- Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer
- Stephen Hoge, M.D., President
- Juan Andres, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Technical Development and Quality
- Marcello Damiani, Chief Digital Officer
- Annie Seibold Drapeau, Chief Human Resources Officer
- Stephen W. Harbin, Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer
- Lori Henderson, J.D., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
- Lorence Kim, M.D., Chief Financial Officer
- John Mendlein, Ph.D., President, Corporate and Product Strategy
- Megan Pace, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
- Tal Zaks, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer
- Örn Almarsson, Ph.D., Co-Head Delivery Sciences
- Ted T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D., Head of Development, Oncology
- Josh Frederick, Ph.D., Head of Research, Oncology
- Jeff Hrkach, Ph.D., Co-Head Delivery Sciences
- Eric Huang, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, New Venture Labs
- John Joyal, Ph.D., Head of In Vitro Biology
- Paolo G.V. Martini, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Rare Diseases
- Melissa Moore, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Platform Research
- Hari Pujar, Ph.D., Head of Technical Development
- Joseph Senn, Ph.D., DABT, Head of Nonclinical Development
- Michael Watson, MB ChB, MRCP, AFPM, Senior Vice President, Vaccines Partnerships & Health Impact
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Stéphane Bancel joined Moderna in the summer of 2011 when it was a one employee company. He has assembled a world-class team and raised nearly $2 billion between equity financing and upfront from licensing collaborations.
He was previously CEO of bioMérieux, a world leader in the diagnostics industry. bioMérieux had more than 6,000 employees, a market capitalization of €2.5 billion, and sales of more than €1.3 billion.
Prior to his time at bioMérieux, Mr. Bancel was the managing director of Eli Lilly Belgium and executive director of global manufacturing strategy and supply chain at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana. He started at Lilly in their UK manufacturing plant outside London.
He holds a Master of Engineering from École Central Paris, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Bancel was named Ernst & Young 2017 New England Entrepreneur of the Year. He was ranked the number one CEO in the biotech sector according to the 2011 Thomson Reuters EXTEL Study. In 2009, he was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and elected best CEO for investor relations in France.
Mr. Bancel serves as a supervisory director of Qiagen N.V. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Science, Boston.
Stephen Hoge, M.D.
As President of Moderna, Dr. Stephen Hoge leads drug discovery, preclinical development, and platform R&D, including chemistry, biology, formulation, and early stage technical development. Dr. Hoge joined Moderna in 2012, and as a leader from the earliest days of the company has had a wide range of responsibilities. These include heading corporate development and corporate strategy, and also founding Moderna’s therapeutic area ventures in oncology, infectious disease, and rare diseases.
Prior to Moderna, Dr. Hoge was a partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader in the firm’s healthcare practice. Prior to joining McKinsey, Dr. Hoge was a physician in New York. He holds an M.D. with thesis from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.S. in neuroscience from Amherst College.
Currently, Dr. Hoge also serves on the Board of Directors of Axcella, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company.
Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Technical Development and Quality
As Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Technical Development and Quality, Juan Andres is responsible for the supply of product required for Moderna’s preclinical and clinical development programs, as well as scaling the CMC (chemistry, manufacturing and controls) processes across Moderna’s portfolio. Juan also will lead all CMC late-stage development and future commercialization activities.
Mr. Andres was previously the Global Head of Technical Operations (Manufacturing and Supply Chain) for over 25,000 Novartis employees across all of its divisions. In this role, he had responsibility for all of Novartis’ manufacturing sites, and related support functions and technologies worldwide, overseeing small molecules drug substance and drug product, as well as biologics drug substance, drug product and technical development. Mr. Andres’ previous roles at Novartis included Group Novartis Quality Head, Global Head of Technical Research and Development, and Global Pharmaceutical Operations Head. Prior to Novartis, Mr. Andres worked at Eli Lilly & Co. for 18 years in a variety of manufacturing, production and quality roles in the United States, Puerto Rico, UK and Spain, most recently serving as Vice President, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
Mr. Andres holds a Master degree in Pharmacy from Alcala de Henares University in Madrid and completed an advanced development program at the London Business School.
