Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Raad was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Pulmatrix’s Chief Business Officer and led commercial and business development efforts. He has 20 years of commercial health care and life science leadership experience and most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at Option Care, where he helped separate the specialty home infusion business unit from Walgreens to create the nation’s largest independent home infusion provider. Prior to that, he was a business unit head at Sunovion with overall responsibility for CNS and respiratory products, including assets in asthma and COPD. During his time at Sunovion, Mr. Raad led multiple products through clinical development to commercialization and implemented new strategic alliances in the US and Japan. Earlier in his career he also gained direct launch experience with Sporanox, Janssen’s oral itraconazole product to treat fungal infections, and brings that experience to the Pulmatrix PUR1900 program. Mr. Raad holds a BS in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Thunderbird Global School of Global Management.
Managing Director, ARCH Venture Partners
Dr. Gillis has been a director of Pulmatrix since October 2009. Since 2005, Dr. Gillis has been a Managing Director at ARCH Venture Fund, a venture capital firm. From 1994 to 2005, Dr. Gillis served as Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the board of directors of Corixa Corporation, which he co-founded in October 1994. Previously, Dr. Gillis served as a director, head of research and development, chief scientific officer and acting chief executive officer of Immunex Corporation, which he co-founded. As a former director and chairman of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Gillis led its acquisition by Emergent BioSolutions in the fall of 2010. Dr. Gillis currently serves as a director of Shire plc, Accelerator Corporation, Homology Medicines, Inc. and serves as director and chairman of VentiRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Theraclone Sciences, Inc., Lycera Corp., Faraday Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Oncofactor Corp., VBI Vaccines and PhaseRx, Inc. Dr. Gillis received his B.A. in Biology and English from Williams College and his Ph.D. in Biological Science from Dartmouth College. Pulmatrix believes that Dr. Gillis’s experience in the venture capital industry, particularly with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, qualifies him to serve as a member of Pulmatrix’s board of directors.
Entrepreneur-in-residence at Polaris Partners
Mr. Higgins was appointed to serve as a director of Pulmatrix in March 2015. Mr. Higgins is currently an Entrepreneur-in-residence at Polaris Partners and is a board member at Genocea Biosciences, Voyager Therapeutics, Kindex Pharmaceuticals, Madauder Therapeutics, Sea Pharmaceuticals and Private Equity Access Fund, II. Mr. Higgins served as senior vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. and led its finance, operations and strategy efforts from 2003 to 2014 and through its initial public offering and the launch of its first commercial product. Prior to 2003, Mr. Higgins spent seven years and held a variety of senior business positions at Genzyme Corporation, including vice president of corporate finance and vice president of business development. Prior to joining Genzyme Corporation, Mr. Higgins led Procept, Inc. from founding through its initial public offering. Mr. Higgins earned a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Executive Chairman, Kala Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Iwicki has 25 years of experience as a pharmaceutical industry leader managing all stages of drug development and commercialization in multiple therapeutic areas including respiratory. He was CEO of Civitas Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company with a novel pulmonary drug delivery platform, and also led the development and launch of several respiratory products as CEO of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and during his tenure at Novartis. Mr. Iwicki is currently on the boards of directors of Kala Pharmaceuticals, Aimmune, Nimbus Therapeutics, Merus and Taris Biomedical.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Arena Pharmaceuticals
Amit D. Munshi was appointed to serve as a director of Pulmatrix in June 2017. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Mr. Munshi served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2012 to May 2016. Prior to Epirus, Mr. Munshi served as Chief Executive Officer of Percivia LLC, a biotechnology company, from 2011 to 2012, was a co-founder and served as Chief Business Officer of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2005 to 2010, and held multiple leadership positions at Amgen Inc. from 1997 to 2005, including General Manager, Nephrology Europe. Mr. Munshi holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.B.A. from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Munshi has more than 25 years of global biopharmaceutical industry experience in executive management, business development, product development and portfolio management. Mr. Munshi currently serves on the board of Cytrellis Biosystems, Inc.
Dr. Batycky has over two decades of experience with biotech start-ups from founding to acquisition across an array of platforms and disease states with significant expertise in inhaled drug...
Dr. Batycky has over two decades of experience with biotech start-ups from founding to acquisition across an array of platforms and disease states with significant expertise in inhaled drug development. Most recently, he was the Chief Scientific Officer and a founder of Civitas Therapeutics, which was acquired by Acorda. At Acorda, he was Chief Technology Officer where he led its novel dry powder inhalation therapy to treat motor issues in Parkinson's patients through to FDA approval as Inbrija™. Prior to that he was Chief Scientific Officer and Senior VP of R&D at Pulmatrix and held prior positions at Alkermes and Advanced Inhalation Research. Dr. Batycky received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).