Board of Directors
Edward Mathers, Chairman
New Enterprise Associates
Edward Mathers has served on the Ra Pharma® Board of Directors since 2010. Since August 2008, Mr. Mathers has been a partner at New Enterprise Associates, Inc., a private venture capital firm focusing on technology and healthcare investments. Mr. Mathers is a director of Liquidia Technologies Inc., Rhythm Pharmaceuticals Inc., Synlogic, Inc., and ObsEva. Mr. Mathers also serves on the boards of directors of several private companies. Mr. Mathers earned his B.S. in chemistry from North Carolina State University.
Robert Heft, Ph.D.
Robert Heft, Ph.D., has served on the Ra Pharma Board of Directors since March 2016. Dr. Heft was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Enobia Pharma Inc. from 2005 to 2012. Dr. Heft currently serves on the boards of Parvus Therapeutics Inc., Zingenix Ltd. and Lumos Pharma Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Sectoral Asset Management. Previously Dr. Heft was a member of the Board of Directors of Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc., VisionGate Inc. and IBEX Technologies Inc. Dr. Heft obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in genetic engineering and radiological sciences, as well as a Master of Engineering Degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from McGill University.
Timothy Pearson has served as a member of Ra Pharma’s Board of Directors since May 2016. Mr. Pearson formerly served as Chief Financial Officer of TESARO, Inc., an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining TESARO, from August 2011 to July 2012, Mr. Pearson served as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc. where he led the finance and strategic planning functions. Mr. Pearson holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in Finance from Loyola College and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland University College. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
RA Capital Management
Rajeev Shah has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ra Pharma since July 2015. Mr. Shah has been a portfolio manager and managing director at RA Capital Management, LLC, an investment advisory firm that invests in healthcare and life science companies since 2004. Mr. Shah is also a member of the board of directors of Eidos Therapeutics, Inc., Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Solid Biosciences Inc. Mr. Shah was previously a member of the board of directors of KalVista Pharmaceuticals from 2015 to April 2018. Mr. Shah received a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University. We believe Mr. Shah is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his leadership and financial experience at RA Capital Management, his experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, and his experience with venture capital investments.
Aoife M. Brennan, M.B., B.Ch.
Aoife M. Brennan, M.B., B.Ch., has served on the Ra Pharma Board of Directors since September 2018. Dr. Brennan currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Synlogic, Inc., a company focused on developing innovative products based on the tools and principles of synthetic biology to genetically re-program beneficial bacteria. Dr. Brennan joined Synlogic in 2016 from Biogen, where she most recently served as Vice President and Head of the Rare Disease Innovation Unit, which included programs ranging from pre-clinical to commercial. Dr. Brennan also led programs across multiple therapeutic areas including the late phase development of nusinersen for spinal muscular atrophy and ALPROLIX™ and ELOCTATE™, treatments for Hemophilia B and Hemophilia A. Prior to joining Biogen, she was director of clinical development at Tolerx, a biotechnology company focusing on immunotherapy for Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Brennan holds a medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has completed post-graduate training in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism. Prior to joining the biotechnology industry, she was a Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and a Scholar in Clinical Science at Harvard Medical School.
Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.
Bo Cumbo has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ra Pharma since November 2018. Mr. Cumbo currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a leader in precision genetic medicine for rare diseases. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Cumbo served as Vice President of Sales and Treatment Education for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, launching Incivek, a treatment for hepatitis C. Prior to Vertex, Mr. Cumbo served in multiple commercial roles supporting the HIV, HBV, and cardiovascular franchises at Gilead Sciences. Mr. Cumbo has extensive experience building pre- and post-global commercial infrastructure, and throughout his career, he has contributed to the launch of 11 specialty products across multiple organizations. Mr. Cumbo received his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Auburn University.
Douglas Treco, Ph.D.
Doug Treco has been Chief Executive Officer of Ra Pharma since he co-founded the Company in June 2008, and serves on the Company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Treco was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Morgenthaler Ventures from January 2008 to May 2014. In 1988, he co-founded Transkaryotic Therapies Inc., or TKT, a multi-platform biopharmaceutical company developing protein and gene therapy products, which was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc. Dr. Treco was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Lecturer in Genetics at Harvard Medical School from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Treco received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and performed postdoctoral studies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Massachusetts General Hospital.