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Board of Directors

Werner Cautreels, Ph.D. — President and CEO


Prior to joining Selecta Biosciences, Dr. Cautreels was Chief Executive Officer of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, the pharmaceuticals division of the Solvay Group, in Brussels, Belgium, from 2005 until Solvay Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in February 2010. Before becoming the CEO of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Cautreels was their Global Head of R&D from 1998. Prior to joining Solvay, he was employed by Sanofi, Sterling‑Winthrop from 1979 to 1994, and Nycomed‑Amersham from 1994 to 1998 in a variety of R&D management positions in Europe and in the United States. Dr. Cautreels was a director of Innogenetics NV in Gent, Belgium and ArQule Inc., in Woburn, Massachusetts from 1999 to 2006. He currently serves as a director of Seres Therapeutics, Inc. and Galapagos NV, in Mechelen, Belgium. He was the President of the Belgian‑Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce for Russia and Belarus until June 2010. Dr. Cautreels received his Ph.D. in Chemistry, specializing in Mass Spectrometry, from the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium), and his financial and business training from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Omid Farokhzad, M.D. — Selecta Co-Founder and Associate Professor, Harvard

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Dr. Farokhzad is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a physician‑scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) positions he has held since 2004. Dr. Farokhzad directs the Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Biomaterials at BWH. Prior to joining the HMS faculty, Dr. Farokhzad completed his postgraduate clinical and postdoctoral research trainings, respectively, at BWH/HMS and MIT in the laboratory of Dr. Langer. He is the recipient of the 2013 RUSNANOPRIZE. Dr. Farokhzad has been directly involved in the launch and development of four biotechnology companies and, on occasion, has assumed additional roles in support of management. From 2006 to 2014, Dr. Farokhzad served on the Board of Directors of BIND Therapeutics, Inc. He received his M.D. and M.A. from Boston University School of Medicine, and his M.B.A. from MIT.

Carl Gordon, Ph.D., CFA — Founding General Partner, OrbiMed Advisors


Dr. Gordon serves as General Partner and Co‑Head of Private Equity of OrbiMed Advisors LLC, which he co‑founded in 1998. From 1995 to 1997 he was a senior biotechnology analyst at Mehta and Isaly, and from 1993 to 1995 he was a Fellow at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Gordon currently serves on the board of directors of numerous private companies. Previously, Dr. Gordon had served on the board of directors of Acceleron Pharma Inc., Amarin Corporation plc and Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Gordon received his B.S. in Chemistry from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from MIT.


Peter Barton Hutt — Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLP


Mr. Hutt is a senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling specializing in food and drug law. Mr. Hutt began his law practice with the firm in 1960 and, except for his four years in the government, has continued at the firm ever since. Mr. Hutt served as Chief Counsel for the FDA during 1971 to 1975. Since 1994 he has taught a course on Food and Drug Law at Harvard Law School. Mr. Hutt serves on the board of directors of Seres Therapeutics, Inc., Xoma Corp., BIND Therapeutics, Inc., Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Flex Pharma, Inc. and Q Therapeutics, Inc. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Hutt served on the board of directors of DBV Technologies, from 2001 to 2014 he served on the board of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2008 to 2011, he served on the board of Celera Corp and from 2002 to 2012 he served on the board of ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Hutt received his B.A. from Yale University, his LL.B. from Harvard Law School and his L.L.M. from New York University.

Edwin M. Kania, Jr. — Co-Founder and Managing Partner For Several Funds, Flagship Ventures

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Mr. Kania is Co‑Founder of Flagship Ventures, a Boston‑based venture capital firm, and serves as a Managing Partner for several of its funds. He served as Chairman of Flagship Ventures between 2001 and 2014. Prior to co‑founding Flagship Ventures in 2000, Mr. Kania was a General Partner at OneLiberty Ventures and its predecessor firm, Morgan Holland Ventures. His direct investment experience covers over 100 companies. Since 2004, he has served on the board of directors of Acceleron Pharma Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that focuses on regulating cellular growth. Mr. Kania has also served on the boards of Aspect Medical, EXACT Sciences and other public and private companies. Mr. Kania received his B.S. in Physics from Dartmouth College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Robert Langer, Sc.D. — Selecta Co-Founder and Institute Professor, MIT

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Dr. Langer has been an Institute Professor at MIT since 2005, and prior to that was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and then Professor at MIT starting in 1977. Dr. Langer has received the National Medal of Science, National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Charles Stark Draper Prize, Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research and the Lemelson‑MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation. Dr. Langer is one of the very few individuals ever elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves on the board of directors of Ocata Therapeutics, BIND Therapeutics, Inc. and PureTech Health PLC, and previously served as a director of Momenta Pharmaceuticals from 2001 to 2009, Wyeth from 2004 to 2009, Fibrocell Science, Inc. from 2010 to 2012 and Millipore Corp from 2009 to 2010. Dr. Langer received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Sc.D. from MIT, both in Chemical Engineering.

