We are here to develop new medicines to deliver a new future for patients and their families by transforming gene regulation in disease.

Above all we are champions for our patients.  Trust, Respect, Compassion and Integrity define who we are.

THIS is why we are here:

  • TENACITY

  • Relentlessly pursuing transformative medicines
     
  • HUMILITY

  • Unwavering commitment to inclusion, openness, and authenticity
     
  • IMPACT

  • Dedicated to a new future for patients and families
     
  • SPIRIT

  • Celebrating teamwork, courageous ideas, and profound results

Fulcrum has assembled a team of leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry. Together they combine experiences in drug discovery and development with a steadfast dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of patients and their families.


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Robert J. Gould, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Board Member

Robert Gould joined Fulcrum as president and CEO at the time of the company’s launch in 2016, bringing over 30 years of experience to the role. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Epizyme from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Epizyme, Robert served as director of novel therapeutics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard from 2006 to 2010. Robert spent 23 years at Merck where he held a variety of leadership positions, culminating in the role of vice president, licensing and external research. Throughout his time at Merck, Robert was instrumental in advancing more than 20 compounds from discovery into clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas. Robert received a B.A. from Spring Arbor College and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University. 

“I joined Fulcrum because I know of no greater calling than to translate advances in science into potentially transformative medicines for patients with rare genetic diseases.”


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Angela M. Cacace, Ph.D.
Vice President, Biology

Angela Cacace joined Fulcrum at the company’s launch in 2016 with over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research contributing to the early discovery of 16 molecules and their advancement into clinical development. Most recently, she was a director of genetically defined diseases at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), leading a biology team focused on genetic neurologic and skeletal muscle disorders. Also while at BMS, she served as a director of exploratory neurosciences and applied genomics, and established and led teams that worked across research, including the Cellular Resource Group, the GPCR Hit Identification Group and the Lead Profiling (ADMET) Teams. During a sabbatical from BMS, Angela worked in the cancer biology group at Pfizer. Angela received a B.S. from Fairfield University, obtained her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Columbia University and completed her postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute.

“I joined Fulcrum because of a strong sense of compassion for patients and their families who suffer from devastating rare childhood genetic disorders and a commitment to bring them disease-modifying treatments.”


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Diego Cadavid, M.D.
Vice President, Clinical Development

Diego Cadavid joined Fulcrum in September 2016. He brings more than 17 years of experience in academic and biotechnology and pharmaceuticals research and drug development. Prior to joining Fulcrum Therapeutics, Diego was at Biogen for nearly 9 years where he was Senior Medical Director in the MS Clinical Development Group and lead of the CNS Remyelination Team. During much of his time at Biogen Diego was also consultant at the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Before joining Biogen, Diego spent 9 years in academia at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School where he was Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and worked on basic research on spirochetal brain infections and clinical research in Multiple Sclerosis. Diego completed postdoctoral research in Microbiology and Immunology and Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Neurology Residency Training at Georgetown University Hospitals, and Neuropathology Fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Diego holds an MD from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. 

“I came to Fulcrum Therapeutics to join forces with a talented multidisciplinary drug development team to transform the new learnings from epigenetic gene regulation and stem cell biology into transformative treatments for genetically validated diseases with high unmet need.”


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Lucienne Ronco, Ph.D.
Vice President, Translational Medicine

Lucienne Ronco joined Fulcrum at the company’s launch in 2016. She brings more than 17 years of industry experience in translational medicine, drug discovery, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Lucienne was a director within the Center for the Development of Therapeutics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Prior to her work at the Broad Institute, she was president of research at Catabasis Pharmaceuticals. Previously in her career, Lucienne worked for 10 years at AstraZeneca Boston, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including global director of translational medicine, local director for the departments of in vivo pharmacology, informatics and disease area research, and the breast disease team scientific lead. Prior to AstraZeneca, she was a senior research investigator at the Pfizer Discovery Technology Center. Lucienne completed postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. She holds a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I joined Fulcrum because I believe we can impact these very challenging diseases and bring real improvement to the lives of patients and their families.”


Aaron Chang, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Computational Biology

Aaron Chang joined Fulcrum in 2016 bringing over 15 years of experience. He was previously Executive Director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) at UC San Diego bringing together omics analysis, systems biology and cloud computing to over 100 research groups. He was also an Associate Investigator at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research heading a bioinformatics group involved in translational research efforts centered on cancer vaccine and liver transplantation studies. Aaron served as Associate Director of Computational Biology at Regulus Therapeutics during its initial startup phase. His group there identified several key miRNA targets currently in clinical development. At Rosetta Inpharmatics (Merck), he was a member of the Pathway Informatics team that developed the first in-house systems biology tools for target identification. Aaron was a National Library Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Washington. He completed his Ph.D. in Genetics at Harvard University working on transcription factors governing hematopoiesis. He holds an S.B in Biology from MIT.

