ARYA SCIENCES ACQUISITION CORP V
We are a newly organized blank check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.
Our sponsor is an affiliate of Perceptive Advisors, a leading life sciences focused investment firm with over $12 billion of regulatory assets under management as of March 31, 2021. Since its launch in 1999, Perceptive Advisors has focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Our founders are the founder and management of Perceptive Advisors. Joseph Edelman, our Chairman, founded Perceptive Advisors in 1999. Adam Stone, our Chief Executive Officer, is the Chief Investment Officer of Perceptive Advisors, Michael Altman, our Chief Financial Officer, is a Managing Director at Perceptive Advisors and Konstantin Poukalov, our Chief Business Officer, is a Managing Director at Perceptive Advisors. Perceptive Advisors’ investment activity is focused on identifying both private and public companies in the life sciences and medical technology sectors and currently has investments in over 180 companies. The team at Perceptive Advisors consists of trained scientists, physicians and financial analysts who are passionately committed to identifying innovation that can drive critical change to current treatment paradigms. Perceptive Advisors invests across the capital structure and throughout a company’s growth cycle which provides access to a broad universe of management teams and companies seeking flexible capital solutions. Perceptive Advisors is also an active investor in pre-IPO financing rounds known as “crossovers.” Perceptive Advisors has invested in over 110 private companies since 2013 and in 2020 met with over 250 private companies in evaluation of private growth financing rounds, crossovers, and pre-IPO analysis.
MANAGEMENT & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph Edelman serves as the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Edelman is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager of Perceptive Advisors. He has also served as Chairman of the board of directors of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp IV (Nasdaq: ARYD) since January 2021, and served as the Chairman of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp. from October 2018 to June 2020, ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp II from July 2020 to October 2020 and ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp III from August 2020 to June 2021. Prior to founding Perceptive Advisors, Mr. Edelman was a Senior Analyst at Aries Fund, a Paramount Capital Asset Management biotechnology hedge fund, from 1994 through 1998. Prior to that position, Mr. Edelman was a Senior Biotechnology Analyst at Prudential Securities from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Edelman started his career in the healthcare sector of the securities industry as a Biotechnology Analyst at Labe, Simpson from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Edelman earned an MBA from New York University and a BA, magna cum laude, in psychology from the University of California San Diego.
Adam Stone, our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors, joined Perceptive Advisors in 2006 and has acted as Chief Investment Officer since 2012 and is a member of the internal investment committees of Perceptive Advisors’ credit opportunities and venture funds. Mr. Stone currently also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp IV (Nasdaq: ARYD) since January 2021, as well as on the board of directors of Solid Biosciences (Nasdaq: SLDB), Renovia, and Xontogeny, which are portfolio companies of Perceptive Advisors. Following the consummation of the business combination of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp. with Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH in July 2020, Mr. Stone also serves on the supervisory board of Immatics N.V. (Nasdaq: IMTX). Previously, Mr. Stone served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp. from October 2018 to June 2020, ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp II from July 2020 to October 2020 and ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp III from August 2020 to June 2021. Prior to joining Perceptive Advisors, Mr. Stone was a Senior Analyst at Ursus Capital from 2001 to 2006 where he focused on biotechnology and specialty pharmaceuticals. Mr. Stone graduated, with honors, from Princeton University with a BA in molecular biology.
Michael Altman, CFA, our Chief Financial Officer and a member of our board of directors, joined Perceptive Advisors in 2007, is a Managing Director on the investment team and is a member of the internal investment committee of Perceptive Advisors’ credit opportunities fund. Mr. Altman’s focus is on medical devices, diagnostics, digital health and specialty pharmaceuticals. Mr. Altman also serves on the boards of directors of Vitruvius Therapeutics, Covid Apollo Project LLC, and Lyra Therapeutics (Nasdaq: LYRA), which are portfolio companies of Perceptive Advisors. Mr. Altman has also served as the Chief Financial Officer and on the board of directors of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp IV (Nasdaq: ARYD) since January 2021, and served as the Chief Financial Officer and on the board of directors of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp. from October 2018 to June 2020, ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp II from July 2020 to October 2020 and ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp III from August 2020 to June 2021. Since June 2021, Mr. Altman also serves as a director of Nautilus Biotechnology, Inc. (Nasdaq: NAUT). Mr. Altman graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Administration.
Konstantin Poukalov, our Chief Business Officer, joined Perceptive Advisors in 2019 and is a Managing Director at Perceptive Advisors focused on various strategies across the Perceptive platforms. Mr. Poukalov also serves as the Chief Business Officer of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp IV (Nasdaq: ARYD) since January 2021, as well as on the boards of directors of Lyra Therapeutics (Nasdaq: LYRA), Landos Biopharma, Inc. and LianBio, which are portfolio companies of Perceptive Advisors. Mr. Poukalov also served as Chief Business Officer of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp III from August 2020 to June 2021. Prior to joining Perceptive, Mr. Poukalov served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kadmon Holdings (NYSE: KDMN) from 2014 to 2018. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Poukalov served as Kadmon’s Vice President, Strategic Operations. Prior to joining Kadmon, Mr. Poukalov was a member of the healthcare investment banking group at Jefferies LLC from 2009 to 2012, focusing on companies across the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Poukalov was a member of UBS Investment Bank, focusing on the healthcare industry, from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Poukalov graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering.
