Members of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Board of Directors provide sound governance, advocacy and stewardship to advance the organization’s mission and ensure its sustainability. The integrated perspectives of these influential innovators reflect the breadth of the organization’s stakeholders – from world class scientists, biotech and pharma leaders to venture capitalists, philanthropists and patient advocates.
Honorary Chair and Co-Founder
Barbara Netter is honorary chair of the Board of Directors and co-founder of Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. Mrs. Netter was a therapist in New York and Connecticut. She served as staff therapist at Pelham Family Services in Pelham, NY, for 20 years.
Mrs. Netter held a private practice for 15 years. She was facilitator at the Den for Grieving Kids of Family Centers for 12 years. In 2003, Mrs. Netter was awarded the Louise Grisafi Community Health Award in recognition of her volunteer contributions to the community.
In addition to serving as honorary chair, Mrs. Netter serves on the Board of the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania and on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative at Greenwich Hospital.
Mrs. Netter also serves on the Advisory Board of the School of American Ballet in New York City and is a patron of the arts who supports the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Connecticut Ballet to name a few.
In 2011, Mrs. Netter received the Spirit of Greenwich Award for her contributions to the community. In 2013, Mrs. Netter received an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Quinnipiac University. The Connecticut Council of Philanthropy awarded the John H. Flier Award to Mrs. Netter in 2015. Mrs. Netter was the honoree for the 2020 Philly Fights Cancer, highlighting pancreatic cancer at the Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Netter is a graduate of New York University. She attended the Family Institute of Westchester and received her MS from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.
Learn more about how Mrs. Netter and her husband, Edward, founded the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.
Andy Alisberg was born in New York City, where he lived until his family moved to West Hartford, CT, when he entered eighth grade. He graduated from Conard High School in West Hartford and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, where he earned an AB with Honors in Economics in 1976. He later earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1981.
Mr. Alisberg spent most of his professional career in the institutional equities business on Wall Street. He worked at CJ Lawrence in institutional equity sales and at UBS and its predecessors where he managed relationships with some of the firm’s key mutual fund and hedge fund clients. Andy managed Armillary Partners, a global equities fund, for five years.
Mr. Alisberg is an active philanthropist. He served on the Greenwich YMCA Board of Directors for six years as vice chairman and as head of the Nominating Committee. He has been a Swim Across America participant for four years. He and his family have supported the Wendy Walk since its inception. Andy has been a key organizer for each reunion of his Harvard Business School class. He is also active in political fundraising.
Mr. Alisberg has lived in Greenwich for 29 years with his wife Susan, the founder of Alisberg Parker Architects. They have three children, Will (31), Katie (29) and Maggie (26).
Gbola Amusa, MD, MBA
Partner and Chief Scientific Officer, Chardan
Dr. Amusa is Partner and Chief Scientific Officer of Chardan. Working within Chardan’s Investment Banking Division, he is responsible for advising disruptive healthcare companies on capital formation strategies, M&A, and other transactions. Dr. Amusa joined Chardan at the end of 2014 to focus on identifying companies that will generate exceptionally high long-term investment returns from creating and sharing in real value for society. While in Chardan’s Equity Research Department from 2014 through July 2021, Dr. Amusa’s coverage, top picks, and counter-consensus calls were all associated with exceptional alpha generation, with Dr. Amusa, for example, ranked #2 out of over 6,000 Wall Street analysts in 2019 for his stock-picking performance in a study by TipRanks.
Dr. Amusa was previously Managing Director, Head of European Pharma Research, and Global Pharma & Biotech Coordinator at UBS, where he oversaw 25 analysts, and ultimately finished as the #1 ranked European pharma analyst in the Institutional Investor (II) Survey. Prior to UBS, Dr. Amusa was a Senior Research Analyst and Head of European Pharma research at Sanford Bernstein. He started his career in finance at Goldman Sachs as an Associate in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group, where he worked on large transactions including the Amgen/Immunex merger. Additionally, Dr. Amusa was previously a Healthcare Finance & Strategy Consultant working with governments, companies, leading foundations and think tanks. Dr. Amusa’s views on healthcare have been cited by socially responsible investing (SRI), ESG and sustainability organizations like FSG/Shared Value Initiative, GMI Ratings and the ATM Index.
