Leadership

Management Team

Bill Lundberg, M.D.

President, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Financial Officer, Executive Director

Andrew Joe, M.D.

SVP & Chief Medical Officer

Hui Liu, Ph.D.

EVP, Chief Business Officer & Head of Merus U.S.

Peter B. Silverman, J.D.

EVP, General Counsel and Head of Utrecht

Lex Bakker, Ph.D.

SVP & Chief Development Officer

John de Kruif, Ph.D.

SVP & Chief Technology Officer

Cecile Geuijen, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
Bill Lundberg, M.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Financial Officer, Executive Director
Bill Lundberg

Bill Lundberg, M.D. has served on our board of directors since June 2019 and as an executive director since December 2019. Since December 2019, Dr. Lundberg has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer. From January 2015 to February 2018, Dr. Lundberg was Chief Scientific Officer of CRISPR Therapeutics AG (“CRISPR”), a biotechnology company, where he was responsible for establishing and growing research and development in the United States and oversaw CRISPR’s first CRISPR-based product from inception to regulatory filing for clinical trials. From February 2011 to January 2015, Dr. Lundberg was Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alexion”), where he oversaw research and development from discovery through early-stage development, and prior to that, he was Director and Chief Medical Officer of Taligen Therapeutics, Inc. (“Taligen”), a biotechnology company, which was acquired by Alexion in 2011. Prior to Taligen, he held roles of increasing responsibility in clinical drug development and medical affairs at Xanthus/Antisoma, Wyeth (now Pfizer), and Genzyme. Dr. Lundberg currently serves on the board of directors of Vor Biopharma. Dr. Lundberg received an M.D. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He completed post-doctoral training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, and clinical training in Medicine and Medical Oncology from Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Andrew Joe, M.D.
SVP & Chief Medical Officer
Andrew Joe

Andrew Joe, M.D. has served as our Chief Medical Officer since July 2020.  His responsibilities include overseeing clinical and regulatory strategy and activities at Merus. He brings over 20 years of experience in clinical drug development and translational research within industry and academic medicine. Dr. Joe most recently led the immuno-oncology program at Sanofi, which included co-development of LIBTAYO® (cemiplimab-rwlc) with Regeneron in skin, lung and other cancers. Previously at Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., he led the KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) New Indications Development Team in obtaining the first tumor/histology-agnostic drug approval in Microsatellite Instability-High (MSI-H) cancer, and the first immuno-oncology drug approval in a gynecological malignancy (cervical cancer). Dr. Joe also played key roles at Novartis in the global approval of Zykadia® (ceritinib) in ALK-positive lung cancer and at Roche in the global approval of ZELBORAF® (vemurafenib) in BRAF-mutant metastatic melanoma. Dr. Joe is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He received B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Hui Liu, Ph.D.
EVP, Chief Business Officer & Head of Merus U.S.

Hui Liu, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Business Officer since December 2015 and Head of Merus U.S. since October 2018. His responsibilities include business development, alliance management, product strategy, finance and Merus operations in the U.S. Prior to joining Merus, Dr. Liu served as Vice President and Global Head, Business Development & Licensing, Oncology, from 2013 to 2015, and as Vice President and Global Head, Business Development & Licensing, Vaccines & Diagnostics, from 2009 to 2012, at Novartis AG. Prior to Novartis, Dr. Liu held positions of increasing responsibilities in business development at Pfizer, Inc. from 2004 to 2009 and in the R&D organization at Pfizer and its predecessor company Warner-Lambert from 1997 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Liu was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Dr. Liu holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in biology from Peking University.

Peter B. Silverman, J.D.
EVP, General Counsel and Head of Utrecht

Peter B. Silverman, J.D. has served the Company since 2014, first as outside counsel, Head of Utrecht since April 2020, General Counsel since February 2018 and our Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Head of US Legal since February 2017. His responsibilities include all aspects of the Company’s legal and intellectual property matters, and he provides significant contributions to the Company’s management and operations of the headquarters in Utrecht. Prior to joining Merus, Mr. Silverman was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented numerous life sciences companies concerning an array of legal matters and technologies. Mr. Silverman was an associate at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP), and prior to that Mr. Silverman also served as judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson of the District of New Jersey. He holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice law in New York. Mr. Silverman also holds a B.A. in biology from the University of Rochester.

