Andrew “Andy” Sheldon
Chairman of the Board, Independent
Andy has 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and was named CEO of the Year by the Vaccine Industry Excellence awards at the World Vaccine Congress in April 2012. He is the head of Medicago New Ventures and was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Medicago Inc. Before joining Medicago Inc. in 2003, Mr. Sheldon served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, of Shire Biologics and as General Manager of Rhône Merieux Canada. Mr. Sheldon is also the Board Chairman of Quebec International in the Quebec City region. Mr. Sheldon has a Bachelors degree in agricultural sciences from the Université Laval, Québec City, and a bachelor’s of science degree with honors in biological sciences from the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England.
Michael P. Bailey
Director, Independent - Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he has been instrumental in the commercial planning and launch of several new medicines across multiple oncology indications.
He currently is Chief Executive Officer and Board member of AVEO Oncology which he joined in 2010 as Chief Commercial Officer, subsequently serving Chief Business Officer and then Chief Executive Officer.
He previously held a variety of leadership roles in commercial operations, sales, business development, and strategic planning across numerous biotech and pharmaceutical companies, including ImClone Systems (now Eli Lilly), Genentech, Synta Pharmaceuticals, and Smithkline Beecham. Michael holds an M.B.A. in International Marketing from the Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.
Julia P. Gregory
Director, Independent - Member of the Compensation Committee
Julia P. Gregory is a seasoned biotechnology executive with a proven track record for successfully growing, capitalizing and repositioning private and public biotechnology companies. She is well-versed in corporate governance and SEC issues and has extensive experience in recruiting outstanding management teams. As a biotechnology executive, she has raised more than $1.5 billion for biotechnology companies across all types of business cycles and structured creative strategic alliances and transactions for them with pharmaceutical companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., Genentech, Inc. (now Roche) and Human Genome Sciences (now GSK). Most recently, she was CEO and Board member of ContraFect (NASDAQ: CFRX), which focused on new biologics as an alternative to antibiotics. Prior to ContraFect, she was CEO and Board member of FivePrime Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FXRX), which discovered and developed innovative protein and antibody therapeutics in the fields of oncology and immunology. She was the EVP Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: LXRX) during its $220 million initial public offering and was involved in the creation of Lexicon’s $500 million private equity investment plan. In addition to her deep experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, Ms. Gregory has twenty years of investment banking experience, starting at Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. and subsequently at Punk, Ziegel & Company, where she served as the head of investment banking and head of its life sciences practice. Ms. Gregory has also served on the Board of Directors at The Global TB Alliance for Drug Development, Clinipace Worldwide, and the Institute for the Study of Aging, a private foundation for Alzheimers. She is currently a Director at Iconic Therapeutics, the Sosei Group Corporation and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: BHVN). Ms. Gregory attained a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Director, Independent - Chairman of the Audit Committee
James is an experienced, knowledgeable and versatile entrepreneur, business operator, corporate investor, director and advisor with expertise in finance (accounting/restructurings/special investigations), private equity, banking and media. He is currently President of James Hall Advisors Inc. – financial and management consultants – and was formerly Vice President of Callidus Capital Corporation (a stressed asset-based lender operating in Canada and the United States). Prior to Callidus, he served as Chairman and CEO of Journal Register Company (Philadelphia-based newspaper company), and was Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Working Ventures Canadian Fun Inc. from 1990 to 2002. Past corporate directorships include Indigo Books & Music Inc., Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, TerraVest Income Fun, General Donlee Income Fund and international Datacasting Corporation. A Chartered Professional Accountant. Mr. Hall is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ontario.
