Management Team

Leadership

Tomasz Sablinski, MD, PhD — Chief Executive Officer

Tomasz Sablinski has 35 years of experience in healthcare. This includes 20 years of pharmaceutical development at Novartis, overseeing clinical development projects at Parexel, consulting for biotechnology companies and managing a development portfolio at Auven Therapeutics. In the 1990s Dr. Sablinski was a member of teams at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals) conducting pioneering work in developing biologic immunosuppressive regimens, induction of transplantation tolerance and xenotransplantation. He also practiced as a surgeon specializing in renal transplantation and general surgery in his native Poland and in Boston. Dr. Sablinski received his MD and PhD degrees from the Medical University of Warsaw in Poland. In parallel to his role at TLS, he currently serves as head of development and a managing director of Auven Therapeutics.

Marc Foster, MBA — Chief Operating Officer

Marc Foster brings 15 years of biotech and 15 years of high-tech experience to TLS. Most recently, he served as a senior business development and technology advisor to FoldRx Pharmaceuticals, where he helped craft and implement the business development strategy of the company's protein misfolding pipeline and  discovery platform, leading to an acquisition by Pfizer in 2010. Mr. Foster began his biotech career working on behalf of Schrodinger in product development. Subsequently he co-founded and built Reify Corporation, developer of high-content assay systems for pre-clinical discovery and toxicology. During his high-tech career Mr. Foster held operating, co-founding, and advisory roles with numerous firms that created substantial shareholder value through acquisition or public offering, including NETBot, Apropos, and InTouch Systems. Mr. Foster holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in English from Brown University, and an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He served as a Research Fellow at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School in Endocrinology.

Lawrence Steinman, MD — Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board

Lawrence Steinman is a professor of neurology and neurological sciences, pediatrics, and genetics at Stanford School of Medicine. He is also the chair of the Stanford University Program in Immunology. Dr. Steinman’s research focuses on what provokes relapses and remissions in multiple sclerosis (MS), the nature of the genes that serve as a brake on brain inflammation, and the quest for a vaccine against MS. He has developed two antigen specific therapies, using DNA vaccines, for MS and type 1 diabetes. He was senior author on the seminal 1992 Nature article that reported the key role of a particular integrin in brain inflammation. This research led to the development of the drug Tysabri, which is used to treat patients with MS and Crohn’s disease. Dr. Steinman holds a number of patents in the areas of immunology, and for therapies of Huntington disease and MS. He cofounded Tolerion, Neurocrine Biosciences, Bayhill Therapeutics, and Nuon Therapeutics. Dr. Steinman received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MD from Harvard University.

Board of Directors

C. David Nicholson, PhD, SVP Global Brands R&D, Actavis plc

Dr. Nicholson is Senior Vice President, Global Brands R&D at Actavis. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer and EVP, R&D for Bayer CropScience from March 2012 to August 2014; Vice President of Licensing and Knowledge Management at Merck from 2009 to December 2011; and Senior Vice President, responsible for Global Project Management and Drug Safety at Schering-Plough from 2007 to 2009. From 1988 to 2007, Dr. Nicholson held various leadership positions at Organon, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Research & Development and was a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D. from the University of Wales.

Bernard Munos — Founder, InnoThink Center and Senior Fellow, FasterCures

Bernard Munos is the founder of InnoThink, a consultancy that advises numerous companies and nonprofits on how to become better innovators. He previously served as an advisor for corporate strategy at Eli Lilly. He is a Senior Fellow at FasterCures (Milken Institute), and a member of several advisory bodies at NIH, the Institute of Medicine, and the journal Science Translational Medicine. He received his MBA from Stanford University, and holds other graduate degrees in animal science and economics.

John Watson — Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President - Strategic Partnering, Covance (Retired)
 
John Watson has over 33 years of commercial and executive leadership experience in the healthcare services industry working with biopharmaceutical companies, clinics, and hospital-based providers. He retired from the Covance Drug Development division of LabCorp in September 2015 after 16 years as a Senior Corporate Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Strategic Partnering. His responsibilities spanned the company's commercial activities, including sales, client services, marketing, alliance management and strategic partnering covering the portfolio of Covance Drug Development's services. Mr. Watson was the executive sponsor and lead negotiator for the two largest R&D outsourcing partnerships in the CRO industry with the 10-year Lilly agreement in 2008 for $1.6B and the ten year Sanofi agreement in 2010 for $2.2B.  Mr. Watson has an in-depth knowledge of the CRO and biopharmaceutical industries and has leveraged that knowledge to drive significant growth at Covance Inc., which resulted in the sale to LabCorp in February 2015. Prior to joining Covance Inc., Mr. Watson spent 12 years with E.R. Squibb & Sons, BMS and Bracco Diagnostics. Mr. Watson attended Louisiana State University earning a B.S. in Marketing and currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Tomasz Sablinski, MD, PhD

