Michael A. MetzgerChief Executive Officer and Director
Michael A. Metzger has served as our Chief Executive Officer since February 2022 and previously served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2015 and as a member of our board of directors since July 2019. Prior to joining us, Mr. Metzger was President and COO from December 2013 to October 2014 and President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Regado Biosciences, Inc., a former publicly traded biotechnology company that merged with Tobira Therapeutics, Inc., from October 2014 to May 2015, where he oversaw the company’s successful merger with Tobira Therapeutics, Inc. in 2015. Previously, Mr. Metzger served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mersana Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing novel immunoconjugate therapies for cancer, from March 2011 to November 2013, and in senior business development positions including leading mergers and acquisitions at Forest Laboratories, LLC, which was acquired by Allergan plc, a publicly traded company, from 2006 to February 2011. Prior to Forest, Mr. Metzger served as Vice President Corporate Development at Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. and was a Managing Director at MESA Partners, Inc., a venture capital firm. Mr. Metzger currently serves on the board of CTI Biopharma Corp., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, as well as the boards of other private and not-for-profit companies. Mr. Metzger received a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Briggs W. Morrison, M.D.President, Head of Research and Development and Director
Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., as served as our President, Head of Research and Development since February 2022 and previously served as our Chief Executive Officer since June 2015 and as a member of our board of directors since July 2015. Dr. Morrison currently serves as a managing director of MPM Capital, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, since June 2015. Prior to joining us, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca plc, a publicly traded company, from January 2012 to June 2015, leading the company’s global, late-stage development organization and serving as a member of the AstraZeneca senior executive team. He previously held a number of positions at Pfizer Inc., a publicly traded company, from 2007 to January 2012 that culminated in his appointment as Head, Medical Affairs, Safety and Regulatory Affairs for Pfizer’s human health business, and also served in roles of increasing responsibility at Merck Research Laboratories, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., from 1995 to 2007, ascending to the role of Vice President, Clinical Sciences, Oncology, responsible for clinical development of all novel anti-cancer drugs. Dr. Morrison currently serves on the board of Arvinas, Repare Therapeutics and Werewolf Therapeutics, each of which is a publicly traded company, as well as the boards of several private companies. Previously, he served on the board of Codiak Biosciences, Oncorus and NextCure Therapeutics. Dr. Morrison received a B.S. in biology from Georgetown University and an M.D. from the University of Connecticut.
Luke J. AlbrechtGeneral Counsel
Luke J. Albrecht has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since February 2020, as our Vice President, General Counsel since August 2016 and as our Secretary since September 2016. Previously he was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer for Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation from March 2013 to May 2016. Prior to Boston Heart, Mr. Albrecht was in-house counsel for Advanced BioHealing, Inc. where he held senior legal positions from August 2009 and, following the company’s acquisition by Shire plc, with Shire Regenerative Medicine, to December 2012. He practiced corporate and transactional law at the international law firms McDermott Will & Emery LLP from August 2004 to July 2007 and Cooley LLP from July 2007 to August 2009. Mr. Albrecht received a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Anjali Ganguli, Ph.D.Chief Business Officer
Anjali Ganguli, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Business Officer since September 2021 and previously was Vice President, Corporate Development leading business development and investor relations since joining the company in May 2015. Prior to Syndax, Dr. Ganguli was VP Corporate Development at Regado Biosciences from February 2014 to May 2015, where she aided in the company’s successful merger with Tobira Therapeutics, Inc. Previously, Dr. Ganguli held roles within Marketing and Commercial Assessments at Forest Laboratories, LLC, prioritizing due diligence opportunities and supporting business development transactions of clinical stage assets; and served as an equity research analyst at CIBC World Markets, covering mid and small cap biopharmaceutical companies. Dr. Ganguli received a B.S. in Biological Chemistry at the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan and conducted research as a NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
Catherine MadiganChief Medical Officer
Catherine Madigan has served as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer since March 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Madigan served as Vice President, Head of Clinical Development at Syros Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Syros, she served as Senior Medical Director at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and was a Medical Director in Biogen’s Rare Disease Innovation Unit. Dr. Madigan previously held various academic positions of increasing responsibility at University of California San Diego/ Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Dr. Madigan received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and an M.D. from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Alexander NolteChief Accounting Officer
Alexander Nolte has served as the Company’s Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer since September 2021 and previously served as Vice President, Corporate Finance since February 2021 and as Corporate Controller since April 2017. Prior to that, he served as Corporate Controller from July 2015 to April 2017 at CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, responsible for the financial operations of the company. From September 2013 to July 2015, he served as Director of Revenue Recognition and International Accounting at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals. From March 2008 to September 2013, Mr. Nolte held several finance positions at Genzyme Corporation. He began his professional career at KPMG Accountants NV in the Netherlands and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Nolte received his B.S. in Accountancy, from The Hague University (the Netherlands) and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Massachusetts.
Peter Ordentlich, Ph.D.Chief Scientific Officer and Founder
Peter Ordentlich, Ph.D. co-founded the Company in October 2005 and has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since September 2016. Dr. Ordentlich previously served as our Chief Technical Officer from November 2013 to August 2016, our Vice President, Translational Medicine from January 2012 to October 2013, our Executive Director, Translational Science from January 2011 to December 2011, and our Director, Scientific Affairs and Strategic Alliances from January 2008 to December 2010. Prior to founding the company, Dr. Ordentlich was a scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a biological research non-profit organization. He also spent five years as a research scientist at X-Ceptor Therapeutics, Inc., a drug discovery company, which was acquired by Exelixis, Inc. Dr. Ordentlich received a B.A. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania.