Christopher Gibson, Ph.D., is our co-founder, Chief Executive Officer since the company’s founding in November 2013. Dr. Gibson was also Chairman of our Board from the company’s founding until he asked, with the support of the rest of the Board, for Dr. R. Martin Chavez to accept a position of Chairman in January 2021. Previously, Dr. Gibson was an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Utah. After obtaining his Ph.D., he withdrew from medical school to found Recursion. He has undergraduate degrees in bioengineering (B.S.) and managerial studies (B.A.) Rice University. He has served as a Founding Chairman of the Board of BioHive (the Utah life science collective and branding effort, composed of therapeutics, diagnostics, medical device and health IT companies, along with the companies that support them and the public sector) since November 2020. He also serves as a Board member of BioUtah (the Utah life science industry association) since January 2019, Board member of the Recursion Foundation (our not-for-profit entity seeking to promote corporate social responsibility) since November 2019, through which he is on the Board of Altitude Lab (an incubator/accelerator focused on creating the next generation of diverse biotech founder in Utah) since July 2020.
Dr. Gibson has also served on the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board since September 2020. Dr. Gibson is co-author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed studies in a variety of journals including Nature, Nature Protocols, Circulation, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Molecular Pharmaceutics, PloS One, and Diabetes. Our Board believes Dr. Gibson is qualified to serve on our Board because of his scientific and technical background and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Tina Marriott Larson has served as our Chief Operating Officer since July 2018 and as our President since October 2019. She was previously Senior Vice President, Executive Committee member, and Compliance Committee member at Achaogen, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company that discovered, developed and commercialized treatments for infectious disease from May 2016 to June 2018, where she led Achaogen’s technical operations team—accountable for process development, supply chain and diagnostic development. Prior to Achaogen, she was Global Head of Technical Development Business Operations at Roche from October 2014 to April 2016, where she was responsible for business and technology infrastructure.
She spent a total of 20 years at Genentech/Roche in technical operations roles that included Automation Engineer, Associate Director Manufacturing Sciences, Director Process Development Engineering and Senior Director Technical Development Operations & Engineering. She has both deep technical expertise in scale-up of biopharmaceutical production and managing technical and operational organizations. In 2012, Ms. Larson was recognized by the Healthcare Business Women’s Association as a Rising Star, Utah Business magazine as CXO of the Year and a Women Tech Council Awards winner. She has served on the advisory board of Colorado State University’s College of Engineering since 2015 and was recognized in 2019 as a CSU Distinguished Alumni. Ms. Larson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Ramona Doyle, M.D., has served as our Chief Medical Officer since December 2020. Prior to joining us, Dr. Doyle served as Chief Executive Officer of the MAVEN Project, a telehealth nonprofit, from September 2020 to present. Dr. Doyle has served as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco Medical Center from October 2011 to present and as an attending physician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center from December 2016 to present. Dr. Doyle previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of Blade Therapeutics from January 2017 to May 2018 and as Vice President at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine from July 2015 to July 2016. Dr. Doyle also served as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University from 1995 to 2008. Dr. Doyle holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from The University of the South and a B.A. and an M.S. in Physiology from the University of Oxford. Dr. Doyle also holds an M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Michael Secora, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2020. Prior to joining us, Dr. Secora worked at Laurion Capital Management, as an asset manager based in New York City from July 2010 to February 2020, where he was Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets and Venture. During his time at Laurion, he developed, executed and managed fundamentally grounded investment strategies as well as built business partnerships and technological infrastructure for investing in event-driven, fundamental and macroeconomic contexts. At Laurion Capital Management, Dr. Secora was active in venture, crossover, capital markets, public and special situations investing particularly within emerging technologies and the life sciences. Dr. Secora received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Applied and Computational Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shafique Virani, M.D., has served as our Chief Corporate Development Officer since March 2020. Prior to joining us, he was Chief Executive Officer of Navire Pharma and CoA Therapeutics (each a subsidiary of BridgeBio Pharma, Inc.) from September 2017 to December 2019 and June 2018 to December 2019, respectively. He also served as Chief Executive Officer in Residence of BioBridge LLC from June 2017 to December 2019. Prior to BridgeBio, he assumed a 13-year long tenure at Genentech/Roche from January 2004 to June 2017 as Vice President and Global Head of Neuroscience, ophthalmology and rare disease partnering where he helped build a portfolio of medicines including Risdiplam for spinal muscular atrophy, Enspryng for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and several therapeutics in the mid-late stage clinical pipeline via licensing and acquisitions. Dr. Virani trained as a neurosurgeon in Cambridge, UK and Boston and received his M.D. from the University of Nottingham.