Chief Digital Officer
As Chief Digital Officer, Mr. Marcello Damiani brings a wealth of experience from both Tech companies and Life Science companies and a true passion for making Digital a reality. He has 20 years experience working in the IT field, with the last 10 years being spent in leadership roles for multinational companies in Europe and in the U.S.
Prior to joining Moderna, Mr. Damiani has been instrumental in conceiving and building creative IT solutions to help solve business challenges, first at Motorola and then at bioMérieux. His expertise is in visioning, strategizing and implementing innovative programs to update and streamline the digital landscapes. He is known for his ability to transform a company’s Information flow, and ultimately improving the product and the company’s processes through digitization.
Mr. Damiani possesses a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Architecture from the University of Toulouse in France, and he has just finished an international Executive MBA program through TRIUM, an alliance of three of the world’s top universities: the London School of Economics, New York University Stern Business School and the HEC School of Management in Paris.
Annie Seibold Drapeau
Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Annie Seibold Drapeau serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna, leading the company’s talent and organizational strategy. Prior to joining Moderna, Ms. Drapeau served as an Operating Partner at Bain Capital Private Equity, where she partnered with companies across the private equity portfolio on a range of talent and organizational capability initiatives.
Previously, Ms. Drapeau served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Talent at Iron Mountain, a $3 billion data storage and protection business with nearly 20,000 employees worldwide. She had responsibility for corporate strategy, human resources and the company’s portfolio of emerging business opportunities. She also led the company’s diversity and sustainability efforts. Before joining Iron Mountain, Ms. Drapeau held leadership roles in human resources, strategy and finance at the Center for Leading Organizations, VistaPrint, Digitas, PepsiCo and JPMorgan.
Ms. Drapeau has been published in the Harvard Business Review on the topic of trust and leadership, and also led a session on that topic at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Ms. Drapeau holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
She chairs the Boston Advisory Board of Directors for the Posse Foundation, sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors at Bucknell University and is a Trustee of the Nashoba Brooks School.
Stephen W. Harbin
Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer
Mr. Stephen Harbin brings more than 30 years of diverse operational experience in pharmaceuticals and in-vitro diagnostics to his roles at Moderna. He has held a number of diverse senior leadership positions driving strategic direction and performance in such areas as, manufacturing, information systems, quality, regulatory affairs, and compliance. He has continually refined and reengineered internal processes driving transformation in response to new business challenges. Prior to joining Moderna, Mr. Harbin was the corporate vice president of Global Operations at bioMérieux, where he was responsible for more than 3,000 global employees over multiple global functions and manufacturing sites.
Mr. Harbin has held leadership roles with Eli Lilly and Company, Shionogi Qualicaps (Spain), Elanco Qualicaps (U.K.), and Elanco Animal Health where his work covered many different dimensions from sales and marketing to HR and people development in highly regulated environments, resulting in receiving ‘best practice’ recognition from the FDA.
He graduated in 1979 from Durham College of Agriculture in the UK.
Lori Henderson, J.D.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
As general counsel and corporate secretary, Ms. Henderson leads Moderna’s legal, governance and corporate compliance efforts. She comes to Moderna with nearly 30 years as a corporate attorney in both law firm and general counsel roles guiding both global public and private companies.
Ms. Henderson has deep business development, regulatory and governance experience, and has worked extensively with executive leadership teams both in public and private companies. She came to Moderna from Albany Molecular Research (AMRI), a Waltham-based pharmaceutical contract research and manufacturing organization, where she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Head of Business Development. There she led global legal and business development functions, and had extensive involvement with pharmaceutical and licensing partners, the acquisition and integration of multiple companies, and ultimately the sale of the company to private equity in late 2017.
