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Jason Lettman, Morgenthaler Ventures
Jason Lettman is a Partner of Morgenthaler Ventures and a Partner of Lightstone Ventures. Jason invests in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies and brings over 15 years of operating and venture experience in the life science sector. He currently represents Morgenthaler on the boards of Promedior, Ra Pharmaceuticals, Relievant Medsystems, Second Genome, Spinewave and Vapotherm and represents Lightstone on the board of FIRE1. Prior to Lightstone, Jason was a co-founder and on the Board of Tarsus Medical before its acquisition by Integra Life Sciences in 2013. Jason was also a board observer at Ardian (acquired by Medtronic in 2011) and Cabochon Aesthetics (acquired by Ulthera in 2014). Jason also recently established Lightstone’s Europe office in Dublin, Ireland, to expand the firm’s investment activities to Europe.
Before joining Morgenthaler, Jason was a Vice President at Split Rock Partners where he focused on early-stage venture investments in medical devices and the life sciences. During his time at Split Rock, Jason was actively involved with the firm’s investments in Atritech (acquired by Boston Scientific), Entellus Medical, EBR Systems, Evalve (acquired by Abbott Labs), Miramar Labs as well as with the founding of Zyga Technologies.
Prior to Split Rock, Jason’s experience includes tenure with Guidant Corporation’s Compass Group, which focused on corporate venture and business development, as well as a consultant with Accenture’s Health and Life Science practice, where he advised clients across the medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare payer sectors. Jason also previously worked as a Genetic Research Analyst at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Jason has an M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa.
Ed Mathers, New Enterprise Associates
Ed Mathers joined NEA as a Partner in August 2008 and is focused on biotechnology and specialty pharmaceuticals investments. He is a director of Intarcia, Liquidia Technologies, Plexxikon, Ra Pharmaceuticals, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, and Satori Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining NEA, Ed most recently served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Venture, at MedImmune, Inc. In this role, he was a member of the leadership team that executed the sale of the Company to Astra Zeneca for $15.6 billion in 2007. While at MedImmune, Ed was responsible for the Company’s corporate and business development activities and led the Company’s venture capital subsidiary, MedImmune Ventures, Inc. Before joining MedImmune in 2002, he was Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Licensing and Acquisitions at Inhale Therapeutic Systems. Ed spent 15 years at Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. (GlaxoSmithKline), where he held sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility. Ed currently sits on the boards of directors of Plexxikon Inc., Satori Pharmaceuticals, Intarcia, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and Liquidia. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from North Carolina State University.
Markus Goebel, MD, PhD, MBA, Managing Director, Novartis Venture Fund
Markus Goebel started his career in the Health Care Industry in 1990. An MD by training and certified, amongst others, in hematology/oncology he worked for Farmitalia Germany and later held several global positions in R&D, Marketing and Strategy at Roche headquarters to include a worldwide alliance with Amgen. He joined Novartis in 2000 and first worked as Global Head Nervous System BD&L Pharma and later as Global Head Pharma Corporate M&A. In 2004 he joined the Novartis Venture Fund as a Managing Director in the US, moving back to Europe in 2009. Previously he received an MD and a PhD from the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich and an MBA from Henley Management College. Markus serves on the boards of several Novartis Venture Fund portfolio companies, having exited, amongst others from Sirtris, FoldRx, EraGen, Intellikine and LigoCyte.
Doug Treco, Ph.D., Co-Founder, President and CEO
Doug has been the CEO of Ra Pharma™ since its inception and serves on the Company’s Board of Directors. In 1988, he co-founded Transkaryotic Therapies Inc. (TKT, acquired in 2005 by Shire plc), a multi-platform biopharmaceutical company developing protein and gene therapy products. In his position as Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Doug established and directed TKT’s gene activation and protein production efforts, which led to the approval of the biopharmaceutical products Dynepo™, Replagal®, Elaprase®, and Vpriv™. Previously, he was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Lecturer in Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and holds over 35 U.S. and European patents in the areas of protein production, gene mapping, and gene therapy. Doug is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Morgenthaler Ventures. Doug received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from SUNY at Stony Brook and performed postdoctoral studies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Massachusetts General Hospital.