The AVEO Oncology management team comprises executives with years of oncology and pharmaceutical industry experience and expertise, and a proven track record for success in bringing important new therapies to patients.
President and CEO
Michael P. Bailey serves as president and chief executive officer of AVEO and a member of the company’s board of directors, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the company. He joined AVEO in 2010 as the company’s chief commercial officer, was named chief business officer in 2013 and assumed his current roles in January 2015. He currently serves on the board of directors of IMV Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of cancer immunotherapies and vaccines to treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Mr. Bailey joined AVEO from Synta Pharmaceuticals, where he served as senior vice president, business development, and chief commercial officer since 2008. Prior to joining Synta, Mr. Bailey led ImClone Systems’ (now Eli Lilly) Worldwide Commercial Organization. During his nine-year tenure at ImClone, he was responsible for commercial aspects of the planning and launch of ERBITUX® (cetuximab) across multiple oncology indications, as well as new product planning for the ImClone development portfolio, which included CYRAMZA® (ramucirumab) and necitumumab. In addition, Mr. Bailey was a key member of the strategic leadership committees for ImClone and its North American and worldwide partnerships. Prior to joining ImClone, Mr. Bailey managed the cardiovascular development portfolio at Genentech, Inc., and was a key member of their global commercial partnership teams. Mr. Bailey started his career in the pharmaceutical industry as part of SmithKline Beecham’s Executive Marketing Development Program, where he held a variety of commercial roles, including sales, strategic planning, and product management. Mr. Bailey received a B.S. in psychology from St. Lawrence University and an M.B.A. in international marketing from the Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame.
Vice President, Finance
Lisa Bruneau brings to AVEO more than 20 years of financial and public company experience in the life sciences industry. She joined AVEO in 2016 as the Vice President of Financial Accounting and Reporting and Treasurer. Ms. Bruneau joined AVEO from Synta Pharmaceuticals, where she served as Senior Director of Finance and Director of Finance since 2004, including the company’s initial public offering. Prior to Synta, Ms. Bruneau worked at Diomed and Acambis (formerly OraVax) where she held various positions of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting, including OraVax’s initial public offering. Ms. Bruneau holds a B.S. in Business, Accounting and Finance from Bridgewater State College and an M.B.A. in International Business from Suffolk University in Boston.
Vice President, Information Technology
Matthew Coulter comes to AVEO with more than 25 years of experience integrating the finance and IT roles in companies ranging from Fortune 500 enterprises to pharmaceutical startups. Most recently, he led internal and external IT operations for startup Zealand Pharma as it brought its insulin pump to market, and he helped build field sales and manufacturing infrastructures to support growth to tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue. Matt has written and implemented custom software to streamline processes in ERP, supply chain, HR, and manufacturing functions, and he has digitized accounting functions to increase efficiency. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Economics, and Entrepreneurial Studies form Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
Vice President of Sales
David Crist brings more than twenty years of oncology sales experience in both launch-stage and late-stage companies, building commercial organizations and developing high performing sales force teams. During his career, Mr. Crist held oncology-focused sales roles at several leading pharmaceutical companies including MGI (Molecular Genetics, Inc), Eisai, Sanofi Genzyme, GlaxoSmithKline and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, where he led their sales organization in the successful relaunch of ICLUSIG® (ponatinib), which contributed to the acquisition of ARIAD by Takeda Oncology in 2017. Following the acquisition, he continued at Takeda to successfully launch ALUNBRIG® (brigatinib), which exceeded launch year and subsequent year forecasts nationally. Directly prior to joining AVEO, Mr. Crist served as general manager, hematology oncology U.S. franchise at argenx, a global immunology company, where he led commercial development for two of the company’s hematology and oncology compounds. Mr. Crist holds a B.S. from Florida State University.
Vice President, Global Head of Pharmacovigilance
Sinai Davis, M.D. serves as Vice President, Global Head of Pharmacovigilance at AVEO Oncology. He brings more than 20 years of experience in drug and medical device safety. Dr. Davis started his career at the US Food & Drug Administration as a Consumer Safety Officer/Investigator at the NJ District Office in Parsippany, NJ. After 6 years at the agency, Dr. Davis took his experience and knowledge to industry and has been the Head of Safety at five pharma/biotech companies. He has experience in 10 therapeutic and three medical device areas and has been the drug safety physician on three successful NDAs. Dr. Davis has discovered two signals that required labeling changes including a Black Box Warning. He has built safety teams and developed systems, processes, and procedures to run successful pharmacovigilance departments. Dr. Davis received his B.S. Degree in Microbiology from The University of Alabama and his Medical Degree from C.E.U.X. School of Medicine.