Prior to AMRI, she was General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer at Rand Worldwide, a technology sales and services organization and prior to that, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer of Moldflow Corporation (which was sold to Autodesk). She started her career in the corporate practice of the Boston law firm Goodwin Procter.
Ms. Henderson received her Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. from Gordon College.
Lorence Kim, M.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Lorence Kim joined Moderna from Goldman Sachs where he was a managing director and co-head of the U.S. biotechnology investment banking ef fort. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as a summer associate and was named managing director in 2008. As a member of the healthcare investment banking group for nearly 14 years, Dr. Kim’s responsibilities included corporate finance and mergers and acqu isitions (M&A) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, with several billi on in equity and equity linked financings, and more than $55 billion in M&A transactions.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Dr. Kim worked in various medical research and consulting positions concurrent with his graduate studies. Dr. Kim graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in biochemical sciences in 1995. He also earned an MBA in healthcare management as a Palmer Scholar from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine in 2000.
Dr. Kim is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Seres Therapeutics.
John Mendlein, Ph.D.
President, Corporate and Product Strategy
As President, Corporate and Product Strategy, Dr. Mendlein is responsible for corporate strategy, product advancement and strategy, partnering and product protection. He has been a member of Moderna’s Board of Directors since 2012, where he will continue to serve.
Dr. Mendlein has helped start and lead numerous innovative life sciences companies. He was previously Executive Chairman and CEO of aTyr Pharma, CEO of Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc., (acquired by BMS), and currently serves as vice chairman of the board of Fate Therapeutics. He was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Affinium Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (acquired by Debiopharm Group), and board member, General Counsel and Chief Knowledge Officer at Aurora Bioscience Corporation (acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals). He also formerly served on the boards of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Editas Medicine, Inc., Monogram Biosciences (a subsidiary of LabCorp), and Axcella Health, Inc.
Dr. Mendlein holds a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Miami. Dr. Mendlein is the co-author or co-inventor of over 210 publications and published patents. He is a founder and board member of Homes for Sudan, a non-profit in Boston, and a scientific advisory board member for Ocean Discovery Institute, a non-profit in San Diego.
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
As chief corporate affairs officer, Ms. Pace is responsible for Moderna’s communications and public affairs activities, including corporate and internal communications, government affairs, community relations and patient advocacy. She joins Moderna after nearly 20 years working with and for leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
Prior to Moderna, Ms. Pace was senior vice president, strategic operations and PKR program executive at Agios, where she served as a member of the executive team. She was also the senior vice president of corporate communications at Vertex, during the period when the company evolved from a research and development organization and successfully launched its first two commercial products. In this role, she was on the company’s leadership team and was responsible for global corporate, product and employee communications and patient advocacy. Ms. Pace was also senior director, Public Affairs at Genentech, Inc. where she was responsible for product communications and public affairs. She also worked on the communications and government affairs teams at Eli Lilly and Company as well as at Porter Novelli, a global public relations firm. She began her career working on political campaigns in her home state of Florida and in a Congressional office in Washington DC.
Ms. Pace holds a B.A. from the College of Charleston. She is a board member of the Boomer Esiason Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Tal Zaks, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tal Zaks oversees clinical development and regulatory affairs across Moderna. Prior to joining Moderna, Dr. Zaks was senior vice president and head of Global Oncology at Sanofi, where he was responsible for all a spects of oncology drug discovery, development and commercialization.
Dr. Zaks began his industry career at GlaxoSmithKline in the genetics research group, where he built the oncology translational medicine team and led translational research on lapatinib as well as the in-licensing and clinical development of foretinib. In addition to his industry work, Dr. Zaks is associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as a volunteer physician at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center, treating patients with genitourinary cancers.
Dr. Zaks received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Ben Gurion University in Israel and conducted post-doctoral research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital followed by a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Zaks serves on the Board of Directors of Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc.
Örn Almarsson, Ph.D.