Lex Bakker, Ph.D.
SVP & Chief Development Officer

Alexander (“Lex”) Berthold Hendrik Bakker, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Development Officer since October 2010. His responsibilities include strategic scientific leadership, management of pre-clinical and clinical development and manufacturing, business development support, external collaboration and partnership management. Prior to joining Merus, Mr. Bakker directed pre-clinical and clinical development at Crucell N.V., a biotechnology company. Mr. Bakker holds a Ph.D. in Tumor Immunology from the University of Nijmegen and was a postdoctoral fellow at the DNAX Research Institute.

John de Kruif, Ph.D.
SVP & Chief Technology Officer

Cornelis Adriaan (“John”) de Kruif, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Technology Officer since January 2013 and previously served as our Chief Scientific Officer from April 2007 to January 2013. His responsibilities include management of antibody discovery, antibody platform technology development, antibody engineering, external collaborations, partnerships management and operational activities. Before joining Merus, from October 2000 to October 2006, he served as a director of antibody discovery for Crucell N.V., a biotechnology company, specializing in vaccines and biopharmaceutical technology. Mr. de Kruif holds a Ph.D., in Antibody Engineering from Utrecht University.

Cecile Geuijen, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Cecilia (“Cecile”) Anna Wilhelmina Geuijen, Ph.D has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since May 2021. Her responsibilities include strategic scientific leadership, management of pre-clinical research, external collaborations, partnerships management and operational activities. Before joining Merus in 2009, Ms Geuijen worked as a senior scientist on the evaluation of new therapeutic targets in oncology at Genmab and the identification of new therapeutic targets in oncology at Crucell. She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Utrecht and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Duve Institute in Brussels.

Board of Directors

Anand Mehra, M.D.

Chairman

Mark Iwicki

Non-Executive Director

Len Kanavy

Non-Executive Director

Bill Lundberg, M.D.

President, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Financial Officer, Executive Director

Gregory D. Perry

Non-Executive Director

Paolo Pucci

Non-Executive Director

Victor Sandor, M.D.

Non-Executive Director

Anne van der Touw - Noordzij

Secretary
Anand Mehra, M.D.
Chairman

Anand Mehra, M.D. has served as a non-executive director of our board since August 2015 and as Chairman of our board of directors effective since June 2020. Dr. Mehra held various positions at Sofinnova Investments (f.k.a. Sofinnova Ventures) from 2007 to January 2020, most recently holding the position of a managing general partner, where he focused on working with entrepreneurs to build drug development companies. He led the firm’s investments in Vicept Therapeutics (acquired by Allergan), Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. (“Aclaris”), and Spark Therapeutics. Prior to joining Sofinnova, Dr. Mehra worked in J.P. Morgan’s private equity and venture capital group and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the publicly held Aclaris. Within the past five years, he also served on the boards of directors of the publicly held pharmaceutical companies Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Spark Therapeutics, Inc. and Aerie Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Mehra received a B.A. degree in political philosophy from the University of Virginia and an M.D. degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Mark Iwicki
Non-Executive Director

Mark Iwicki has served as a non-executive director of our board of directors since June 2015. From June 2015 until July 2018, Mr. Iwicki served as the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Iwicki currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where he has been employed since April 2015. From February 2014 to November 2014 Mr. Iwicki served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Civitas Therapeutics. From December 2012 to January 2014, Mr. Iwicki served as President and Chief Executive Officer and director at Blend Therapeutics, Inc. From 2007 to June 2012, Mr. Iwicki served in several roles, including Chief Commercial Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer and Director and Chief Executive Officer at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Sepracor, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Iwicki held executive positions, including Vice President and Business Unit Head, at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. Mr. Iwicki currently serves on the board of directors of Akero Therapeutics, Inc., Pulmatrix, Inc., Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Within the past five years, he also served on the board of directors of the publicly held pharmaceutical company Aimmune Therapeutics Inc. Mr. Iwicki received a B.A. in business administration from Ball State University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University.

