TEAM

Management

Edward M. Kaye, M.D. — Chief Executive Officer

Edward M. Kaye, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Ed Kaye is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Stoke Therapeutics. Ed served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT) from September 2016 to June 2017, interim Chief Executive Officer from March 2015 to September 2016, and Chief Medical Officer from June 2011 to April 2017. He also served on the Company’s Board of Directors. Previously, Ed was Group Vice President of Clinical Development at Genzyme Corporation from April 2007 to June 2011, where he supervised the clinical research in the lysosomal storage disease programs and in the genetic neurological disorders. Prior to this, Dr. Kaye held various roles at Genzyme Corporation since 2001, including Vice President of Medical Affairs for Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Vice President of Clinical Research and Interim Head of PGH Global Medical Affairs. Ed currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Cytokinetics, Inc., The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and Neurovia.

Prior to entering the biotech industry, Ed trained in Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology, and Biochemical Genetics. He was on the research staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts University Medical Center and was the Chief of Biochemical Genetics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He continues on staff in Pediatric Neurology at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Ed earned his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University and earned his M.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

Huw M. Nash, Ph.D. — Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Officer

Huw M. Nash, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Officer

Huw Nash is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Officer of Stoke Therapeutics, and previously was the founding Chief Executive Officer. An Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Apple Tree Partners focused on novel therapeutics, Huw has 20 years of experience establishing, funding and growing start-up biotechnology companies. Prior to Stoke, Huw was a co-founder and Vice President of Corporate Development for Aileron Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ALRN). He was also a founding scientist of NeoGenesis Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Vice President of External Collaborations prior to the company’s acquisition by Schering-Plough. Huw received his B.A. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University.

Barry Ticho, M.D., Ph.D., FACC — Chief Medical Officer

Barry Ticho, M.D., Ph.D., FACC

Chief Medical Officer

Barry Ticho is the Chief Medical Officer at Stoke Therapeutics, where he is helping to lead the company’s efforts to develop first-in-class therapeutics to treat rare diseases. Prior to joining Stoke, Barry was Head of Development of mRNA treatments for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at Moderna Therapeutics. Previously, he was Head of External R&D Innovation for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at Pfizer, and prior to that he was Vice President of Clinical Development at Biogen. Barry obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and completed pediatrics training at Northwestern University and a cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He was on clinical staff at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and conducted laboratory research on the regulation of cardiac development.

Gene Liau, Ph.D. — EVP, Head of Research & Preclinical Development

Gene Liau, Ph.D.

EVP, Head of Research & Preclinical Development

Gene Liau is the Executive Vice President; Head, Research and Preclinical Development at Stoke Therapeutics.  Gene previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Gene Therapy R&D at Precision BioSciences from 2015-2017. From 2011-2015 he was at Pfizer where, as Executive Director, he led External R&D efforts for Rare Disease and Hematology and spearheaded the Pfizer Gene Therapy initiative.  Prior to Pfizer, he helped Shire build an innovative rare disease portfolio. Gene was at Novartis for twelve years, initially building a Research Unit focused on using gene therapy for cardiovascular and metabolic applications and eventually leading the cardiovascular/metabolic division at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge where he was responsible for projects from target discovery to early clinical PoC. Prior to entering industry, Gene was a Professor at George Washington University Medical Center and also a Senior Scientist at the Jerome H. Holland Laboratory of the American Red Cross.  Gene received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University and did his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Isabel Aznarez, Ph.D. — Co-Founder and Vice President, Head of Biology

Isabel Aznarez, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Vice President, Head of Biology

Isabel Aznarez is a co-founder and Vice President of Biology of Stoke Therapeutics. Isabel has extensive experience in human genetics, RNA metabolism, and modulation of RNA processes using antisense oligonucleotides. Prior to founding Stoke Therapeutics, she was a Research Investigator with Prof. Adrian Krainer, whose lab she joined as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. Previously, Isabel was a researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children with Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui, where she focused on the effect of cystic fibrosis mutations on the splicing of the CFTR gene. Isabel holds a Ph.D. in Medical & Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto (2006), and a B.Sc. in Biology and Human Genetics from the University of Uruguay.

