Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors provides senior advice and guidance to help HOOKIPA achieve its vision and comprises individuals with a broad variety of experience.
Jan van de Winkel is Chairman of the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA. He is also co-founder of Genmab, having served as President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the company until his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2010. Prior to Genmab, Jan served as Vice President (VP) and Scientific Director of Medarex Europe. During his 25 years in the therapeutic antibody field, he has authored over 300 scientific publications and has been responsible for more than 70 patents and pending patent applications. Jan is a Professorship of Immunotherapy at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. His other roles of seniority include: member of the Board of Directors of Celdara Medical and LEO Pharma, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Thuja Capital Healthcare Fund, and member of the Advisory Board of Capricorn Health-tech Fund. Jan holds MS and PhD degrees from the University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands.
Michael A. Kelly is an Independent Director to the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA Pharma. Michael is the Founder & President of Sentry Hill Partners, LLC, a global life sciences transformation and management consulting business and a former senior executive at Amgen, Inc. With more than two decades of global executive leadership in the life sciences industry, Michael A. Kelly was formerly Senior Vice President, Global Business Services and held various strategic finance and commercial operations positions at Amgen, including the role of acting CFO of Amgen, Inc. in 2010 and 2014 and positions at Biogen, Tanox and Monsanto Life Sciences. Throughout his career, Michael has held a variety of strategic finance leadership roles at the Board level, which have successfully led to transformation, restructuring, and integration in environments of rapid innovation and change.
Michael A. Kelly is currently a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Finance Committee for Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization focused on health outcomes and disaster relief.
Michael holds a BSc in business administration from Florida A&M University, concentrating in Finance & Industrial Relations.
David R. Kaufman is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Kaufman held several leadership positions at Merck Research Laboratories, including Head of Translational Oncology, Executive Director in Clinical Oncology and Associate Director of the Merck Drug Development and Leadership Program.
Dr. Kaufman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), a not-for-profit medical professional society dedicated to improving cancer patient outcomes by advancing the science and application of cancer immunotherapy. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology & Immunology from The Rockefeller University and received his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.
Christoph Lengauer is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA. Christoph has an outstanding track record in cancer drug discovery, having contributed to the development of more than 20 medicines that reached human clinical trials and 4 that are now FDA-approved. He is currently a Venture Partner at Third Rock Ventures and President at Celsius Therapeutics, Cambridge, USA. Previously, Dr. Lengauer was Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Chief Drug Hunter at Blueprint Medicines, Vice President (VP) and Global Head of Oncology Drug Discovery and Preclinical Development at Sanofi and Executive Director and Senior Unit Head of Oncology Discovery at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Prior to Novartis, Dr. Lengauer was an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research involved the discovery that all cancers are genetically unstable, and the identification of several cancer driver genes. Dr. Lengauer has authored more than 100 scientific articles which were published in leading peer reviewed scientific journals, including Cell, Nature, and Science. Christoph is an advocate for patients’ rights and was featured in the New York Times best seller and HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Julie O’Neill is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA. A business professional with more than two decades of executive experience in senior leadership roles, Ms. O’Neill was formerly Executive Vice President, Global Operations at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where, for five years, she led the Global Operations business including product development, manufacturing, quality, supply chain and global real estate functions. Prior to joining Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., she was Vice President of Operations at Gilead Sciences where she helped establish the Company’s Irish subsidiary and manufacturing operations and held a variety of other cross-functional global leadership roles. Throughout her career in pharmaceutical operations, Ms. O’Neill has held a number of senior roles at the Board and Committee level. She is currently an Independent Director for DBV Technologies SA, and is both a Board member and Audit & Risk Committee Chair for the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT). She also serves as the Chairperson for the Strategic Advisory Board at the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College Dublin. Ms. O’Neill is a Chartered Director and holds a BSc in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from University College Dublin.
Graziano Seghezzi is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA. He is Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners which he joined in 2006. He invested and was on the Board of GlycoVaxyn which was sold to GlaxoSmithKline in 2015 and Omthera Pharmaceuticals which went public on NASDAQ in 2013 and was then sold to AstraZeneca later that year. Graziano also invested and is on the Board of Mission Therapeutics (United Kingdom), Crescendo Biologics (United Kingdom) and HOOKIPA. He promoted and is on the Board of BiovelocITA, Italy’s first biotech accelerator. Graziano started his career in venture capital in 2001 at Sofinnova Partners and then joined Index Venture in 2003. Prior to that, Graziano spent five years working in academic research at New York University’s School of Medicine, studying oncology and cardiovascular diseases. Graziano holds a degree in genetics and microbiology from the University of Pavia (Italy) and an MBA from RSM-Erasmus University (Netherlands).
Sander van Deventer is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors of HOOKIPA. Sander played a critical role in the development of the first commercial monoclonal antibody (Remicade) and the first gene therapy to be granted market authorization in the Western world (Glybera). He currently is a Managing Partner at Forbion Capital Partners and Professor of Translational Gastroenterology Leiden University Medical Center. He is a member of the Boards of Argos Therapeutics (Durham, USA), uniQure (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), HOOKIPA (Vienna, Austria), Staten Biotechnology (Naarden, The Netherlands) and enGene (Montreal, Canada). He was trained as an internist and board certified gastroenterologist, received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, worked as a scientist at Rockefeller University and became director of the laboratory for Experimental Internal Medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam in 1995. In 1998 he co-founded Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (AMT; now uniQure), a gene therapy company that develops adeno associated virus-based gene therapy products. From 2001 until 2004, he chaired the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He has authored more than 500 peer review scientific papers, and supervised more than 40 PhD students.