Marc Foster

Advisors

Chris Adams — Co-founder, Cydan Development

​Chris Adams is a co-founder and chief business officer of Cydan Development Inc. Prior to joining Cydan, Dr. Adams was president of CMA Biotech Consulting where he worked in advisory roles for a number of development stage orphan drug companies. Previously, Dr. Adams was chief business officer of FoldRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he was responsible for business strategy, licensing and business development, as well as pre-commercial activities for VYNDAQEL® (tafamidis), a treatment for Transthyretin Amyloidosis. He led the M&A process, which resulted in the acquisition of the company by Pfizer for October of 2010. Dr. Adams has a diploma in organic chemistry and biochemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Zurich. Dr. Adams also holds an MBA from INSEAD of Fontainebleau, France.

Scott Becker — Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer at Delve Therapeutics

Scott is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is co-founder and CBO at Delve Therapeutics, a discovery stage company working with oncolytic viruses. Prior to Delve, Scott was the VP of Enterprise Products at Schrodinger, the leading computational chemistry company - which has been involved in the discovering of multiple first-in-class clinical stage assets. He was also Co-Founder and CTO of Invite Media, a venture backed computational advertising startup that was acquired by Google.

Paul Gaunt

Paul has over 40 years of experience in fund management, focussing on equity markets and global policy. He was appointed an Investment Manager at Confederation Life, a Canadian mutual assurance company, where he led a team that established Confederation as a leading office in the UK pensions market. Mr. Gaunt joined the Equitable Life as the Senior Investment Manager and Assistant General Manager with responsibility for global equity policy. Paul also established an Alternative Assets portfolio with a particular emphasis on biotechnology and healthcare markets. In 1997 he resigned in order to pursue private interests. Paul has held a number of non-executive positions in recent years, including terms at Numis Corporation, Oasis Healthcare, JO Hambro Capital Management, The Worldwide Healthcare Trust, Merlin LLP, and BRIT Plc. Paul is currently a non-executive director of the Biotech Growth Trust Plc and the Allianz technology Trust Plc.

John Holland — SVP, AMC Health

John Holland has developed a mobile platform for clinical trials at AMC Health. Previously, he founded LifeLink Monitoring, a leading national telemonitoring company. He developed the first home blood pressure telemonitoring service in the United States, followed by a complete suite of telemonitoring services for clinical trials, homecare, managed care and disease management.

Karim Lakhani, PhD — Harvard Business School


Karim R. Lakhani is the Lumry family associate professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the principal investigator of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He has extensively studied the emergence of open source software communities and their unique innovation and product development strategies. He has also investigated how critical knowledge from outside of the organization can be accessed through innovation contests. He specializes in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities. Professor Lakhani was awarded his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an MS degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Canada.​

Barbara Lindheim — BLL Partners

​Barbara Lindheim is a founder and managing partner at BLL Partners LLC, a consultancy providing strategic communications services to the biotechnology and life sciences industries. Barbara brings her clients more than two decades of industry experience in strategic positioning, corporate and product communications, investor relations and marketing. Her prior experience includes senior strategy and communications roles at BioCom Partners, Orchid BioSciences, Edelman Worldwide, Noonan/Russo Communications, Glaxo SmithKline, Sanofi predecessor company Sterling Winthrop and Pfizer. A graduate of Cornell University, Barbara earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a masters in public policy from Princeton University.

Richard Warburg, JD, PhD, — Managing Director, Auven Therapeutics

Dr. Warburg is Managing Director, Intellectual Property and Licensing for Auven Therapeutics. Previously, Richard was a partner at the law firms of Foley & Lardner LLP and Lyon & Lyon, and a law clerk with Fish & Richardson. Dr. Warburg has over 30 years experience in intellectual property litigation, strategic counselling, licensing and patent prosecution. Dr. Warburg has significant appellate, litigation, interference and worldwide prosecution and opposition experience in most technical areas including biopharmacology, proteomics, antisense, and diagnostic devices. Dr. Warburg presently consults in intellectual property to various entities. Dr. Warburg is a graduate of Birmingham University, England, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1981. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Brandeis University, acting as an adjunct professor at Wellesley College, and an instructor at University of Massachusetts, he attended Suffolk University law school and graduated valedictorian magna cum laude in 1990. Dr. Warburg is the inventor on world-wide patents to a micro-centrifuge tube opening device, the inventor of the PATENTIAL board game concerning the biotech business model, and co-author of the book “Working to Improve Lives – An Illustrated Biotech encyclopedia. He is also an author on other books and numerous legal and scientific papers. He is based in St. Thomas the US Virgin Islands.