Dr. Duane Nash, Executive Chairman
Duane Nash, M.D., J.D., M.B.A, joined Immunic’s board as its chairman in 2019. Since April 2020, he has temporarily assumed the role of Executive Chairman.
From 2012 to 2019, Dr. Nash served in various leadership roles at Vital Therapies (Nasdaq: VTL), most recently as its Chief Executive Officer. Additional roles included Medical Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer and President. Prior to joining Vital Therapies, Dr. Nash held various positions at Wedbush PacGrowth Life Sciences, an investment bank, where he worked from 2009 to 2012, most recently as Senior Vice President in Equity Research. Before that, he was a research analyst at Pacific Growth Equities, which was acquired by Wedbush in 2009.
Dr. Nash also practiced law from 2002 to 2008, most recently at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he focused on intellectual property litigation and corporate matters. Dr. Nash served on the board of directors of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARPO) from 2012 to 2017, and Akebia Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AKBA) from 2013 to 2018.
Dr. Nash earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College, an M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford. Dr. Nash completed his internship in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Daniel Vitt
Daniel Vitt, Ph.D., joined Immunic in January 2017. Previously, he was Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Development Officer of 4SC AG, a publicly traded company based in Germany that he co-founded in 1997. During his time at 4SC, Dr. Vitt was responsible for all research and development activities and successfully grew the company from the research stage into an advanced therapeutic development company with several clinical-stage product candidates in the pipeline, addressing autoimmune, oncology and infectious diseases. Among these were resminostat, domatinostat and vidofludimus. In 2005, Dr. Vitt took 4SC AG public on the Frankfurt stock exchange.
During his tenure, Dr. Vitt also successfully negotiated and executed several key research and licensing agreements with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies including Sanofi, LEO Pharma, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., Schwarz Pharma and BioNTech AG.
Dr. Vitt studied chemistry in Siegen and Würzburg, Germany, and graduated from the University of Würzburg, where he focused on quantum-chemical calculations of organic reactions. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg, where he focused on molecular design of small molecule therapeutics.
Dr. Vitt is currently a member of the supervisory board of Quattro Research GmbH, a software solutions provider for life science and chemistry applications, located in Planegg, Germany. He also is member of the advisory board of the venture capital fund “Wachstumsfond Bayern 2” managed by Bayern Kapital GmbH.
Ms. Howson is currently an Independent Director at MEI Pharma, Inc. and Cue Biopharma, Inc. Earlier, she was a Senior Advisor on the transaction team at JSB-Partners, providing business development support to life sciences companies. Before that, she served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior, Ms. Howson was Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, responsible for worldwide oversight and management of the identification, evaluation and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other external alliance activities. Additionally, Ms. Howson spent nearly a decade at SmithKline Beecham, where she served as Senior Vice President and Director, Business Development and managed the company’s USD 100 million venture capital fund, SR One.
During her career, Ms. Howson has also served on the boards of companies including Organovo Holdings, Inc., Actavis Pharma, Inc., ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc., Enzymotec Ltd., Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., IPM-International Partnership for Microbicides and OXiGENE, Inc.
Ms. Howson earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the City College of New York and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
She is chairman of the Compensation Committee of Immunic’s board.
Dr. Jörg Neermann
Jörg Neermann, Ph.D., joined Immunic’s board in 2016. He acts as CEO of the privately held German biotech company Curexsys. Prior to this, he worked for more than fourteen years as a Partner at the life science-focused investment firm LSP and has served on numerous life sciences company boards (both private and public). In addition to the Immunic board, he currently is a member of the board of Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V..
Prior to joining LSP, Dr. Neermann was Managing Director at DVC Deutsche Venture Capital (a venture capital subsidiary of Deutsche Bank), where he built and ran its healthcare investment franchise. Prior to DVC, he started his venture capital career with Atlas Venture as an associate and investment manager.
During his career, he led and completed more than 80 financing transactions and was intimately involved in more than 15 M&A transactions and IPOs with a total transaction volume exceeding a billion euros.
Dr. Neermann studied biotechnology at the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. He also studied economics at the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany, and at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Neermann brings to Immunic a strong scientific background and hands-on finance and investment expertise. He serves on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of Immunic’s board.
Dr. Vincent Ossipow
Vincent Ossipow, Ph.D., CFA, joined Immunic’s board in 2017. He is a Partner at the healthcare investment firm of Omega Funds and brings to the Immunic board 20 years of healthcare investment experience in public and private companies. He is member of the Board of Directors of several private and publicly traded life science companies.
Previously, Dr. Ossipow worked as a Partner for Private Equity at Sectoral Asset Management, one of the largest North American healthcare institutional investors. From 2000 to 2006, he was a research fellow at the University of Geneva where he studied the molecular basis of brain function, and acted as Sectoral Asset Management’s Chief Scientific Officer during this period. Previously, he worked at Pictet Bank as a research analyst for biotechnology equities and as a co-manager of the Pictet Biotech Fund, a biotech equities-listed investment vehicle.
Dr. Ossipow trained as a postdoctoral fellow (Hoffman-La-Roche and Human Frontier Science Program fellow) in Geneva and at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. He holds a master’s degree in computational sciences, a master’s degree in molecular biology, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology, all from the University of Geneva. Dr. Ossipow holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation from the CFA Institute. He also completed a Certificate in International Finance and Global Markets at the Georgetown University School of Business.
Dr. Ossipow’s work has been published in major journals. He also co-authored the book Monoclonal Antibodies, Methods in Molecular Biology, published in 2014.
He is chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Immunic’s board.
Barclay “Buck” Phillips
Until recently, Mr. Phillips was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at G1 Therapeutics, Inc., where, among other achievements, he was instrumental in raising over USD 300 million in multiple equity financings. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of vaccine company, Novavax, Inc., where he helped to raise more than USD 850 million in various financings to support the company’s late-stage clinical programs. Prior, Mr. Phillips was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Micromet, Inc., which, during his tenure, was acquired by Amgen Inc. for approximately USD 1.2 billion. Mr. Phillips’s exposure to venture capital came earlier, while serving as a Managing Director at Vector Fund Management, focused on investments in late-stage life sciences companies, and during his time as Biotechnology Analyst and Director of Venture Investments at Invesco, where he held primary coverage responsibility for the universe of publicly traded biotechnology companies, while managing the firm’s private equity investing, with a focus on life sciences.
Mr. Phillips has served on the boards of over a dozen public and private life sciences companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He serves as chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee of Immunic’s board.
Jan Van den Bossche
Jan Van den Bossche joined Immunic’s board in 2017. He is a Partner at Fund+, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm. Before joining Fund+, Mr. Van den Bossche served on the investor relations team at the Dutch life sciences and materials sciences company DSM, Geleen, The Netherlands, from 2013 to 2015. Previously, he worked for more than 12 years as a biotech analyst at Petercam, where he was involved in several public and private transactions of Belgian and Dutch biotech companies, including ThromoboGenics, Tigenix, UCB, AMT (Uniqure), IBA, and MDxHealth.
Mr. Van den Bossche holds a Bachelor of Economics and a master’s degree in Business Economics from the KU Leuven, Belgium. He also completed the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) program at the CFA Institute.
He serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Immunic’s board.