Board of Directors
Chairman, Dr. Peter Hirth, M.Sc., PhD
Dr. Hirth has an exceptional history of value creation in the field of oncology and has led the development of a range of new therapies in the field, co-founding or leading companies such as SUGEN, Plexxikon and Daiichi Sankyo. He serves or has served on the board or advisory board of several companies, including Iconic Therapeutics, SutroVax, Afferent Pharma (acquired by Merck in 2016), Alios BioPharma, Inc. (acquired in 2014) and Trovagene, Inc. Dr. Hirth received his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. degrees in molecular genetics from Heidelberg University, Germany, and completed his post-doctoral work at the University of California, San Diego. management.
Founder, CSO and member of BoD, Professor Mads Hald Andersen
Professor and Director of CCIT (Center for Cancer Immune Therapy at Herlev University Hospital, Mads Hald Andersen has received several honors for his scientific work and is the author of more than 130 papers. Mads Hald Andersen has founded and co-founded several spin-out companies with a successful sale of Survac in 2003.
Member of BoD, Emmanuelle Coutanceau, PhD
Emmanuelle Coutanceau is a Partner of Novo Seeds. Emmanuelle has close to 10 years of experience in venture capital investment. Prior to joining Novo Seeds, Emmanuelle was Partner Life Sciences at Auriga Partners, where she was in charge of seed stage investments for Auriga IV Bioseeds, a seed fund dedicated to projects related to infectiology and microbiology. From 2007 until 2014, she was part of Omnes capital (formerly Crédit Agricole Private Equity) life sciences team with multiple portfolio companies leading to successful exits or IPOs. She was also in charge of the Seed Stage Investment Program and actively invested and sat on the board of directors of several companies in Belgium and The Netherlands.
Member of BoD, Christian Elling, PhD
Christian Elling is a partner at Lundbeckfonden where he leads its early stage investment unit, Lundbeckfonden Emerge. He joined Lundbeckfonden in 2012. He is CEO of Insusense Therapeutics, a Lundbeckfonden portfolio company, and former board member of Epitherapeutics (sold in 2015) and Inagen. Prior to joining Lundbeckfonden, Christian Elling was VP and later CEO of 7TM Pharma, which he also co-founded. Christian Elling received his early training in Biochemistry and received his Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He serves on the steering committee for Biopeople for The Danish Association of Biotechnology Industries and is a member of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
Member of BoD, Claus Andersson, M.Sc., PhD
Claus Andersson is a partner in Sunstone Life Science Ventures and has been with the team since it was established. Claus focuses on medical technology, diagnostics and therapeutics investments and is actively involved in maintaining a strong network to universities and research centers. Claus Andersson has extensive experience in strategy execution and technology development from various parts of the Life Science ecosystem: both as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, scientist, and corporate manager. Claus Andersson holds a Master’s degree in Civil Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Copenhagen and the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Member of Board, Kathleen Sereda Glaub, MBA
Ms. Glaub brings more than 30 years of experience in executive-level corporate development, financing and company-building for leading life science and technology innovation-based companies. Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of Afferent Pharmaceuticals from 2014-2016, Ms. Glaub led the company’s development of it lead molecule, AF-219/MK-7264, through a full complement of mid-stage clinical trials to Phase 3 readiness as a novel treatment for chronic cough, and ultimately, the sale of the company to Merck in 2016 for USD 1.25 billion, including USD 500 million upfront. She also raised USD 80 million additional private funding, including a crossover round. She had joined the Afferent Board in 2013. Prior to Afferent, Ms. Glaub co-led Plexxikon Inc. as President for 12 years, until May 2013. In this role, she led the business and financing strategy for the company, including negotiating six partnerships generating over several hundred million in non-equity funding, and led the company’s buyout by Daiichi Sankyo for nearly USD 1 billion cash in 2011. Prior experience also included positions as SVP & CFO of Cell Genesys, Treasurer of Genentech, and various finance and treasury roles with Intel Corporation. Ms. Glaub received her MBA from Northwestern University, and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley.