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CEO

Jake Reder, PhD

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Chairman Emeritus

Michael W. Fanger, PhD

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Executive Director of R&D

Joana Murad Mabaera, PhD

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Executive Director

Karen Hermanson

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Scientist

Adam Schmucker, MS

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Executive Director, Site Head, NYC

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VP for Research and Discovery

Paul Guyre, PhD

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Principal Scientist

Colleen Cooper, PhD

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Senior Advisor

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Program Lead

Julie Coleman, PhD

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Associate Director

Jing Gong, PhD

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Scientist

Zachary Parker, PhD

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Research Technician

Charlotte McCleery

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Scientist

Emily Weyburne, PhD

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Scientist

Sarah McDonald, PhD

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Scientist

Viktor Martyanov, PhD

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Organizational Consultant

Roland Silverio

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General Counsel

Lauren Brunswick, JD

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Operations Manager

Shaniqua Jones, MBA

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Principal Scientist

Jim DiRenzo, PhD

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CEO

Jake Reder, PhD

Jake cofounded Celdara Medical with Prof. Michael Fanger as a way to bridge academic innovation and the marketplace, and currently serves as Director and CEO. Jake guided CM from a concept to the fastest growing company (across all sectors) in the state three years in a row, and is now applying these learnings to the Pandemic Security Initiative. He serves on the Boards of the New Hampshire Academy of Science, Virtici, and MBV, and is Chairman of CairnSurgical, and Javelin Oncology. Jake has lived, studied and worked in Canada, Germany, and the USA, with experiences in research, venture investing, corporate alliances and internal startups, academia, and startups. In 2017 Jake was selected by the US SBA as NH Small Business Person of the Year. Jake earned a B.Sc. with First Class Honors from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Chemistry as a Brown-Wetherill Fellow at Purdue University and Ludwig Maximilians Universität. Jake enjoys skiing, hiking, and sailing with his children.

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Chairman Emeritus

Michael W. Fanger, PhD

Mike cofounded Celdara Medical with Dr. Jake Reder in 2008. Previously, he was a Founder and Director of Medarex (acquired by BMS in 2009 for $2.4B). While at Medarex, Mike, with Drs. Nils Lonberg and Tibor Keler, selected ipilimumab (Yervoy, formerly MDX-010) for further development. Yervoy is the first therapy to prolong survival for patients with advanced melanoma, and in 2013 was highlighted as Science Magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year”. He was also instrumental in the development of nivolumab (Opdivo, MDX-1106), the first anti-PD-1 to be approved, as well as bezlotoxumab (Zinplava, MDX-1388) for the treatment of C. difficile, and the third Medarex-originated drug to be approved. Mike was also the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDX), is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and was Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 1992 until 2002. He is a graduate of Wabash College and received his PhD in Biochemistry from Yale University. Mike has authored over 160 publications and over 90 patents and patent applications.

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Executive Director of R&D

Joana Murad Mabaera, PhD

Joana is an Executive Director of R&D at Celdara Medical where she acts as the operational lead of the company’s R&D effort in addition to developing and managing multiple projects. Joana has over 10 years of research and managerial experience in multiple scientific fields at Celdara, primarily in the area of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-based cell therapies for oncology and auto-immune diseases. Prior to Celdara, she was a research scientist at Norris Cotton Cancer Center where she led multiple projects in the field of metabolic disorders. Joana received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She enjoys reading, running and getting together with friends.

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Executive Director

Karen Hermanson

Karen is the Director of Operations and has been with Celdara Medical since 2012. With over 15 years of general management experience, she currently oversees the financial, human resources and administrative systems at Celdara. Previous roles include General Manager at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT and Operations Manager at the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, NH. She has a BA in English and Theater from Middlebury College.

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Scientist

Adam Schmucker, MS

Adam is a scientist at Celdara Medical, and has been with the company since 2013. Adam supports multiple programs with his background in general molecular and cellular biology, including regulated work in support of clinical trials. His past experience includes employment as a Scientific Associate at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge MA, and as a Research Assistant at Harvard Institutes of Medicine in Boston. He received his BS in biology from UMass Boston, and his MS in molecular and cellular biology from Dartmouth College, studying the transcriptional regulation of matrix metalloproteinases in the lab of Dr. Constance Brinckerhoff. Adam lives on a small farm in northern Vermont, and enjoys alpine ski racing, in particular competing in the United States Ski Association’s New England Masters league.

