About Us /
- Doug Treco, PhD, Co-Founder, President and CEO
- Pamela Esposito, PhD, Chief Business Officer
- Debra Winslow, Vice President of Project Management and Quality Assurance
- Kerry Black, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Operations
- Kristopher Josephson, PhD, Senior Director, Discovery Research
- Alonso Ricardo, PhD, Senior Director R&D
- Debasish F. Roychowdhury, MD, Acting Chief Medical Officer
Doug Treco, PhD, 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 PhD 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.
Pamela Esposito, PhD, Chief Business Officer
Pamela joins Ra as CBO with broad experience in building innovative drug discovery companies in oncology and creating high value alliances within the industry. Most recently, Pamela was at Angiochem Inc, a peptide- conjugate platform company where she lead strategic planning and all aspects of corporate development. In this role, she was instrumental in putting in place several important collaborations for the company. Prior to Angiochem, Pamela was vice president of business development at Biovex, a clinical stage oncology company focused on melanoma. In 2011, she was responsible for driving the successful acquisition of Biovex by Amgen. Before joining Biovex, she led business development and commercialization at Vion Pharmaceuticals and has been one of the first employees at a number of successful early stage companies, including Galenea and Bioduro (sold to PPD in 2009). Pamela received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from Tufts University School of Medicine where her research focused on the physiologic regulation of the blood-brain-barrier and the implications on drug distribution.
Debra Winslow, Vice President of Project Management and Quality Assurance
Debra Winslow joins Ra Pharma™ after working at LFB USA (previously GTC Biotherapeutics) for 15 years as the company’s Vice President of Project Management and Quality Assurance. Ms. Winslow was involved with all aspects of the company's lead product from initial market applications to in the EU and USA, through commercialization. As head of the project management group, she managed product manufacture, internal early and development stage teams and external partnership programs. She headed up the Quality Assurance department, responsible for several successful agency inspections and critical product releases. Previously Debra served as a consultant for 8 years to the biotechnology industry, specializing in project management, quality and regulatory for local start-up companies. Previous work experience includes project and quality roles at Centocor, Seragen, Charm Engineering and Genzyme. Ms. Winslow has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2002 and Regulatory Affairs certified since 1995. She holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA from Bentley University, Waltham, MA.
Kerry Black, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Operations
Kerry joined Ra Pharma™ in March of 2010 as the Senior Director of Operations. She has over 20 years experience in the biotechnology industry working both as a Research Scientist and Operations Director. She has spent the last 10 years specializing in early stage companies, building business and operational infrastructure, including as an early employee at Critical Therapeutics, TetraPhase Pharmaceuticals and SetPoint Medical Corporation. Kerry received dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry from the University of Maine. She received a Master of Chemistry Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Management at Babson College.
Kristopher Josephson, PhD, Senior Director, Discovery Research
Kris joined Ra Pharma™ as the Director of Molecular Biology in March of 2010. Previously he was a Senior Principal Investigator at EMD-Serono where he used fragment-based screening and structure-based drug design to discover and optimize kinase inhibitors. Kris was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Jack W. Szostak at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. There, he developed a system for the ribosomal synthesis of peptide libraries assembled from drug-like amino acids, which forms the basis for Ra Pharma™’s peptide discovery platform. Kris received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For his thesis project with Professor Mark R. Walter, Kris utilized X-ray crystallography and protein engineering to study the signaling mechanisms of cytokines.
Alonso Ricardo, PhD, Senior Director R&D
Alonso Ricardo joined Ra in 2010 and has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. Alonso received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida working under the supervision of Professor Steven A. Benner. Following graduation, he joined the faculty of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia where he performed research in peptide macrocyclization and Bioorganic Chemistry. In 2006 he became an HHMI Research Associate with Professor Jack W. Szostak, working in Synthetic Biology at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Debasish F. Roychowdhury, MD, Acting Chief Medical Officer
Debasish is an oncologist and a leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He is the President of Nirvan Consultants, LLC and in this capacity he plays the role of the Chief Medical Officer for Ra Pharmaceuticals and serves in senior advisory roles for other biotechnology companies, to help advance their pipeline of therapeutics. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Lytix Biopharma AS and Art in Giving. He recently was one of the founding members of the Seragon Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and was the company’s Chief Medical Officer. Debasish was the Senior Vice President of Global Oncology and Head of the Global Oncology Division at Sanofi from August 2009 to September 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President for Clinical Development at GlaxoSmithKline and directed the Oncology global regulatory group at Eli Lilly and Company. Prior to his role in industry, he served as faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. He trained at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (MBBS, MD), Michael Reese Hospital (MD) and University of California, San Francisco (Fellowship).