Dr. Amusa earned his BSE with honors in biomedical engineering from Duke University, an MD from Washington University Medical School, and his MBA (GPA 4.0/4.0) from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He currently serves on the board of directors for BiomX and Renovacor. He has been published in Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development.
Terri Burgess, PhD
Co-Founder, Paradigm Shift Therapeutics
Teresa (Terri) Burgess, PhD, has deep experience in biopharma drug research, development and leadership. Dr. Burgess began her 20-year career at Amgen as a research scientist and rose to serve more than 10 years as director within Amgen’s Oncology Research organization. During her journey, she developed a breadth of technical expertise and leadership experience integrating drug discovery, target validation, IND-enabling preclinical studies, regulatory science and clinical trials across Amgen’s multi-modality drug platforms.
Dr. Burgess co-founded Paradigm Shift Therapeutics (PSTx) in 2014 to identify drug candidates with the potential to enhance immune surveillance. PSTx was founded with a mission to bring social responsibility to drug development with the end goal of creating affordable drugs that are accessible to all.
Her professional experience also includes service as chair and vice chair for the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) and as an ad hoc reviewer for federal grants and professional journals. She has been active in educational and mentoring programs at the local, state and national levels throughout her career. Dr. Burgess obtained her AB from University of California, Berkeley; her PhD from University of California, San Francisco (biochemistry and biophysics); and was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara.
She has published widely in top research and medical journals throughout her career. Most recently, she has begun consulting for small- and medium-sized biotech firms, sharing her expertise in pre-clinical critical path and IND enabling study plans.
David M. Darst Jr.
Chief Operating Officer, Inspirna, Inc.
David M. Darst Jr. is the chief operating officer of Inspirna, Inc., a cancer therapeutics company developing first in class drugs. At Inspirna, he co-leads the company’s financial, corporate development and drug development activities.
Prior to Inspirna, he was an investor at OrbiMed Advisors, the world’s largest private health care dedicated investment firm. There, he invested in leading private and publicly traded biotechnology companies developing therapeutics for life threatening and debilitating disorders.
Mr. Darst is also a co-founder, former EVP, and director of Potentia Pharmaceuticals, and a former director of its spin-out company Apellis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: APLS). Apellis’ lead complement inhibitor drug is in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other immune disorders.
Mr. Darst has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College.
Managing Partner, Ursula Capital Partners
Dan Englander is founder and managing partner of Ursula Capital Partners, an investment management firm founded in 2004. Mr. Englander is director, America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ), an automotive retailer, since 2007; Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ), a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services, since 2006; and CKX Lands, Inc. (NYSE, a land management company.
In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Englander is director of Crème de la Crème, a private childcare company. Prior to founding Ursula Capital Partners, Mr. Englander was investment banker and managing partner with Allen & Company.
Mr. Englander earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Peter A. Glicklich
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Managing Partner, Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg
Peter Glicklich is the managing partner of the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a Canadian-based law firm specializing in M&A, crossborder transactions, real estate, infrastructure and related matters. Prior to this, he was a partner at Roberts & Holland, LLP, mainly a private client tax-focused law firm. Mr. Glicklich is a 1981 cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Economics), 1977. He serves on the Board of Associates of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, and serves as Finance VP of the International Fiscal Association (USA Branch).
Co-Managing Partner, Avidity Partners
Michael Gregory is co-managing partner of Avidity Partners, a biotechnology/healthcare-focused investment manager with a seasoned research team of six investment professionals with substantial scientific and investment expertise, and investments in public and private companies.