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Executive Director, Site Head, NYC

Brandy Houser, PhD

Dr. Brandy Houser is the Site Head for NYC and has led the expansion of Celdara Medical into the Greater NYC region where she is responsible for sourcing and vetting new pipeline assets and all operations. She has led financing, preclinical development, and strategy across the entire NYC pipeline and continues to be a passionate member of the NYC biotech ecosystem through educational content creation as well as through her work as a co-founder of Fiddlehead Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that builds dynamic life science ecosystems. Dr. Houser continues to provide development and intellectual property strategy and know-how to multiple NYC academic institutions and previously supported the NY Economic Development Corporation as the Investment Director of Accelerate New York (Fund II) in their deployment of seed financing to NYC start-up companies. Previously, Brandy was an Investment Associate at Brandon Capital Partners, an Australian venture capital firm and the Alliance Manager for Partners Healthcare, the corporate entity that oversees operations for the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During this time, she managed technologies from both hospitals as well as programs for Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation. She also helped to create the business and operations plan for The Human Translational Immunology Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Brandy received her Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard University under the guidance of Dr. Jack Strominger. During her graduate career she was also a commercialization fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Houser is a co-founder and current board member at Women Accelerators, a not-for-profit organization that is geared towards providing the skills women need to advance their careers at all stages.

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VP for Research and Discovery

Paul Guyre, PhD

Paul is VP for Research and Discovery and is currently Principal Investigator for R&D programs to develop antibacterial, antiviral and immune enhancing small molecules and antibodies. He is also an Active Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Prior to Celdara, Paul was co-founder of Medarex, the company that produced many FDA approved antibodies including the cancer checkpoint antibodies ipilimumab and nivolumab. Paul received his BA in Biology from Montclair State College and his MS and PhD degrees in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing, he enjoys working with the great team at Celdara Medical.

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Principal Scientist

Colleen Cooper, PhD

Colleen has been a member of the Celdara Medical team for over four years where she has led or participated in R&D programs ranging from fibrosis, CAR-T development, and infectious disease. Colleen is trained in immunology with specific interests in autoimmunity and infectious disease. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and chasing her chickens and children around the yard.

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Senior Advisor

Jean-Loup Romet Lemonne, MD

Dr. Jean-Loup Romet-Lemonne joined Celdara Medical in 2017 as Senior Advisor, working directly with the NYC Site Head advising on all areas of strategy and business development the NYC pipeline. Prior to joining Celdara, he was Senior Advisor of Global Development at Institut Pasteur working directly with the Institut Pasteur’s President for the development of strategic initiatives in the US. Dr. Romet-Lemonne has an extensive biotech career spanning more than three decades and include being the Founder and CEO of IDM Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:IDMI) now part of Takeda oncology. At IDM, Jean-Loup pioneered anti-cancer immunotherapy with the development of a cellular therapy armed with bi-specific antibodies and brought to market a novel biopharma product that changed patient outcomes in pediatric osteosarcoma. Jean-Loup has been a Senior Scientist in the Cancer Biology Department at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Professor at the Medical School of Tours University in France. Dr. Romet-Lemonne received his MD from Tours University, completed business training at HEC in France, and executive training at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Jean-Loup is an entrepreneur guru and continues to mentor scientific founders. He is also an active contributor to the development of the NYC life-science ecosystem as a co-founder of the Fiddlehead Foundation. Jean-Loup enjoys running all over NYC, but most especially in Central Park and along the Hudson River.

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Program Lead

Julie Coleman, PhD

Julie is a project leader at Celdara Medical where she currently leads the DRIVEN Accelerator Hub and two R&D programs in antimicrobial resistance and autoimmune disease, respectively. Prior to Celdara, Julie was a consultant at Putnam Associates where she provided scientific and analytical insights to clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Julie consulted in therapeutic areas spanning gene therapy, molecular therapies, cell therapy, diagnostics, vaccines, and biosimilars; diseases included breast cancer, hematological malignancies, neurological disorders, infertility disorders, and meningitis. Julie received her BA in Biology and English from Bowdoin College and her PhD in Neuroscience from Tufts University. She enjoys reading, hiking, and cross-country skiing, but most of all, she loves dancing with friends!

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Associate Director

Jing Gong, PhD

Jing is an Associate at Celdara Medical NYC. She supports the entire New York pipeline, spanning RNA platforms to antibody therapies to diagnostics. Prior to Celdara, Jing was a project manager at the Translational Research Accelerator, hosted at Columbia University, where she worked with a cross-functional team of MDs, scientific founders, researchers and executives-in-residence to reach IND-enabling milestones. Jing also has worked extensively with Columbia Technology Ventures, aiding Columbia University researchers in the technology development process. Jing received her BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and her MS/PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University. She enjoys rock climbing, backpacking and trying to complete the recipes in her Milk Street subscription.

