Board of Directors
Our Board is comprised of senior executives from successful pharmaceutical and investment companies.
Walter Ogier co-founded Harvard-affiliated Acetylon Pharmaceuticals (Boston MA, oncology and neurodegeneration) in 2008 and served as its President & CEO until its sale to Celgene in 2016. He subsequently served as founding President & CEO of Regenacy Pharmaceuticals (neuropathy and hemoglobinopathies), which was spun out of Acetylon at the time of the Celgene acquisition. In addition to continuing to serve a Director and consultant/advisor to Regenacy, Mr. Ogier currently serves as a Director of Thetis Pharmaceuticals (Branford CT, gastroenterology), a Director of privately-held Biothera Pharmaceuticals (Eagan MN, immuno-oncology), and as an advisor/mentor to several emerging biopharmaceutical companies. Mr. Ogier brings more than 30 years of biopharmaceutical / biomedical industry experience to his Board and advisory roles, including a decade with Baxter Healthcare Corporation (Deerfield IL, stem cells, immuno-oncology, cell therapy and medical devices) in product management and business development executive roles, with Aastrom Biosciences (Ann Arbor MI, cell therapy) as VP Marketing leading to a successful IPO, and in subsequent President & CEO roles with Eligix (Medford MA, stem cells and cell therapy, sold to BioTransplant), Genetix/bluebird bio (Cambridge MA, stem cell gene therapy, Nasdaq: BLUE), and Arbios Systems (Waltham, MA, liver dialysis). Mr. Ogier received a BA magna cum laude in chemistry from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Mr. Wurzer is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at Connecticut Innovations Inc., a leading early stage life science investor nationwide. Prior to joining CI, Mr. Wurzer had extensive senior-level experience in operations and finance, including more than 10 years as executive vice president, treasurer and CFO of CuraGen Corporation (NASDAQ: CRGN), where he guided the company through its initial public offering, raising more than $700 million, and through the negotiation of strategic and business development alliances with Roche, Bayer and Abgenix. He helped to grow CuraGen and its technology development subsidiary into an operation with more than 500 employees and a market capitalization as high as $5.3 billion. Dave began his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Willson is President & CEO of ITF Pharma, Inc. and is co-founder and chairman of Hsiri Therapeutics, LLC, a start-up company focused on the development of new antibiotics for drug-resistant infections. He was formerly the President & CEO of Cytokine PharmaSciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on women’s health, inflammation and cancer. As one of Cytokine founders, Mr. Willson spent 19 years in leadership positions managing the successful development and licensing of several products, including Cervidil, one of the world’s leading obstetric products. In October 2011, Mr. Willson led the company in a strategic sale to Ferring S.A. Before joining Cytokine, Mr. Willson held management, finance and business development positions at Abbott Laboratories Rorer International, and Carrington Laboratories. Mr. Willson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in psychology and modern languages and has a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Mr. Mathias has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry as an entrepreneur, investor and banker. For 15 years prior to joining Thetis full-time as CEO, Mathias was a senior partner at Carter Morse & Mathias, a boutique investment banking firm based in Southport, Connecticut. He previously was a senior vice president in the Healthcare Group at GE Equity Capital, Chief Operating Officer of Diabetes Support Systems, and executive vice president of Premier Healthcare, an healthcare focused private equity firm. Mr. Mathias has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a BA in Economics from Harvard College, and was a Fulbright Fellow in economic development.
Dr. Sciavolino has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry including a distinguished 35 year career at Pfizer Global R&D where he held various management roles and responsibilities in R&D operations including drug discovery, development, registration and licensing. Dr. Sciavolino served as Director of R&D operations at Pfizer, where he led the discovery of Zithromax and played a major role in the COX-2 technology and Celebrex development and registration. He also had a leadership role in setting up Pfizer’s R&D operations in Japan. Dr. Sciavolino has served on numerous editorial boards including Annual Reports in Medicinal Chemistry, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and the Journal of Antibiotics. Dr. Sciavolino has more than 30 issued patents and has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Pharmacy from St. John’s University.