Todd Wider, M.D. serves on our board of directors since July 2021. Dr. Wider is the Executive Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of Emendo Biotherapeutics, which focuses on highly specific and differentiated gene editing, since June 2018. Dr. Wider also serves on the board of directors of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp IV (Nasdaq: ARYD) since March 2021 and Abeona Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ABEO) since May 2015. Mr. Wider also served as a director of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp. from October 2018 to June 2020, ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp II from July 2020 to October 2020 and ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp III from August 2020 to June 2021. Dr. Wider previously consulted with a number of entities in the biotechnology space. Dr. Wider is an active, honorary member of the medical staff of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he worked for over 20 years, and is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who focused on cancer surgery. Dr. Wider received an MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was Rudin Fellow, and an AB, with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University. He did his residency in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and postdoctoral fellowships in complex reconstructive surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he was Chief Microsurgery Fellow, and in craniofacial surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Wider is also a principal in Wider Film Projects, a documentary film company focusing on producing films with sociopolitical resonance.
Jake Bauer serves on our board of directors since July 2021. Prior to MyoKardia Inc.’s acquisition by Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) in November 2020, Mr. Bauer served as the Chief Business Officer of MyoKardia, Inc. since April 2018. Mr. Bauer has also served as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development and Principal Financial Officer of MyoKardia, Inc. from July 2016 to April 2018 and as the Vice President, Business Development and Business Operations of MyoKardia, Inc. from July 2014 to July 2016. Mr. Bauer also serves on the board of directors of Phoenix Tissue Repair, Inc. since November 2018 and served as a director of ARYA Sciences Acquisition Corp II from July 2020 to October 2020. Prior to joining MyoKardia, Inc., Mr. Bauer has served as Vice President, Business Operations and head of corporate development at Ablexis, LLC (“Ablexis”), a biotechnology company, from May 2011 to July 2014. At Ablexis, he led the development and implementation of the company’s corporate strategy and business development activities and oversaw business operations. Prior to Ablexis, Mr. Bauer has served as a principal at Third Rock Ventures from 2007 to 2011, where he identified, evaluated and developed new opportunities for investment, assisted with startup, corporate development and operations of portfolio companies, and negotiated financings. While at Third Rock Ventures, he was actively involved in a variety of leading biopharmaceutical companies including Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., CytomX Therapeutics Inc., and Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to Third Rock Ventures, Mr. Bauer served in roles in the investment group at Royalty Pharma AG and the business development group at Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and was previously a management consultant at Putnam Associates. Mr. Bauer holds a BS in biology and a BA in economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sanjiv K. Patel, M.D. serves on our board of directors since July 2021. He has also served as director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Relay Therapeutics, Inc. since March 2017 and as a director of Prothena Corporation plc (Nasdaq: PRTA) since May 2021. Before joining Relay Therapeutics, Inc., Dr. Patel served in various roles at Allergan from 2006 to 2017. He most recently served as Allergan’s Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer from March 2015 to March 2017 and previously as Corporate Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing and Global Health Outcomes from July 2013 to March 2015. Prior to this, he was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and practiced as a surgeon within the UK’s National Health Service. Dr. Patel holds a MBBS from University of London, a MA in Medical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a MRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and an MBA from INSEAD.
Debra Yu, M.D., serves on our board of directors since July 2021. Since October 2019, Dr. Yu serves as President and Chief Business Officer of LianBio, a company focused on developing therapeutic medicines in China. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director and the Head of Cross Border Healthcare Investment Banking at China Renaissance Securities (US) from August 2016 to September 2019 and has served as a Managing Director of Labrador Advisors from May 2009 to June 2016, where she advised numerous cross-border partnerships and licensing transactions. From January 2004 to June 2008, she was VP Strategy at WuxiApptec and helped to architect and co-lead Pfizer’s venture capital team and a member of Pfizer’s Worldwide Business Development organization. Dr. Yu was a bay area venture investor, serving as General Partner of Delphi Ventures from October 1995 to December 1998 and Managing Director of Bay City Capital from 1998 to 2001. She also held positions at McKinsey & Co. in New York and London from March 1992 to October 1995. She began her career as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Dr. Yu received a BA with high honors in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and earned an MD from Harvard Medical School. She served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chairperson for Bayhelix for several years prior to serving on the Bayhelix Board from January 2018 to January 2020. Dr. Yu served as a Governor of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton University for 12 years and is an active supporter for the University’s Center for Contemporary China.
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