Len Kanavy
Non-Executive Director

Len Kanavy has served as a non-executive director of our board of directors since July 2018. Mr. Kanavy most recently served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Business Operations at Genentech, a biotechnology company, from September 2006 to September 2016, where he was responsible for strategic decisions for the U.S. commercial business, including product launches, valuation of business development opportunities, clinical development plan options and pricing. From 2014 to 2016, he was a board member of the Genentech Access to Care Foundation. Prior to joining Genentech, Mr. Kanavy was Vice President, Commercial Operations at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he led teams in business analytics, strategy, and product launches. Mr. Kanavy holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. with a specialization in Finance from the University of Scranton.

Bill Lundberg, M.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Financial Officer, Executive Director
Bill Lundberg

Bill Lundberg, M.D. has served on our board of directors since June 2019 and as an executive director since December 2019. Since December 2019, Dr. Lundberg has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer. From January 2015 to February 2018, Dr. Lundberg was Chief Scientific Officer of CRISPR Therapeutics AG (“CRISPR”), a biotechnology company, where he was responsible for establishing and growing research and development in the United States and oversaw CRISPR’s first CRISPR-based product from inception to regulatory filing for clinical trials. From February 2011 to January 2015, Dr. Lundberg was Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alexion”), where he oversaw research and development from discovery through early-stage development, and prior to that, he was Director and Chief Medical Officer of Taligen Therapeutics, Inc. (“Taligen”), a biotechnology company, which was acquired by Alexion in 2011. Prior to Taligen, he held roles of increasing responsibility in clinical drug development and medical affairs at Xanthus/Antisoma, Wyeth (now Pfizer), and Genzyme. Dr. Lundberg currently serves on the board of directors of Vor Biopharma. Dr. Lundberg received an M.D. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He completed post-doctoral training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, and clinical training in Medicine and Medical Oncology from Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Gregory D. Perry
Non-Executive Director

Gregory D. Perry has served as a non-executive director of our board of directors since May 2016 and Vice Chairman of our board of directors since August 2018. Mr. Perry has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Finch Therapeutics Group, a microbiome therapeutics company, since May 2018. Mr. Perry served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Novelion Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company (“Novelion”), from November 2016 to December 2017. Prior to Novelion, Mr. Perry was Chief Financial Officer of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company from July 2015 until its merger with Novelion in November 2016. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial and Business Officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc., now Sensen Bio, a fusion-protein therapeutics company, from January 2014 to June 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Perry served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer of InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. , a biomaterials and biotechnology company, from September 2013 to December 2013, and prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ImmunoGen, Inc., a biotechnology company, from 2009 until he was promoted in 2011 to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a role he held until 2013. Before that, he was he was the Chief Financial Officer of Elixir Pharmaceuticals and, prior to that Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Transkaryotic Therapies. He has also held various financial leadership roles within PerkinElmer Inc., Domantis Ltd., Honeywell and General Electric. Since February 2018, Mr. Perry has served on the board of directors of Kala Pharmaceuticals, including as chair of its audit committee. From December 2011 to February 2016, Mr. Perry served on the board of directors of Ocata Therapeutics, including as chair of its audit committee and a member of its compensation committee, until it was acquired by Astellas Pharma Inc. Mr. Perry received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.

Paolo Pucci
Non-Executive Director

Paolo Pucci has served as a non-executive director of our board of directors since June 2020.  Mr. Pucci served as the Chief Executive Officer of ArQule, Inc., a biopharmaceutical oncology company engaged in the research and development of targeted therapeutics, from June 2008 until its acquisition by Merck in January 2020. Prior to joining ArQule, Mr. Pucci worked at Bayer AG from 2001 to 2008, where he served in a number of leadership capacities including President of the Oncology & Global Specialty Medicines Business Units and was a member of the Bayer Pharmaceuticals Global Management Committee. Before Bayer, Mr. Pucci held positions of increasing responsibility with Eli Lilly and Company from July 1991 to April 2001, culminating with his appointment as Managing Director, Eli Lilly Sweden AB. Mr. Pucci earned an MS in economics and accounting from Università degli Study di Napoli Federico II and an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago. Within the past five years, Mr. Pucci previously served on the boards of directors of Algeta ASA, until its acquisition by Bayer AG, and Dyax Inc., until its acquisition by Shire Plc (which was subsequently acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.), New Link Genetics Inc and ArQule Inc., until its acquisition by Merck Inc. He currently serves on the boards of directors of publicly held life sciences companies West Pharmaceuticals Services, Inc., Replimmune Group Inc., and Trillium Therapeutics Inc.

