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.
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. Evans joined Agios in 2009 and has 15 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience focusing on strategy, business development, and program leadership. At Agios, Mr. Evans helped initiate and lead the landmark alliance with Celgene, including negotiation of three collaboration agreements. He has also served as executive sponsor of the IDH portfolio and helped launch Agios’s expansion into rare genetic metabolic diseases. Prior to joining Agios, Mr. Evans served as director of product development at Infinity Pharmaceuticals where he led the Hsp90 program. Before Infinity, Mr. Evans was a senior associate in the pharmaceuticals practice of McKinsey & Company. 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.
Mr. Hirsch joined Agios as chief financial officer in September 2016 and brings more than 20 years of experience in a range of strategic and operating roles in the biotechnology sector. Mr. Hirsch most recently served as president and chief executive officer of BIND Therapeutics, and prior to that, he held several other leadership positions at the company, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Before joining BIND, Mr. Hirsch was chief financial officer at Avila Therapeutics until its acquisition by Celgene. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility during his nearly 10-year tenure at Biogen, including vice president of corporate strategy and M&A and program executive for the Tecfidera development team. Mr. Hirsch holds an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hoerter joined Agios as Chief Commercial Officer in February 2016. He has more than 20 years of global pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience, most recently having served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Clovis Oncology, Inc. There, Mr. Hoerter built and led the global commercial organization that developed go-to-market strategies for two oncology therapies. Before joining Clovis in 2011, he was general manager and management center head at Roche for the Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Region. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Hoerter held a variety of positions at Genentech, Inc., including serving on the senior leadership team for Genentech’s BioOncology business as senior director, Pipeline Development and Commercial Operations. Prior to that, Mr. Hoerter held commercial roles at Chiron Corporation and Eli Lilly and Company in the U.S., Europe and Africa. Mr. Hoerter received his B.A. from Bucknell University, MBA from Tilburg University and M.S. in management from Purdue University.
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 Bachelors degree in human resources management from Boston College, Carroll School of Management and a Masters degree from INSEAD.
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.
Bob Sheroff joined Agios in June 2015 as senior vice president, technical operations and has extensive manufacturing and quality teams leadership experience. Prior to joining Agios, Mr. Sheroff was vice president of technical operations for Fibrocell Sciences, a company focused on cell and gene therapy. Prior to this role, he served as the senior vice president of global supply chain at Biogen and was responsible for supply-chain logistics and external manufacturing. Earlier, he led the supply group and operations for the pharmaceutical sector of J&J, where he successfully introduced numerous new products across a range of therapeutic categories. Prior to that, he was worldwide vice president of quality for Warner Lambert where he was responsible for both pharmaceutical and consumer divisions of quality. Bob Sheroff is a graduate of Rutgers College of Pharmacy and earned his M.B.A. in pharmaceutical marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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.