Co-Head Delivery Sciences
Dr. Örn Almarsson brings to his role as Co-Head Delivery Sciences at Moderna more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Over the course of his career, he has worked on translation of drug candidates from discovery into development through studies of pharmaceutical materials science and drug delivery applications. Prior to joining Moderna, Dr. Almarsson held positions of increasing responsibility in pharmaceutical R&D at Merck, TransForm Pharmaceuticals/J&J PRD and Alkermes.
Dr. Almarsson received his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Iceland and Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to joining industry, he held a post-doctoral position in biotechnology with Prof. Alexander Klibanov at MIT.
Ted T. Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D.
Head of Development, Oncology
As Head of Oncology Development, Ted Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D., is responsible for overall design, integration and execution of Moderna’s clinical-stage oncology programs. Prior to this role, he was responsible for Moderna’s Personalized Cancer Vaccine (PCV) programs. Previously he was SVP of Product Strategy and Operations at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals and also the Global Product Head for Leukine® (sargramostim) and Elitek®/Fasturtec® (rasburicase) for Sanofi Oncology. In this latter role, Dr. Ashburn provided global leadership for R&D and global marketing and regional commercial teams to identify, develop, prioritize and execute new commercialization and life-cycle management strategies to drive growth and was also responsible for negotiating and implementing Sanofi’s 2013 supply, stockpiling and research and development contract with the U.S. Government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
Dr. Ashburn joined Sanofi Oncology from Genzyme’s Corporate Development group where he led business development efforts for many of Genzyme’s franchises including transplant, oncology and rare diseases and was responsible for Genzyme’s 2009 deal with ViroPharma. Prior to joining Genzyme, Dr. Ashburn worked for privately-held Dynogen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the venture capital firm Oxford Bioscience Partners. While at Oxford he co-founded both Dynogen and BrainCells, Inc. and led investments in Alantos Pharmaceuticals (acquired in June, 2007 by Amgen for $300 million in cash) and superDimension, Ltd. (acquired by Covidien in March, 2012 for more than $300 million). Before joining Oxford, Dr. Ashburn started his career at Pfizer Inc. where he was involved in the analysis of several acquisition and new business opportunities including Pfizer’s 2001 acquisition of Warner-Lambert.
Dr. Ashburn graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University where he studied chemistry and computer science. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his thesis focused on elucidating the structure and properties of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease and type II diabetes mellitus.
Josh Frederick, Ph.D.
Head of Research, Oncology
Josh Frederick, Ph.D., is the Head of Research, Oncology. Dr. Frederick is responsible for generating development candidates that harness the power of the immune system to combat cancer, and he manages activity ranging from target discovery/validation through in vivo preclinical studies and translational science. As the research lead for Moderna's Oncology Therapeutic Area, Dr. Frederick serves as a Moderna representative on the Joint Scientific and Discovery Advisory Committees within the Moderna-AstraZeneca collaborations.
During his time at Moderna, Dr. Frederick has been responsible for building the foundation that demonstrated the utility of Moderna's platform for the treatment of cancer, and advanced programs focused on pro-apoptotic pathways, targeting “undruggable” oncogenic nodes and immune-mediated therapies of cancer.
Before he joined Moderna in 2013, Dr. Frederick was a Translational Research group leader at Aveo Oncology, focused on the generation of biomarkers for therapeutic response prediction, as well as avenues to modulate the tumor microenvironment for therapeutic benefit.
Dr. Frederick earned his Ph.D. from the Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Department at Duke University, where he also completed his post-doctoral training.
Eric Huang, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, New Venture Labs
Eric Huang, Ph.D., joined Moderna Therapeutics in May 2012 as Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy and now serves as Head of New Venture Labs, Moderna’s internal incubator for ongoing exploration of new applications for its mRNA platform technology. In his current role, Dr. Huang is responsible for leading a diverse portfolio of drug discovery efforts and therapeutic modality development. Ideas generated and pursued by Dr. Huang and the New Venture Labs team have led to the formation of Moderna’s ventures. In addition, pioneering work conducted by Dr. Huang and his team led to Moderna’s collaboration with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to pursue mRNA therapies for cystic fibrosis.
