Mark has led much of the seminal work on fecal transplantation and the human microbiome, publishing in leading journals such as Nature and NEJM. He translated fecal transplantation from a topic of research into clinical practice by founding OpenBiome, where he pioneered the universal donor model as a safe, effective and cost-efficient solution to the C. difficile epidemic. Under Mark's leadership, OpenBiome has treated more than 20,000 patients through a network of over 800 hospitals. He co-founded Finch Therapeutics to develop defined microbial therapies that treat diseases beyond C.difficile.
Mark graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Biology and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from MIT.
Ulrich Thienel, MD
Dr. Thienel joins Finch with more than 20 years of experience successfully leading drug development programs for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including RRD International, Takeda, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Thienel’s development experience spans multiple therapeutic areas, including gastrointestinal, immunology, central nervous system, hematology, respiratory, and rare diseases. Throughout his career, Dr. Thienel has engaged in ten investigational new drug applications (INDs), two new drug applications (NDAs) and three biologics license applications (BLAs). He completed his M.D. and Ph.D. in Germany and a fellowship in rheumatology at Columbia University, New York.
Before co-founding Finch, Andrew helped grow OpenBiome as its Operations Director. Andrew joined OpenBiome after working as a consultant for Bain & Company in Chicago. At Bain, Andrew served clients across several industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, consumer packaged goods, airlines, retail, and insurance while working across multiple services including growth strategy, performance improvement, negotiations, M&A, and IT. Prior to joining Bain, Andrew worked in investment banking at JPMorgan.
Andrew holds a BBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
BEN ENERSON, JD
Ben brings more than 12 years of experience in complex transactions, intellectual property strategy and management, and litigation. Ben previously was in-house counsel at Moderna Therapeutics from 2015-2017, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals from 2010-2015. He began his legal career as a litigation attorney at Fish & Richardson and Holland & Knight, where he focused on managing intellectual property matters for a wide variety of clients.
Zain Kassam, MD MPH FRCPC
Sonia Timberlake, PhD
Sonia is an expert at designing NGS-based algorithms for applications in microbial genomics, immunnogenomics, and evolution. Prior to joining Finch, she built and managed AbVitro's computational algorithms and infrastructure, supporting high throughput single-cell immune phenotyping and repertoire sequencing technology. This technology platform was acquired by Juno Therapeutics, where Sonia led a multidisciplinary team to harness native adaptive immune responses for developing engineered cell therapies in oncology.
Sonia graduated from Caltech with a B.Sc in Molecular Biology and received her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT.
Jim Sigler, MBA
Jim has 26 years of experience in drug development. At Genzyme, he and his team brought Carticel™, the first biologic therapy of its type, from academia all the way through FDA submission, inspection, licensure, and commercialization. At Reprogenesis, he and his team executed a crash re-formulation and pre-clinical model development effort that resulted in the resumption of a Phase III trial less than nine months after suspending the trial. At Acceleron, he and his team completed in-house manufacture of the first clinical drug substance for the company, and the outside manufacture of clinical drug product, less than two years after the company’s initial financing and barely seventeen months after board approval to build the in-house capability.
Jim received his BS in Biology/General Studies from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bharat has more than 11 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, developing complex biologics. Most recently, he led the analytical and formulation development group at Genocea Biosciences, where he was involved in the development of HSV-2 and Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccines. Prior to Genocea, he held positions at Formatech, Inc. and Sanofi Pasteur.
Tom Borody, MD PhD DSc FRACP
Tom completed medical training in Sydney, Australia then conducted research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. On his return to Australia Tom established the Centre for Digestive Diseases. He has overseen its growth into an active clinical research institute with 72 employees. Tom has published more than 280 papers and filed over 160 patents. Tom treated his first patient using FMT in 1988 and published several papers bringing FMT into clinical practice. Beyond using FMT for C difficile Tom was first to treat colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome as well as neurologic and autoimmune disorders, using FMT or defined microbial therapies. To date Tom’s clinic has completed over 14,000 FMT treatments.
Elaine Vo, PhD
Elaine previously directed the Research and Development Program at OpenBiome, characterizing the stability, viability, and potency of existing treatments as well as developing next generation FMT products for both treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection and clinical research on FMT for new indications.
She holds an AB in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University and a PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Hogan brings 25+ years of drug development experience to Finch. Prior to joining Finch, John served as Director, Clinical Operations for Momenta Pharmaceuticals where he oversaw a portfolio of biosimilars and novel biologic drugs. Before joining Momenta John worked at a number of Pharmaceutical and CROs in a variety of roles including: Data Management, Clinical Monitoring, Pharmacovigilence, Project/Program Management and Director of Operations roles.
John holds a BA in Biology from Rutgers University and a Masters in Project Management from Western Carolina University.
CRYSTAL CHEN, MD
Paige Swanson is the Director of Research Operations at Finch Therapeutics, driving the design and implementation Finch's research platform. Having managed large academic labs at Harvard University and MIT, Paige has designed operational systems which have supported many high impact peer-reviewed publications. In addition, Paige has coordinated the move and setup of laboratories for two newly tenured professors at Harvard. She has extensive experience leveraging robotics to automate and scale-up processes in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She received her B.S. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dean Glettig, PhD
Dean previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Bob Langer at MIT, with a particular focus on improving current methods in oral drug delivery. His research was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Max-Planck Institute, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This resulted in the filing of 4 patents and the start of a spin-off company.