From 2010-2018, Mr. Gregory was portfolio manager and head of Healthcare at Highland and managed an investment team of eight to 10 people and an average gross market value of $1 billion to $2 billion. He also served as CIO of the $4 billion alternative Investment platform and served as a member of the Equity Investment Committee, Private Equity Investment Committee, Credit Investment Committee and Executive Committee. In 2006, Mr. Gregory founded Cummings Bay, a biotechnology/healthcare-focused investment manager that became an affiliate of Highland in 2010.
Mr. Gregory holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, having completed a highly specialized joint program in healthcare within the Yale Schools of Medicine, Management and Public Policy. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, lecturer at Yale University and serves on a number of academic and scientific boards including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, The University of Texas Center for Brain Health, The Center for Vision Health, Dallas Services, University of Texas Southwestern Cary Council (Steering Committee) and had prior Board appointments at University of Pennsylvania Center for Brain Injury and Repair, Southern Methodist University and Tower Center.
Tracy B. Holton
Attorney and Author
Tracy Bishop Holton is an attorney and author with expertise in product liability, energy and natural resources, and construction law. She has extensive experience in litigation and an interest in molecular medicine.
Ms. Holton has been a contributing author to West Publishing Company since 2000. Her published works include: “Cause of Action to Recover Damages Under the Private Securities Law Reform Act of 1995;” “Cause of Action to Recover Civil Damages Pursuant to the Law of Nations and/or Customary International Law;” and “Cause of Action to Recover Damages for Invasion of Private Sector Employees’ Privacy.”
In addition to work in the legal field, Ms. Holton is active in many community organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bruce Museum of Art and Science. Ms. Holton also has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Alliance, the YWCA of Greenwich and the Avon Theatre Film Center.
A resident of Old Greenwich, CT, Ms. Holton graduated from Emory University and Loyola University School of Law where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review.
Partner, OrbiMed Advisors LLC
Chau Q. Khuong is a biotech entrepreneur and venture capital investor. He is currently a venture partner at OrbiMed Advisors, a global healthcare-dedicated investment firm with over $15 billion in assets under management. Over the past two decades, he has been an active lead investor in innovative drug development and medical device enterprises across all stages and therapeutic areas including oncology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology, gene therapy and gene editing.
Mr. Khuong has served in a board capacity of numerous public and private companies, including Arius Research (acquired by Roche), Durata (acquired by Actavis), Fusion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: FUSN), Glaukos Medical (NYSE: GKOS), Intellia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: NTLA), Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ICPT), Inspire Medical Systems (NYSE: INSP), NextCure (NASDAQ: NXTC), Pieris (NASDAQ: PIRS) and Rempex (acquired by Medicines Company). He holds a BS in molecular, cellular and developmental biology with a concentration in biotechnology and an MPH with a concentration in infectious diseases, both from Yale University.
John L. Lahey, PhD
President Emeritus, Quinnipiac University
John L. Lahey, PhD, is president emeritus of Quinnipiac University, a private university located in Hamden, CT. Upon his arrival at Quinnipiac in March 1987, Dr. Lahey initiated a strategic planning process, leading to the University’s growth from 1,902 students in 1987 to more than 8,500 students in 2021.
Dr. Lahey also serves as a director of Avangrid Inc. (NYSE), Independence Holding Company (NYSE) and The Yale New Haven Health System. He is also currently professor of logic and philosophy at Quinnipiac University.
Dr. Lahey holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Dayton; a PhD in philosophy from the University of Miami and a second master’s degree in higher education administration from Columbia University.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Wendy Walk
Alexandra N. Landes is co-founder and executive director of Wendy Walk. This national non-profit organization raises funds and awareness for rare sarcoma by hosting walks and other events around the country. Ms. Landes has secured $3.8 million for international research from individuals, corporations and family foundations.
Previously, Ms. Landes was Manhattan community relations associate for the Office of the New York City Public Advocate. She graduated from Tufts University and from the Boston University Oxford Honors Program. Currently, she is earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.
