Management Team

Bruce Goldsmith, Ph.D. , Chief Executive Officer

Bruce A. Goldsmith, Ph.D., M.B.A. has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President and as a member of our board of directors since January 2020. Dr. Goldsmith served as an Advisor and Venture Partner at Deerfield Ventures from January 2019 to January 2020. From April 2019 to January 2020, Dr. Goldsmith also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Civetta Therapeutics. Prior to that, Dr. Goldsmith served initially as Chief Business Officer and then as Chief Operating Officer at Lycera, Corp. from April 2013 to January 2019. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Goldsmith served as Vice President and then Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Allos Therapeutics. Prior to Allos, Dr. Goldsmith served in various leadership roles at GPC Biotech in 2007 and Tibotec Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Goldsmith also previously held various positions at Johnson & Johnson in oncology global strategic marketing, business development and licensing and acquisition finance. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Goldsmith was a research fellow at Novartis Pharma, K.K., where he conducted scientific research in a neurodegeneration drug discovery group. Dr. Goldsmith received a B.A. in Biology from Colgate University, a Ph.D. in Biology with a research thesis in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. We believe that Dr. Goldsmith is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

Stephen Squinto, Ph.D., Acting Head of Research and Development

Stephen Squinto, Ph.D., has served as our Acting Head of Research and Development since January 2020, and prior to that served as our interim Chief Executive Officer from September 2018 to January 2020. Dr. Squinto has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2018. Dr. Squinto has also served as an Executive Partner at OrbiMed Advisors LLC since January 2015. Since August 2017, Dr. Squinto has also served as acting Head of Research and Development of SpringWorks Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Squinto co-founded Alexion Pharmaceuticals and from January 2012 to January 2015, he served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Global Operations Officer and from 2007 to 2012, he served as its Global Head of Research and Development. Dr. Squinto currently serves on the board of directors of SpringWorks Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Squinto previously served on the boards of directors of Arvinas, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and Audentes Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company. Dr. Squinto received a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago. We believe that Dr. Squinto is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, including his operational experience in drug discovery and development.

Jill M. Quigley, J.D., Chief Operating Officer

Jill M. Quigley, has served as our Chief Operating Officer since November 2018. From 2017 to 2018, Ms. Quigley served as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Nutrinia Ltd., a pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of rare conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Quigley served as Senior Counsel of NPS Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for rare diseases, which was acquired by Shire plc in March 2015. From 2011 to 2012, Ms. Quigley served as Corporate Counsel for Pharmasset, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Ms. Quigley began her career as an associate with the law firm of Dechert LLP and later served as Assistant Corporate Counsel for Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation. Ms. Quigley received a B.A. in in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics & Government (CLEG) from American University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law.

Richard S. Morris, Chief Financial Officer

Richard S. Morris, has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2019. From November 2017 to July 2019, Mr. Morris served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Context Therapeutics, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company. From May 2014 to December 2016, Mr. Morris served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to that, Mr. Morris served in various leadership roles at ViroPharma Incorporated, including as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer from 2012 to 2014; Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer from 2008 to 2012; Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from 2008 to 2011 and Controller from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining ViroPharma, Mr. Morris worked for KPMG LLP in its Healthcare Assurance practice. Mr. Morris received a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Joseph's University and has been a CPA since 1999.

Gary Romano, M.D., Ph.D, Chief Medical Officer

Gary Romano, M.D., Ph.D., has served as our Chief Medical Officer since September 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Romano worked at Janssen Global Services, LLC, a pharmaceutical company, where he served as Head of Development, Alzheimer's Disease / Neurology from May 2013 to September 2019 and as Head, Neuroscience Biomarkers from 2009 to 2013. Prior to Janssen, Dr. Romano served in various senior leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, a healthcare company, and Merck & Co., Inc, a global biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Romano has held an adjunct clinical faculty position in the Department of Neurology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University since January 2017. Dr. Romano received a B.S. in Biology from Trinity College, a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience from Rockefeller University and an M.D. from Johns Hopkin's School of Medicine, and he completed his post-graduate training in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alex Fotopoulos, MBA, Chief Technical Officer

Alex Fotopoulos, MSc., MBA, has served as our Chief Technical Officer since July 2019. From November 2017 to July 2019, Mr. Fotopoulos served as Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Gene Therapy of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From May 2016 to November 2017, Mr. Fotopoulos served as Senior Vice President, Technical Operations of Dimension Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, acquired by Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., focusing on the development of gene therapy for rare diseases associated with the liver and caused by genetic mutations. From August 2011 to May 2016, Mr. Fotopoulos served in various senior leadership roles at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, including Vice President, Technical Operations and Senior Director, Technical Operations. Prior to that, Mr. Fotopoulos served for 18 years in various senior leadership roles at Biogen, Inc., a biotechnology company, including Senior Director, Global Manufacturing Engineering and Director, Global Engineering Technology. Mr. Fotopoulos received a Diploma in Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and a M.B.A. in General Management from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Edgar B. (Chip) Cale, J.D., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Edgar B. (Chip) Cale, has served as our General Counsel since September 2019 and Corporate Secretary since December 2019. From June 1998 to July 2019, Mr. Cale served in various senior leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline plc, a multinational pharmaceutical company, including Senior Vice President, Legal Corporate Functions; Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Legal Operations, WWBD; Vice President, General Counsel, GSK Vaccines; and Assistant General Counsel. Prior to that, Mr. Cale served as a corporate and securities lawyer supporting emerging growth companies in the life science and technology industries at Venture Law Group LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. Mr. Cale received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Advisor

James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Gene Therapy Program; Rose H. Weiss Professor and Director of the Orphan Disease Center and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wilson will serve as Chief Scientific Advisor at Passage Bio. Dr. Wilson’s laboratory has made seminal contributions to the technology of gene transfer and has paved the way for translation of these technologies into the clinic. He has published over 550 papers and is named on over 110 patents. After launching his faculty career in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Dr. Wilson completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute, where he began his work in gene therapy.