Our leadership team brings deep operating and leadership experience across all critical disciplines — science, technology, business development, marketing, people and finance — and is dedicated to building Agios into a preeminent biopharmaceutical company.
Dr. Schenkein joined Agios in August 2009 as the chief executive officer and a member of our board of directors and has been a hematologist and medical oncologist for more than 20 years. He currently serves as an adjunct attending physician in hematology at Tufts Medical Center and is a member of the board of directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the world’s largest biotechnology trade association, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to joining Agios, from March 2006 to July 2009, Dr. Schenkein was the senior vice president, clinical hematology/oncology at Genentech, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for numerous successful oncology drug approvals and leading the medical and scientific strategies for their BioOncology portfolio. While at Genentech, he served as an adjunct clinical professor of medical oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Genentech, he served as the senior vice president of clinical research at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited), overseeing the clinical development and worldwide approval of Velcade®, a first-in-class cancer therapy now approved to treat multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He currently serves on the board of directors of Foundation Medicine, Inc., bluebird bio, Inc., and Blueprint Medicines, Inc. Dr. Schenkein holds a B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University and an M.D. from the State University of New York Upstate Medical School.
Dr. Biller joined Agios as chief scientific officer in September 2010, with more than 25 years of drug discovery and development experience. Most recently, from 2003 to September 2010, he was vice president and head of global discovery chemistry at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR). Prior to that, Dr. Biller held the positions of vice president, pharmaceutical candidate optimization at the Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Pharmaceutical Research Institute and executive director of drug discovery chemistry for the BMS research site in Lawrenceville, NJ. Among his other key leadership positions at BMS, Dr. Biller was the executive director of metabolic diseases chemistry. He contributed to robust pipelines at both BMS and Novartis, culminating in two medicines launched worldwide (Onglyza® for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and Juxtapid® for familial hypercholestrolemia) and three additional drugs reaching Phase 3 clinical development. Dr. Biller earned a B.S. in chemistry at MIT, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Caltech and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University in natural product synthesis.
Mr. Higgons joined Agios in May 2009 as the chief operating officer. Prior to joining Agios, Mr. Higgons worked at Archemix Corporation from 2006 to 2009 where he most recently served as president, chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer. Prior to Archemix, Mr. Higgons served as the chief commercial officer at TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson Company. Mr. Higgons holds a B.Sc. in mathematics from King's College University of London and an M.Sc. in economics from London Business School.
Dr. Bowden joined Agios as Chief Medical Officer in May 2014. He has more than 17 years of experience in clinical drug development, including the approval of several cancer medicines. Prior to joining Agios, Dr. Bowden was vice president product development oncology, franchise lead (Signaling Group) at Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group. During Dr. Bowden's eight years at Genentech, he was responsible for the successful development of a number of novel targeted oncology medicines, including Zelboraf® for patients with BRAF V600E positive melanoma and Tarceva® for patients with EGFr activating mutation positive, non-small cell lung cancer. From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Bowden was the executive director for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) regions for Bristol-Myers Squibb. In this role, he led medical affairs strategies for cancer, immunology and pain medicines. Earlier, Dr. Bowden held positions of increasing responsibility in oncology clinical development, Phases I-III at Pharmacia Corporation and Janssen Pharmaceutica. Prior to his industry experience, Dr. Bowden was on the oncology faculty at the University of Virginia Health Science Center where he participated in numerous industry and cooperative group trials. Dr. Bowden received his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia followed by internal medicine training at Roger Williams Medical Center and the Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island. He completed his medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute Medicine Branch. Dr. Bowden is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Mr. Goddard joined Agios in July 2010 as vice president, finance, and possesses more than 10 years of experience in emerging private and public platform-based biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Agios, Mr. Goddard worked from 2004 to 2010 at Archemix, where he most recently served as the vice president of finance. During his time at Archemix he oversaw all aspects of financial operations. Prior to Archemix, he was the corporate controller of ImmunoGen, Inc., a publicly traded oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company. During his time at ImmunoGen, Mr. Goddard was responsible for external financial reporting, financial planning and tax compliance, and initiated the company's Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts. Earlier in his career, he was an audit supervisor within the Technology, Communication and Entertainment group of Ernst & Young, LLP and an audit manager at Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. Mr. Goddard is a graduate of Bentley College, where he earned a B.S. in accountancy, and a certified public accountant in the state of Massachusetts.