Kyle Kuvalanka brings over 20 years of experience as a senior leader in the biopharmaceutical industry. Currently, Mr. Kuvalanka serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Goldfinch Bio, a kidney precision medicines company. Prior to joining Goldfinch Bio, Mr. Kuvalanka advised private biopharmaceutical and portfolio companies of venture capital firms, including Third Rock Ventures, on their corporate and financial strategies and helped to build several investor syndicates. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer at Syros Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SYRS) and Chief Business Officer and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer at Blueprint Medicines (Nasdaq; BPMC). In these roles, Mr. Kuvalanka helped to transition the companies from early-stage start-ups to publicly traded, clinical-stage organizations. In particular, he built the business and finance functions, led the execution of several financings, including the companies’ initial public offerings, and led the negotiations of the companies’ early strategic collaborations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kuvalanka worked in roles of increasing responsibility over twelve years at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, including as Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University.
Frederic “Fred” Ors, MSc, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Fred has served as our Chief Executive Officer since April 2016. As CEO, he has led the transformation of IMV into a leading clinical-stage immune-oncology company with world-class collaborators and a strong scientific foundation. He has more than 21 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, having served in several management positions encompassing business development, intellectual property, strategic planning, pre-marketing, and communication. Before joining IMV, Fred spent 14 years at Medicago serving in many roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning. He had been an integral part of Medicago’s success, including securing more than $300M CAN in non-dilutive funding in revenues and future milestones from licensing agreements and government contracts, and the $357M CAN deal acquisition by Mitsubishi Pharma in 2013.
Fred is also a Director of CQDM, a biopharmaceutical research consortium and served as second Vice-Chair of the Vaccine Industry Committee of Biotech Canada between 2012 and 2016. Prior to Medicago, Fred was Licensing Manager at the University Paris VII-Denis Diderot, one of the largest sciences and medical university in France. He owns a BSc degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and Business Management from the University of Angers (France).
Shermaine Tilley, PhD
Director, Independent - Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Governance Committee
Shermaine is a Managing Partner at CTI Life Sciences Fund (CTI LSF), a Montreal-based venture capital fund investing across Canada as well as in the United States. CTI LSF currently has $245M under management, comprised of 2014 vintage Fund II that is open for investment as well as a 2006 vintage Fund I. Since joining CTI LSF at its inception in 2006, Shermaine has played a critical role in each of the investments made by the Fund, but particularly by leading investments in Medicago–acquired by Mitsubishi Tanabe in 2013–as well as those in Phemi, Xagenic and Zymeworks. She was also a board observer in Enobia that was acquired by Alexion in 2012 in the largest takeout of a private development-stage biotech for $1.1B, assuming all milestones are received. Prior to joining CTI LSF in 2006, Shermain was Senior Vice President at Drug Royalty Corporation, the world’s first private equity firm doing royalty transactions in the biotech/pharma space. At DRC (now DRI), she played a leading role in closing 12 transactions totaling over $200M in investments. Before DRC, Shermaine managed a research laboratory, holding faculty positions at the NYU School of Medicine and Public Health Research Institute, NY, and on the PHRI Board of Directors. Concomitantly with her tenure at NYU School of Medicine and PHRI, she consulted for the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in immunology and infectious disease for 10 years. Shermaine holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a member of the CFA Society of Toronto. She currently sits on the boards of Phemi, Xagenic, Zymeworks and BIOTECanada.
Markus Warmuth, MD
Director, Independent - Member of the Governance Committee
As a long-time advocate for industry collaboration and data-driven drug discovery, Markus brings over 20 years of immuno-oncology and precision medicine drug development expertise to IMV. He currently serves as a Venture Partner at Versant Ventures and Chief Executive Officer of Monte Rosa Therapeutics. He had joined Versant from Third Rock Ventures, where he worked as an EIR and played an integral role in the venture capital firm’s formation of new biotech companies. Prior to his role at Third Rock, Markus spent seven years as the Chief Executive Officer of H3 Biomedicine, a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the discovery and development of genomics-based precision oncology treatments. Markus has also previously served in multiple roles at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), including as the Director of Kinase Biology, Head of Oncology Pharmacology. He earned his MD from Ludwig Maximilian University, in Munich, Germany. He currently resides with his family in Boston, MA.