Susan M. Molineaux, Ph.D., Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Molineaux has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since she co-founded Calithera in March 2010. Dr. Molineaux co-founded Proteolix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where she served as Chief Scientific Officer from 2003 to 2005, Chief Executive Officer from January 2006 to January 2009 and again as Chief Scientific Officer from February 2009 until Proteolix’s acquisition by Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2009. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Molineaux served as Vice President of Biology at Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a drug development company. From 1999 to 2000, she served as Vice President of Biology at Praelux, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and from 1994 through 1999, she served as Vice President of Drug Development at Praecis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From 1989 until 1994, she was a scientist in the Immunology group at Merck & Co. Dr. Molineaux currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Geron Corporation and Theravance Biopharma, Inc. and is a Scientific Advisor for Lightstone Ventures. Dr. Molineaux holds a B.S. in Biology from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.
Jean M. George
Ms. George is a General Partner at Advanced Technology Ventures, a venture capital fund. Prior to ATV, Ms. George served as director of BancBoston Ventures, a venture capital fund. Previously, she spent ten years at Genzyme in a variety of operational roles in marketing, product development and business development, including Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. She also worked as Vice President and Founder of Genzyme’s Tissue Repair Division, where she was responsible for identifying new product opportunities and potential acquisition candidates. Ms. George currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Acceleron Pharma, Inc.,and Catabasis Pharmaceuticals. Ms. George holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. from Simmons College Graduate School of Management.
Deepa R. Pakianathan, Ph.D.
Dr. Pakianathan is a Managing Member at Delphi Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on healthcare investments. Prior to joining Dephi, Dr. Pakianathan served as a Vice President in the healthcare group at JP Morgan Chase & Company. Before joining JP Morgan, Dr. Pakianathan served as a postdoctoral scientist in the Immunology Department at Genentech, Inc. Dr. Pakianathan currently serves on the board of directors of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc. and NeurAxon. Dr. Pakianathan holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University, a B.Sc. from the University of Bombay, India and an M.Sc. from The Cancer Research Institute at the University of Bombay, India.
Jonathan Drachman, M.D.
Dr. Drachman is Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development of Seattle Genetics where he leads the company’s clinical and research teams. Dr. Drachman previously served as Senior Vice President, Research and Translational Medicine of Seattle Genetics. Prior, Dr. Drachman served as a faculty member in the Hematology Division, Department of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and as a Senior Investigator in the Division of Research and Education at the Puget Sound Blood Center. Dr. Drachman received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Harvard University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Washington.
H. Ward Wolff
Mr. Wolff was formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. Prior to Sangamo, Mr. Wolff was with Nuvelo, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer until its restructuring in August 2007. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance, of Abgenix, Inc. until April 2006 when Abgenix merged with Amgen Inc. Prior to joining Abgenix, Mr. Wolff held financial management positions in both public and private emerging growth companies, including serving as Senior Vice President and CFO of DoubleTwist, Inc., a life sciences company integrating genomic information and bioinformatics analysis tools. He began his career with Price Waterhouse, where he held a number of positions as a certified public accountant, including Senior Audit Manager. Mr. Wolff is a member of the board of directors of Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From June 2006 until his appointment to Sangamo’s management team he was a member of Sangamo’s Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.
Sunil Agarwal, M.D.
Dr. Agarwal is President of Research and Development at Juno Therapeutics Inc. Previously, Dr. Agarwal was Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President at Ultragenyx where he was responsible for leading the company’s clinical development. Prior to his tenure at Ultragenyx, Dr. Agarwal worked in a number of senior leadership roles at Genentech, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Development Head, Ophthalmology, Metabolism, Neuroscience, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He was responsible for the development of programs in these areas from proof of concept (PoC) through Phase IV. Dr. Agarwal currently serves on the board of directors of Myocardia. Dr. Agarwal received his bachelor of science in Neuro-Biology at Cornell University and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and subsequently joined the faculty at George Washington University School of Medicine.
Suzy Jones is currently Founder and Managing Partner of DNA Ink, a boutique life sciences advisory firm. Prior to founding DNA Ink, Suzy spent 20 years at Genentech in various roles in immunology research, product development managing cross functional teams for RITUXAN® and AVASTIN®, and business development where she was Head of Non-Oncology Licensing and later Interim Head of Partnering and Head of Business Development. Suzy’s group helped to diversify Genentech’s portfolio through licensing. During her time in business development, the group was recognized in an independent IBM survey as the number one deal making and sourcing group in the world. In 2010, she was named by Black Health Magazine as one of the, “Top 25 Most Influential African Americans in Healthcare, Medicine, Pharmaceutical and Food Industries.” Suzy serves as a member of the board of directors of Patrys, an ASX listed Australian biotechnology company. She received a degree in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Mr. Wise is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Achaogen, a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative antibacterials. Mr. Wise joined Achaogen as Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and, in February 2017, he was also appointed President. Prior to joining Achaogen, Mr. Wise served as Vice President, Cross BioOncology at Genentech, where he led cross-portfolio oncology initiatives, including key account management, marketing, managed markets, companion diagnostics, pipeline commercialization, and long-term oncology strategy. Mr. Wise also held several other leadership positions at Genentech including Senior Director, Franchise Head and Life Cycle Leader of the Lytics franchise and as a Sales Director in BioOncology, Marketing Director in Cystic Fibrosis and Immunology, and Interactive Marketing Director. Prior to joining Genentech, Mr. Wise worked in consumer marketing, e-commerce and online marketing in leadership positions at Gap, Inc. and Webvan. Mr. Wise received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.