Prior to joining Moderna, Dr. Huang held business and corporate development positions at several venture-backed startups, including Seaside Therapeutics, Stromedix, and Domantis. He was a key contributor to all aspects of company building, including both in- and out-licensing, portfolio strategy, product development opportunities, commercial assessment, and fundraising activities.
Dr. Huang was a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. from the Sackler Institute at NYU School of Medicine, an MBA from Boston University, and a B.S. from Emory University.
Jeff Hrkach, Ph.D.
Co-Head Delivery Sciences
Dr. Jeff Hrkach joined Moderna in 2016 as Head of Delivery Innovation to build a team and lead new directions for the Moderna mRNA delivery platform. Prior to joining Moderna, he was Chief Technology Officer at BIND Therapeutics leading Research and Development for the BIND targeted nanomedicine pipeline and partnerships with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Amgen. Prior to BIND, Dr. Hrkach was Senior Director of Drug Delivery and Strategic Product Development at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, where he was the initial Program Leader and Alliance Manager for the development of Glatopa® in partnership with Sandoz. Before joining Momenta, Dr. Hrkach was Director of Pulmonary Formulations at Alkermes and AIR (Advanced Inhalation Research, acquired by Alkermes in 1999) focusing on the AIR large porous particle inhalation technology development programs.
Dr. Hrkach was the first employee at AIR in 1998 following his postdoctoral studies with Professor Robert Langer at MIT. He has over 50 publications and patents focused on nanomedicine, pulmonary drug delivery and novel polymeric biomaterials. Dr. Hrkach received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and M.S. in Polymer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
John Joyal, Ph.D.
Head of In Vitro Biology
John Joyal, Ph.D., Head of In Vitro Biology, joined Moderna in 2013, and is responsible for the assessment of mRNA containing chemical and structural modifications in various cell systems. Dr. Joyal has over 20 years of drug discovery experience with expertise in cell and molecular biology, particularly in the areas of receptor biology, cell signaling pathways, and assay development.
Prior to joining Moderna, Dr. Joyal served as Vice President of Discovery Research at Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, where he focused on the development of targeted radiopharmaceuticals for oncology. Previously, Dr. Joyal served as Director of Discovery Research at Phylogix Pharmaceuticals, where he led a team evaluating the biology and mechanism of action of protein therapeutics for oncology supportive care. He also held several positions of increasing leadership at Praecis Pharmaceuticals, including Director of Cell Biology, where he initiated or contributed to the establishment of numerous research projects focusing on the discovery of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, inflammation, infectious disease, and neurological disorders.
Dr. Joyal did his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital, examining novel interactions between the calcium sensor, calmodulin, and proteins involved in breast carcinogenesis and growth factor signaling. He received his Doctorate in biology from Tufts University, studying mitochondrial physiology.
Paolo G.V. Martini, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Rare Diseases
Paolo Martini, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer, Rare Diseases. With more than 18 years of experience in drug discovery working on molecular mechanisms underlying monogenic and multigenic metabolic and fibrotic disorders as well as hematologic malignancies, Dr. Martini’s laboratory is focused on identifying novel therapies and applying translational approaches for drug development in rare genetic disorders.
Previously Dr. Martini worked at Shire plc in Lexington, Mass., as Senior Director of Discovery Biology and Translational Research, Mass., focusing on fibrotic diseases of muscle, kidney, skin, lung, bone marrow and metabolic liver diseases, with particular emphasis on different therapeutic modalities for pathway modulation. In his role at Shire, he supported phase 1 and 2 clinical studies for lysosomal storage and chronic kidney diseases. Prior to Shire, Dr. Martini worked at EMD-Serono for five years in Discovery Research.
After graduating from the University of Milan, Italy, he moved to Germany for a post-doctoral work at Schering AG (now Bayer) in Berlin, Germany, and then to the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. Dr. Martini has been collaborating with organizations supporting research and clinical development of rare metabolic disorders and fibrotic diseases, and he is a former Scientific Advisory Board member of the Keystone Symposia.