"I joined Fulcrum because of the opportunity to leverage the latest computational approaches in genomics and systems biology to realize precision medicine in genetic diseases. Using data mining to enable real patient impact is very rewarding."


Lorin (Drew) Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Molecular Sciences

Lorin (Drew) Thompson joined Fulcrum shortly after launch in summer, 2016 and brings more than 18 years of experience in medicinal chemistry to the Molecular Sciences organization.  Drew joined Fulcrum from Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he led both early- and full-phase drug discovery programs in both neuroscience and genetically-defined diseases.  As a project team leader, teams under Drew’s direction nominated 2 IND candidates including an allosteric modulator of gamma secretase targeting Alzheimer’s disease and an NR2B-selective NAM for treatment-resistant depression.   He also helped establish the discovery chemistry platforms group and served on the leadership team while guiding chemistry efforts around phenotypic screening and target identification. Now with Fulcrum he leads the team responsible for characterization of molecular targets including medicinal chemistry, structural biology and biophysics, enzymology, and DMPK.  Drew holds a Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

“I joined Fulcrum because the opportunity to bring disease-modifying therapies to patients with rare genetic diseases is truly inspiring, and Fulcrum has created a unique environment to focus on creating these types of transformative medicines.”


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Walter E. Kowtoniuk, Ph.D.
Director, Strategy and Operations

Walt Kowtoniuk joined Fulcrum after serving as a senior associate at Third Rock Ventures where he led the creation of Fulcrum. Walt joined Third Rock in 2013 to focus on new company formation in the rare genetic disease space. While at Third Rock he also supported the partner development team and contributed to the formation of multiple new companies focused on delivering transformative medicines to patients. Prior to joining Third Rock, Walt was a manager at Clarion Healthcare, a boutique strategy consulting firm in the life sciences industry. At Clarion, Walt focused on developing new business strategies and providing commercial insight into early product development in the rare disease space. He has also worked with pre-commercial companies to build and prepare the organization for product commercialization. Walt has a Ph.D. in chemical biology from Harvard University and a B.S. in biochemistry, molecular biology and philosophy from Gettysburg College.

“The advances in understanding gene regulation create an opportunity to develop therapies for previously untreatable diseases. I helped create Fulcrum because of the moral imperative to try to make these therapies a reality.”

The founders of Fulcrum Therapeutics bring together world-class expertise and unparalleled achievements in gene regulation, genetics, cell biology and screening and computation in the pursuit of innovative new therapies.

In addition to having a passion for research, each scientific founder is also passionate about harnessing his or her research to transform the treatment of disease.


Bradley E. Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Broad Institute Member

Bradley Bernstein received his B.S. in physics from Yale University and his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a residency in clinical pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and carried out postdoctoral research at Harvard University with Stuart Schreiber. He joined the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2005. His research focuses on epigenetics — changes in gene activity governed by influences outside the genes themselves. His work is notable for the discovery of epigenetic mechanisms in stem cells and the annotation of thousands of enhancer ‘switches’ in the human genome relevant to common disease. He co-directs the Epigenomics Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and oversees a production center for the NHGRI-sponsored ENCODE project, which seeks to catalog all of the working parts of the genome. His honors and awards include the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, a Research Professorship from the American Cancer Society, an Early Career Scientist award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a Junior Faculty Award from the Culpeper Foundation and election into the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

 

Michael R. Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology; Director of the UMass Medical School Cancer Center; Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Michael Green received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in 1981. He carried out postdoctoral work at Harvard University, where he joined as a faculty member in 1984. In 1990, he joined the Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and served as the director of the Program of Gene Function and Expression from 1999 to 2014. He has made pioneering contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms that regulate gene expression in eukaryotes and how alterations in gene expression contribute to cancer and other human diseases. Recently he has used transcription-based approaches and functional screens to identify new genes and regulatory pathways involved in epigenetic regulation and cancer, which have important therapeutic implications. As a young investigator he was the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigators Award (1985), the Searle Scholar Award (1986), the McKnight Neuroscience Award (1991) and was a Harvey Lecturer (1993). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2014), National Academy of Medicine (2015) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (2010).

 

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D.

