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Dr. Mehta brings over two decades of experience in the pharma and biotech industry, during which he has successfully designed and implemented innovative solutions, established global commercial operations, and led cross-functional teams. During his career, he has garnered a deep understanding of the biopharma and healthcare ecosystem and has been actively involved in generating a range of value creation initiatives in corporate strategy and planning, global business development and corporate fundraising.

Dr. Frank Yocca is an accomplished R&D executive and scientist with extensive experience leading global biopharmaceutical companies. He has wide-ranging expertise in leading high performance, world-class teams in drug discovery and development whose efforts have resulted in a number of prominent neuroscience products including Buspar®, Serzone® Abilify® and Heltioz®. He is a recognized scientific leader in the neuroscience community and member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, and a Fellow of American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He has 45 referred articles, 96 abstracts and 65 invited presentations.

Dr. O'Neill has more than 15 years of therapeutic and diagnostic product development experience, with senior leadership roles at global pharmaceutical companies, including Sanofi, Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Mirna Therapeutics and Exosome Diagnostics, where he oversaw global product development and medical affairs. At both Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline, he managed the clinical and biomarker development programs of several oncology therapeutic candidates. He was instrumental in the expanded approval of Genentech's Avastin® and Tarceva® oncology therapeutics. At GSK, he oversaw the signal transduction discovery unit and led the first IND application and clinical trial of MEK inhibitor MEKINIST®.

Dr. Luca Rastelli has more than 20 years of drug discovery and development experience in pharmaceutical, biotech and start-up companies. He has held multiple preclinical and clinical project leadership positions at Curagen, Sopherion, EMD Serono and Boston Strategics. He was also involved in the set up and early development of the approved immuno-oncology agent Bavencio (anti-PDL1). He discovered the target and led the initial development of Glembatumumab vedotin (CR011 anti-GPNMB) through a registrational trial in triple negative metastatic breast cancer. His academic training was focused on how Developmental Biology affects cancerogenesis, and he made important contributions to the role of EZH and REST/NRSF, both involved in the cellular switch that generates neuroendocrine prostate cancer, the target indication for BXCL701. For this work, he received the American Brain Tumor Association’s 25th Anniversary Translational grant for his work on Medulloblastoma tumors at the Department of Neuro-Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Mr. Steinhart is our Vice President and CFO a role he assumed In October 2017. From October 2015 to June 2017 he was Vice President and CFO at Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., until it sold its only asset, CIRARA, to Biogen for $120M plus earn-outs. From January 2014 through September 2015 Mr. Steinhart worked as a financial and strategic consultant to the biotechnology and medical device industries. From April 2006 through December 2013, Mr. Steinhart was employed by MELA Sciences, Inc., as their Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary. In April 2012, Mr. Steinhart received a promotion to Sr. Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From May 1992 until joining MELA Sciences, Mr. Steinhart was a Managing Director of Forest Street Capital/SAE Ventures, a boutique investment banking, venture capital, and management consulting firm focused on healthcare and technology companies. Prior to Forest Street Capital/SAE Ventures, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emisphere Technologies, Inc. Mr. Steinhart’s other experience includes seven years at CW Group, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on medical technology and biopharmaceutical companies, where he was a General Partner and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Steinhart is a member of the Board of Directors of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a position he assumed in November 2013 and Atossa Genetics, Inc., where he began his service in March 2014. Mr. Steinhart serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee at Actinium Pharmaceuticals, where he also sits on the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Steinhart serves as the Chairman of Atossa Genetics Audit Committee and is a member of its Compensation Committee
Mr. Steinhart began his career at Price Waterhouse, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds BBA and MBA degrees from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Mr.Mahadevan is responsible for leading the finance and accounting functions of the company and has extensive experience and knowledge of finance management in the software and pharmaceutical industries.

