Leadership Team

John Alam, MD

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

John Alam is an industry leader in translational medicine and has over 25 years of experience in creating value to help build companies through clinical development success. Until May 2014, he was therapeutic area head for diseases of aging at Sanofi, where he led all discovery and development activities directed at Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a number of other age-related diseases including sarcopenia/frailty, osteoarthritis, chronic pain and many others. From 1997 to 2008, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, including Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Medicines Development. At Vertex, he played major roles in the development of novel innovative medicines for HIV, Hepatitis C and Cystic Fibrosis. Prior to Vertex, Alam led clinical development of Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for multiple sclerosis at Biogen from 1991 to 1997.

John is a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Aging Research (AAR), a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovation to address the healthcare needs of older Americans. He received a MD from Northwestern University School of Medicine and a SB in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he completed an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Sylvie Grégoire, PharmD

Co-Founder, Executive Chair

Sylvie Grégoire is an industry veteran with 30 years of industry experience. She is the former president of Human Genetic Therapies at Shire Pharmaceuticals, a position she held from 2007 to 2013. Previously, she was executive chairman of IDM Pharma Inc., and president and chief executive officer of GlycoFi Inc. From 1995 until 2003, Sylvie held various leadership positions at Biogen most recently as executive vice president of Technical Operations. Prior to Biogen, she was at Merck and Co, in clinical research and regulatory affairs for a period of 8 years.

Sylvie currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Corvidia, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S and Perkin Elmer Corporation. She received her PharmD degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy from Laval University, Canada, and a Science College degree from Seminaire de Sherbrooke, Canada.

Noel Donnelly

Chief Financial Officer

Noel is an executive with over 15 years of biotech/biopharma experience in various leadership positions in both Finance and Research & Development. Prior to joining EIP, Noel spent the last seven years developing and leading a new strategic and operational function within Shire, a global biopharma recently acquired by Takeda for $62 billion, which included R&D Strategy, Portfolio Management, Due Diligence, and Integrations. Before moving into R&D, Noel held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the Finance organization in areas such as Commercial, Technical Operations, and ultimately as the Head of R&D Finance at Shire HGT.

Noel received his MBA from Babson College and BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Kelly Blackburn

VP, Clinical Development

Kelly Blackburn has more than 25 years of experience in clinical development operations, most recently as Vice President, Clinical Affairs at aTyr Pharma and as Vice President, Clinical Development Operations at Vertex. Of note, she held the senior global clinical operational responsibility for three major novel therapeutics: Kalydeco® for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, Incivek® for hepatitis C, and Velcade® for multiple myeloma.

Kelly is an active board member of the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Cambridge MA; and long-standing long-standing volunteer case reviewer and emergency foster care mother for the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts. She has an MHA degree from Quinnipiac University and a BS degree in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Darryl Patrick, DVM, PhD

VP, Non-Clinical Development

Darryl Patrick has more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D. At Merck Research Laboratories, he was responsible for numerous preclinical development programs and eventually became Vice President, Worldwide Safety Assessment responsible for preclinical safety evaluation of all development programs and a member of Merck Research Laboratories management committees. From 2004 to 2011, he was at Vertex as Vice President, Exploratory Development, ultimately responsible for Toxicology, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology. For his excellence and success in preclinical R&D, Darryl has received numerous awards, including as a member of the team that won the prestigious Prix Galien in 2000 for their work on Singular®. He started his career in veterinary sciences with the US Air Force becoming Chief of Diagnostic and Comparative Medicine for the Uniformed Services, University of Health Sciences.

Darryl is trained in veterinary anatomy, laboratory animal pathology and veterinary internal medicine, with a DVM from Michigan State University and a PhD from Iowa State University.

Mark Stejbach

Senior Commercial Advisor

Mark Stejbach has over 30 years of experience in biotech and pharmaceuticals, having held senior roles in a broad range of commercial functions including marketing, sales, economic affairs, managed care and finance. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Alkermes plc, a publicly traded global biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that, Mark was the Chief Commercial Officer at Tengion, Inc. from 2008 to 2012 and previously held senior positions at Merck and Biogen.

Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Flexion Therapeutics and the Advisory Board of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in mathematics from Virginia Tech.

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