Albert Cha, MD, PhD., has served as a member of KalVista’s Board of Directors since the consummation of the Carbylan Therapeutics, Inc. transaction in 2016. Dr. Cha served as a member of the Carbylan Board of Directors starting in November 2007. In September 2000, Dr. Cha joined Vivo Capital, a healthcare investment firm, where he has served in various positions - most recently as a Managing Partner. Dr. Cha currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: BHVN), Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: ASND) and several privately-held biotechnology and medical device companies. During the past five years, he also served as a member of the Boards of Directors of Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRS), Sierra Oncology, Inc. (formerly ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc.) (NASDAQ: SRRA) and AirXpanders, Inc. (ASX: AXP). Dr. Cha received a BS and an MS from Stanford University and an MD and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Andrew is a co-founder of KalVista Pharmaceuticals and its CEO. Prior to KalVista, Andrew held various senior management positions including Chief Executive, Vice President of Business Development and Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs in biotech and specialty pharmaceutical companies in the United States and United Kingdom. During his career he has identified, negotiated and executed strategic corporate transactions on a global basis, including mergers and acquisitions, national and international product licences, IP and technology licences, and R&D alliances.
Andrew received a BA from the University of Utah and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Finance.
Arnold L. Oronsky
Arnold L. Oronsky, PhD., has served as a member of our Board since November 2016. Dr. Oronsky has been a full-time member of InterWest’s healthcare team since 1994, where he currently serves as a Senior Partner. In addition to being a Senior Partner at InterWest, Dr. Oronsky also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Dynavax Technologies, TESARO and a number of private pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Oronsky was formerly Vice President for Discovery Research for the Lederle Laboratories division of American Cyanamid Company, where he directed all of the research for new drugs and supervised approximately three hundred employees. Dr. Oronsky holds a PhD. in Immunology from Columbia University and has published over 125 scientific articles.
Brian J. G. Pereira
Brian J. G. Pereira is a veteran biopharmaceutical and healthcare leader with experience in financing and growing companies. He has been President & CEO of Visterra, Inc. since 2013 and continues to serve in this role after the acquisition by Otsuka in August 2018. He previously served as President & CEO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals where he raised four financing rounds at increasing valuations and built the clinical development, manufacturing, supply-chain and commercial infrastructure for Feraheme. Prior to AMAG Pharmaceuticals, he held senior roles at Tufts Medical Center, including President and CEO of a Tufts Medical Center Physician Organization and interim COO.
Brian is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Africa Healthcare Network and of NephroPlus Ltd. He has previously served on the Board of several private and public companies, was the Chairman of the Board of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Enterprise Program and President and Board member of the National Kidney Foundation. Brian is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and has authored over 200 published scientific articles. He received his medical degree (MBBS) from St. John’s Medical College, MD (Medicine) and DM (Nephrology) from the Post Graduate Institute and MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Edward W. Unkart
Edward W. Unkart has served as a member of KalVista’s Board of Directors since the consummation of the Carbylan Therapeutics, Inc. transaction in 2016. From August 2006 to August 2009, Mr. Unkart served as a member of the Board of Directors of XTENT, a publicly traded manufacturer of drug-eluting stent systems, where he was the Chair of the company’s audit committee and a member of the nominating and governance committee. From October 2004 to June 2009, Mr. Unkart served as a member of the Board of Directors of VNUS Medical Technologies, a publicly traded medical device company, where he was the Chair of the company’s audit committee and a member of the compensation committee. From January 2005 to December 2008, Mr. Unkart served as Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of SurgRx; a manufacturer of medical devices. Mr. Unkart is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS and an MBA from Stanford University.