Niall O’Donnell, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2018. Dr. O’Donnell is currently a managing director at RiverVest Venture Partners, a position he has held since April 2014. He joined RiverVest in 2006 where he has focused on biopharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device opportunities and contributes to the formation, development and business strategies of RiverVest portfolio companies. Dr. O’Donnell currently serves as President and Chief and Executive Officer of Reneo, which he co-founded in December 2017. From 2011 to 2013, he served as acting chief interim medical officer at Lumena, where he led the development and execution of the company’s clinical strategy leading up to its acquisition by Shire plc. Dr. O’Donnell is also a board member of the biopharmaceutical companies Amplyx, Lyric Pharmaceuticals Inc., Avalyn Pharma, Inc., Curzion and Spruce Biosciences. Dr. O’Donnell received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland, an M.A. in biochemistry from Pembroke College, Oxford and an MBA from the Rady School of Management of the University of California, San Diego.
We believe Dr. O’Donnell’s substantial experience in developing and managing biopharmaceutical companies qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.