicine and continues to see patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He led the development of the original Lyndra drug delivery technology while working at MIT with Dr. Robert Langer.

Chief Operating Officer

Jessica Ballinger

Jessica is a global drug and medical device executive with a proven ability to identify and respond to unmet patient needs and market opportunities. Prior to joining Lyndra, Jessica led organizations at Pfizer and Biogen focused on product design and commercialization, leveraging her strong technical background with expert organizational skills. Her passion for the patient drives innovative solutions and establishes or revitalizes value for patients and payers through new product launches. She has delivered new products in brands such as Genetropin®, Somatotropin®, Xalatan®, Avonex®, Plegridy®, Zynbryta®, Eloctate®, and Alprolix® and overseen product design in therapeutic areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolism, immunology, allergy and respiratory, hematology, and rare diseases.

Chief Engineering Officer

Raymond Knox

Prior to joining Lyndra in 2016 Ray has worked in the Medical device industry for 28 years in the design, development and manufacturing of medical devices. Ray was VP of Manufacturing at 480 Biomedical, developing a novel bioresorbable drug eluting scaffold for the SFA. Ray has worked as the vice president of quality assurance and clinical quality at Boston Scientific, where he was responsible for the development of quality systems for the clinical organization, re-creation of post-market surveillance processes and development of analytical infrastructure for the successful product TAXUS®. Additionally, Ray has worked with Ximedica, Becton Dickinson, USCI, and Medtronic. His experience spans large-scale automated manufacturing, highly specialized research and development prototypes, innovative process development, characterization and process validation. Ray has successfully released 16, class 2 & 3, medical devices products in the US. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in business administration from Assumption College.

Vice President, Pharmaceutical Sciences

David Altreuter

In joining Lyndra, David contributes professional experience and expertise in the formulation and early development of novel drug delivery systems. Since 2001, David has been engaged in formulation, process development, manufacturing and operations roles at Boston-area biotechnology companies. Most recently David comes from Quiet Therapeutics where he was VP of CMC and the founding US employee, developing a novel immune-oncology platform involving targeted delivery of plasmid-containing nanoparticles. Previously David was at Selecta Biosciences, directing formulation of polymeric immunomodulatory nanoparticles and leading multiple teams including Selecta’s first clinical program and its first corporate partnership. Earlier experience included manufacturing leadership at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and formulation and process development at Acusphere. David has worked with many different classes active pharmaceutical agents and an extensive range of non-traditional formulation and production processes. David is a chemical engineer by training, with a BSE from Princeton University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Vice President, Regulatory & Quality

Jackie Schumacher

Prior to joining Lyndra, Jackie spent most of her 30+ year career in Pharmaceutical Sciences within Pfizer, starting as an analytical chemist followed by a long tenure within the CMC Regulatory organization. She has led teams to develop successful global CMC registration strategies for new small molecules, product enhancements, inhalation and injectable products. Jackie also held several business-facing/commercial roles, including regulatory leadership within the nascent Established Products Sterile Injectables organization and later as Portfolio Optimization and Strategy Leader; facilitating a matrixed team of colleagues tasked with radically optimizing the value of the 600+ molecule portfolio. In addition to her Pfizer-based experiences, she has chaired an industry trade association, IPAC-RS, focused on strategic pharmaceutical and regulatory development objectives for orally inhaled and nasal drug products. Jackie earned her B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Classical Studies from Hamilton College.

Vice President, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Susan Low

Susan has experience in pharmacology, toxicology and in vitro biology in the areas of molecular endocrinology, viral RNA stability, hemophilia and oncology. Susan led pharmacology, toxicology and biology efforts at BIND Therapeutics in the pursuit of developing and evaluating polymeric nanoparticles for oncology. Prior to her position at BIND, she developed Fc-fusion protein technology at Syntonix Pharmaceuticals with a particular focus on pharmacology and toxicology of FIX-Fc and FVIII-Fc fusion proteins for the treatment of hemophilia. Susan held post-doctoral positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and MIT after receiving her PhD in biology with a focus on molecular endocrinology from the University of Edinburgh.

Scientific Fellow

Stephen Zale

Stephen Zale is Scientific Fellow at Lyndra. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of Development and founding scientist at BIND Therapeutics, and was Vice President of Injectable Products R&D at Alkermes where he led the group responsible for formulating Alkermes’ biodegradable polymer-based microsphere products, including Risperdal Consta, Vivitrol and Bydureon. Stephen received a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry, both from MIT.

Director, Product Engineering

Tyler Grant

Tyler Grant earned his PhD from the University of Oxford in Biomedical Engineering, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. After his PhD, Tyler conducted a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Robert Langer at MIT, supported by the Max Planck Foundation. Tyler has developed a range of novel technologies including needle-free injection devices, orthopedic prostheses, tissue engineering scaffolds, and long-acting dosage forms.

Associate Director, Exploratory Technologies

Rosemary Kanasty

Rosemary joined the Lyndra team soon after the company was founded to lead efforts in formulation development. She earned her PhD in chemical engineering from MIT in the laboratories of Dr. Robert Langer and Dr. Daniel Anderson, where she studied novel polymers for gene therapy. She received her BS in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching math and science to middle school students in underserved areas.