Charles R. Allerson, Ph.D. — Vice President of Chemistry

Charles R. Allerson, Ph.D.

Vice President of Chemistry

Chuck Allerson is the Vice President of Chemistry for Stoke Therapeutics. A career nucleoside/oligonucleotide chemist, Chuck has over 15 years’ experience in the design and development of oligonucleotide therapeutics for antisense, RNAi and microRNA targeting applications. Most recently, Chuck was Director of Chemistry for Regulus Therapeutics, and prior to that held roles of increasing responsibility at Ionis Pharmaceuticals and Variagenics. Chuck holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University, where he studied with Professor Gregory Verdine, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health where he worked with Dr. Tracey A. Rouault, M.D.

Meena, Ph.D. — Vice President of Bioanalytical, DMPK and Biomarker Development

Meena, Ph.D.

Vice President of Bioanalytical, DMPK and Biomarker Development

Meena is the Vice President of Bioanalytical, DMPK and Biomarker Development at Stoke Therapeutics. Meena brings 20 years of experience in nucleic acids therapeutics to Stoke. Prior to joining Stoke, Meena served as Senior Director of Bioanalytical, Pharmacology and Biomarker Development at Wave Life Sciences. In her eight years at Wave (formerly Ontorii) and as its first employee, Meena played a pivotal role in building the company’s stereopure oligonucleotide chemistry platform and helping to guide the clinical entry of three antisense programs. Before joining Wave, Meena worked at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals on siRNA chemistry and targeted siRNA delivery. Meena received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with Dr. K.N. Ganesh at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India and did her post-doctoral research on nucleic acids analogues with Prof. Larry W. McLaughlin at Boston College.

Board of Directors

Edward M. Kaye, M.D. — CEO and Director

Edward M. Kaye, M.D.

CEO and Director

Ed Kaye is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Stoke Therapeutics. Ed served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT) from September 2016 to June 2017, interim Chief Executive Officer from March 2015 to September 2016, and Chief Medical Officer from June 2011 to April 2017. He also served on the Company’s Board of Directors. Previously, Ed was Group Vice President of Clinical Development at Genzyme Corporation from April 2007 to June 2011, where he supervised the clinical research in the lysosomal storage disease programs and in the genetic neurological disorders. Prior to this, Dr. Kaye held various roles at Genzyme Corporation since 2001, including Vice President of Medical Affairs for Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Vice President of Clinical Research and Interim Head of PGH Global Medical Affairs. Ed currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Cytokinetics, Inc., The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and Neurovia.

Prior to entering the biotech industry, Ed trained in Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology, and Biochemical Genetics. He was on the research staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts University Medical Center and was the Chief of Biochemical Genetics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He continues on staff in Pediatric Neurology at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Ed earned his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University and earned his M.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

Adrian Krainer, Ph.D. — Co-founder and Director

Adrian Krainer, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Director

Adrian R. Krainer is a co-founder and Director of Stoke Therapeutics, and is the St. Giles Professor of Molecular Genetics and Program Chair of Cancer and Molecular Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Prof. Krainer’s fundamental and applied research on RNA splicing for over three decades directly led to the invention and development of SPINRAZATM (nusinersen), the first approved therapeutic that corrects a splicing defect, and a life-saving drug for infants with spinal muscular atrophy. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, and a recipient of an NIH MERIT award and New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2017 inventor-of-the-year award.

Arthur A. Levin, Ph.D. — Director

Arthur A. Levin, Ph.D.

