We are a team of dedicated, skilled scientists, professionals, and leaders with deep expertise across all aspects of drug development, manufacturing, and commercialization.
Our Leadership Team
Mr. Clancy has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and financial leadership and strategic business planning. He currently serves on the boards of Agios Pharmaceuticals and Incyte Corporation. Mr. Clancy was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alexion Pharmaceuticals from July 2017 to October 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Clancy was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Biogen. While at Biogen, he successfully led the financial strategy of the company over a ten-year period of growth. Mr. Clancy joined Biogen in 2001, where he also served in several other senior executive positions, including Senior Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Business Planning, Vice President of Portfolio Management, and Vice President of Marketing. Prior to Biogen, he spent thirteen years at PepsiCo in a range of finance, strategy, and general management positions. Mr. Clancy received his B.S. in Finance from Babson College and M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Dr. Daniel Curran is the Head of the Rare Genetics and Hematology Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. In this role, he leads Takeda’s strategy, research and development efforts to unlock innovation and deliver transformative medicines in the areas of rare genetic and hematologic diseases.
Previously, Dr. Curran served as Head of Takeda’s Center for External Innovation (CEI). In this role, he and his team diversified and transformed Takeda’s research and development pipeline, focusing on partnerships to access cutting-edge technologies and innovation. Over a four-year period, the team completed more than 200 transactions and invested more than $1.5 billion in capital in external relationships and investments.
Prior to his role as Head, CEI, Dr. Curran led the corporate development group at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and was a member of the executive management team. In that role, he oversaw the development and execution of corporate strategic business development initiatives, including licensing arrangements, acquisitions and a range of other transactions.
He has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical experience in strategy, business development, project leadership and development roles.
Prior to Millennium, previous professional experiences include a business development role in the Product Planning and Acquisition group at DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Curran received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in chemistry from King’s College.
Peter has over 10 years of experience in the life science industry extending across research, consulting, corporate venture and traditional venture capital. He is currently Partner at MRLV. He has been involved in investments across a broad range of life science companies including: Middle Peak Medical [sold to Symetis/Boston Scientific], Atopix [sold to Chiesi], Optinose [NASDAQ:OPTN], Prosonix [sold to Circassia], iOmx, Imevax, Oxagen and Vasopharm. He is currently responsible for MRLV investments in Carisma, HotSpot, Imago, Kymera and Xilio. Prior to MRLV, he was a Principal with Wellington Partners, a Munich and London based European venture fund with more than $1B under management. Before this he held roles at Entrepreneurs Fund and at the corporate venture arm of Novartis. He also consulted for several European venture-backed biotechnology startups. In his prior life as a scientist, Peter was a post-doc at the University of Oxford, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Geneva and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of British Columbia, and conducted research at the BC Centre for Disease Control.
David is a partner at Atlas Venture and focuses on investments in novel therapeutics, often those that are near to first in human clinical testing. Since joining Atlas in 2010, David has co-founded and served as chief executive officer of numerous companies including Arteaus Therapeutics acquired by Eli Lilly in 2014, Annovation Biopharma acquired by The Medicines Company in 2015, and was a founding board member of Delinia acquired by Celgene in 2017. David is a co-founder, founding chairmen, and board member of Surface Oncology (NASDAQ: SURF), Cadent Therapeutics, and Q32 Bio. David also sits on the boards of Xilio Therapeutics and Affinia Therapeutics, and is a board observer at Day One Biopharmaceuticals. David serves as an advisor to several organizations including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSKCC) Technology Development Fund, the American Heart Association’s One Brave Idea, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tri-TDI that includes Rockefeller University, MSKCC, and Cornell. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves on the board of Acera: The Massachusetts School for Science, Creativity, and Leadership, a STEM focused K-8 school, which his wife Courtney founded in 2009.
Nancy joined RiverVest in 2016 and focuses on both biopharmaceutical and medical device opportunities, contributing to the formation, development and strategic direction of RiverVest portfolio companies. Currently, Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors at Scout Bio, Inc. and Xilio Therapeutics, Inc. Previously, Nancy was a principal with BioMed Ventures, where she originated and managed successful investments in therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices. Prior to BioMed, she was an investment professional at Forward Ventures and served as an advisor to biotech and pharmaceutical companies entering new areas of research. Nancy started her career as a scientist at Phenomix, a venture-backed discovery biotech company in San Diego. Trained in the areas of immunology and oncology, Nancy earned a B.S. with honors in Biology from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She conducted postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, as a fellow of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Rachel Humphrey is a medical oncologist, who most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer of CytomX, a biotech company based in South San Francisco where she supervised the clinical development of ProbodyTM Therapeutics for the development of cancer. Prior to this, she held various senior level roles in cancer drug development including at Cytomx (Board of Directors), AstraZeneca (SVP, Head of the Immuno-oncology department), and Bristol Myers Squibb (VP, Clinical Development). Dr. Humphrey’s career is notable for, among other things, overall supervision of the (early and late-stage) clinical development of ipilimumab (Yervoy) at BMS and sorafenib (Nexavar) at Bayer. She is also the lead singer and one of the co-founders of the band, The Checkpoints, a blues band made up of luminaries in immuno-oncology, including the Nobel Laureate, Jim Allison, and is featured in the movie Jim Allison: Breakthrough, which was released in 2019.