Chen Schor, MBA, CPA
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Adicet Bio, Inc.
Mr. Schor has two decades of experience leading biotech companies across multiple therapeutic areas including Oncology, Immunology, Neurology and Infectious diseases. Mr. Schor has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Adicet Bio, Inc. since September 2020. He held the role of President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at resTORbio since co-founding the company in 2016 until its merger with Adicet Bio in September 2020. Mr. Schor has led biotech companies across all stages, from formation and early-stage discovery to a publicly traded multi-product company with significant big pharma partnerships. Prior to cofounding resTORbio, Mr. Schor led the turnaround of Synta Pharmaceuticals and its reverse merger with Madrigal Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he served as Vice President, Global Branded Business Development and Pipeline Management at Teva Pharmaceuticals and leadership positions at several emerging private and public companies. Before that, Mr. Schor was a Partner at Yozma Venture Capital, where he led the foundation and growth of multiple therapeutic companies from inception to commercial success. Mr. Schor has led strategic transactions valued at over $8 billion with companies such as GSK, Amgen, Pfizer, Merck KGaA (co-led) and Cephalon (co-led). Mr. Schor holds a B.A. in Biology and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University, a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Haifa University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
John C. Sites, Jr.
Partner, Wexford Capital, LLC
John C. Sites, Jr., is a partner of Wexford Capital LLC. Previously, he was GP of a distress investment fund and a private equity firm. From 1981 through 1995, Mr. Sites served as an executive of Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., where he established the mortgage and asset-backed securities department. Mr. Sites is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rhodes College.
Klaus Veitinger, MD, PhD, MBA
Venture Partner, OrbiMed Advisors
Klaus Veitinger, MD, PhD, MBA, is a venture partner in the private equity group at OrbiMed Advisors, since 2007. During his prior 16-year pharmaceutical career, Dr. Veitinger held senior management positions in drug development, licensing and business development, strategic planning and M&A, as well as general management.
Dr. Veitinger has served and currently serves on the Boards of several private and public companies in the life sciences sector. For seven years he was a director of PhRMA. Dr. Veitinger received his medical degree and his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. He earned his MBA at INSEAD in France.
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Martin Winter is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal and co-head of the Healthcare Industry Group. He brings more than 35 years of broad business and diverse industry sector experience and an extensive operating background.
Mr. Winter has worked extensively with both outpatient services companies and hospital systems seeking to secure successful futures in a complex, challenging and changing environment. His roles have included operating leadership as well as consulting and include such organizations as HealthSouth and the University of Southern California in addition to lenders and many investor-owned provider and services companies. At HealthSouth he aided the company in its complex out-of-court restructuring following discovery of massive financial fraud. Previously, he spent more than 15 years as an executive in a privately owned investment management firm that specialized in equity, fixed income and alternative assets.
Mr. Winter received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in economics from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past member of the Board and chairman of the Audit Committee of American Independence Corp., at the time a NASDAQ-listed publicly traded health insurance company. He is currently the vice chair of the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Journalist and Philanthropist
A journalist and philanthropist, Martha Zoubek appreciates the importance of spreading the word on the science of molecular medicine. Currently president of the Wrightson-Ramsing Foundation, which supports cutting-edge cancer research, she brings extensive experience in publishing, media and education.
Ms. Zoubek began her professional career as a writer and editor with McGraw-Hill, joined Conde Nast and then Moffly Publications as associate editor of Greenwich magazine. She founded the Education Department at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, and launched the Brucemobile, an outreach program bringing science and the arts to schools and into the community.
In 2008, Ms. Zoubek received the YMCA Spirit of Greenwich award for her volunteerism, honoring her contributions to the Bruce Museum, Arch Street Teen Center, Greenwich Arts Council, the Breast Cancer Alliance and the Grace Notes, a therapeutic music organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College.