Leading with Passion

Dr. Peter Mueller is the President of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Axcella Health. Prior to joining Axcella, Dr. Mueller served as the Executive Vice President of Global Research and Development & Chief Scientific Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he provided strategic oversight for Vertex’s worldwide drug discovery and development programs. Under his leadership, the company secured approval for and launched two breakthrough drugs, INCIVEK® (HepC) in 2011, and KALYDECO® (CF) in 2012. Additionally, Vertex submitted both an NDA and MAA for ORKAMBI® (CF). Prior to his time at Vertex, Dr. Mueller served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development, for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he played a key role in the development of Spiriva®, Combivent®, and Atrovent®. He is a member of various scientific and political societies, including the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and Verband Chemische Industrie (Germany), Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.), IRI, RNA-Society, ASAP, AAAS (U.S.A.) and currently serves on the Boards of Directors and Scientific Advisory Boards of companies and organizations including US-India Chamber of Commerce Biotech, Pharma & Medical Devices Council, University Iowa (CBB), Keystone Symposia, Inhibikase Therapeutics, Inc., and Kaleido Biosciences, Inc. Dr. Mueller received both an undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry at the Albert Einstein University of Ulm, Germany, where he also holds a Professorship in Theoretical Organic Chemistry. He completed fellowships in Quantum Pharmacology at Oxford University and in Biophysics at Rochester University.

Dr. Laumas is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bearing Circle Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut. He started his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York in the Investment Banking Division. Dr. Laumas then joined Balyasny Asset Management in New York and later moved to North Sound Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut as a Managing Director responsible for global healthcare investments. Dr. Laumas has served as a director of SRL Diagnostics Ltd., Asia’s largest clinical laboratory services company and as a director of Parkway Holdings Ltd. (IHH Healthcare: Singapore: IHH), Asia’s largest hospital company and Innovate Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Laumas has a unique industry perspective, particularly in both public and private investments and financial transactions in the healthcare arena.

Dr. Mehta brings over two decades of experience in the pharma and biotech industry, during which he has successfully designed and implemented innovative solutions, established global commercial operations, and led cross-functional teams. During his career, he has garnered a deep understanding of the biopharma and healthcare ecosystem and has been actively involved in generating a range of value creation initiatives in corporate strategy and planning, global business development and corporate fundraising.

Dr. Nandabalan brings over two decades of experience across multiple functions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including research & development, operations, and business development. He has extensive experience in M&A and in/out-licensing. He has 12 issued patents and has published in leading journals such as Cell and Science. Dr. Nandabalan has garnered a deep understanding of market trends impacting the global healthcare environment, the pharma value chain, current unmet medical needs, and in the application of novel technologies to address these needs. Over the past five years, he has led the pioneering development of big data analytics and machine learning at BioXcel, and its application in drug discovery and development.

Catalysts for Change

Dr. Gujrathi most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Receptos, an immunology-focused biotechnology company that was acquired by Celgene in August 2015 for $7.2 billion. At Receptos, she built the clinical development organization and advanced the pipeline of drug candidates, including Phase 3 programs in multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. Previously, Dr. Gujrathi was Vice President of the Global Clinical Development Group in Immunology at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). There she led late-stage clinical development and supported regulatory filings for Orencia® and Nulojix®. She was also responsible for development of other assets in the BMS immunology clinical pipeline, and advised the strategies for discovery, early development and external business development within the immunoscience franchise. Prior to BMS, Dr. Gujrathi held roles in the immunology, tissue growth and repair clinical development groups at Genentech and served as the Avastin franchise team leader. Earlier in her career, she was also a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice. Dr. Gujrathi received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.D. from Northwestern University in the Honors Program in Medical Education. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and additional fellowship training in Allergy/Immunology at UCSF and Stanford. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Ambrx, which was acquired in June 2015.

Dr. Steven Paul brings to BioXcel Therapeutics more than 35 years of neuroscience expertise and an extensive track record in CNS drug discovery and development. Steven Paul is the president and CEO of Voyager Therapeutics, a member of the board of directors and a venture partner at Third Rock Ventures. Preceding this appointment, Dr. Paul spent 17 years at Eli Lilly, during which time he held several key leadership roles, including president of the Lilly Research Laboratories, and vice president of discovery research and neuroscience research. As president of the Lilly Research Laboratories, he was responsible for the company’s overall R&D strategy, expanding its efforts in oncology and biotechnology and resulting in a pipeline of approximately 70 new molecular entities. Dr. Paul currently serves on the board of Sage Therapeutics and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and is a chairman of the board for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Paul holds a B.A. in biology and psychology from Tulane University and an M.S. and M.D. from the Tulane University School of Medicine.