Chairman of the Board
David Mott has served as Chairman of our board of directors since July 2012. Mr. Mott served as a general partner of New Enterprise Associates, an investment firm focused on venture capital and growth equity investments, from September 2008 to February 2020, where he led the healthcare investing practice. From 1992 until 2008, Mr. Mott worked at MedImmune Limited, a biotechnology company and subsidiary of AstraZeneca Plc (NYSE:AZN), and served in numerous roles during his tenure including from October 2000 to July 2008 as president and chief executive officer, and previously as chief financial officer, and as president and chief operating officer. During that time, Mr. Mott also served as executive vice president of AstraZeneca Plc from June 2007 to July 2008 following AstraZeneca Plc’s acquisition of MedImmune Limited in June 2007. Prior to joining MedImmune Limited, Mr. Mott was a vice president in the healthcare investment banking group at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co, Inc.
Mr. Mott received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. Mr. Mott serves as the chairman of the board of directors for Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, (NASDAQ: ADAP), Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDX), and Epizyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPZM). He also serves on the boards of directors of several privately held life sciences companies.
Lawrence M. Alleva has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2017. Prior to his retirement in June 2010, Mr. Alleva was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 39 years, including 28 years as a partner. Mr. Alleva served clients primarily in the technology sector, as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Additionally, he served in a variety of office and regional practice leadership roles, most recently as ethics and compliance leader (assurance) for PwC from 2006 until his retirement. Mr. Alleva is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Mr. Alleva received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Ithaca College and attended the Columbia University Executive MBA (non-degree) Program. Mr. Alleva also serves as a director for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc., Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, and Galera Therapeutics, Inc. He previously served as a director of Tesaro, Inc., Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., and GlobalLogic, Inc., and chaired the audit committee for those companies.
Willard H. Dere, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine,
University of Utah
Willard H. Dere, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2018.
Since November 2014, Dr. Dere has served as Professor of Internal Medicine, B. Lue and Hope S. Bettilyon Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine for Diabetes Research, Executive Director of Personalized Health and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Prior to that, he served at Amgen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, as Senior Vice President, Global Development, from December 2004 to June 2007, and from April 2014 to October 2014, and as International Chief Medical Officer from January 2007 to April 2014. Before he joined Amgen in 2003, Dr. Dere served as Vice President of Endocrine, Bone and General Medicine Research and Development at Eli Lilly and Company, a biopharmaceutical company, where he also held various other roles in clinical pharmacology, regulatory affairs, and both early-stage translational, and late-stage clinical research.
Dr. Dere serves on the boards of directors of Radius Health, Inc., BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., and Seres Therapeutics, Inc.
Andrew Hack MD, PhD
Bain Life Sciences
Andrew A. F. Hack, M.D., Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2017. Since March 2019, Dr. Hack has served as a Managing Director of Bain Capital Life Sciences, a private equity fund that invests in biopharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, and enabling life science technology companies globally. Before joining Bain Capital, Dr. Hack was the Chief Financial Officer of Editas Medicine from July 2015 through March 2019. Previously, Dr. Hack served as a portfolio manager at Millennium Management, where he ran a healthcare hedge fund focused on biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies from May 2011 to June 2015. Prior to Millennium, Andrew was an analyst at HealthCor Management from December 2008 to May 2011. Prior to HealthCor Management, Dr. Hack was an analyst at Carlyle-Blue Wave Partners and a principal of the MPM BioEquities Fund. He started his investment career as an equity research analyst covering the biotechnology sector at Banc of America Securities after serving as Director of Life Sciences at Reify Corporation, a life science tools and drug discovery company. In addition, Dr. Hack is a member of the Board of Directors of Allena Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Hack received his B.A. in biology with special honors from the University of Chicago, where he also received his M.D. and Ph.D. and was named the inaugural Frank Family Scholar. He has received awards from the American Heart Association and the American Society for Cell Biology.
Kristen M. Hege, MD
Senior Vice President, Early Clinical Development, Hematology/Oncology & Cell Therapy
Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Kristen Hege, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2016. Dr. Hege joined Celgene Corporation in 2010 as Vice President, Translational Development and is currently Senior Vice President, Early Clinical Development, Hematology/Oncology & Cell Therapy at Bristol Myers Squibb Company (following the acquisition of Celgene in 2019). She has also held an active faculty position at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center since 1996, most recently as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, serving in that role as a volunteer since 2008. Prior to Celgene, she served as Chief Medical Officer at Cellerant Therapeutics and Acting Chief Medical Officer at Aragon Pharmaceuticals and Theraclone Sciences. Dr. Hege was also a Vice President, Clinical Research and Development at Cell Genesys. Dr. Hege previously served as a volunteer-at-large director for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer from 2016 to 2019 and the BayBio/California Life Sciences Association from 2014 to 2016. She also previously served as a member of the board of directors at Arcus Biosciences from 2018 to 2019 and as a board observer for Flexus Biosciences from 2014 to 2015.
Dr. Hege received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College summa cum laude, an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco, Internal Medicine training at Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Board certification in Hematology and Medical Oncology from the University of California, San Francisco.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Anna joined Mersana in March 2015, bringing a substantial track record of executive leadership and business experience in the biotech industry. Prior to Mersana, Anna was President of Millennium, where she led Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s $1.3 billion oncology business. Anna also served as the Executive Vice President of Global Business Development for Takeda Pharmaceuticals where she oversaw global acquisitions, partnering, licensing, and venture investing. In this role, she led Takeda’s $12 billion acquisition of Nycomed, a critical step in the company’s globalization. Anna was a member of Takeda’s executive committee and was elected a corporate officer in 2011.
Earlier in her career, Anna served as an executive officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and served in various senior leadership positions, playing an integral role in the company’s transformation from a genomics start-up to a fully integrated oncology leader. She was instrumental in the sale of Millennium to Takeda for $8.8 billion. Anna also served on the board of directors of Ariad Pharmaceuticals from May 2015 to February 2017, when it was sold to Takeda for $5.2 billion, and served on the board of Bioverativ from January 2017 to January 2018, when it was sold to Sanofi for $11.6 billion. She currently serves on the board of directors of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals.
Anna earned her B.S. in Science and Engineering from Princeton University, M.S. in Chemical Engineering practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.