Dean received his BSc & MSc in Chemistry from ETH Zurich and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University.
Chuck is the Director of Technical and Quality Operations at Finch Therapeutics and oversees the Biologic Manufacturing and Quality teams. He has extensive Manufacturing and Quality experience from biotech companies such as Genzyme, EMD, and Transkaryotic Therapies spanning 15+ years. Chuck is excited to be using this experience to help Finch produce safe and effective therapies for Clinical use. In addition, improving the quality systems used at Finch will ensure that products supplied to our research partners are of the highest quality. Chuck holds dual Bachelors in Biology and Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Biology from the UMass Lowell.
Brian has 10 years of biologic drug development experience. Brian joins Finch from Acceleron Pharma, where he held multiple different functions including CMC, Regulatory, Clinical, and Business Development. At Acceleron, Brian was involved in shepherding multiple molecules through all stages of the drug development process.
Brian holds a BS in Biochemistry from Northeastern University.
Kristine Callahan, MST, CPA
Kris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; she has over twenty-five years of experience in public and private accounting positions. Her business approach is multidisciplinary, combining her proven expertise in accounting, taxation, life sciences and general business practices to offer the highest level of support to an organization’s finance function. Kristine’s professional experience includes almost fourteen years at Deloitte, a global accounting and tax advisory firm where she successfully worked in Boston and Chicago during her tenure as a Senior Manager in each of the audit, tax and technology groups within the firm. She traveled extensively for client needs throughout the U.S. and abroad and has broad industry experience from her varied client base. Kris also has extensive corporate operational experience from her prior positions as Regional Financial Manager at a former subsidiary of Sun Oil, Director of Financial Reporting for a publicly traded investment company and as a Controller of a Cambridge based venture capital firm.
Kris earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from Bentley University in Waltham, MA and received her Master of Science in Taxation from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Jessica Newcomb, CPA
Jessica is the Assistant Controller at Finch where she oversees accounting operations. Jessica brings eleven years of accounting experience to Finch. Jessica joins Finch from the assurance practice of EY, where she served a variety of public and privately-held clients in the life science and technology industries. At EY, Jessica worked with organizations of all sizes and stages, ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to small startups. Jessica’s experience includes technical accounting, financial reporting, and internal controls, as well as acquisitions and capital market transactions.
Jessica earned a BS in Business Administration and a MS in Accountancy from Boston College. Jessica is also a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
John Grossman brings over 20 years of People Operations leadership to Finch. His experience includes major organizations including Bank of America, Intel, Warner Bros., Toyota Financial Services and others. He also has a deep background establishing and growing the People Operations function at a variety of innovative start-up companies across a range of industries including medical diagnostics, computer technology, financial services and more. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Jim is the associate director of quality assurance at FTG. He has over 23 years of experience in Quality Assurance management. He has widespread knowledge of quality system development and remediation, in both biologics and pharmaceuticals. While working at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Biologics Supply Chain (GBSC), he authored the companies’ global quality policies and led the worldwide quality guideline initiative by facilitating creation and approval of these documents. He has extensive knowledge of FDA expectations having led and supported numerous regulatory inspections under both routine and consent decree settings. Acting as an FDA third-party remediation professional, Jim has provided expert international consultation services regarding quality/compliance systems with a focus on regulatory compliance and practical feasibility. Jim received his undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University. He is certified in Six Sigma (black belt) process improvement techniques/tools, and is an ASQ Certified Quality Manager and Certified Quality Auditor. Jim is currently studying to obtain his MBA.
Suja is a Biomanufacturing Associate at Finch Therapeutics. She is a graduate from Bharathidasan University (India), where she received her M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) degree in Radiation and Nuclear Physics. She also graduated from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (India), where she received her Bachelors and Masters in Physics. She has always been passionate about life science and caring for others. She is excited to learn more about the human microbiome.
Marina Santiago, PhD
Marina is a Research Scientist at Finch Therapeutics. For the last 10 years, Marina has worked on different aspects of antibiotic resistance, from natural product discovery and isolation, to developing genomics techniques for identifying new resistance factors. She has presented her work at Gordon conferences, national meetings, and to the public through the Harvard Science in the News and the Boston Museum of Science. She received her BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and her PhD in Chemical Biology from Suzanne Walker’s lab at Harvard Medical School. She is excited to be at Finch and to apply her multidisciplinary experiences to the challenges of developing microbiome remediation therapeutics.
Kris has over 30 years of experience in new drug development in both big pharma and biotech with a highly successful track record in taking products from pre-IND to market approval and commercialization. Over the course of his career, Kris has successfully submitted more than 35 INDs and gained approval of more than 20 NDAs and BLAs. While primarily focused on regulatory affairs, he also has had responsibility for quality assurance and clinical operations throughout his career.
Kris holds a BS in Animal Science and a MS in Physiology from the University of California at Davis.