Carl L. Gordon, Ph.D., CFA
Carl L. Gordon, Ph.D., CFA, is a founding Partner and Co-Head of Global Private Equity at OrbiMed. Mr. Gordon is active in both private equity and small-capitalization public equity investments. He was a senior biotechnology analyst at Mehta and Isaly from 1995 to 1997. He was a Fellow at The Rockefeller University from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Gordon received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral work involved studies of protein folding and assembly. He received a Bachelors degree from Harvard College.
Jonathan T. Silverstein, J.D.
Jonathan T. Silverstein, J.D., is a General Partner and a Co-Head of Global Private Equity at OrbiMed. Mr. Silverstein joined OrbiMed in 1999 to focus on private equity and structured transactions in small capitalization public biotechnology and medical device companies. Mr. Silverstein was previously a Director of Life Sciences in the Investment Banking Department at Sumitomo Bank. Forbes® Magazine named Mr. Silverstein one of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world when it placed him on the "Forbes Midas List" in 2012 and in 2013. Mr. Silverstein has a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego, and a B.A. in Economics from Denison University.
Michael B. Sheffery, Ph.D
Michael B. Sheffery, Ph.D., is a Partner Emeritus with OrbiMed. Dr. Sheffery was formerly Head of the Laboratory of Gene Structure and Expression at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He received both his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and his B.A. in Biology from Princeton University. Dr. Sheffery joined Mehta and Isaly in 1996 as a Senior Analyst covering the biotechnology industry.
Rishi Gupta, J.D.
Private Equity Partner
Rishi Gupta, J.D., is a Private Equity Partner. Previously, he was a healthcare investment banker at Raymond James & Associates, served as Manager of Corporate Development at Veritas Medicine, and was a summer associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Mr. Gupta has published scientific articles on the mechanisms of HIV entry into host cells and legal articles on intellectual property laws in the developing world. He received his A.B. degree magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School.
David Bonita, M.D.
Private Equity Partner
David Bonita, M.D., is a Private Equity Partner. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Dr. Bonita worked as a corporate finance analyst in the healthcare investment banking groups of Morgan Stanley and UBS. He has also published scientific articles in peer reviewed journals based on signal transduction research performed at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bonita received his A.B. degree magna cum laude in Biological Sciences from Harvard University and his joint M.D./M.B.A. from Columbia University where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.
Chau Q. Khuong
Private Equity Partner
Chau Q. Khuong is a Private Equity Partner. He joined OrbiMed in 2003. Mr. Khuong has experience in start-up operations and business development at Veritas Medicine, Inc. and in basic science research at the Yale School of Medicine and at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a summer Associate in the New Ventures technology transfer group at Columbia University. Mr. Khuong holds a B.S. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology with a concentration in biotechnology and an M.P.H. with a concentration in infectious disease, both from Yale University.
Peter Thompson, M.D.
Private Equity Partner
Peter Thompson, M.D., is currently a Private Equity Partner with OrbiMed who brings over 20 years of industry experience. He co-founded and was CEO of Trubion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TRBN), co-founded Cleave BioSciences, serves on the Boards of Cleave, Anthera (NASDAQ: ANTH), Methylgene (TSX: MYG), Principia Biopharma, and Response Biomedical (TSX: RBM), and was an executive of Chiron Corporation and Becton Dickinson. Dr. Thompson is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardee, an Affiliate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington, an inventor on numerous patents, and a board-certified internist and oncologist. He was on staff at the National Cancer Institute following his internal medicine training at Yale University.
Klaus Veitinger, M.D., Ph.D.
Klaus Veitinger, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a Venture Partner with OrbiMed. 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. Most recently Dr. Veitinger was a Member of the Executive Board of Schwarz Pharma AG and the Chief Executive Officer of Schwarz Pharma Inc. with responsibility for the U.S. and Asia businesses culminating in the ultimate sale of the Schwarz Group. 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 (Ph.D.) from the University of Heidelberg. He earned his M.B.A. at INSEAD in France.
