OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM, BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISORS ARE CANCER IMMUNOLOGISTS, DRUG DEVELOPERS AND COMPANY BUILDERS WITH EXTENSIVE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE. AS A TEAM, WE ARE LEVERAGING OUR DIVERSE EXPERTISE AND PASSION FOR INNOVATION TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE COMPANY AND FIND CURES FOR CANCER PATIENTS.
Garry Menzel, PhD and MBA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Menzel joined TCR2 in 2016 as a Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in building healthcare businesses and leading high-performing teams of professionals. He has also led multiple corporate transactions, including private financings, initial public offerings, licensing and M&A. Prior to TCR2, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Axcella Health, the Chief Financial Officer at DaVita Healthcare (NYSE: DVA), and the Chief Operating Officer at Regulus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:RGLS). Dr. Menzel also had global leadership roles in running the biotechnology practices at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. In addition, he was a consultant with Bain & Company. Dr. Menzel earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge for studying the regulation of oncogenes in immune cells. He also has a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Robert Hofmeister, PhD
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
Dr. Hofmeister joined TCR2 in 2015 as the company’s first employee. He brings nearly two decades of scientific leadership and a successful track record of drug discovery and early development. Previously, Dr. Hofmeister was the Vice President of Immuno-Oncology at EMD Serono where he was involved in the development of avelumab (anti-PD-L1) and building the company’s immuno-oncology platform. He started his biotech career at Micromet AG, now Amgen Research Munich, where he helped shape the development of Blincyto®, the first FDA-approved bispecific antibody for the treatment of relapsed/refractory ALL. Dr. Hofmeister received his PhD from the University of Regensburg in Germany, where he studied the signaling of the cytokine interleukin-1. He continued to work in the cytokine field as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
Andrew Cornforth, PhD
VICE PRESIDENT OF PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Cornforth joined TCR2 in 2017 as Vice President of Process Development. He brings over 20 years of cell therapy experience having led process development and manufacturing of multiple cell therapy programs from preclinical through late-stage clinical development. Dr. Cornforth was the Vice President of Manufacturing at AIVITA Biomedical and Director of Manufacturing at Progenitor Cell Therapy where his broad expertise was applied to the development of T cells, dendritic cells and stem cells. His has manufactured patient cell-derived immunotherapies for more than 200 patients. Dr. Cornforth earned his BS in Chemistry and PhD from the University of California at Irvine where he studied cell signaling in prostate cancer apoptosis.
Helen Ho, PhD
HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Ho joined TCR2 in 2016 as Head of Corporate Development. She brings more than 10 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience across a range of strategic and operating roles. Prior to joining TCR2, Dr. Ho was the Director of Business Development & Operations at Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AGIO) where she built and led the company’s licensing function and served as the Business Strategy and Alliance Lead for its Metabolic Immuno-Oncology group. As an early employee of Agios, she was involved in the IPO of the company and building of its Rare Genetic Disorders franchise, including product planning efforts. Prior to Agios, she was a management consultant at L.E.K’s Biopharma & Life Sciences Practice. Dr. Ho earned her BS in Biochemistry from UCLA and PhD in Cell Biology from Yale University School of Medicine.
HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Ms. Quinn joined TCR2 in 2015 at the company’s inception. She brings over 10 years of diverse management experience; including talent acquisition, career development, employee relations and training initiatives, office management, and knowledge of HR policies and procedures. Ms. Quinn earned her BA from the University of Minnesota and is a member of WEST: Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Gregory Sieczkiewicz, PhD and JD
CHIEF IP COUNSEL
Dr. Sieczkiewicz joined TCR2 in 2015 at the company’s inception to lead its operations. He brings extensive experience in building transformative biotechnology companies at the intersection of business and legal functions. He has over 8 years of venture creation and venture capital financing experience, and over 16 years practicing intellectual property law. Dr. Sieczkiewicz is also a Managing Director and Chief IP Counsel of MPM Capital. Prior to MPM, he was the Vice President of Intellectual Property at Flagship Ventures. He also represented healthcare companies in patent counseling, patent litigation and licensing as an associate attorney at Mintz Levin, Proskauer Rose, and Foley Hoag. Dr. Sieczkiewicz earned his PhD from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School.