Board of Directors

Mitchell H. Finer, Ph.D.
Executive Chairman

Mitchell H. Finer, Ph.D. - Executive Chairman at Oncorus

Mitchell H. Finer, Ph.D.

Executive Chairman

Luke Evnin, Ph.D.
Director

Luke Evnin, Ph.D - Director at Oncorus

Luke Evnin, Ph.D.

Director

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D.
Director

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D. - Director at Oncorus

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D.

Director

Alon Lazarus, Ph.D.
Director

Alon Lazarus, Ph.D. - Director at Oncorus

Alon Lazarus, Ph.D.

Director

Cameron Wheeler, Ph.D.
Director

Cameron Wheeler, Ph.D. - Director at Oncorus

Cameron Wheeler, Ph.D.

Director

Theodore (Ted) T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D.
Director

Theodore (Ted) T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D. - Director at Oncorus

Theodore (Ted) T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D.

Director

Luke Evnin, Ph.D., Director at Oncorus

Luke Evnin, Ph.D.
Director

Luke Evnin, Ph.D., co-founded MPM with Ansbert Gadicke in 1997 and opened the San Francisco office in 1999. The MPM team they have led has been the inspiration and driving force behind building companies such as Biomarin (BMRN), CoStim Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Novartis:NVS) , Epizyme (EPZM), Idenix (acquired by Merck:MRK), Pacira (PCRX), Pharmasset (acquired by Gilead:GILD) and Radius (RDUS). MPM believes that these companies are among the biggest successes in biotech history – companies that ultimately resulted in helping thousands of patients live longer and with vastly improved lives. Luke was the lead investor and has served on the boards of several of MPM’s most successful investments including CoStim Pharmaceuticals, Idun Pharmaceuticals, and Pacira.

Prior to co-founding MPM, Luke honed his skills as a venture capitalist beginning in 1990 at Accel Partners where he focused on emerging healthcare companies. Luke’s passion for drug discovery began in college where he received his A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. He advanced his technical training and launched his interest in curing disease with his doctoral study in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California-San Francisco. Luke’s passion for discovering and pushing forward groundbreaking drug discovery companies inspires his work and that of his team.

Luke has devoted significant efforts since 2000 to working with the Scleroderma Research Foundation, serving as Chairman since 2002. Luke also devotes energy to the External Advisory Board at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Quantitative Genomics at Princeton, serves on the External Advisory Boards for QB3 at UCSF, the Masters in Translational Medicine program at UCSF, and the Boston University Scleroderma CORT.

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., Director at Oncorus

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D.
Director

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., joined MPM in 2015. Briggs is CEO of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an MPM portfolio company. Prior to joining Syndax and MPM, Briggs served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive VP for “Global Medicines Development” at AstraZeneca (ADR).

Briggs’ career includes distinguished roles at AstraZeneca, Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK). At AstraZeneca, he was head of global medicines development, where he oversaw all clinical development functions and late- stage clinical development projects. As Head of Clinical Development at Pfizer, he oversaw Phase I-III development and operations for all therapeutic areas before being appointed the head of Development, Medical Affairs, Safety and Regulatory Affairs for all Pfizer human health businesses. While serving as head of Oncology Development at Merck, Briggs oversaw the development and approval of vorinostat (Zolinza ®) for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Briggs formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Transcelerate, an industry-funded company charged with improving aspects of clinical trials.

Briggs received his BS (Biology) degree from Georgetown University and his MD degree from the University of Connecticut, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and additional post-doctoral work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Briggs trained in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Alon Lazarus, Ph.D., Director at Oncorus

Alon Lazarus, Ph.D.
Director

Alon Lazarus is a Biotech Investment Manager for Arkin Holdings' Pharma Division. He is a member of the Board of several of its pharmaceutical companies, including Quiet Therapeutics, Keros Therapeutics and Lutris Pharma. Prior to joining Arkin, Alon Lazarus worked for the Healthcare Business Development Department of Yissum - the Research & Development arm of the Hebrew University and as an analyst for the University's Integra Holdings. Dr. Lazarus holds a Ph.D in Molecular Biology and an MBA - both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

