Dr. Forster has served as F-star’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2018 and as a member of F-star’s Board of Directors since May 2019. Dr. Forster also serves on the boards of directors of F-star Alpha, F-star Beta, F-star Biotechnology, F-star Delta and F-star Therapeutics LLC, in each case from October 2018, and is the sole managing director for F-star GmbH since May 2019. From January 2015 to February 2018, Dr. Forster served as Chief Executive Officer of Immunocore Limited. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Creabilis S.A. (which was subsequently acquired by Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.) from May 2010 to January 2015. From May 2007 to May 2010, Dr. Forster served as Chief Executive Officer of Solace Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Forster also served as Head of Development and Operations for the European Union and Asia at Pfizer Inc. from 1996 to 2007. Since June 2018, Dr. Forster has served as non-executive chairman of Avacta Group plc, which is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. Dr. Forster is an Honorary Visiting Professor of the Pharmacology and Physiology Department at the University of Liverpool, an honorary professor at the University of Pavia (Italy) and a board member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research, MedCity and the National Genomics Board. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Liverpool, an M.B.A. from Henley Management College, and a B.Sc. with honors from University of Liverpool.
Mr. Arkowitz has been a member of Spring Bank Board since January 2014. Since May 2018, Mr. Arkowitz has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Flexion Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company. Prior to that, Mr. Arkowitz served from September 2013 to May 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Visterra, Inc., which was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a biotechnology company. Prior to joining Visterra, he served from 2011 to 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and General Manager at Mascoma Corporation, which was acquired by Lallemand, Inc., a bioconversion company. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Arkowitz was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to his tenure at AMAG, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Merck & Co. Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Earlier in his career, he spent more than thirteen years at Merck & Co. Inc. including as Vice President and Controller of the U.S. Human Health division and as Controller of the Global Research and Development division. Mr. Arkowitz currently serves on the board of directors of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, and previously served on the board of directors of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., also a publicly traded biotechnology company. Mr. Arkowitz has a BA in Mathematics from Brandeis University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Business School.
Dr. Benz joined the F-star Board of Directors in December 2019, and is a renowned leader in the field of oncology with a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years across industry and academia. Dr. Benz has been President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA since October 2016. He has also served as the Richard and Susan Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Genetics and Faculty Dean Emeritus for Oncology at Harvard Medical School since November 2000. Former associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Benz has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and holds several senior positions on various academic boards. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School and holds an M.A. from Yale University and a B.S. from Princeton University.
Dr. Bermingham has served as a member of F-star’s Board of Directors and as its chairman since May 2019. Dr. Bermingham previously served as F-star’s chairman and on the board of directors of F-star Alpha, F-star Beta and F-star Delta from April 2018 to May 2019. Dr. Bermingham also served as a member of the supervisory board of F-star GmbH until May 2019. Dr. Bermingham currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Triplet Therapeutics since November 2018. From May 2014 to December 2017, Dr. Bermingham served as co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to Intellia, from 2002 to 2007 and 2012 to 2014 Dr. Bermingham held various positions at Atlas Ventures including a member of the Atlas Venture Investment Team from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Bermingham received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Imperial College London and received a B.S. from Queen’s University Belfast.
Dr. Brady has been a member of Spring Bank Board since July 2016. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director of Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on the development of novel drugs for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Brady was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Aldeyra Therapeutics in 2012, having been a member of the board of directors since 2005. Dr. Brady also served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Domain Associates, LLC, a healthcare venture capital firm, where he was a Principal from 2004 to 2013. Dr. Brady also currently serves on the board of directors of Evoke Pharma, Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company, and has previously served on the board of directors of Oncobiologics, Inc. and numerous privately traded biotechnology companies. Dr. Brady holds a Ph.D. in pathology from Duke University Graduate School, a M.D. from Duke University Medical School, and an A.B. in Philosophy and Psychology from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Klein has served as a member of Spring Bank’s Board of Directors since July 2019. Dr. Klein is a principal and founder of PMK BioResearch, which offers strategic consulting in oncology drug development to corporate boards, management teams and the investment community, a position she has held since 2008. From 2009-2011, she served as Chief Medical Officer of Intellikine, which was acquired by Takeda. Previously, Dr. Klein spent seven years at the National Cancer Institute as Research Director of the NCI-Navy Breast Care Center, after which she joined Genentech in 2001. While at Genentech, she held roles of increasing responsibility including Vice President, Development. Dr. Klein currently serves as a member of various scientific advisory boards and also serves on the board of directors of argenx SE and I-Mab Biopharma, both publicly traded biotechnology companies. Dr. Klein is also a board member of Patrys Limited, a biotechnology company located in Australia. Dr. Klein holds a B.A. in biology from California State University and an M.D. from Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, and is trained in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Mr. Krol has served on F-star’s Board of Directors since May 2019 and served on the board of directors of F-star Alpha, F-star Beta and F-star Delta from their respective incorporation dates to May 2019. Mr. Krol also served as a member of the supervisory board of F-star GmbH until May 2019. Mr. Krol joined venture capital fund Aescap Venture in 2005 and has served as its Managing Partner since 2009. In 2016, Mr. Krol founded Aescap 2.0, a biotech fund investing in public biotechnology companies, for which he acts as Portfolio Manager. From 1995 until 2004, Mr. Krol was the founder and Managing Director of Firm United Healthcare, a leading European life sciences consultancy. Mr. Krol currently serves on the board of directors of a number of private companies and is a director at Shire International Licensing BV, a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, since 2004. Mr. Krol received an M.B.A. in Executive Management and Consultancy from Lemniscaat Management School, a M.Sc. from Business School Netherlands and a B.A. in physical therapy from Hogeschool Utrecht.
Mr. Race joined the F-star Board of Directors in December 2019. Mr. Race brings more than 20 years of experience at both the Chief Financial and Chief Executive Officer level in the life sciences industry. Mr. Race is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer of Minerva Neurosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:NERV), a company he co-founded in 2013 through the merger of Cyrenaic Inc. and Sonkei Inc. Previously, in September 2011, Mr. Race was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Funxional Therapeutics Ltd, an early-stage research company focused on the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Funxional’s lead program was licensed to Boehringer Ingelheim in 2013. Prior to this role, Mr. Race was Chief Financial Officer of PanGenetics BV, which included clinical stage companies developing NGF and CD-40 antibodies, part of which was sold to Abbott Laboratories in 2009. Mr. Race received an MBA from Durham University Business School, UK, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.