Vice President of Human Resources
Catherine DeRose joined AVEO in September 2020 as Vice President of Human Resources and brings to the company extensive Human Resources, Organizational Leadership and Operational experience across various industries, including medical devices, pharmaceutical manufacturing/packaging, and consumer products. She has led domestic and global teams through transition and growth in positions of progressive responsibility including Vice President of Supply Chain/Human Resources at AmerTac, Global Director of Human Resources at Flash Global and Senior Director of Human Resources with Zealand Pharma (formerly Valeritas).
Catherine holds a B.A. from Arcadia University, an M.S.A. from Central Michigan University and is a SHRM-SCP Certified Human Resources Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt.
Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Quality Assurance
Emile Farhan has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. As the Vice President of Technical Operations, he leads all aspects of chemistry, manufacturing and control of AVEO programs. He joined AVEO in April 2012 after his tenure at Eisai, where he served as the Head of CMC Global Operations Coordination for the US and Europe and as the Director of Pharmaceutical Development at MGI prior to its acquisition by Eisai. Prior to MGI, he served as the Senior Director of Product Development and Manufacturing at Mersana Therapeutics. Dr. Farhan also held several leadership roles at Pharm-Eco from 1992 until its acquisition by Johnson Matthey in 2000 and at Johnson Matthey Pharma from 2000 to 2006, where he was the Senior Director of Technical Operations and Scientific Affairs. Dr. Farhan holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and an MS from the University of Massachusetts.
Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Ferraresso, who joined AVEO in December 2017, most recently served as senior vice president, business analytics and commercial operations. He has over 20 years of commercial pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience, including 15 years developing and commercializing oncology products. At AVEO, in addition to developing the Company’s commercial strategy and infrastructure, Mr. Ferraresso has played a key role in business development activities, including the Company’s immuno-oncology clinical collaborations and the over $400 million agreement amendment with Kyowa Kirin for non-oncology rights to tivozanib in AVEO’s territories. Prior to joining AVEO, he served in sales and commercial operations roles of increasing responsibility at several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including at Verastem, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Critical Therapeutics, Praecis Pharmaceuticals, Ascent Pediatrics, and Muro Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Ferraresso has extensive experience in commercial strategy including partnerships, development, pricing, and field deployment models and has launched Oprapred™, Plenaxis™, Zyflo™ and Feraheme™. Mr. Ferraresso holds a BA degree in Economics from Assumption College.
Vice President, GXP Quality Assurance
Julie Harrison, ASQ, CQA, brings over 20 years of regulated industry experience to her role as AVEO’s Vice President, GXP Quality Assurance, including pharmaceuticals and medical device operations, project management, quality systems, validation, and drug product commercialization. Prior to joining AVEO, Ms. Harrison served as Director, Quality Assurance at Stealth Biotherapeutics managing the QA responsibilities for commercialization of both US- and EU-based drug products.
Julie has also been responsible for QA-related commercialization activities with previous companies including Acambis, supporting the licensure of ACAM2000™. In addition to these positions within operating companies, Julie has also served as a lead consultant to various pharmaceutical and medical device companies including Pfizer, Getinge and Genzyme. Julie holds a B.S. in Health Sciences from Quinnipiac University, and an A.A. in Biotechnology from North Shore Community College.
Senior Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Danielle Holland serves as Senior Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AVEO. Prior to joining AVEO, Ms. Holland served as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where she advised public and private clients in a variety of industries in corporate and securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions, governance, corporate finance and other matters. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Holland taught elementary education in New York City through Teach For America. Ms. Holland received a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Vice President, Medical Affairs
Dr. Vijay Kasturi, Vice President, Medical Affairs, brings more than 25 years of experience establishing and executing global and regional strategies that have brought innovative new treatment options to patients in hematology and oncology. Prior to joining AVEO, Dr. Kasturi was Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs at FerGene, where he also led both Medical Affairs and Clinical Development. He has also led U.S. Medical Affairs, Oncology for EMD Serono where he had broad leadership responsibilities, including external stakeholder management, evidence generation, medical education and publication strategy. During his time with EMD Serono, Vijay also developed and managed the global medical strategy and launch plan for the company’s anti-PD-L1 agent (avelumab), including indications in Merkel cell, urothelial, and kidney cancer.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Kasturi served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and was the program leader for genitourinary oncology at UMass Memorial Cancer Center. He trained in Hematology-Oncology at the National Cancer Institute and worked as an investigator and physician at the National Cancer Institute and at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Vice President, Clinical Operations
Valerie Legagneur brings 20+ years of clinical research experience to her role as AVEO’s Vice President of Clinical Operations. Prior to joining AVEO’s management team, Ms. Legagneur led up the Clinical Operations group as Vice President, Clinical Operations at Odonate Therapeutics Inc. Ms. Legagneur also worked at Pfizer Inc. for 10+ years in various roles of increasing responsibility within Development Operations. In her last role at Pfizer she served as the Director, Clinical Operations Program Lead for the Hematology / Oncology Portfolio. During her time at Pfizer she led several Clinical Operations teams that supported the clinical trial executions leading to approvals for IBRANCE™ and BESPONSA™. Ms. Legagneur received both BA and MA degrees from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Chief Financial Officer
Erick Lucera brings to AVEO over twenty years of financial, operational, and investment experience in the biotechnology and medical device industries. He most recently served as chief financial officer of Valeritas, a publicly traded commercial-stage medical technology company focused on developing solutions for people with diabetes, where he led the company through multiple successful public offerings. Prior to Valeritas, Mr. Lucera served as the chief financial officer, treasurer, and secretary of Viventia Bio (acquired by Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc., now Sesen Bio), a biotechnology company focused on developing targeted protein therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. He also previously served as vice president, corporate development at Aratana Therapeutics, a veterinary biopharmaceutical company, where he helped grow the company’s product pipeline through a series of acquisitions and in-licensing transactions financed through five public and private offerings of nearly $250 million. Previously, Mr. Lucera was vice president, corporate development at Sunshine Heart (now CHF Solution), a medical device manufacturer.