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Scientist

Zachary Parker, PhD

Zach is a Scientist at Celdara Medical where he currently drives the hands-on science for programs on autoimmune disease. Before Celdara, Zach was a postdoc at the University of Chicago where he studied the innate immune response to RNA viruses, work that has become particularly relevant during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Zach has research experience in labs working on DNA viruses in vivo, as well as studying the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae, giving him a breadth of microbiology experience. Zach received his BS and MS in Biology from Appalachian State University and his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Dartmouth College. He enjoys cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, brewing, and spending time with his two cattle dogs.

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Research Technician

Charlotte McCleery

Charlotte is a lab technician at Celdara Medical. Her responsibilities include machine maintenance, daily tasks to keep the lab running smoothly, ordering, and putting out any fires that come her way. Charlotte is also directly involved in the lab operations of Celdara’s diagnostic service. After graduating from Keene State College, Charlotte’s passion for science allowed her to explore the world of marine biology which brought her to several islands to conduct underwater research. Following these experiences, she was a research assistant in a breast cancer research lab at Dartmouth College for two years prior to joining Celdara. She enjoys her dogs, the great outdoors, and the oceans.

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Scientist

Emily Weyburne, PhD

Emily is a Scientist at Celdara Medical. Prior to Celdara, Emily was a postdoc at Dartmouth College where she used human cell lines to research the effects of mutations in a protein complex necessary for cell division. She was also President of the Dartmouth College Postdoc Association (DCPDA) for two years. Emily received her BA in Biochemistry from Colgate University and her PhD in Molecular Cancer Biology from Dartmouth College. She enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and cooking.

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Scientist

Sarah McDonald, PhD

Sarah is a Scientist at Celdara Medical. She joined in March 2020 and is working in protein production and purification. Prior to joining Celdara, she worked as a protein production scientist and lab manager at Avitide Inc. and before that at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. She has completed postdocs at SRI International and at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Sarah received a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Liverpool, a MSc in Biodiversity from Imperial College London and a PhD in Marine Microbiology from the Stazione Zoologica in Italy in collaboration with the Open University in the UK. She enjoys horse riding, gardening, knitting and reading.

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Scientist

Viktor Martyanov, PhD

Viktor is a Bioinformaticist at Celdara Medical where he is working with academia and industry partners to analyze clinical trials using genomic data and bring Celdara’s pipeline to its full potential. Prior to Celdara, Viktor worked at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to identify molecular biomarkers of clinical response in systemic sclerosis, a rare and deadly autoimmune disease. Viktor received his BS in Genetic Biology from Purdue University and his PhD in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College. Viktor enjoys reading Wall Street Journal, exploring community gardens, ordering DoorDash and watching survival shows on Hulu.

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Organizational Consultant

Roland Silverio

Roland is a trusted advisor to the leadership team at Celdara Medical. Prior to Celdara, Roland led Human Resources globally in multiple sectors and has successfully coached CEOs, Presidents, General Managers, and other business leaders. Roland’s several international assignments in China, France, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Indonesia have given him a unique perspective on leadership in the global market place. Roland is a graduate of Northeastern University and has received both an MS and CAGS in Education from the University of Massachusetts. He enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

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General Counsel

Lauren Brunswick, JD

Lauren Brunswick serves as General Counsel to Celdara Medical.  Lauren has over fifteen years of experience counseling clients in a broad range of transactional and litigation matters.  She previously served as Senior Director, Corporate Counsel with The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  She began her career as an attorney with the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Law (magna cum laude) and her undergraduate degree from Brown University.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, teaching, and coaching sports.  Lauren is based in Miami and has served as a Director of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter, and an Adjunct Professor at the Florida International University School of Law.

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Operations Manager

Shaniqua Jones, MBA

Shaniqua recently started as Operations Manager for Celdara Medical. With 10yrs of operations and business development experience, she currently supports financial and administrative systems at Celdara. Previous roles include Program and Operations Director and Program Administrator at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has a BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from Plymouth State University.

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Principal Scientist

Jim DiRenzo, PhD

Jim joined the Celdara team in June of 2021 and will lead and participate in the full life-cycle of R & D Programs. Jim is trained in cellular and molecular medicine and has specific interests in cancer therapeutics, regenerative medicine, protein engineering, and immunology. He enjoys outdoor activities in all seasons, especially hiking, trail running, swimming and skiing.