Director

Art Levin is a Director of Stoke Therapeutics and has an unparalleled track record and reputation in the field of nucleic acid-based therapeutics. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Research and Development at Avidity Biosciences. Previously he held that position at miRagen Therapeutics. Prior to that he held senior drug development roles at Ionis Pharmaceuticals and Santaris Pharma. He has played key roles in the development of numerous of oligonucleotides including the first approved antisense NDAs, and the first microRNA-targeted therapeutic in clinical trials. He has a combined three decades of experience in all aspects of drug development from discovery through drug registration, both in large pharma and biotech companies. Art has published over 60 scientific articles and several of the most cited reviews in the field. He serves as a director of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society and holds several additional scientific organization affiliations and honors. He received a doctorate in toxicology from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Muhlenberg College.

Seth L. Harrison, M.D. — Chairman

Seth L. Harrison, M.D.

Chairman

Seth Harrison is the founder and managing partner of Apple Tree Partners (ATP) and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stoke Therapeutics. He has invested in life sciences since 1991. He is also currently Chairman of ATP companies Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, Elstar Therapeutics, Limelight Bio, and Syntimmune, and is a Director of Corvidia Therapeutics.

Seth’s prior investments include: Aileron Therapeutics, ArQule, Coelacanth, Cyrano Sciences, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, HeartWare International, Informed Access, SGX Pharmaceuticals, Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Ultracision, and ViroPharma. From 2002 to 2010, he also served on the board of the International Partnership for Microbicides. Prior to founding ATP in 1999, Seth was a general partner at Oak Investment Partners, and before that a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds.

Seth received an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.D. and M.B.A. both from Columbia University, and completed a surgery internship at the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York.

Samuel W. Hall, Ph.D. — Director

Samuel W. Hall, Ph.D.

Director

Sam Hall is a principal at Apple Tree Partners (ATP) and is a Director of Stoke Therapeutics. Prior to joining ATP in 2013, Sam was a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., where his work focused on novel therapeutic strategies for autoimmune diseases. Previously, Sam was a member of the investment team at Symphony Capital, a private equity firm dedicated to investments in biopharmaceutical development. Prior to Symphony, he served as a member of the healthcare investment banking team at Citigroup, where he advised leading biotechnology, medical device and healthcare services businesses on numerous completed strategic and debt and equity financing engagements.

Sam holds an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. research at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Taylor Research Scholar and was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his work.

In addition to Stoke Therapeutics, Sam is on the Board of Directors of Syntimmune, Elstar Therapeutics and Limelight Bio.

OPPORTUNITY

Gene-specific up-regulation is needed for many diseases

  • There are 7,000 orphan genetic diseases with 350,000,000 affected individuals worldwide
  • Most are due to loss/reduction of function of a single gene; many are due to loss of one allele (haploinsufficiencies)
  • ONLY 5% have approved treatments
  • Current treatments manage symptoms with little impact on outcomes & life expectancy

SOLUTION

Antisense up-regulation addresses an unmet drug space

APPROACH

Efficient target validation & hit ID pipeline

  • NextGen RNAseq yields whole transcriptome starting datasets for organs targetable by antisense oligonucleotides in humans & animals
  • Stoke’s bioinformatic engine delivers prioritized database of targetable genes
  • Cross-referencing with genetic disease databases identifies thousands of target gene opportunities for monogenic diseases caused by loss or reduction of function
  • Accelerated target to hit ID phase with focused antisense oligonucleotide arrays yields hits within 4 weeks

TECHNOLOGY

Targeted Augmentation of Nuclear Gene Output (TANGO)

TANGO exploits non-productive splicing events to effect targeted enhancement of gene expression

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Dominant IP estate around technology & targets

  • Exclusively licensed foundational TANGO patents from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory & University of Southampton
  • Core TANGO claims have been allowed by USPTO
  • Company has also filed patents around top drug targets amenable to up-regulation, providing composition of matter-level protection on these genes

DIFFERENTIATED PIPELINE

NEWS

Stay up to date with the latest news from Stoke Therapeutics.

