Neil H. Shusterman, MD
Dr. Neil H. Shusterman is the Chief Medical Officer at Palladio Biosciences. Neil is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and is a highly experienced drug developer. During his pharmaceutical industry career of over 29 years holding senior senior leadership positions in large, medium, and small companies, Neil contributed to the development or approval of numerous drugs across multiple therapeutic areas, including argatroban injection, Aveed®, Bystolic®, Combunox™, Coreg, Corlopam™, Savella®, Teveten®, Vraylar™, and Xiaflex®. When approved, Coreg was the first new drug approved for heart failure in over 10 years and, in a paradigm shift, established beta blockade as the standard of care for heart failure therapy.
Prior to joining Palladio Biosciences, Neil worked at Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he was the Chief Medical Officer with responsibility for 5 departments – Clinical Development and Operations, Medical Affairs, Drug Safety, Biometrics, and Scientific Communications; at Forest Laboratories, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Forest Research Institute with responsibilities for Phase II – IV clinical development for five therapeutic areas – Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Gastrointestinal/Metabolism, Psychiatry, and Neurology; and at SmithKline Beecham (subsequently GlaxoSmithKline), where he advanced to Vice President, Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area, North American Medical Affairs, Research and Development with worldwide responsibilities for all Phase II – IV cardiovascular drug development. During his tenure at SmithKline Beecham, Neil led the worldwide pivotal efficacy studies and regulatory filing for Coreg (carvedilol), the first beta-blocker approved for the treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF). That approval led to a paradigm-shift in the treatment of CHF, resulting in reduced morbidity and mortality in this devastating condition. In addition, Neil led several large cardiovascular morbidity and mortality studies that recruited 20,000 patients combined at hundreds of sites on 3 continents.
Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Neil practiced nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA where he was Assistant Professor of Medicine and directed a large outpatient dialysis program. Neil has published and presented widely on topics in renal medicine, cardiovascular therapeutics, and drug development. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.D. from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.
Board of Directors
Michèle Ollier, MD
Michèle is a Partner and co-founder of Medicxi, a leading international investment firm focused on life sciences. Prior to co-founding Medicxi, Michèle was a partner at Index Ventures for 10 years, having joined the firm in 2006. During that time she invested and continues to serve on the boards of a number of Index Life Sciences portfolio companies including Epsilon 3 Bio, Minerva Neuroscience (NASDAQ: NERV), LinguaFlex, Gadeta, and Human Antibody Factory. She was also a Director at OncoEthix (sold to Merck Pharmaceuticals) and Aegerion (NASDAQ: AEGR). Prior to joining Index, Michèle was Investment Director at Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners in Paris for 3 years, where she served on the board of U3 Pharma. Before that, she spent more than 15 years in several development and marketing positions at Sanofi International, BMS, RPR/Gencell/Aventis International and Serono International.
Michèle currently serves on the board of directors of Ipsen Pharmaceuticals (Euronext:IPN) and sits on the investment committees of the accelerator and technology transfer companies of Paris-Saclay and France-Nord.
Michèle completed her medical studies in France at Paris Ouest University.
Jonathan Edwards, Ph.D.
Jon is a Partner at Medicxi, a leading international investment firm focused on life sciences. Prior to joining Medicxi, Jon worked at Index Ventures in Geneva as an Associate for two years. Before that, he worked as a life science strategy consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners in Boston. He currently serves on the board of directors of UltraHuman Limited and is an observer on the board of directors for Capella Bioscience, Apcintex, and Impact Biomedicines.
Jon obtained his PhD in biochemistry and biophysics from UNC Chapel Hill and also conducted postdoctoral research at MIT, where he is an affiliate in the department of biological engineering.
Frank brings to Palladio Biosciences over 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of the PKD Foundation for several years, he most recently was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNP), a position he held from 2009 until 2016. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Skyepharma plc, President of European operations at IVAX, Chief Executive Officer of Faulding Pharmaceuticals, Vice President of the specialty care products business at Roche and Vice President and General Manager of the Lederle unit of American Home Products (Pfizer). He currently is Vice Chairman of Vectura Group plc and a Board Director of Juniper Pharmaceuticals. Previously he has served as Chairman of SkyePharma plc, and as an independent Director of Prosonix ltd and Fulcrum Pharma plc.
Mr. Condella earned an MBA from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and a BS in Pharmacy from Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University.