Dr. Christopher Mirabelli has spent over 35 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as a research scientist, senior executive, and venture capital investor. Currently, he is a managing director of the venture capital firm HealthCare Ventures. Dr. Mirabelli is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Leap Therapeutics, where he was the Chief Executive Officer from its founding in 2015 until 2020. Previously, Dr. Mirabelli was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LeukoSite from its founding in 1993 until its acquisition by Millennium Pharmaceuticals in 1999. Dr. Mirabelli was also a Co-Founder of Ionis Pharmaceuticals. He began his industry career in R&D at SmithKline & French Laboratories, and earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine and his B.S. in Biology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia.
Dr. Lauren Silverman is a Managing Director in Cambridge, MA, USA. Prior to joining Novartis Venture Fund, she was Global Head of Oncology Research Operations for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Prior to Novartis, she was Director of Business Development and Licensing at Pfizer and OSI Pharmaceuticals. Lauren was also a founding scientist of Cadus Pharmaceuticals. She earned her PhD in molecular biology from the University of Utah, followed by fellowships at Princeton and Memorial Sloan Kettering.