Melissa Moore, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Platform Research
In her role as Chief Scientific Officer of Moderna’s mRNA research platform, Dr. Melissa Moore is responsible for leading all mRNA biology research at Moderna. She joined Moderna from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she served as Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Dr. Moore was also a founding Co-Director of the RNA Therapeutics Institute (RTI) at UMMS, and was instrumental in the creation of the Massachusetts Therapeutic and Entrepreneurship Realization initiative (MassTERi), a faculty-led program intended to facilitate the translation of UMMS discoveries into drugs, products, technologies and companies.
Dr. Moore’s research at UMMS and HHMI encompassed a broad array of topics related to the role of RNA and RNA-protein (RNP) complexes in gene expression and touched on many human diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration and preeclampsia. Prior to UMMS, she spent 13 years as a professor at Brandeis University. She began working on RNA during her postdoctoral training with Phillip Sharp, Ph.D., Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, where she also received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry. Dr. Moore holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the College of William and Mary.
Upon joining Moderna, Dr. Moore has retained her academic affiliation with UMMS as a part-time faculty member.
Hari Pujar, Ph.D.
Head of Technical Development
Dr. Hari Pujar is the Head of Technical Development at Moderna. Previously, he was a Global Product Leader for pediatric and adult vaccine franchises at Merck & Co., Inc., with responsibility covering R&D, manufacturing, and commercial strategy. Earlier, also at Merck, Dr. Pujar managed bioprocess development, external bioprocess R&D, and external cGMP manufacturing of vaccines, novel biologics, and biosimilars, where he contributed to product development from late discovery through commercialization, including global regulatory filings for a number of vaccine and biologics candidates.
He has been active in leadership roles with the American Chemical Society, including serving as the Chair of the Biotechnology Division. He served as a steering committee member of the EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Center for Bioprocessing and Center for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies, both at University College London. Dr. Pujar has been invited lecturer at University College London, University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University, Villanova University, Indian Institute of Technology, and Indian Institute of Science. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a co-editor of a book on Vaccine Development and Manufacturing. He has won the James van Lanen Award of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Pujar holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Joseph Senn, Ph.D., DABT
Head of Nonclinical Development
Dr. Joe Senn oversees all nonclinical development activities for Moderna. He previously served as senior director of toxicology and pathology for Moderna. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Senn was director and site head for Drug Safety Evaluation and therapeutic area lead for immunology at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Senn is a board certified toxicologist who received his PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has held joint faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina as assistant professor of pediatrics and pharmacology prior to entering industry. In industry, his focus has been on immunotoxicology, investigative, discovery and development toxicology. Over his time in industry he has supported the development of programs in a wide range of therapeutic areas including immune modulators, oncology, neurology, inflammatory and infectious diseases. He has led multiple regulatory filings for modalities ranging from small molecules, biologics and antibody drug conjugates and most recently modified messenger RNA.
Michael Watson, MB ChB, MRCP, AFPM
Senior Vice President, Vaccines Partnerships & Health Impact
Dr. Michael Watson is a UK trained physician in internal medicine and infectious disease, bringing a twenty-year career in vaccine work to his role with Moderna. Prior to joining Moderna, Dr. Watson was Global Head of Vaccination Policy and Advocacy at Sanofi Pasteur. He has also held positions including Head of R&D for Acambis, UK Medical Director of Aventis Pasteur MSD as well as Head of Clinical and Epidemiology for SPMSD in France.
His broad experience developing and licensing vaccines for conditions from smallpox, to encephalitis, to influenza and more has involved collaboration with key organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI (The Vaccine Alliance) and other government and non-governmental organizations. He has served as Chair of the Vaccines Committee and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Group of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, (IFPMA) and is a member of the Board of Vaccines Europe and a board member of The Foundation for Innovative New Vaccines, FIND.