Board of Directors

Chair of the Board of Directors

Catherine B. Reynolds

Catherine B. Reynolds is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. She brings to the world of philanthropy the same energy and entrepreneurial spirit that ensured her success in the realm of commerce. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she started her business career as a CPA, and then became the Special Assistant to the Board Chairman of a Fortune 500 company. As the leader of two businesses, Mrs. Reynolds went on to launch a new and affordable way for Americans to finance a college education. She developed a privately-funded supplement to government student loan programs and created the securitization market for student loans on Wall Street. Through her vision and perseverance, millions of Americans have been able to attend the college of their choice. In only one decade, this creative approach to private educational financing revolutionized student lending and spawned a multibillion-dollar industry. Mrs. Reynolds now devotes her time and abilities primarily to philanthropic pursuits. She was selected by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the 50 most philanthropic living Americans and is the first self-made woman ever to make their list. Mrs. Reynolds has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Morehouse College and Willamette University, as well as New York University’s Gallatin Gold Medal. She was selected recently as Washingtonian of the Year, honoring “local heroes whose good works and generous spirits make Washington a great place to live and work.”

Member of the Board

Zafrira Avnur

In October 2016 Ms. Avnur Joined Quark Venture Inc. as Chief Scientific officer at Quark Venture Inc., a venture investment fund focused on life sciences investments. Ms. Avnur was the Global Head of Academic Innovation, Roche Partnering from 2009 until October 2016. In this role she was responsible for creating relationships with the world’s leading academic institutions and world class innovators, gaining Roche early access to innovation.  For her last two years at Roche, Ms. Avnur was also named Global Head of Neglected Diseases Roche Partnering. Ms. Avnur created the ROADS (Roche Alliance with Distinguished Scientists) program, a model for collaboration between Industry and Academic institutions. Preceding her academic innovation leadership role, Ms. Avnur moved to Roche Partnering group (Basel, Switzerland, 2006) and assumed responsibility for scientific evaluations of partnering opportunities and started the “Finder” group for Biomarkers for all therapeutic areas. Prior to her partnering roles, Ms. Avnur worked in diagnostics and pharmaceuticals research and development for nearly 20 years. Her focus areas included diagnostics, the finding of biomarkers in various therapy areas, preclinical pharmacology (osteoporosis), overseeing the advancement of compounds from the bench into the clinic, and the design and execution of early clinical studies that characterize the pharmacodynamics and clinical effects of a number of compounds. Ms. Avnur was named Distinguished Scientist, the highest scientific appointment at Roche.

Member of the Board

Edmund Harrigan

Edmund P. Harrigan, M.D. joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1990, following seven years in the private practice of neurology. He served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Safety and Regulatory for Pfizer Inc. from 2012 to 2015, where he led a 3,500-person organization in 80 countries that was responsible for managing regulatory interactions with global health agencies, as well as collecting, interpreting and reporting clinical safety data for more than 600 marketed products. Dr. Harrigan’s prior experience includes executive leadership roles at Sepracor, Neurogen and Karuna Pharmaceuticals as well as at Pfizer where he served as SVP, Head of Worldwide Business Development, SVP, Head of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, and Vice President, Head of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology. Earlier in his career at Pfizer, Dr. Harrigan served as Vice President of Clinical Development, Therapeutic Area Head, CNS and Pain. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Acadia Pharmaceuticals and Karuna Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Harrigan earned his B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. Anselm College and holds an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Co-Founder / Member of the Board

Robert Langer

Dr. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Co-Founder of Lyndra. Dr. Langer has written over 1,300 articles and has nearly 1,100 patents worldwide. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 300 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies leading to over 100 products in use or in clinical trials. He is the most cited engineer in history and has received over 220 major professional awards including the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2015, Priestly Medal in 2012, National Medal of Science in 2008, Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2002 (considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers), and the Lemelson-MIT prize in 1998 for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.”

Co-Founder / Chief Executive Officer

Amy Schulman

Amy Schulman is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where she teaches Legal and Corporate Accountability. Ms. Schulman joined Polaris Partners in 2014, simultaneously assuming the role of CEO of Arsia Therapeutics, a company acquired by Eagle Pharmaceuticals in 2016. In 2015, Ms. Schulman co-founded Lyndra, where she is CEO. She became CEO and Executive Chair of Olivo Laboratories in 2017, which sold its cosmetic business to Shiseido in 2018, and serves as Executive Chair of SQZ Biotech.

Prior to joining Polaris, Schulman was the general counsel of Pfizer, president of Pfizer Nutrition, and ran Pfizer consumer healthcare after the nutrition business was sold to Nestle in 2012. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: Scientific American’s “2015 Worldview 100 List”, Fierce Biotech’s 2014 “Top 15 Women in Biotech”, and Fortune Magazine’s 2013 “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”. She serves on the Board of Directors of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and the Whitehead Institute.

Co-Founder / Member of the Board

Giovanni Traverso

Dr. Traverso is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. Dr. Traverso grew up in Peru, Canada and the United Kingdom. He received his BA from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, and his PhD from the lab of Professor Bert Vogelstein at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently completed medical school at the University of Cambridge, internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his gastroenterology fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, both at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Traverso’s previous work focused on the development of novel molecular tests for the early detection of colon cancer. For his post-doctoral research he transitioned to the fields of chemical and biomedical engineering in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he developed a series of novel technologies for drug delivery as well as physiological sensing via the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Traverso’s was named one of the most promising innovators under 35 by the MIT Tech Review’s TR 35. He continues to collaborate closely with Professor Langer and is a Research Affiliate at MIT. His current research program is focused on developing the next generation of drug delivery systems to enable efficient delivery of therapeutics through the gastrointestinal tract.

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