Leadership / Management

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Ken Horne
Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Horne has over 15 years of experience in the life science industry as an executive, entrepreneur and investor. He joined Symic Bio as CEO in April 2014. Previously, he was a founding member of TauTona Group, an early stage life science venture capital fund. At TauTona, Mr. Horne founded Aline Aesthetics, a novel biomaterial company, where he led the company as General Manager until its acquisition by Allergan (AGN) in 2014. He also served as Vice President of Business Development for TauTona portfolio companies, which included acquisitions by LifeCell and Novadaq (NVDQ). Mr. Horne has a BS and MS degree from Stanford University in mechanical engineering and is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Rinko Ghosh
Rinko Ghosh, MBA
President and Chief Business Officer

Rinko Ghosh joined Symic Bio in January 2016.  He has 20 years of experience in biotechnology and healthcare.  Previously he was Senior Vice President & Chief Business Officer at Nektar Therapeutics.  His primary responsibilities at Nektar included business and corporate development, marketing, strategic planning, portfolio evaluation and alliance management.  He has been an Advisor to several Life Sciences companies, including Epic Sciences, PulmoKine, MannKind, Pearl Therapeutics (acquired by Astra Zeneca), and Aviron (acquired by MedImmune). Prior to joining Nektar in 2001 he was co-CEO of a biotechnology startup in Asia.  Earlier, as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney in San Francisco, and as a scientific consultant with Environ Corp. in Princeton, he worked with multi-national clients in healthcare and other industries.  Mr. Ghosh earned his MBA from Wharton, his MS in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and his BS in Engineering from the IIT, Bombay.

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Nathan Bachtell, MD
Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Bachtell joined Symic Bio in March of 2014 and will be leading clinical research and medical affairs initiatives. Previously, he was the medical as well as global team lead in the osteoarthritis (OA) development program at Genzyme (now part of Sanofi) where he focused on symptomatic and disease modification therapies. During his time in industry Dr. Bachtell worked on biologics, cell therapies as well as medical devices, and led teams in pharmacovigilance, clinical research and medical affairs. His therapeutic focus included general orthopedics, dermatology, immune mediated diseases, and neurology. Prior to industry, he was an attending physician at a teaching hospital as well as an advisor and principal investigator for a biotechnology start up. Dr. Bachtell received his MD from UC San Francisco, completed residency at Oregon Health Sciences University and earned a Masters in Management from Harvard University.

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Jocelyn Jackson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
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Prior to joining Symic Bio, Ms. Jackson was the CFO of TauTona Group, an early stage life science venture. At TauTona, Ms. Jackson was responsible for the management of all finance and accounting functions, as well as investor communication. She was also closely involved in the sale of TauTona’s assets to Allergan (AGN), LifeCell and Novadaq (NVDQ). Previously, she was the Controller of CV Ingenuity, a medical device company that developed drug-coated balloon platforms, where she assisted in the sale of CV Ingenuity to Covidien (COV). Ms. Jackson started her career at Deloitte and Touche, LLP, where she spent time in both the tax and audit departments.

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Glenn Prestwich, PhD
Executive Vice President, Chemistry

As Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Utah, Dr. Prestwich led translational research efforts as Special Presidential Assistant for Faculty Entrepreneurism and has served as Director of the Center for Cell Signaling and of the Center for Therapeutic Biomaterials. He has authored over 650 publications and holds 38 patents. Dr. Prestwich has helped launch over nine life science companies and has advised numerous companies. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, the Rooster Prize of the International Society for Hyaluronan Science, the Volwiler Research Award, the University of Utah Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award and the University of Utah Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award. Dr. Prestwich received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University.

Wayne Froland, PhD
Executive Vice President, Technical Operations

Dr. Froland has over 20 years of experience in industry, primarily focusing on product and process development in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Most recently, Dr. Froland was Associate Vice President and leader of the Center for Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Sciences at Merck & Co., responsible for product development and commercialization as well as the design and utilization of next-generation manufacturing facilities. He brings experience leading clinical development teams through to late-stage product registration studies from Calypte Biomedical, Questcor, Bayer and Aerovance. His experience in successful global product approval, launch and support of commercial supply chains covers protein therapeutics in the areas of immuno-oncology (Keytruda), infectious disease (Zinplava), allergy immunotherapy (Grastek/Ragwitek), hemophilia (Kogenate SF) and fertility (Elonva). Dr. Froland is a co-inventor on patents related to synthesis of therapeutic peptides and has authored 20 peer-reviewed publications. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Hicham Alaoui, PhD
Senior Vice President, Discovery Biology

Dr. Alaoui jointed Symic Bio in January 2018 as Senior Vice President of Discovery Biology. He has over 20 years of experience with drug discovery and development. Prior to joining Symic Bio, Dr. Alaoui has served as Director of Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. At Genentech, Dr. Alaoui was responsible for lead discovery and optimization, biomarker analysis and directing mechanism of action studies supporting small molecule and biotherapeutic research programs in multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to Genentech, Dr. Alaoui has held the position of Director of Biology at Stryker Biotech, where he lead discovery and bioanalytical efforts in support of pre-clinical and clinical studies. He has also held positions at VisEn Medical, NeoGenesis Pharmaceuticals, and Shire. Dr. Alaoui received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University.

Grace Wong-Sarad
Grace Wong-Sarad
Vice President, Controller

Ms. Wong-Sarad joined Symic Bio in November 2015 as Vice President, Controller. Ms. Wong-Sarad has 20 years combined experience in biotechnology finance and audit/assurance. Ms. Wong-Sarad previously served as Senior Director, Controller of Hyperion Therapeutics Inc. a commercial pharmaceutical company, and was a key team member responsible for the successful initial public offering and secondary offering of Hyperion. During her time at Hyperion she led finance and accounting function, revenue reporting, SEC reporting and tax, among other responsibilities. Previously, Ms. Wong-Sarad also held various positions in the audit practice of KPMG LLP and Arthur Andersen. Ms. Wong-Sarad is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from San Pedro College of Business Administration in the Philippines.

Kathleen Gogas
Kathleen Gogas, PhD
Vice President, Preclinical Development

Prior to joining Symic Bio, Dr. Gogas was Senior Director of Preclinical Pharmacology at Nektar Therapeutics where she was responsible for all global preclinical research and development activities. These activities included projects in the areas of oncology, inflammation and pain. Dr. Gogas previously held leadership positions at Xenoport Inc., Neurocrine Biosciences and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Gogas received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Albany Medical College and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard University.

Manish Anand
Manish Anand
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality

Mr. Anand has many years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry including responsibility for interactions with international regulatory agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Mr. Anand has been involved in the development of drugs, biologics, blood products and vaccine therapies for a diverse range of therapeutic areas such as hematology, oncology, CNS, inflammation and orphan disease. Prior to joining Symic Bio, Mr. Anand was Director of Regulatory Affairs at Portola Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Anand has also served in regulatory affairs positions at BioMarin, Vanda, MacuSight and Medimmune. Mr. Anand received a M.S. in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Lafayette College.