Celdara Fellows

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Celdara Fellow, Brown University

Blessing Akobundu

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NYC Celdara Fellow, Columbia University

Ramsey Bekdash

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NYC Celdara Fellow, The Rockefeller University

Amy Huang

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Celdara Fellow, University of New Hampshire

Tahmineh Rahmani Eliato, MS

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Celdara Fellow, Tulane University

Brianne Sullivan, MS

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Celdara Fellow, Dartmouth College

Kamran Tariq, MS

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Celdara Fellow, Tufts University

Junqi (Alicia) Wu, PhD

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Celdara Fellow, Brown University

Blessing Akobundu

Blessing is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical. Blessing is currently a 5th year PhD student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to Brown, Blessing obtained her B.S. degree in Biology from Morgan State University in Baltimore MD. She is extremely excited to partake in this fellowship opportunity and is looking forward to contributing to improving the lives of patients with various diseases.

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NYC Celdara Fellow, Columbia University

Ramsey Bekdash

Ramsey is a Fellow at Celdara Medical NYC. He joined in September 2020 and conducts diligence research for new technologies and assets, assists in grant writing, and asset development. He is also currently a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Graduate Program at Columbia University Medical Center. His research interests include synthetic biology, biosensor development, and drug development. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of Maryland, where he earned a dual degree in General Biology and Chemistry.

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NYC Celdara Fellow, The Rockefeller University

Amy Huang

Amy is a Fellow at Celdara Medical NYC where she provides grant-writing support and reviews potential technologies for the New York pipeline. She spends the rest of her time as a PhD candidate in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology at Rockefeller University, trying to better understand the HIV-1 latent reservoir. Amy received her BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. She enjoys practicing handstands and making friends with local bodega cats.

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Celdara Fellow, University of New Hampshire

Tahmineh Rahmani Eliato, MS

Tahmineh is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical where she currently conducts due diligence on therapeutic assets.
She has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. She studies soft biomaterials with an emphasis on biomedical and health-oriented applications. Her dissertation research investigates poorly understood properties of biopolymers with potential marketability as antimicrobial or endotoxin removal agents. She is currently involved with her research group in starting a company based on her work. Tahmineh is passionate about developing new industry research opportunities for her students and is a member of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. She enjoys movies and spending time with her family.

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Celdara Fellow, Tulane University

Brianne Sullivan, MS

Brianne is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical. She received her BA in Communications and BS in Chemistry from CSU Channel Islands, and her MS in Neuroscience from Tulane University. Currently, Brianne is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Tulane University studying under the guidance of Dr. Chad Steele, Chair of Microbiology and Immunology. Brianne’s main research interest lies in translational medicine, particularly in the field of neuroinflammatory diseases. For her research, Brianne is investigating the neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory mechanisms of a rare fungal infection in the brain. To achieve this, she has developed a novel in vivo model of this disease which will provide a valuable tool for investigating new therapeutics and technologies. Brianne enjoys all things New Orleans, and particularly those things she can bring her dog Beauregard to.

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Celdara Fellow, Dartmouth College

Kamran Tariq, MS

Kamran is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical where he is currently involved in scientific diligence, competitive analysis, analytical marketing, regulatory and intellectual property assessment. Outside of Celdara, Kamran is a PhD candidate in the department of Molecular and Systems Biology at Dartmouth College. His thesis work employs mouse models of autism spectrum disorder to identify proteins that may influence the Autism phenotype and serve as new therapeutic targets. Born and raised in Pakistan, Kamran received his BS in Biotechnology from FC College and MS in Biology from LUMS in Lahore, Pakistan. Kamran enjoys hiking in the white mountains and is currently making his way through the list of New Hampshire’s four-thousand footers.

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Celdara Fellow, Tufts University

Junqi (Alicia) Wu, PhD

Alicia is a recipient of the High-Potential Entrepreneurs’ Fellowship (CHEF) 2021 at Celdara Medical. Alicia is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. David Kaplan’s Lab at Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her current research focuses on the development of functional medical implants from thermoplastic processed silk and silk-based drug delivery platforms. Prior to joining the Kaplan Lab, she obtained her Ph.D. degree at McGill University, Department of Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Mark Andrews, where she worked on nanocellulose-based functional microbeads. Alicia is passionate about technology transfer and innovation in healthcare industry. During her free time, she enjoys painting, hiking, and trying new things.