Amir Nashat, Ph.D. — Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

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Dr. Nashat has been a Managing General Partner at Polaris Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since 2009 and focuses on investments in the life sciences. He currently serves on the board of directors of Fate Therapeutics, Inc., BIND Therapeutics, Inc., aTyr Pharma, Inc. and several private companies. Dr. Nashat has also served as a director of Receptos, Inc., Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Bristol‑Myers Squibb Company) and other private companies. Dr. Nashat completed his Sc.D. as a Hertz Fellow in Chemical Engineering at MIT with a minor in biology under the guidance of Dr. Langer. Dr. Nashat earned both his M.S. and B.S. in materials science and mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Aymeric Sallin, M.S. — Founder and CEO of NanoDimension


Mr. Sallin has served as the Chief Executive Officer of NanoDimension, a venture capital firm, since 2002 and is the founder of that firm. Since 2014, Mr. Sallin has served as a strategic advisory board member of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL. Since 2002, Mr. Sallin has worked to promote nanotechnology around the world, and has received the NSTI Fellow Award and 2012 EPFL Alumni award for his contribution to the field of nanotechnology. Mr. Sallin has worked to generate and close investments of hundreds of millions of dollars into several of NanoDimension’s portfolio companies. He currently serves as a board member of View, Inc., CROCUS Technology and Blend Therapeutics. Mr. Sallin received his Masters in Physical Engineering from EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Leysan Shaydullina, M.D. — Managing Director RUSNANO LLC

Leysan2Since October 2014, Dr. Shaydullina has served as Managing Director of management company RUSNANO LLC. From April 2009 to October 2014, she served as Investment Director of JSC RUSNANO Management Company and then of RUSNANO management company. She also served as an associate at JSC RUSNANO from 2008 to 2009. In 2008, Dr. Shaydullina served as a senior consultant with Regionatistica LLC, a Russian‑based consulting company. From 2004 to 2008, she was head of the investment department and manager of innovative projects at Innovative Technopark IDEA, or Technopark, a Russian‑based business incubator. Prior to Technopark, in 2004, Dr. Shaydullina served as a senior health insurance expert at ROSNO, now part of Allianz Insurance, a Russian insurance provider, and served as a surgeon for the Children’s Republican Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Health in Russia from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Shaydullina received her M.B A. from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation, and her M.D. from Kazan State Medical University in Kazan, Russia.

George Siber, M.D. — Former EVP and CSO of Wyeth Vaccines

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Since 2008, Dr. Siber has served as an Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins University in the School of Public Health. From 1996 to 2006, Dr. Siber served in various capacities at Wyeth Lederle Vaccines and Wyeth Vaccines Research, including Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. While at Wyeth, Dr. Siber oversaw the development and approval of multiple widely‑used childhood vaccines, including Prevnar, a pneumococcal vaccine which has achieved multibillion dollar revenues, Acel‑Imune, an acellular pertussis vaccine, and Meningitec, a meningococcal meningitis vaccine. Prior to Wyeth, Dr. Siber was Director of the Massachusetts Public Health Biologic Laboratories and a Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Medicine at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. During this time, Dr. Siber led the research and manufacturing of multiple vaccines and immune globulins including Respigam, a human immune globulin against respiratory syncytial virus. Dr. Siber has served as executive director and scientific advisory board chairmain of Genocea Biosciences, Inc. since 2013, and served as executive chairman from 2007 to 2013. Dr. Siber received his B.Sc. from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada, and received his M.D.C.M from McGill University in Quebec, Canada. He completed his post‑doctoral training in internal medicine at Rush‑Presbyterian‑St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston, and his post‑doctoral training in infectious disease and vaccinology at Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel, in affiliation with Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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