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.
Ms. Deptula-Hicks has served as F-star’s Chief Financial Officer since May 2019. Since January 2018, Ms. Deptula-Hicks has operated Crimson Advisors, a strategic and financial consulting services company, and has served as acting Chief Financial Officer for Northern Biologics, Inc. From May 2017 to January 2018, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of T2 Biosystems, Inc., and from December 2014 to February 2017, Ms. Deptula-Hicks was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From 2012 until November 2014, she served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Microline Surgical, Inc. Ms. Deptula-Hicks currently serves on the board of directors of Giner Life Sciences and previously served on the board of directors and as audit committee chair of Xentic Biosciences a publicly traded biotechnology company, US Falson, Inc. a privately held defense contractor, Technest Holdings, Inc. a publicly traded defense contracting company and, IMCOR Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biotechnology company. Ms. Deptula-Hicks received an M.B.A. from Rivier University and a B.S in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.
Dr. Brewis has served as F-star’s Chief Scientific Officer since November 2015. He also serves on the board of directors of F-star Therapeutics LLC. From 2007 to October 2015, Dr. Brewis served as Vice President, Head of Biopharmaceuticals Research at GlaxoSmithKline plc. Prior to that, Dr. Brewis served as Head of Research at Domantis Ltd. from 2002 to 2007, when the company was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc. Dr. Brewis is an Honorary Doctor of Science from Hertfordshire University. He received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dundee University and a B.Sc. with honors in Applied Biology from Hertfordshire University.
Dr. Kayitalire brings over 20 years’ experience in oncology and immuno-oncology, joining F-star in June 2019 from Bristol-Myers Squibb where he was responsible for the clinical research strategy for broad development of oncology assets and advancing clinical research efforts with a team of medical directors from March 2016 to June 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Kayitalire held senior positions at major pharmaceutical companies including Celgene from September 2013 to March 2016. Dr. Kayitalire completed his medical training at Butare University, Rwanda and later as Assistant Professor in Oncology at the Paris XI University of France. He is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).