Board and Advisors

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Director

Eric Achtmann

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Chairman

Kennett F. Burnes

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Chairman Emeritus

Michael W. Fanger, PhD

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VP for Research and Discovery

Paul Guyre, PhD

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Director

Lita Nelsen

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Director

Steven Potter

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CEO

Jake Reder, PhD

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Director

Eric Achtmann

Eric is a Managing Director at Global Capital Group, Director at Javelin Oncology, Founding Member of Meggitt plc’s Technology Advisory Board, as well as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and the European Commission. Eric was previously Managing Partner at PolyTechnos Venture-Partners, a pan-European Life Science and Tech venture fund; Co-founder & Executive Chairman of V-Nova, a world leader in video compression; and Architect of Costa Coffee’s “Project Marlow”, which led to the $5.1b acquisition by Coca-Cola. He holds multiple degrees in engineering and finance, including from MIT and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Professor of Practice at the MIT-founded Skoltech and former Senior Lecturer at the TU Munich and ETH Zurich. Eric enjoys flying and making great food, from German breads to kimchi.

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Chairman

Kennett F. Burnes

Ken is retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Cabot Corporation and was previously a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart. He was Director of State Street Corporation for 10 years and was a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Board of Trustees. Ken is currently Chairman of the Board of the New England Conservatory, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Schepens Eye Research Institute, and board member and treasurer of the Epiphany School. Ken holds both an LL.B. and B.A. degree from Harvard University.

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Chairman Emeritus

Michael W. Fanger, PhD

Mike cofounded Celdara Medical with Dr. Jake Reder in 2008. Previously, he was a Founder and Director of Medarex (acquired by BMS in 2009 for $2.4B). While at Medarex, Mike, with Drs. Nils Lonberg and Tibor Keler, selected ipilimumab (Yervoy, formerly MDX-010) for further development. Yervoy is the first therapy to prolong survival for patients with advanced melanoma, and in 2013 was highlighted as Science Magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year”. He was also instrumental in the development of nivolumab (Opdivo, MDX-1106), the first anti-PD-1 to be approved, as well as bezlotoxumab (Zinplava, MDX-1388) for the treatment of C. difficile, and the third Medarex-originated drug to be approved. Mike was also the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDX), is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and was Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 1992 until 2002. He is a graduate of Wabash College and received his PhD in Biochemistry from Yale University. Mike has authored over 160 publications and over 90 patents and patent applications.

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VP for Research and Discovery

Paul Guyre, PhD

Paul is VP for Research and Discovery and is currently Principal Investigator for R&D programs to develop antibacterial, antiviral and immune enhancing small molecules and antibodies. He is also an Active Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Prior to Celdara, Paul was co-founder of Medarex, the company that produced many FDA approved antibodies including the cancer checkpoint antibodies ipilimumab and nivolumab. Paul received his BA in Biology from Montclair State College and his MS and PhD degrees in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing, he enjoys working with the great team at Celdara Medical.

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Director

Lita Nelsen

Lita is the retired Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Officer, where she was for 30 years. She is widely published in the field, and has advised a number of international governments on technology transfer policies. She is a founder of PraxisAuril in the UK, and was awarded a Member of the British Empire for her aid to UK universities in technology transfer. Lita is currently a consultant in technology transfer policies and licensing agreements, primarily in the biotechnology sphere, and serves on a number of non-profit boards. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA as a Sloan Fellow from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Director

Steven Potter

Steve is currently the Managing Partner of the US business of Odgers Berndtson and Founder and CEO of Allyon Solutions, LLC. He was previously the cofounder, CEO, and Chairman of both Sextant Search Partners and Axiom Consulting; the CEO of TMP Worldwide Executive Search; the CEO of Highland Search Group; and a Managing Director, Head of Global Banking and Merchant Banking, at Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc. Steve has a BA in History and English from Yale University.

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CEO

Jake Reder, PhD

Jake cofounded Celdara Medical with Prof. Michael Fanger as a way to bridge academic innovation and the marketplace, and currently serves as Director and CEO. Jake guided CM from a concept to the fastest growing company (across all sectors) in the state three years in a row, and is now applying these learnings to the Pandemic Security Initiative. He serves on the Boards of the New Hampshire Academy of Science, Virtici, and MBV, and is Chairman of CairnSurgical, and Javelin Oncology. Jake has lived, studied and worked in Canada, Germany, and the USA, with experiences in research, venture investing, corporate alliances and internal startups, academia, and startups. In 2017 Jake was selected by the US SBA as NH Small Business Person of the Year. Jake earned a B.Sc. with First Class Honors from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Chemistry as a Brown-Wetherill Fellow at Purdue University and Ludwig Maximilians Universität. Jake enjoys skiing, hiking, and sailing with his children.