President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder
Jo is an entrepreneurial scientist and experienced biotech executive with deep autoimmune and inflammatory disease area expertise. A self-described “drug-hunter”, she has successfully advanced a number of small molecule and large molecule programs into the clinic.
Previously, Jo worked at Biogen in Cambridge, MA where she began as Vice President, Immunology Research and was responsible for building and advancing the company’s immunology portfolio before moving on to become Senior Vice President, Drug Discovery and a member of the senior R&D leadership team.
Jo has maintained longstanding membership with the Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI) and American Society of Immunologists (AAI). She has served numerous terms on the SMI Board, and was President of SMI from 2011-2013. Together with SMI colleagues, she launched the Mucosal Immunology journal with Nature Publishing Group. In 2015, Jo received the SMI’s Distinguished Service Award.
Throughout her career, Jo has been passionate about workplace inclusiveness, promoting the careers of women and under-represented minorities in science. She is involved with several groups driving this mission, and is on the Board of WEST (www.westorg.org), an organization that focuses on early to mid-career women in the science and technology fields.
Jo is a member of the Board of Directors for CaroGen Corp in Farmington, CT, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Vaxart Inc in the Bay Area and HotSpot Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA.