Professor Dr. med. Axel Glasmacher was until recently Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical Research & Development Haematology Oncology at Celgene, where he has worked in various global roles for more than ten years. His work at Celgene led to the approvals of Revlimid®, Idhifa® and Vidaza® (haematological cancers). He also worked on the PD-L1 inhibitor durvalumab. Prior to Celgene, Professor Glasmacher worked within the fields of haematology-oncology at the University Hospital in Bonn.

Duncan has a proven track record in identifying, investing in and growing businesses within the pharmaceutical sector. He was the founder of Aquarius Equity, a specialist investor in businesses within the life sciences sector, which provided investors with access to innovative, high growth potential companies that delivered significant capital growth. Duncan started his career in a bio-science start-up business, which ultimately went on to list on the London Stock Exchange, subsequently qualified as a corporate finance lawyer with Addleshaw Goddard, then Addleshaw Booth & Co, and later joined 3i plc as an investment manager. Duncan founded Aquarius in 2005, which made founding investments into Nanoco Technologies Limited, Auralis Limited (subsequently sold to ViroPharma), Tissue Regenix Group plc, Brabant Pharma (subsequently sold to Zogenix, Inc and C4X Discovery plc. Duncan is a co-founder of 4D pharma plc and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2014.

Alex began his career as a microbiologist, working in research for a number of years before joining an NYSE-quoted drug development company. He subsequently moved into pharmaceutical and healthcare investment and has fulfilled a number of board-level investment and operational management roles. He was a director and shareholder in Aquarius Equity from 2008, where he was responsible for identifying new investments and developing and implementing scientific strategies both pre and post-investment. These included Tissue Regenix Group plc, C4X Discovery Holdings plc and Brabant Pharma (subsequently sold to Zogenix, Inc.). Prior to joining Aquarius Equity, Alex worked for IP Group plc, where he specialised in life sciences investments identifying, developing and advising a number of companies in its portfolio, some of which went on to list on AIM. He joined IP Group following its acquisition of Techtran Group Limited in 2005. Alex is a co-founder of 4D pharma plc and has served as Chief Scientific Officer since 2014.

Ed Baracchini has had a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. He currently serves as Chief Business Officer of Imago Biosciences and on the Board of Directors of INmune Bio, Inc. He was previously the Chief Business Officer at Xencor Inc. where he lead strategic alliances and licensing. During his time at Xencor he negotiated licence agreements with Novartis ($2.6 billion: immuno-oncology bispecific antibodies) , Novo Nordisk ($600 million: drug discovery collaboration), Amgen ($500 million: option and development agreement autoimmune disease antibody) among numerous others. Prior to that he served as SVP Business Development for Metabasis Therapeutics.

Dr. Sandy Macrae has over twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with a combination of scientific, medical and commercial expertise. Dr. Macrae currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (“Sangamo”; NASDAQ: SGMO), a leading genomic medicine company active in developing cell and gene therapies across a range of rare and large indications.

Dr. Macrae has previously served as Global Medical Officer of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, overseeing medical affairs, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, outcomes research and epidemiology, quantitative sciences, and knowledge and informatics. Prior to that, Dr. Macrae held roles of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline, including Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets Research and Development (R&D), and Vice President, Business Development. Earlier in his career, he worked for SmithKline Beecham, where he was responsible for clinical development in the therapeutic areas of neurology and gastroenterology.

Dr Rupalla brings over twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the 4D board, and extensive regulatory and clinical expertise in the fields of oncology and neuroscience. Dr Rupalla has previously served in senior positions at Roche, Celgene and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). While at BMS, Dr Rupalla was Vice President Head R&D China and Global Development Team Leader for Opdivo®/Yervoy® in China, and then Vice President, Head Oncology Global Regulatory Sciences. Throughout her career, she has led regional and global teams responsible for obtaining approvals for multiple new therapeutics and indications, including Opdivo®, Yervoy®, Rituxan®, Xeloda®, Avastin ®, Revlimid® and Vidaza®, among others.

Dr Rupalla currently serves as Senior Vice President, Global Head Regulatory Affairs, Medical Documentation and R&D Quality at Lundbeck, a leading biopharmaceutical developing novel therapeutics for diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). Dr Rupalla has a Ph.D in CNS Pharmacology from the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, and an MBA from Jones International University, CO, US.

Board Committees

The Audit and Risk Committee is comprised of Ed Baracchini and Axel Glasmacher

The Remuneration Committee is comprised of Sandy Macrae and Axel Glasmacher