|Roger Tung, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President and CEO
Roger D. Tung, Ph.D. is our co-founder and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since April 2006. Before Concert, Dr. Tung was a founding scientist at Vertex, a pharmaceutical company, where he was employed from 1989 to 2005, most recently as its Vice President of Drug Discovery. Prior to Vertex, he held various positions at Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, a global healthcare provider, and The Squibb Institute for Medicinal Chemistry. During his career, Dr. Tung has overseen the discovery of five drugs approved for the treatment of HIV, hepatitis C, and cystic fibrosis and was an inventor of several of them. Dr. Tung received a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Becker has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 2018. Prior to joining Concert, Mr. Becker served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at CRISPR Therapeutics from February 2016 to September 2017. Prior to joining CRISPR Therapeutics, Mr. Becker served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of rEVO Biologics, a biopharmaceutical company, from January 2012 to February 2016. Before rEVO, Mr. Becker spent 10 years at Genzyme Corporation, most recently serving as Finance Director for the UK and Ireland before returning to the United States to become the Vice President of Finance for Genzyme’s Renal and Endocrine business. Mr. Becker began his career in auditing and commercial lending for financial services firms, KPMG and BankBoston. Mr. Becker holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA from Babson College and was licensed as a CPA.
|James Cassella, Ph.D.
Chief Development Officer
Dr. James Cassella has served as our Chief Development Officer since February 2015. Prior to joining Concert, Dr. Cassella served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from June 2004 to January 2015. Prior to Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Cassella held various management positions at Neurogen Corporation, including Senior Vice President, Clinical Research and Development. Before joining the biotechnology industry, Dr. Cassella was Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Oberlin College. Dr. Cassella received his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from Dartmouth College, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and received a B.A. in psychology from the University of New Haven.
Lynette Herscha has served as our General Counsel and Secretary since June 2017 and was our Vice President and Associate General Counsel from July 2014 to June 2017. Prior to joining Concert, she held senior legal positions at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biotechnology company, and Phase Forward, Incorporated, a public technology company. Ms. Herscha began her career at the law offices of Fulbright & Jaworksi. Ms. Herscha earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from Boston University.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Nancy Stuart has served as our Chief Operating Officer since October 2007 and was our Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Operations from July 2006 to October 2007. Prior to joining Concert Ms. Stuart held various business operations and business development positions at Amgen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, Kinetix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company subsequently acquired by Amgen, Vertex, a pharmaceutical company and Genzyme Corporation, a biotechnology company subsequently acquired by Sanofi S.A. She also serves on the Board of Directors of The Greater Boston YMCA. Ms. Stuart holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management.