Board of Directors
Richard Aldrich has served as Chairman of our Board since November 2016. Mr. Aldrich is a co-founder and Partner of Longwood Fund. Mr. Aldrich serves as Chairman of the Board of Concert Pharmaceuticals and lead director of Ovascience. Mr. Aldrich also serves as a Director of Longwood portfolio companies Renovia Inc., Axial Biotherapeutics, Sitryx Pharmaceuticals and Colorescience Inc., and is a Board observer at Bicycle Therapeutics and Pulmocide Ltd. Prior to co-founding Longwood, he was General Partner of RA Capital, a biotechnology investment fund he co-founded in 2001. Mr. Aldrich was also a founding employee of Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer and managed all commercial and operating functions from 1989 to 2001. Prior to joining Vertex, Mr. Aldrich held several management positions at Biogen, Inc. Mr. Aldrich also served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary from 2001 to 2015. He received his B.S. in Business from Boston College, and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. We believe Mr. Aldrich is qualified to serve on our Board because of his lengthy experience in the biotech industry, both as a senior executive and as an investor.
Albert Cha, M.D., Ph.D., 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 B.S. and an M.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at 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 or 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 merger 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 MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Finance.
Arnold L. Oronsky
Arnold L. Oronsky, Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. in Immunology from Columbia University and has published over 125 scientific articles.
Joshua Resnick, M.D., M.B.A., has served as a member of our Board since November 2016. Dr. Resnick has been a Partner at SV Health Investors (“SV”) since January 2016. Before joining SV in January 2016, Dr. Resnick was President and Managing Partner at MRL Ventures Fund (“MRL Ventures”), the early-stage therapeutics-focused corporate venture fund that he built and managed within Merck & Co from December 2014 to January 2016. Prior to MRL Ventures, Dr. Resnick was a Venture Partner with Atlas Venture (“Atlas”), focusing on company formation, Seed and Series A investing. During his tenure at Atlas, Dr. Resnick was also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of two start-ups in the immuno-oncology and neuro spaces. Prior to Atlas, Dr. Resnick was a Partner at Prism Venture Partners, where he focused on early-stage biopharmaceutical, medical device, tools and diagnostics investments.
Dr. Resnick is also an Attending Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2006, and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Resnick graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from Williams College and received his M.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The Wharton School of Business.
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 B.S. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.