Karen Ferrante, M.D.
Dr. Ferrante has served as a director since January 2017. Dr. Ferrante, a hematologist-oncologist, most recently served as Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development at Tokai Pharmaceuticals and brings over 25 years of oncology drug development experience to the Board. Prior to Tokai, Dr. Ferrante held several senior level positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and parent company Takeda Pharmaceuticals, including Oncology Therapeutic Area Head, Takeda Cambridge Site Head and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Ferrante previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer Global Research and Development and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Ferrante holds an M.D. from Georgetown University and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital (now part of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology. She currently serves as a director of Hutch-Med (formerly Chi-Med) and Cogent Biosciences, which are publicly held biopharmaceutical companies. She also serves on the scientific advisory board of Kazia Therapeutics and served on Trillium Therapeutics’ scientific advisory board until its acquisition by Pfizer in 2021. Based on Dr. Ferrante’s depth of experience in the biotechnology industry, ranging from executive officer to director roles, the Board believes Dr. Ferrante has the appropriate set of skills to serve as a member of our Board.