Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier
Scientific advisor and Co-Founder Scientific and Managing Director, Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens Honorary Professor, Institute for Biology, Humboldt University
Awarded the Nobel Prize in 2020, Emmanuelle
Charpentier’s ground-breaking work on CRISPR/Cas9 irrevocably changed the
genetics landscape. Emmanuelle co-founded ERS Genomics to enable the global life
science community to access and benefit from this new technology.
Born in France, Emmanuelle is a microbiologist,
geneticist and biochemist. Emmanuelle received her Ph.D from the University Pierre
and Marie Curie in Paris, for research performed at the Pasteur Institute. Beyond
Paris, Emmanuelle has made scientific contributions in academic
institutions across the globe. Currently at the Max Planck Unit for the Science
of Pathogens in Berlin, Emmanuelle has also worked in Paris, New York, Memphis,
Vienna, Umeå and
She has received
numerous prestigious national and international awards and distinctions and is
an elected member of national and international academies.
Dr. Rodger Novak
Member of the Board of Directors and co-founder
Dr. Novak is a serial entrepreneur, long-time pharmaceutical and biotechnology senior executive who co-founded CRISPR Therapeutics AG in late 2013. He led the company as CEO until December 2017. During his tenure he IPO’d the company and was responsible for the two landmark deals with Vertex and Bayer. Currently, Dr. Novak serves CRISPR Therapeutics as President and Chair of the Board. He also serves as Executive Chair on the boards of Rockend Ltd, Cambridge, UK, and Matterhorn Biosciences, Basel, Switzerland.
Before CRISPR Therapeutics Dr. Novak was Global Head Infectious Diseases, Sanofi, Paris, France. His responsibility included discovery, research and development, and late stage clinical development of anti-infectives, including diseases of the developing world. In early 2006 Dr. Novak became COO of Nabriva Therapeutics, an antibacterial development company in Vienna, Austria, he co-founded. Nabriva was a spin-out from Sandoz/Novartis, where Dr. Novak served as Vice-Head of the Antibiotic Research Institute.
Dr. Novak received his medical degree in Germany in 1993 and his medical license for the USA in 1994. From 1996 to 2001 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University, the Skirball Institute, NYU Medical Center, and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2001, he was appointed as tenured Professor for Microbiology at the Vienna Biocenter, Austria. Dr. Novak authored numerous publications, among them articles in Nature, Nature Medicine and Molecular Cell, provided key contributions in different scientific textbooks in the fields of anti-infectives, genetics and personalized medicine. He is also a co-inventor of several patents.
Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder
Shaun brings almost 20 years of experience in emerging healthcare companies as an entrepreneur, investor and advisor. Previously, Shaun served as CFO and a member of the board of directors of CRISPR Therapeutics, a company that he co-founded in 2013 that is focused on the therapeutic applications of the CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Prior to that he was a partner and one of the founding team members of Nomura Phase4 Ventures, a London-based venture capital group investing in emerging healthcare companies where he gained particular experience investing in cell and gene therapy companies. Prior to that, he worked with Nomura International’s healthcare corporate finance group advising emerging healthcare companies on M&A and capital raisings.
Shaun is a CFA® charterholder and holds an MSc in cell biology and immunology from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
We have decades of experience in the field of genome editing and its application, in business development and licensing, licensing preclinical and clinical stage therapeutic products and drug delivery technologies, genome editing technologies as well as overseeing research and development.
Eric serves as the CEO of ERS Genomics. He joined ERS from Horizon Discovery where he held the role of Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for commercializing Horizon’s genome editing technologies as well as overseeing research and development. Over the course of his career he has held various positions focused on gene editing technologies including the positions of Director Business Development at Sigma-Aldrich and Vice President Business Development & Alliance Management at Sangamo Biosciences where he was responsible for commercializing gene-editing technologies and executed licensing deals with more than 25 major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Eric holds a degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael Arciero, JD
Vice President IP & Commercial Development
Michael serves as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Corporate Development with over 15 years’ experience in corporate and academic transactions. Prior to ERS, Michael served as Director of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures for the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. While there, he led the technology transfer and corporate alliance teams supporting innovation across all disciplines stemming from over $900M in annual research expenditures. As licensing attorney for Diversa Corporation (now BASF), Michael was responsible for the negotiation and drafting of complex transactions in support of business and research development. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of law.
Vice President for Business Development & Licensing for North America
Jon Kratochvil has just joined ERS Genomics as the Vice President for Business Development and Licensing for North America.
Most recently Jon was the Director of Business Development and Licensing at MilliporeSigma in St. Louis. Jon and his team were responsible for all global business development opportunities for MilliporeSigma’s gene editing and novel modalities technologies. Prior to joining MilliporeSigma, he was the COO for QMAXX Products Group Inc., a specialty chemicals company in St. Louis, Missouri that developed novel anti-corrosive lubricants for industrial and consumer uses.
Jon was the Business Development Director for Washington University for 16 years managing a portfolio of over 1000 life science technologies which generated in excess of $70 million in revenue during his tenure. He was also involved with helping establish several University start-up companies and has served as a business expert on several government and community advisory boards.
He was employed for over a decade as a licensing manager and the competitive intelligence analyst for Abbott Laboratories diagnostics division, working on novel detection platforms and pharmacogenetics. He is an inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications.
Jon received a BS in Biology from Rutgers University. He also received graduate degrees from Northwestern University in Microbiology/Immunology and Loyola University in Chicago in Law.
Sr. Director, Business Development & Licensing
Dan brings over 20 years of experience in business development and licensing, mostly at therapeutic focused biotech companies. Among these, he led the licensing efforts for clinical stage products at WEX Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver, Canada. As head of the Business Development group at Inex Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver, Canada he was responsible for licensing preclinical and clinical stage therapeutic products and drug delivery technologies. Prior to this, he negotiated research collaboration and in-license agreements at Cambridge, Massachusetts based Genetics Institute, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard.
Head of Finance
Tracy brings over 20 years finance experience within various industries including construction, telecoms and pharmaceutical healthcare. Tracy is a qualified accountant with CPA Ireland.
Dara has worked for a number of blue-chip companies in Europe and the US across a range of industries and sectors. She has extensive marketing experience from senior roles with previous employers such as JPMorgan, Dow Jones and Fast Company Magazine.
In her role as Executive Assistant to Eric Rhodes, Janice brings to bear her varied professional experience, from working in the high-octane world of international financial services and social impact startups. She is passionate about creating a sense of community and a supportive and efficient working environment for the team at ERS Genomics.
John has joined ERS Genomics as a Business Analyst. Prior to ERS, John spent several years with PwC working as an auditor while obtaining his Chartered Accountant qualification from Chartered Accountants Ireland. John received a BA in Botany from Trinity College Dublin. He also received an MSc in Biotechnology and Business from UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School.
Fangfang (Jojo) Hu
China Business Director
Jojo has joined ERS Genomics and her work will focus on business development and licensing. She brings 20 years experience in Life Sciences and the IVD industry. Jojo’s previous employer was Illumina where she spent 11 years supporting the continuous growth of Greater China revenue, with China ultimately becoming the second largest country within Illumina. Prior to that she has held sales and marketing roles in Applied Biosystem (now part of Thermo Fisher) and Gene Company. Jojo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.