Institute at UCLA from April 2014 to September 2015. Dr. Rome holds a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology from California Institute of Technology.
We believe Dr. Rome is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience in investing in diverse biotechnology companies and his depth of knowledge and substantial experience as a research scientist.
Laurie Smaldone Alsup, M.D. has served on our board of directors since August 2020. Since March 2016, Dr. Smaldone Alsup has served as the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer of NDA Group AB, a drug regulatory and drug consulting company. Prior to her current position, she served as the President and Chief Scientific Officer of PharmApprove LLC, a drug development consulting company, from August 2011 until its acquisition by NDA Group AB in March 2016. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2011, Dr. Smaldone Alsup served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Phytomedics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and in senior positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company, including as Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Risk Management and as Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory Science. Dr. Smaldone Alsup serves on the boards of directors of Blackberry, Ltd. (NYSE: BB), Arvinas, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARVN), and Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: TBPH). Dr. Smaldone Alsup holds a B.A. in Biology and Philosophy from Fordham College and a M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.
We believe Dr. Smaldone Alsup is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her medical expertise, her expertise as an executive in the biotechnology industry and her experience as a public company board member, including within the biotechnology industry.
Class I Directors
Carl Gordon, Ph.D. has served on our board of directors since December 2019. Dr. Gordon is a founding partner, Managing Partner, and Co-Head of Global Private Equity at OrbiMed Advisors LLC, an investment firm, since January 1998. Dr. Gordon currently serves on the boards of directors of Keros Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: KROS), Turning Point Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPTX) and Prevail Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRVL), as well as several private companies. Dr. Gordon previously served on the boards of directors of Alector Inc. (Nasdaq: ALEC), X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Arsanis, Inc.) (Nasdaq: XFOR), Acceleron Pharma Inc., (Nasdaq: XLRN), ARMO BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARMO), Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTLA), Selecta Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SELB), SpringWorks Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWTX) and Passage Bio Inc. (Nasdaq: PASG). Dr. Gordon holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Fellow at the Rockefeller University.
We believe Dr. Gordon is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive expertise and experience investing in the life science industry.
Helen Sabzevari, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2021. Dr. Sabzevari currently serves as President and CEO of Precigen, Inc., a dedicated discovery and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, and since July 2017 has served in various other senior executive positions at Precigen and its wholly owned subsidiary, PGEN Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to Precigen, Dr. Sabzevari was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Compass Therapeutics, a fully integrated drug discovery and development company focused on manipulating the immune system to treat human disease, from 2015 to 2017. Prior to Compass Therapeutics, Dr. Sabzevari was Senior Vice President of Immuno-Oncology as well as Global Head of Immunotherapy, Oncology, Global Research and Early Development at EMD Serono (a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Sabzevari received her Ph.D. in cell and molecular immunology and completed her postdoctoral work at the department of immunology at the Scripps Research Institute working on various immunotherapeutic modalities in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.
We believe that Dr. Sabzevari’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include her expertise in the research and development of immunotherapy-based therapeutics and her leadership experience in and knowledge of the biotherapeutics industry.
Jim Tananbaum, M.D. is a founding board member of Kinnate, first appointed to our board of directors in March 2018, and has served on our board of directors from March 2018 to December 2019 and since June 2020. He has also served as Founder and CEO of Foresite Capital Management, an investment firm, since 2010. Prior