Dr. Su is one of our founding scientists and has served as senior vice president, research & development since 2012. Dr. Su brings more than 20 years of organization, project management and scientific experience in the biotechnology industry to Agios. Most recently, from 2004 to 2006 he served as general director and vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Research Laboratory (BEL) at ITRI in Taiwan. Prior to that, he spent 14 years in a number of roles, concluding his tenure as program executive and vice president of the Novartis kinase collaboration for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company. Dr. Su earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Duke University and was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow at Harvard University.
Ms. Pace joined Agios in February 2015, bringing more than 15 years of communications, government affairs and strategic planning experience working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Prior to joining Agios, Ms. Pace was senior vice president, corporate communications and a member of the senior management team for Vertex Pharmaceuticals. At Vertex she led the company’s global corporate and employee communications programs. Before that, Ms. Pace was a senior director at Genentech, Inc., where she led the team responsible for public affairs, product communications and patient advocacy. Earlier in her career, she held government affairs and public relations roles at Eli Lilly & Company, and worked at Porter Novelli, a global public relations firm, where she managed disease awareness and public health campaigns for several biopharmaceutical companies and government agencies. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a group committed to helping people with cystic fibrosis. Ms. Pace holds a B.A. in political science from the College of Charleston.
Mr. Evans joined Agios in September 2009. He possesses more than 10 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience across a wide range of business functions. Prior to joining Agios, Mr. Evans served as director of product development at Infinity Pharmaceuticals where he led the company's most advanced oncology programs targeting Hsp90. He also established Infinity’s program management, new product planning and investor relations functions. Before Infinity, Mr. Evans held positions in the pharmaceuticals practice of McKinsey & Company, at MedImmune and at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Evans earned an MBA in healthcare management from Wharton, a masters in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in English from Yale University.
Dr. Dorsch joined Agios in 2012, and most recently served at Sanofi Oncology where she headed the cancer biology group and oversaw the drug discovery efforts in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to that, she directed the research and drug discovery efforts for several oncology programs at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Her team identified the Smoothened antagonist LDE225 (sonidegib) which is currently being evaluated in a pivotal registration trial. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Dorsch worked on the discovery and development of kinase inhibitors for the treatment of autoimmune diseases at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. She received her Ph.D. in biology from Free University of Berlin, Germany, and was a postdoctoral student at Columbia University in New York.
Ms. Wang joined Agios in February 2010 and has nearly 15 years of intellectual property and transactional legal experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Agios, Ms. Wang served as senior patent counsel at Genentech, where she managed oncology and immunology patent portfolios, and oversaw IP aspects of potential and existing collaborations. Before Genentech, Ms. Wang served as senior patent attorney at Merck & Co. and was responsible for managing the patent portfolio around antifungal products. She was a patent agent and associate at Fish & Neave. Ms. Wang received her B.S. from Salem State College, her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Brown University and her J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.
Ms. McLaughlin joined Agios in January 2015 as vice president, human resources. She brings more than 15 years of human resources experience, with a focus on leading business and HR transformations, building organizational capabilities, and shaping high performance cultures. Most recently Ms. McLaughlin served as vice president, human resources for Hotels.com and the Expedia Affiliate Network – two global Expedia, Inc. brands. Prior to this role, she led HR for the Expedia Lodging Partner Services organization, driving HR strategy and execution across 39 different countries and multiple business functions. Prior to Expedia, Ms. McLaughlin held human resources leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson Ltd., most recently as worldwide director, human resources for DePuy Spine, a Johnson & Johnson operating company. Earlier, she served in several human resources positions for The Gillette Company. Ms. McLaughlin earned a B.S. in human resources management from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She is also currently pursuing her executive masters at INSEAD.