Cameron Wheeler, Ph.D., Director at Oncorus

Cameron Wheeler, Ph.D.
Director

Cameron is a Principal on the Private Transactions team at Deerfield. Cameron joined Deerfield in 2014 and focuses on therapeutics companies. Prior to joining Deerfield, Cameron was at Eleven Biotherapeutics for more than five years, where he was responsible for corporate development and commercial strategy. He was instrumental in the founding, building, and the eventual public offering of Eleven Biotherapeutics. Prior to Eleven, Cameron was at Third Rock Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on launching and building life science companies. While at Third Rock, Cameron gained business development and operating experience as a member of the founding team of Constellation Pharmaceuticals. Cameron holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Biological Engineering and an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mitch H. Finer Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Oncorus

Mitchell H. Finer, Ph.D.
Executive Chairman

Mitchell H. Finer, PhD founded Oncorus and currently serves as Executive Chairman and “Chief Coolhunter”. As Chief Coolhunter, Dr. Finer is ever on the prowl for innovative technologies that will increase the probability of success of existing development programs as well as product opportunities that are synergistic with the existing portfolio and will overall improve the success of the business.

Mitch joined MPM Capital as Managing Director in 2015 and is a member of the board of directors of MPM portfolio company Semma Therapeutics. For three decades Mitch has focused in the areas of regenerative medicine, cancer immunotherapy and cell and gene therapy, helping to advance products from conception through phase III clinical programs. Prior to MPM, Mitch served as CSO of bluebird bio, where he was responsible for strategic build of bluebird’s gene therapy business and led the strategic development of the LentiGlobin product from preclinical research through demonstration of long-term therapeutic benefit and safety in beta-thalassemia patients. Mitch continues to serve on bluebird bio’s scientific advisory board.

Prior to bluebird, Mitch served as CEO of Intracel Corporation and Genteric Inc, and as VP Research for Cell Genesys and the Gencell division of Aventis Pharma (now Sanofi). Mitch also successfully co-founded retinal disease gene therapy company Avalanche Biotechnologies.

Mitch received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University and a BS in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT.

Theodore (Ted) T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D., Director at Oncorus

Theodore (Ted) T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D.
Director

Before becoming Oncorus’ President, CEO and a member of its Board of Directors, Ted was Head of Oncology Development at Moderna Therapeutics where he was responsible for overall design, integration and execution of Moderna’s clinical-stage oncology programs. Prior to this role, he led the development of Moderna’s Personalized Cancer Vaccine programs. Previously, Ted was Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Operations at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals and also the Global Product Head for Leukine® (sargramostim) and Elitek®/Fasturtec® (rasburicase) for Sanofi Oncology. In this latter role, Dr. Ashburn provided global leadership for R&D and global marketing and led regional commercial teams to identify, develop, prioritize and execute new commercialization and life-cycle management strategies to drive growth. He was also responsible for negotiating and implementing Sanofi’s 2013 supply, stockpiling and R&D contract with the U.S. Government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Ted joined Sanofi Oncology from Genzyme’s Corporate Development group where he led business development efforts for several of Genzyme’s franchises including transplant, oncology and rare diseases and was responsible for Genzyme’s 2009 deal with ViroPharma. Prior to joining Genzyme, he worked for privately held Dynogen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the venture capital firm Oxford Bioscience Partners. While at Oxford he co-founded both Dynogen and BrainCells, Inc. and led investments in Alantos Pharmaceuticals (acquired in June, 2007 by Amgen for $300 million in cash) and superDimension, Ltd. (acquired by Covidien in March, 2012 for more than $300 million). Before joining Oxford, Ted started his career at Pfizer Inc. where he was involved in the analysis of several acquisition and new business opportunities including Pfizer’s acquisition of Warner-Lambert in 2001.

Ted graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University where he studied chemistry and computer science. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.