OUR LEADERSHIP

steers us towards breakthrough therapies

OUR Management Team

ADAM ROSENTHAL, PHD

Adam Rosenthal, PhD

CEO and Founder

Sandip Panicker, PhD

Sandip Panicker, PhD

CSO

Gary Patou, MD, PHD

Gary Patou, MD

CMO

Kathy Dong, PharmD, MBA

Kathy Dong, PharmD, MBA

COO 

Michelle Carpenter, JD, RAC

Michelle Carpenter, JD, RAC

EVP, Head of Regulatory and Project Management

Jeremy Boucher, CPA

VP, Head of Finance

Adam Rosenthal PhD

CEO and Founder

Adam founded Star Therapeutics in 2018 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception. He brings previous operating experience across multiple biotech companies focused on rare diseases, and broad expertise in company building, fundraising, business development, and strategic planning.

Previously, Adam served as Chief Business Officer at True North Therapeutics, where he raised more than $140M in private financings and contributed to the company’s acquisition by Bioverativ for $825M. His experience also includes serving as Vice President, Head of Corporate Development at iPierian, which was acquired by BMS for $725M, and being a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group.

Adam earned BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Science, and an MEng degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, all at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. 

“While our science is incredibly exciting, as we get to explore novel areas of biology and develop first-in-class therapies, it is the world-class team of drug hunters and drug developers that makes Star truly special. Over the years we have built an environment of excellence, diversity, creativity, and passion that supports our team and mission to develop life-changing therapies for patients with rare diseases.”

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Sandip Panicker PhD

CSO

Sandip is the Chief Scientific Officer of Star Therapeutics. He started his drug-hunting experience as a scientist at Roche in biochemical pharmacology, and then as a member of the inflammation/autoimmune group where he began his foray into immunology. He then joined True North Therapeutics as Head of Discovery Biology and led a program targeting complement C1s that resulted in the discovery of ENJAYMO, a molecule that earned FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation and approval for a rare condition called cold agglutinin disease.

Sandip is focused on identifying common physiological processes in different diseases to recognize pathways that can be targeted in drug development. He partners with the team of scientists at Star, as well as academic and clinical collaborators, to explore and develop novel ideas and bring them to fruition.

Sandip earned his BA at the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD at the University of California, San Diego.

“Developing therapies for rare diseases is an opportunity to provide patients with few or no treatment options a chance for a better life. At Star, I’m privileged to work with a team of exceptional scientists and seasoned drug developers who harbor a like-minded pursuit to bring transformative therapies to those most in need.”

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Gary Patou MD

CMO

Gary is the Chief Medical Officer of Star Therapeutics. He brings extensive expertise in designing innovative clinical development pathways for novel therapies and translational science—the art of turning laboratory, clinic, and community observations into interventions that improve the health of patients. 

Previously, Gary has served as Chief Medical Officer for numerous companies, including True North Therapeutics, Pacira, Chiasma, and Peplin. He has led over ten successful phase 3 clinical trials leading to the approval of five new drug applications since 2020. Prior to his tenure in biotech, he was Senior Vice President for Drug Development at GSK.

Gary earned his BS, MBBS, and MD at the University of London.

“Every day, I’m exhilarated and challenged by Star’s culture of relentless data-driven scientific inquiry in the pursuit of novel drug targets and application of innovative drug development solutions.”

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Kathy Dong PHARMD, MBA

COO

Kathy is the Chief Operating Officer of Star Therapeutics. She oversees a broad range of responsibilities, including Corporate Development, Commercial, Portfolio Management, and Technical Operations.

Previously, Kathy served as Vice President of Commercial Development at True North Therapeutics. Subsequent to its acquisition, she advanced numerous programs through preclinical and clinical development as Head of New Product Planning for the complement franchise at Bioverativ/Sanofi.

Prior to True North Therapeutics, Kathy spent nine years at Gilead Sciences, where she led the launch and market development of numerous products in HBV and HCV, including SOVALDI and HARVONI, the two most successful launches in biopharmaceutical history as measured by first-year revenue.

Kathy earned her PharmD and MBA at the University of New Mexico, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship through Rutgers University.

“I’m inspired by Star’s mission and unique approach to drug development. Not only does the team apply creativity to interrogate novel biology and expedite clinical development, we act early to ensure that stakeholders realize the value of treatment and new therapeutics can reach patients who need them. That, for me, is the finish line in drug development.” 

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Michelle Carpenter JD, RAC

EVP, Head of Regulatory
and Project Management

Michelle serves as Executive Vice President and oversees Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance and Project Management at Star Therapeutics. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s regulatory and development strategies.

Michelle brings extensive experience and passion for developing novel therapies for rare and life-threatening diseases. Prior to joining Star, she served as Vice President of Regulatory/Quality for True North Therapeutics, where she led the advancement of the complement portfolio, including achieving FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for ENJAYMO and its subsequent global filings for the first approved therapy in cold agglutinin disease. In addition, Michelle has assumed leadership roles at Afferent Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Merck), Acucela, Santen, and Dey Laboratories, as well as operated her own independent consultancy focused on the development of therapies for rare diseases.

Michelle earned her BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara and JD at Golden Gate University, with a focus on health law and ethics.

“It is my honor to work alongside such an experienced team with a proven track record and passion for bringing innovative therapies to patients.”

