• We make platelets.

LEADING
THE WAY

As a science-driven company, Platelet BioGenesis has assembled a team comprising the world’s foremost experts in platelet and blood science.

Board of Directors

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JONATHAN THON, PHD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Thon invented PBG’s platelet platform in his laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where he served as an assistant professor. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers on the production and storage of platelets. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He retains a position as lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

JONATHAN THON, PHD

Chief Executive Officer

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SVEN KARLSSON

President and Chief Business Officer

Sven Karlsson is the co-founder and president of Platelet BioGenesis. He has more than a decade experience in business development and financial analysis. Prior to co-founding Platelet BioGenesis he worked as a merger and acquisition principal at J.P. Morgan, an analyst at a hedge fund, and as a venture capital investor. He earned his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

SVEN KARLSSON

President and Chief Business Officer

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JOSEPH ITALIANO, PHD

Joseph Italiano, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, where he leads his own lab focused on platelet production. He is also assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Italiano earned his Ph.D. in cell biology from Florida State University. He is a co-founder of Platelet BioGenesis and chairman of the company’s scientific advisory board.

JOSEPH ITALIANO, PHD

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PHILIP REILLY, MD, JD

Phil is a venture partner at Third Rock Ventures and has served as chief medical officer of Goldfinch Bio, co-founder of Fulcrum Therapeutics, co-founder and chief medical officer of Voyager Therapeutics, chief medical officer of Bluebird Bio, co-founder of Edimer, among other startup roles. He served as chairman and CEO of Interleukin Genetics. He earned his medical; degree at the Yale School of Medicine.

PHILIP REILLY, MD, JD

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MARK McDADE, MBA

Mark is a managing partner of the Qiming U.S. Healthcare Fund. Previously, he served as chief operating officer of UCB Pharma, CEO of PDL BioPharma, CEO of Signature BioScience and COO of Boehringer Mannheim Therapeutics. He serves on the boards of FivePrime Therapeutics, Dermira Inc., and Aimmune Therapeutics. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

MARK McDADE, MBA

Scientific Advisory Board

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JOSEPH ITALIANO, PHD

Joseph Italiano, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, where he leads his own lab focused on platelet production. He is also assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Italiano earned his Ph.D. in cell biology from Florida State University. He is a co-founder of Platelet BioGenesis and chairman of the company’s scientific advisory board.

JOSEPH ITALIANO, PHD

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ED ENGLEMAN, MD

Ed Engleman, M.D., is medical director of the Stanford Blood Center and co-director of tumor immunology and immunotherapy at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Dr. Engleman’s research has focused on understanding the role of the cellular immune system in cancer and other diseases.

ED ENGLEMAN, MD

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BRUCE ZETTER, PHD

Bruce Zetter, Ph.D., is professor of cancer biology and surgery at Harvard Medical School, researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and discoverer of the world’s first angiogenesis inhibitor.

BRUCE ZETTER, PHD

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LEWIS “RUSTY” WILLIAMS, MD, PHD

Lewis “Rusty” Williams, M.D., Ph.D., founder of Five Prime Therapeutics, co-founder of COR Therapeutics, and former chief scientific officer at Chiron Corp., now Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics.

LEWIS “RUSTY” WILLIAMS, MD, PHD

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BARRY COLLER, MD

Barry Coller, M.D., professor, physician-in-chief and vice president for medical affairs at Rockefeller University. Coller helped develop abciximab, marketed as ReoPro, a platelet aggregation inhibitor widely used in patients implanted with stents.

BARRY COLLER, MD

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CEDRIC GHEVAERT, PHD

Cedric Ghevaert, Ph.D., senior lecturer in transfusion medicine at the University of Cambridge and a consulting hematologist for the National Health Service Blood and Transplant division in the UK. Dr. Ghevaert has conducted groundbreaking first-in-man studies of blood cell survival and recovery.

CEDRIC GHEVAERT, PHD

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LES SILBERSTEIN, MD

Les Silberstein, M.D., director of the Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Silberstein’s lab looks at signals that control hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in bone marrow and their role in leukemia and other conditions.

LES SILBERSTEIN, MD