Daniel S. Lynch is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Xilio Therapeutics and a strategic advisor at Third Rock Ventures. He brings more than 25 years of experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and has active board roles in several companies including chairman at bluebird bio, Blueprint Medicines, and Translate Bio (formerly RaNA Therapeutics). Mr. Lynch served as chief executive and chief financial officer of ImClone Systems Corp. While at ImClone, he negotiated a major partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb and helped secure FDA approval of its novel cancer treatment, ERBITUX. He has served as executive chair or board member for a number of private biopharmaceutical companies, including Stromedix, until its acquisition by Biogen Idec in February 2012, and Avila Therapeutics Inc., until its acquisition by Celgene in February 2012. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lynch served in various financial positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb over a 15-year tenure. He served on the board of directors and the audit committee of U.S. Oncology Inc., for five years until December 2010 when it was acquired by McKesson. Mr. Lynch received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in business administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Mike joined SV Health Investors as a Venture Partner in 2001 and became Managing Partner in 2002. He is responsible for biotech investments and activities in the US and serves on the boards of companies in the US and UK. His career spans over 19 years in venture capital, which followed 21 years in senior operating executive roles for leading biotechnology companies. At SV, Mike has been involved from the beginning with the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) and serves on the DDF Investment Committee. He has been the seed investor in a number of startup biotech companies and has invested in platform companies, small molecule, antibody and cell therapy therapeutic companies. Prior to joining SV, Mike was the tenth employee at Genentech, where he worked for 13 years. He served as Genentech team leader for Humulin® (human insulin-Lilly), Roferon® (Interferon alpha-Roche), Protropin® (hGH), Vice President of Development during the development of Activase®, Nutropin® and Pulmozyme®. He then started Genentech’s protein engineering and small molecule discovery effort as Vice President of Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry. Mike was also the Founding CEO of Arris Pharmaceutical, MetaXen, ExSAR and CyThera (now Viacyte). Outside of SV, Mike serves on the Board of the Thayer School of Engineering (Dartmouth College). Academic credentials: AB, Dartmouth College; PhD, Chemistry, Caltech; NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Molecular Biology, Harvard.
Dr. Russo has more than 20 years of experience leading all aspects of R&D and commercialization in the biopharmaceutical industry. She is currently the CEO of Xilio Therapeutics, a privately held immuno-oncology company focused on tumor-selective activation of potent IO therapeutics. Prior to Xilio, Dr. Russo was the President and CEO of Arsanis (NASDAQ: ASNS), a company developing monoclonal antibodies to prevent and treat serious infectious diseases, which merged with X4 Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: XFOR) in 2018. Prior to Arsanis, Dr. Russo spent 12 years at Cubist Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CBST), a leading global anti-infective company (acquired by Merck for $9.6B). Prior to Cubist, Dr. Russo held R&D roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) contributing to the development and global commercialization of several successful products, including Reyataz and Baraclude. Dr. Russo is also Chair of the Board of Adagio Therapeutics and serves on the boards of Xilio Therapeutics, X4 Pharmaceuticals, Celsius Therapeutics, and Life Science Cares. Dr. Russo holds a B.S. in pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases with Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Robert, a partner at F-Prime Capital, has worked extensively in academia and industry for more than 25 years. Prior to F-Prime Capital, he held various senior roles in pharmaceutical and medical device companies and had been a professor at Harvard Medical School, where he worked at the intersection of basic research, medical technology development and clinical research in a variety of areas. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and an inventor on six U.S. patents. Robert serves on the Board of Directors of Caribou Biosciences, CORE Diagnostics, Farapulse, Plasmagen Biosciences, ShouTi, Tempest Therapeutics, Trivitron Healthcare, and Zenflow, Inc. Robert has served on the boards of Accuri Cytometers (acquired by Becton Dickenson), Amphora Medical, Bioconnect Systems, Ikano Therapeutics (acquired by Upsher-Smith), Laurus Labs, Tetraphase (NASDAQ:TTP), Topaz, Trivitron Healthcare, Transave (NASDAQ:INSM), ViewRay, Xcyton Diagnostics and FORUM Pharmaceuticals. He holds physics degrees from MIT and Harvard, and an M.B.A. from Columbia.