Professor of Biology, MIT; Founding Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Rudolf Jaenisch earned his M.D. from the University of Munich in 1967. After conducting postdoctoral work in bacteriophages at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, he held research positions at Princeton University, the Fox Chase Institute for Cancer Research and the Salk Institute. From 1977 to 1984 he was the head of the Department of Tumor Biology at the Heinrich Pette Institute at the University of Hamburg. He joined MIT in 1984. His central research interest is to understand epigenetic regulation of gene expression in mammalian development and disease. He is a pioneer in the understanding of how to transdifferentiate cells from one type to another. His work with embryonic stem cells is providing fundamental discoveries for the field of regenerative medicine. His numerous awards and honors include the Genetics Prize from the Gruber Foundation (2001), election to the National Academy of Sciences (2003), the Max Delbruck Medal (2006), the National Medal of Science (2010), the Wolf Prize in Medicine (2011) and the Otto Warburg Medal (2014).

 

Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Genetics (and Pathology), Harvard Medical School; Molecular Biologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-Director, Harvard Epigenetics Initiative; Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Jeannie Lee received her B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University and her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with postgraduate training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a pioneer in the field of epigenetic regulation by long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) and is known for her work on Xist, Tsix RNA and X-inactivation, as well as for establishing a link between lncRNA and chromatin complexes. Her honors and awards include the Lurie Prize from the Foundation for the NIH (2016); election to the National Academy of Science (2015); the Distinguished Graduate Award of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2014); the NIH MERIT Award (2011); the Molecular Biology Prize from the National Academy of Sciences (2010); appointment as a Fellow of the AAAS (2010); the Pew Scholars Award (2000); and the Basil O’Connor Scholar Award (1998). She was also chief resident of clinical pathology at the MGH (1994). She has served on the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America and currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestras.

 

Danny Reinberg, Ph.D.

Terry and Mel Karmazin Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology New York University School of Medicine; Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Danny Reinberg received his B.S. in biochemistry from Catholic University in Valparaiso, Chile and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a world-recognized leader in the fields of mammalian transcriptional regulation, chromatin dynamics and epigenetic regulation. His numerous advances are detailed in over 180 publications and his key contributions include identifying the structural and functional characterization of critical components of the human gene expression machinery; discovering several chromatin remodeling factors and key insights into the mechanisms by which genes are activated and repressed in the context of chromatin; and purifying and characterizing several histone methyltransferases and chromatin modifying complexes that have shed great insight into the regulatory interplay between histone modification and gene expression. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (2013) and the National Academy of Sciences (2015).

As Fulcrum advances its lead programs in Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) it is establishing CNS and muscular dystrophy franchises.  

The Scientific Advisory Board brings expertise in disease, biology, and physiology in order to advance new programs through drug discovery and development and to deliver on the promise of genomic medicine. 


Peter L. Jones, Ph.D.

Mick Hitchcock Endowed Chair of Medical Biochemistry and Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Center for Molecular Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Peter L. Jones is an expert in epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation with a focus on muscle development and disease.  Peter is a leader in understanding the epigenetic disruption and pathogenic mechanisms underlying Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD). Peter received his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Miami University (Ohio) and his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. He completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Alan Wolffe in the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Peter currently serves as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Center for Molecular Medicine at the University of Nevada. Previously in his career, Peter served as an affiliate investigator with the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center for FSHD and was a Principal Scientist at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, a private research institute focused on fundamental questions in muscle biology. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.  Most recently, Peter was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  

 

Leslie Leinwand, Ph.D.

Professor of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Chief Scientific Officer of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Professor

Leslie Leinwand is a renowned muscle physiologist with broad expertise into the genetic underpinnings of heart and skeletal muscle defects.  Leslie received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Ph.D. at Yale University, and completed her postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University. She was Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. She established and co-directs the University of Colorado’s Cardiovascular Research Institute (CU-CVI), a collaborative group of physicians, molecular biologists and geneticists. The team works to integrate research and clinical applications, as well as initiate effective treatment programs and preventive therapies. Her research focuses on how cardiac and skeletal muscle adapt to stimuli, particularly the pathways involved in heart enlargement in response to exercise and disease. She is the Chief Scientific Officer of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Professor. Leinwand has authored more than 300 scientific publications and founded three biotechnology companies, Myogen Inc., Hiberna, Inc. and MyoKardia, Inc. Myogen, a publicly traded company was acquired by Gilead in 2006.  MyoKardia, which is publicly traded, has a small molecule in clinical trials for inherited cardiomyopathy.