Press Releases
Stoke Therapeutics Appoints Biotech Veteran Arthur Tzianabos, Ph.D. to Board of Directors
September 17, 2018

Stoke Therapeutics to Present Research Supporting Its Novel Approach to Oligonucleotide Mediated Gene Up-Regulation at TIDES and ASGCT Conferences
May 8th, 2018

Stoke Therapeutics Expands Leadership Team, Building on Deep Expertise in Oligonucleotide Chemistry and Rare Disease Research and Development
April 17th, 2018

Stoke Therapeutics Presents Early Research on its Novel ASO Pipeline for Severe Genetic Diseases at OPT
March 26th, 2018

Stoke Therapeutics Announces $40 Million Series A Financing to Create Pioneering New Medicines that Restore Gene Expression in Severe Genetic Disease
January 4th, 2018

In the News

Startup seeks answers to insidious form of epilepsy
The Boston Globe
May 16, 2018

Stoking Protein Production
BioCentury
April 5th, 2018

Gene Therapy 2.0: New Startups Aim to Fine-Tune Gene Delivery and Control
Xconomy
January 4th, 2018

Antisense player Stoke Therapeutics picks up $40M series A
Fierce Biotech
January 4th, 2018

Posters and Publications

TANGO – Targeted Augmentation of Nuclear Gene Output  for the Treatment of Genetic Diseases
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Annual Meeting
April 29 – May 2, 2018

Conferences and Events
Orphan Drugs & Rare Diseases
September 25-26, 2018
Boston, MA

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society
September 30 – October 3, 2018
Seattle, WA

Clinical Biomarkers & World CDx Boston
October 4-5, 2018
Boston, MA

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2018
October 27-30, 2018
Chicago, MA

American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2018 
November 30-December 4, 2018
New Orleans, LA

CAREERS

 

Stoke is always looking for individuals with a passion to develop precision medicines for inherited diseases.
For more info, please contact – careers@stoketherapeutics.com

 

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Stoke Therapeutics is looking for a Vice President of Regulatory Affairs to develop and implement a regulatory strategy working closely with cross-functional teams to summarize scientific data and submission packages to US and regulatory agencies.  This position, which reports to the Chief Medical Officer, requires a candidate with a deep knowledge and understanding of the global regulatory environment and a passion for patients with debilitating neurological diseases.

Responsibilities include:

  • Filing and supervising submission of multiple INDs and determining the strategy for multiple projects.
  • Actively leading the development and implementation of regulatory strategy for specific projects including identifying and assessing regulatory risks and pathways for expedited development and timelines.
  • Serving as the regulatory representative on project teams.
  • Active involvement in writing/review of regulatory submissions.
  • Interfacing with Health authorities.
  • Coordinating all aspects of regulatory submissions.
  • Proactively keeping updated on regulatory requirements and expedited approaches worldwide.
  • Hiring, building, supervising and managing a team of regulatory professionals who will support Stoke’s efforts in multiple therapeutic areas.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree is required, PharmD, PhD or MD degree is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience working in Regulatory Affairs; ideally in the biotech industry. Experience in rare diseases, oligonucletotides or neurology is required.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in Regulatory Affairs and associated requirements, plus pharmaceutical industry experience in clinical trial and drug development work with a record of successful drug development through product approval in the US, EU, Asia.
  • Thorough knowledge of the drug development process including all expedited pathways and orphan drug designations, INDs, CTAs, NDAs and MAAs.
  • Experience in interfacing directly with FDA and other Health authorities.

Skills/Competencies:

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of global regulatory requirements and environment.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and implementation in overall drug development.
  • Must be able and willing to work diligently in a high-visibility, fast-paced environment and exhibit passion for patients with debilitating neurological diseases.
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to hire, manage and develop Regulatory staff members
  • Results=focused and able to work under pressure and to set and meet deadlines.
  • Adaptable and self-motivated, able to prioritize effectively with strong problem solving and planning abilities.

This position is located in Cambridge, MA and Bedford, MA.