Louisa Daniels, J.D., M.B.A., has served as our Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel since January 2021. Previously, Ms. Daniels was a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Pfizer from April 2008 to January 2021, where she also served as Chief Counsel of Global Product Development from May 2016 to January 2021, as Chief Counsel of Global Commercial Operations, Strategy & Portfolio Management from 2013 to 2016, and as Lead Counsel of Pharma Therapeutics R&D from 2008 to 2013. Ms. Daniels obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her M.B.A from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California Irvine.
Sharathchandra Hegde, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since August 2019. Previously, Dr. Hegde spent 19 years from September 1999 to July 2019 at Theravance Biopharma where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Research. Before Theravance, Dr. Hegde spent 9 years at Syntex Corporation, later acquired by Roche Holdings, Ltd. Dr. Hegde obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Houston and obtained his B.Pharm/M.Pharm degree in Pharmacy/Pharmacology from the University of Mumbai in India.
He has participated in the discovery of several new medicines including the marketed medicines Vibativ® (telavancin), Yupelri® (revefenancin), Aloxi® (palonosteron) and others in late stage development including TD-1473 (Phase 2/3 for IBD) and ampreloxetine (Phase 3 for neurogenic orthostatic hypotension). Dr. Hegde has over 30 years of leadership experience in strategic and tactical aspects of drug-discovery and early clinical development. Dr. Hegde has been trained in classical pharmacology and possesses extensive experience in enabling discovery of drugs in multiple therapeutic areas including infectious, cardiovascular, respiratory, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, neurology, fibrosis, oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
Heather Kirkby, M.B.A., has served as our Chief People Officer since May 2019. She joined us after 15 years at Intuit, from January 2004 to March 2019, with a background in mechanical engineering, product management and talent development. Ms. Kirkby has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Ms. Kirkby began her career running field operations in Arctic Alaska. She served as Senior Product Manager of Payments, where she led the global product organization for QuickBooks Online Accountant, going on to become Intuit’s global Vice President of Talent Development. Her accolades include Intuit’s CEO Leadership Award and Women Tech Council Award finalist.
Benjamin Mabey, M.S., has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2020. He was previously our Vice President of Software Engineering and joined us in March 2017. Mr. Mabey has a versatile background in computer science, machine learning, software engineering and data science with over 15 years of industry experience, having worked as a Machine Learning Engineer building automated machine learning systems and solutions in the ad tech, customer service, and healthcare industries. Prior to joining us, Mr. Mabey was a Senior Data Scientist and Team Lead at Savvysherpa, now part of UnitedHealth Group’s R&D function, from January 2014 to March 2017, following its acquisition of Red Brain Labs, a Data Science consultancy to Fortune 500 companies, where Mr. Mabey served as Chief Technology Officer from April 2012 to January 2014.
Mason Victors, M.S., has been our Chief Product Officer since January 2019. Before that he was our Chief Technology Officer from July 2018 to January 2020, after successive promotions beginning as a Senior Data Scientist joining in September 2015. Mr. Victors has a background spanning applied mathematics, data science and machine learning, applying his expertise to complex data science and machine learning problems in domains ranging from telecommunications and e-commerce to healthcare and national security. Mr. Victors leads our product organization, identifying what new scientific and technological capabilities we must build to further industrialize drug discovery, ranging from software to biology, automation to chemistry.