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Jeremy Boucher CPA

VP, Head of Finance

Jeremy is the Vice President and Head of Finance at Star Therapeutics. He brings expertise in financial oversight of privately held and publicly traded biotech companies at all stages of drug development, from preclinical to clinical to commercial.

Previously, Jeremy served as Controller at NGM Bio, where he led the accounting and reporting function through the company’s initial public offering. As Assistant Controller at Raptor Pharmaceuticals, he supported commercial launch of the company’s first approved medicine in the US and Europe. He served as Senior Auditor at KPMG where he collaborated with audit clients in the insurance and healthcare industries on complex, technical accounting issues.

Jeremy earned his BA at Dominican University of California, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

“The atmosphere at Star inspires bold, tenacious, and nimble drug development, driven by an underlying passion for serving patients with high, unmet medical needs. The culture is thoughtful, authentic, and discerning, and believes that the journey is just as important as the destination.”

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OUR BOARD

of Directors

Nancy Stagliano, PhD

Executive Chair

Adam Rosenthal, PhD

CEO and Founder

Beth Seidenverg, MD

Beth Seidenberg, MD

Director

Carl Gordon, PhD, CFA

Director

Vijay Lathi

Director

Amrit Nagpal

Board Observer

NANCY STAGLIANO PHD

Executive Chair

Nancy is CEO and Chair of the Board of Neuron23, Inc., a South San Francisco–⁠based precision neurology and immunology therapeutics company. An experienced CEO, Nancy has led True North Therapeutics (acquired by Bioverativ in 2017), iPierian (acquired by BMS in 2014), and CytomX Therapeutics (CTMX). With more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, Nancy’s career path has always stayed close to the science, beginning with 7+ years at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, in the discovery organization.

Nancy is Chair of the Board of Latigo Bio, a Thousand Oaks⁠–⁠based biotech focused on non-opioid pain medicines. Nancy also serves as a director o⁠f the not-for-profit board of PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In the past, Nancy has also advised venture capital firms Westlake Village BioPartners and New Leaf Ventures.

Nancy has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Miami School of Medicine, an MS in Biomedical Engineering, and a BS in Electrical Engineering, both from Drexel University.

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BETH SEIDENBERG MD

Director

Beth is a longtime life sciences investor, applying her broad medical expertise to the venture capital world, where she assists entrepreneurs in translating their scientific breakthroughs into new medicines to help patients.

As a founding managing director of Westlake Village BioPartners, general partner at Kleiner Perkins, and numerous other endeavors, Seidenberg has incubated and invested in more than 40 biotech ventures since 2005. Among many others, they include ARMO Biosciences, Arresto Biosciences, Arsenal Biosciences, Atara Biotherapeutics, Cell Design Labs, Epizyme, Flexus Biosciences, iPierian, Kyverna Therapeutics, Livongo Health, Neuron23, Progyny, RAPT Therapeutics, Tesaro, Tmunity Therapeutics, and True North Therapeutics.

Beth’s impact has been recognized across the industry. She was awarded the 2022 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association “Woman of the Year” Award and was recently named by Barron’s as one of the 100 most influential women in US finance. She was also recognized in the 2020 Forbes Midas List as a top tech investor.

In addition to her time in life science investing, Beth has significant senior-level industry experience, with leadership roles at Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Merck Research Laboratories.

Beth holds an MD from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and a BS from Barnard College. She conducted her post-graduate training at The National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Adam Rosenthal PHD

CEO and Founder

Adam founded Star Therapeutics in 2018 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception. He brings previous operating experience across multiple biotech companies focused on rare diseases, and broad expertise in company building, fundraising, business development, and strategic planning.

Previously, Adam served as Chief Business Officer at True North Therapeutics, where he raised more than $140M in private financings and contributed to the company’s acquisition by Bioverativ for $825M. His experience also includes serving as Vice President, Head of Corporate Development at iPierian, which was acquired by BMS for $725M, and being a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group.

Adam earned BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Science, and an MEng degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.

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CARL GORDON PHD, CFA

Director

Carl is a founding member, Managing Partner, and Co-Head of Global Private Equity at OrbiMed Advisors LLC, an investment firm. He currently serves on the boards of directors of several public and private companies.

Carl received a BA in Chemistry from Harvard College and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he was a Fellow at The Rockefeller University.

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Vijay Lathi

Director

Vijay is a Founder and Managing Director of New Leaf Venture Partners, a leading healthcare-focused venture capital firm that over the past 15 years has invested over a billion dollars across 126 companies, developing drugs and technologies to revolutionize the diagnosis, treatment, and delivery of care. Vijay’s investment activity has spanned all areas of healthcare technology, including the development and execution of the firm’s strategy around convergent information technologies. Example investments include ePocrates (sold to Athena Health), LabCyte (sold to Thermo Fischer), CareDx (CDNA), iRhythm (IRTC), Oxford Immunotec (sold to Perkin Elmer), Ilypsa (sold to Amgen), and Relypsa (sold to Gallenica).

Vijay graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, where he received his BS and MS in Chemical Engineering.

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AMRIT NAGPAL

Board Observer

Amrit is a Partner and Managing Director at Redmile Group, LLC, a healthcare-focused investment firm based in San Francisco and New York. Prior to Redmile Group, he worked as an analyst and portfolio manager at Weintraub Capital Management, and before that at Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco–based investment bank.

Amrit holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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