 

Steve Warren, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics and Professor of Biochemistry and Pediatrics at Emory University

Steve Warren has made seminal discoveries related to FXS and its potential treatment. Steve led an international group that first isolated the FMR1 gene responsible for Fragile X syndrome in 1991, and is now a leader in the effort to identify new genomically focused therapeutic approaches to treating this condition. Steve received his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Michigan State University in 1981, and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Steve currently serves as William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics, Charles Howard Candler Chair in Human Genetics, and the Founding Chair of the Department of Human Genetics.  He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry. In addition to his groundbreaking work in the field, Steve is past president of the American Society of Human Genetics and past Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Human Genetics. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

Marius Wernig, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology and Chemical and Systems Biology and Institute for Stem Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University

Marius Wernig is an expert in the molecular mechanisms that determine specific cell fates, and his laboratory recently identified a pool of transcription factors that are sufficient to convert skin fibroblasts directly into functional neuronal cells termed induced neuronal (iN) cells. Marius earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich. He completed clinical training in neuropathology and general pathology at the University of Bonn and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Marius currently serves as Associate Professor of Pathology and Chemical and Systems Biology in the Institute for Stem Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. 

 

Board of Directors

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Fulcrum’s Board of Directors is composed of accomplished biopharma leaders who bring their experience in science, drug development, commercialization and strategy to our efforts to develop novel medicines.


Mark Levin
Chairman

Mark Levin is a co-founder of Third Rock Ventures and an industry leader with 40 years of experience, including more than 30 years launching and building biotechnology companies. At Third Rock, Mark focuses on the formation and development of business strategy for the firm’s portfolio companies, as well as actively identifying and evaluating new investments. Prior to becoming involved in the creation of Fulcrum, Mark played significant roles in launching and building a number of the firm’s portfolio companies, including Voyager Therapeutics, Corvia Medical (previously DC Devices), NinePoint Medical, Eleven Biotherapeutics, Foundation Medicine, Constellation Pharmaceuticals and Warp Drive Bio. Before founding Third Rock, Mark was co-founder of Mayfield Fund's life sciences effort, where he was also the founding chief executive officer of Tularik, Cell Genesys/Abgenix, Focal, Stem Cells and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Mark served as CEO of Millennium Pharmaceuticals for 12 years. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer and project leader at Lilly and Genentech. Mark holds an M.S. in chemical and biochemical engineering from Washington University.

 

James J. Collins, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. James Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and the Wyss Institute. He is a renowned expert in synthetic biology and systems biology, and their applications in biotechnology and medicine. He has received numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award. Dr. Collins is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and is a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

 

Alan Ezekowitz, MBChB, D.Phil.
Board Member

Dr. Alan Ezekowitz is President and CEO of Abide Therapeutics, a company he co-founded in 2011. Formerly, he was the Senior Vice President and Franchise Head for disease areas including bone, respiratory, immunology, endocrine and dermatology at Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to Merck, Dr. Ezekowitz was the Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and served as the Chief of Pediatric Services at the Mass General Hospital for Children and the Partners Healthcare System. Additionally, he directed the Laboratory of Developmental Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ezekowitz is a leader in the field of developmental immunology and has 150 publications. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served on multiple NIH subcommittees.

 

James Geraghty
Board Member

Jim Geraghty joined Third Rock Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence in 2013 and focuses on creating companies dedicated to improving the lives of patients with rare genetic diseases and supporting existing portfolio companies in the rare disease space, such as Fulcrum. Jim is an industry leader with 30 years of strategic and leadership experience, including more than 20 years developing and commercializing therapies for rare diseases. He has taken an active leadership role as board member and former interim CBO of Voyager Therapeutics. Prior to Third Rock, Jim served as senior vice president, North America strategy and business development at Sanofi. Before Sanofi, Jim spent 20 years at Genzyme, where his roles included senior vice president of international development, president of Genzyme Europe and general manager of Genzyme's cardiovascular business. He also served as chairman and chief executive officer of GTC Biotherapeutics (formerly Genzyme Transgenics), which he founded and took public. Jim oversaw Genzyme's Humanitarian Assistance for Neglected Diseases program, under which the company supported innovative therapeutic programs on a non-commercial basis. He is chairman of Idera Pharmaceuticals, a member of the Joslin Diabetes Center board of trustees and serves on the board of BIO Ventures for Global Health. A graduate of the Yale Law School, Jim also holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

 

Robert J. Gould, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Board Member

Robert Gould joined Fulcrum as president and CEO at the time of the company’s launch in 2016, bringing over 30 years of experience to the role. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Epizyme from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Epizyme, Robert served as director of novel therapeutics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard from 2006 to 2010. Robert spent 23 years at Merck where he held a variety of leadership positions, culminating in the role of president, licensing and external research. Throughout his time at Merck, Robert was instrumental in advancing more than 20 compounds from discovery into clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas. Robert received a B.A. from Spring Arbor College and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University.