Victor Sandor, M.D.
Non-Executive Director

Victor Sandor, M.D.C.M. has served as a non-executive director of our board of directors since June 2019. From September 2014 to December 2019, Dr. Sandor was the Chief Medical Officer at Array BioPharma (“Array”), a pharmaceutical company, where he oversaw clinical development through regulatory approval of Braftovi and Mektovi for the treatment of BRAFV600E/K mutant melanoma and Braftovi for the treatment of BRAFV600E mutant colorectal cancer. Prior to joining Array, from February 2010 to September 2014, he was Senior Vice President for Global Clinical Development at Incyte Corporation (“Incyte”), a pharmaceutical company, where he oversaw clinical development through regulatory approval of Jakafi for the treatment of myelofibrosis and polycythemia vera. Prior to joining Incyte, Dr. Sandor was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for oncology at Biogen Idec and, prior to that held positions of increasing responsibility in oncology product development at AstraZeneca, where he played a lead role in the registration of Arimidex(r) (anastrozole) for adjuvant use and the development of early stage programs through proof-of-concept. Dr. Sandor received his M.D.C.M. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and completed his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He currently serves on the boards of directors of publicly held life sciences companies ADC Therapeutics and Prelude Therapeutics.

Anne van der Touw - Noordzij
Secretary

Scientific Advisory Board

Johannes Carolus Clevers, M.D., Ph.D.

Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D.

Ton Schumacher, Ph.D.

Josep Tabernero, M.D., Ph.D.

Johannes Carolus Clevers, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Clevers is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Director of Research at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. For ten years, Dr. Clevers served as the Director of the Hubrecht Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and most recently served as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science. His scientific research has focused on the biology of Wnt signaling in intestinal self-renewal and cancer.

Dr. Clevers discovered tissue stem cells in multiple organs through the Lgr5 stem cell marker. This led to establishment of organoid technology. He received his M.D., Ph.D., and M.Sc. in biology from the University of Utrecht with postdoctoral work completed at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ribas is a Professor of Medicine, Professor of Surgery, and Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He also currently serves as Director of the Tumor Immunology Program at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC), Chair of the Melanoma Committee of the South West Oncology Group (SWOG) and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Dr. Ribas is a physician-scientist who conducts laboratory and clinical research in malignant melanoma, focusing on gene engineered adoptive cell transfer (ACT) therapies, anti-CTLA4 antibodies, anti-PD-1 antibodies, BRAF and MEK inhibitors and nanoparticle-siRNA. He trained at the University of Barcelona with postdoctoral research and clinical fellowships completed at UCLA.

Ton Schumacher, Ph.D.

Dr. Schumacher is a Senior Member at The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Professor of Immunotechnology at Leiden University Medical Center, Venture Partner at Third Rock Ventures and a scientific advisor to several emerging biotechnology companies. Dr. Schumacher is also the Founder of Neon Therapeutics and AIMM Therapeutics. He previously served as Chief Scientific Officer of Kite Pharma EU, which was formed following Kite Pharma’s acquisition of T Cell Factory, a company

Dr. Schumacher founded. Dr. Schumacher received his Ph.D. from The Netherlands Cancer Institute, a M.Sc. in medical biology from the University of Amsterdam and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Josep Tabernero, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tabernero is the Director of the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Associate Professor in the Medicine Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Director of Innovation, Care and Research at the Catalonian Oncology Network. Dr. Tabernero also holds several roles in the Medical Oncology Department at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, including Head of the Department, Clinical Director and Head of the Gastrointestinal Tumors Services and Phase 1 Unit.

Dr. Tabernero is a physician-scientist who conducts laboratory and clinical research in the field of gastrointestinal tumors with particular focus in early drug development. Dr. Tabernero received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.