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ImmuType Inventor and Scientific Founder

Michael Whitfield, PhD

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Co-Founder and CEO, Celdara Medical

Jake Reder, PhD.

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Technical Lead, Executive Director of R&D, Celdara Medical

Joana Mabaera, PhD.

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Bioinformaticist, Celdara Medical

Viktor Martyanov, PhD.

Jin
Business Development, Associate at Celdara Medical NYC

Jing Gong, PhD.

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Development, Site Head at Celdara Medical NYC

Brandy Houser, PhD.

Michael Headshot

ImmuType Inventor and Scientific Founder

Michael Whitfield, PhD

Department Chair, Biomedical Data Science, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

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Co-Founder and CEO, Celdara Medical

Jake Reder, PhD.

Jake cofounded Celdara Medical with Prof. Michael Fanger as a way to bridge academic innovation and the marketplace, and currently serves as Director and CEO. Jake guided CM from a concept to the fastest growing company (across all sectors) in the state three years in a row, and is now applying these learnings to the Pandemic Security Initiative. He serves on the Boards of the New Hampshire Academy of Science, Virtici, and MBV, and is Chairman of CairnSurgical, and Javelin Oncology. Jake has lived, studied and worked in Canada, Germany, and the USA, with experiences in research, venture investing, corporate alliances and internal startups, academia, and startups. In 2017 Jake was selected by the US SBA as NH Small Business Person of the Year. Jake earned a B.Sc. with First Class Honors from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Chemistry as a Brown-Wetherill Fellow at Purdue University and Ludwig Maximilians Universität.

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Technical Lead, Executive Director of R&D, Celdara Medical

Joana Mabaera, PhD.

Joana is an Executive Director of R&D at Celdara Medical where she acts as the operational lead of the company’s R&D effort in addition to developing and managing multiple projects. Joana has over 10 years of research and managerial experience in multiple scientific fields at Celdara, primarily in the area of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-based cell therapies for oncology and auto-immune diseases. Prior to Celdara, she was a research scientist at Norris Cotton Cancer Center where she led multiple projects in the field of metabolic disorders. Joana received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

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Bioinformaticist, Celdara Medical

Viktor Martyanov, PhD.

Viktor is a Bioinformaticist at Celdara Medical where he is working with academia and industry partners to analyze clinical trials using genomic data and bring Celdara’s pipeline to its full potential. Prior to Celdara, Viktor worked at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to identify molecular biomarkers of clinical response in systemic sclerosis, a rare and deadly autoimmune disease. Viktor received his BS in Genetic Biology from Purdue University and his PhD in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Jin

Business Development, Associate at Celdara Medical NYC

Jing Gong, PhD.

Jing is an Associate at Celdara Medical NYC. She supports the entire New York pipeline, spanning RNA platforms to antibody therapies to diagnostics. Prior to Celdara, Jing was a project manager at the Translational Research Accelerator, hosted at Columbia University, where she worked with a cross-functional team of MDs, scientific founders, researchers and executives-in-residence to reach IND-enabling milestones. Jing also has worked extensively with Columbia Technology Ventures, aiding Columbia University researchers in the technology development process. Jing received her BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and her MS/PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University.

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Development, Site Head at Celdara Medical NYC

Brandy Houser, PhD.

Dr. Brandy Houser is the Site Head for NYC and has led the expansion of Celdara Medical into the Greater NYC region where she is responsible for sourcing and vetting new pipeline assets and all operations. She has led financing, preclinical development, and strategy across the entire NYC pipeline and continues to be a passionate member of the NYC biotech ecosystem through educational content creation as well as through her work as a co-founder of Fiddlehead Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that builds dynamic life science ecosystems. Dr. Houser continues to provide development and intellectual property strategy and know-how to multiple NYC academic institutions and previously supported the NY Economic Development Corporation as the Investment Director of Accelerate New York (Fund II) in their deployment of seed financing to NYC start-up companies. Previously, Brandy was an Investment Associate at Brandon Capital Partners, an Australian venture capital firm and the Alliance Manager for Partners Healthcare, the corporate entity that oversees operations for the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During this time, she managed technologies from both hospitals as well as programs for Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation. She also helped to create the business and operations plan for The Human Translational Immunology Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Brandy received her Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard University under the guidance of Dr. Jack Strominger. During her graduate career she was also a commercialization fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Houser is a co-founder and current board member at Women Accelerators, a not-for-profit organization that is geared towards providing the skills women need to advance their careers at all stages.