Vince Burgess is a Venture Partner with OrbiMed. Mr. Burgess has over 20 years of experience in healthcare operations, business development and venture capital. Vince was on the founding executive team at Volcano, where he was President, Advanced Imaging Systems, and also led marketing and business development from 2002 to 2010. At Volcano, he was a key architect of the company's product, marketing and M&A strategies. During his tenure, Volcano grew from a start-up to a global company with over 1,000 employees and a market cap of over $1.2 billion. Mr. Burgess previously served as a partner of Sorrento Ventures and has operational and board experience in the surgical tool, ophthalmology and healthcare IT fields. Mr. Burgess earned his M.B.A. at UCLA and his B.S. in Business Administration from USC.
Aya Jakobovits, Ph.D.
Aya Jakobovits, Ph.D., is a Venture Partner with OrbiMed with a track record in growing successful biotech companies. Most recently, Aya was the President and Founding CEO of Kite Pharma from 2010 to 2013. Previously, she served as the Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development at Agensys that was acquired by Astellas Pharmaceuticals for up to $537 million. Prior to that, Aya was Director, Discovery Research, Principal Scientist and a scientific founder of Abgenix, which was acquired by Amgen for $2.2 billion. OrbiMed had been an early investor in both Abgenix and Agensys. Aya obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an M.Sc. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
Steven Yecies, is a Venture Partner at OrbiMed. Mr. Yecies brings over 20 years of experience as an investor, consultant, entrepreneur and senior manager in the healthcare information technology and healthcare services sectors. Most recently, he founded and ran Chronic Health Capital and serves on the Board of Dicom Grid and as an advisor to integrated health systems. Mr. Yecies founded and operated the global health and wellness business at Scient (Nasdaq: SCNT) where he built several first generation e-health businesses. Mr. Yecies holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Law School and received his A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College.
Leon Chen, Ph.D.
Leon Chen, Ph.D., is currently a Venture Partner with OrbiMed. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Dr. Chen was the co-founder of KAI Pharmaceuticals where he built the company as the first employee. He held responsibilities research, intellectual property and business development before Amgen acquired KAI in 2012. He was previously an Entrepreneur in Residence at Venrock and most recently was a Partner at Skyline Ventures where he served on the board of a number of biotech and diagnostic companies. Dr. Chen has a B.A in Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D in Molecular Pharmacology from Stanford and an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mona Ashiya, Ph.D.
Mona Ashiya, Ph.D., is a Principal on the Private Equity team. Before joining OrbiMed, she covered the biotechnology industry as a member of J.P. Morgan's biotechnology equity research team. Her previous professional experience includes positions at Needham & Co., the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, and the Harvard Business School. She has also published scientific articles in various peer reviewed journals. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where her research focused on mechanisms of programmed cell death.
Imran Babar, Ph.D.
Imran A. Babar, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate on the Private Equity team. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Dr. Babar was a biotechnology associate at Cowen & Company, where he covered 20+ companies in the therapeutics space. He also serves as the V.P. of Scientific Affairs for Rare Genomics Institute, a nonprofit biotech focused on helping rare disease patients. Dr. Babar completed his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Yale University, where he researched microRNAs as both causes and treatments for cancers. While at Yale, he was a Howard Hughes Fellow, Harvey Fellow, and a fellow for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for young scholars. Prior to Yale, he completed his B.A. in Biology at Carleton College and conducted research at M.I.T. and N.I.H.
Daniel O'Connell, M.D., Ph.D.
Daniel O'Connell, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate on the Private Equity team. Before joining OrbiMed, Dr. O'Connell was the Associate Director of Cardiovascular Research at Arisaph Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he headed projects developing small molecules to raise HDL-cholesterol, culminating with an FDA filing of a novel compound in 2010. He has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals describing the design and synthesis of novel enzyme inhibitors and the effects of niacin in animal models of dyslipidemia. Dr. O'Connell received his M.D. and his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Tufts University School of Medicine. He holds SB degrees from M.I.T. in both chemistry and mathematics.
Diyong Xu is an Associate on the Private Equity team. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Mr. Xu was an investment banking analyst in the healthcare group at Lazard where he focused on M&A, financing and strategic advisory for biotech, diagnostics and pharma clients in U.S., Japan and E.U. Mr. Xu earned his M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and M.S. degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Dartmouth Medical School. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Zhejiang University in China.
Jessica White is an Analyst on the Private Equity team. Prior to joining OrbiMed, Ms. White was an investment banking analyst in the healthcare group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she focused on M&A, financing and strategic advisory for global life sciences, medical technologies and healthcare services clients. Ms. White holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania