Team

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Bernat Olle, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

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Bernat Olle, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Dr. Olle is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Biosciences. He has been a member of the founding teams of several companies of the PureTech portfolio and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.

In 2013 Dr. Olle was named "Innovator of the Year" in MIT Technology Review Spain's "Innovators under 35" awards, and in 2015 he was awarded the Princess of Girona business award by the King of Spain. He completed his doctoral work at the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT, where he developed a novel method for large-scale bacterial culture. During his graduate work, Dr. Olle was awarded the "la Caixa" fellowship. Dr. Olle received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain, his M.S. and PhD. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has published his work in journals including Nature and Nature Biotechnology.

Ending the War on Microbes | Bernat Olle | TEDxCambridge

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Bruce Roberts, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

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Bruce Roberts, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Roberts has 30 years of experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical drug discovery and development. He most recently served as Head of Neuro-Immunology and Immune-Mediated Disease Research at Sanofi Genzyme where he directed pre-clinical efforts resulting in the introduction of therapeutic antibodies, gene therapies, cell therapies and small molecules into multiple clinical trials for the treatment of cancer, multiple sclerosis and autoimmunity. He also directed research efforts in support of several approved products including lemtrada, aubagio, thymoglobulin, Mozobil, alemtuzumab, leukine, chlofarabine and fludarabine and contributed to the generation of ecallantide.

Dr. Roberts has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and contributed to several issued patents and patent applications. He received his PhD. in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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Jonathan Freeman, Ph.D.

Chief Business Officer

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Dan Couto

Senior VP of Manufacturing and Operations

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Dan Couto

Senior VP of Manufacturing and Operations

Mr. Couto has 25 years of experience in biotechnology, biologics drug development and cGMP manufacturing, including at Merck Sharp Dohme Biologics UK (formerly Avecia Biologics) where he served as Vice President of Commercial Manufacturing Operations and was responsible for late stage and commercial manufacturing operations. In addition, Mr. Couto has held senior positions with several biotech companies including Nuvelo, Genzyme Transgenics and Advanced Biosystems and, most recently, was Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Facilities Operations at ContraFect Corporation where he was responsible for chemistry & manufacturing controls, supply chain, quality assurance and facilities.

Mr. Couto holds multiple U.S. patents. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Erik Spek, Ph.D., J.D.

Vice President of IP

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Erik Spek, Ph.D., J.D.

Vice President of IP

Erik Spek is the head of Intellectual Property at Vedanta.  Prior to his current position, Erik was Director of IP at Epizyme and worked at Boston-based IP law firm Wolf Greenfield.  Erik graduated cum laude from Suffolk Law School in Boston.  He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and his PhD. in Biophysical Chemistry from New York University.

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Debra Winslow

Vice President Program Management and Operations Planning

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Debra Winslow

Vice President Program Management and Operations Planning

Deb Winslow has joined Vedanta after working in the biotech industry for over 25 years in various roles from early product development through commercialization.  She received a BS in biochemistry from UNH, an MBA from Bentley University, is a Regulatory Affairs Certified (RAC) professional and a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Her roles is to set up program management and operational planning systems to ensure successful program execution across the company.

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Jason Norman, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Scientist

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Rose Szabady, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Scientist

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Silvia Caballero, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

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Brian Klein, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

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Julie Schwedock, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Analytical and QC

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Gouri Vadali

Principal Research Associate

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Shilpa Reddy

Senior Research Associate

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Adam Krebs

Senior Research Associate

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James Llewellyn

Senior Research Associate

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Colin Lazzara

Senior Research Associate

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Amy Pepicelli

Research Assistant

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Michael Mosho

Research Associate

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Will Smith

Principal Research Associate

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Ryan Busha

Clinical Research Program Manager

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Lauren Cataldo

Operations Manager

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Jil Ulrich

Manager of Process Development & Technical Operations, Downstream

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Scott Michonski

Manager of Process Development & Technical Operations, Upstream

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Kris Ireland

Senior Manager of Manufacturing

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Alicia Szretter

Manufacturing Engineer

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Robert D’Orazio

Senior Manufacturing Associate

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Sharon Stanford

Office Coordinator