Prior to Sunshine Heart, Mr. Lucera spent over 15 years in investment management as a healthcare analyst at Eaton Vance, the portfolio manager of the Triathlon Life Sciences Fund at Intrepid Capital, and as head of the healthcare research team at Independence Investments. He began his career as a staff auditor and accountant at Price Waterhouse & Co. (now PwC). Mr. Lucera holds a CPH from Harvard University, an MS from Boston College, an MBA from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BS in accounting from the University of Delaware. Mr. Lucera currently holds a CFA designation. Mr. Lucera previously held CMA and CPA designations, which are expired.
Chief Medical Officer
Michael N. Needle, M.D., serves as chief medical officer and leads the medical affairs group at AVEO, and brings more than 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in drug development and regulatory affairs. This includes central roles in the development of oncology and hematology drugs, including Erbitux® (cetuximab), Revlimid® (lenalidomide) and Pomalyst® (Pomalidomide). He most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer of Array BioPharma. Prior to Array, Dr. Needle was Chief Medical Officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Consortium (MMRF). Prior to MMRF, he held multiple Vice President level positions at Celgene in Clinical Research and Development in Oncology, Strategic Medical Business Development, and Pediatric Strategy. Dr. Needle also served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at ImClone Systems Incorporated. Dr. Needle did his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Needle has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Dr. Needle graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York.
Vice President, Market Access
Jason Noto brings over 20 years of broad commercial leadership experience to his role as Vice President of Market Access at AVEO Oncology. Prior to joining AVEO, Jason served as Vice President at 1798 Consultants, a strategic market access consultancy specializing in integrated channel strategy, patient support services (HUB), payer contract development and assessment, financial impact analysis, and related Access functions. Earlier, Jason served as Senior Director of Market Access Strategy and Payer Marketing at Amag Pharmaceuticals, leading Payer marketing efforts across all business units totaling >$600M in revenue in 2019.
Prior to his tenure at Amag Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Noto held various launch, in-line, and multi-channel marketing leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Alkermes, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. During his career, Mr. Noto has had responsibility for the US commercial launch of various specialty products in oncology, immunology, CNS, & ultra-orphan disease states. Mr. Noto received a B.S. in Business Administration from Le Moyne College and an M.B.A. in finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Vice President, Marketing
Kevin Peacock currently serves as AVEO’s Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining AVEO, he served as both the Vice President, New Product Planning and Business Development at Lycera where he was leading the early commercialization process for Lycera’s novel immune-oncology compounds and in 2015 completed an exclusive strategic collaboration and license with Celgene resulting in $100M in non-dilutive financing. Mr. Peacock also previously served as Vice President, Global Marketing and Business Analytics at Dendreon, where he led the launch of Provenge® in select European countries and managed the US Business Analytics team. Mr. Peacock was Senior Director and Product Champion for Savient Pharmaceuticals while working on Krystexxa® and previously served as Senior Director of New Product Planning at Allos Therapeutics. Prior to that, Mr. Peacock held various roles on the ERBITUX® brand team while at ImClone Systems. Mr. Peacock’s has extensive experience in the oncology commercialization process including marketing, market research, new product planning and product development on the R&D side. Mr. Peacock earned his Bachelor of Administration in Finance and Risk Management from Temple University.
Compliance and Regulatory Counsel
Michael has extensive experience counseling life sciences companies to achieve clinical and commercial goals while responsibly managing compliance and enforcement risks. He previously held in-house Legal and Compliance positions at PDL BioPharma, Mylan and Dendreon. Michael began his legal career with the FDA Drug and Biotechnology practice at an international law firm in Washington, DC. Prior to his career as an attorney, Michael was a marketer with Procter & Gamble and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Michael earned Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Head of Regulatory Affairs
Anisha Wharton serves as Head of Regulatory Affairs at AVEO and brings more than 16 years of global regulatory leadership to support the development, registration and life-cycle management of biologics and pharmaceutical products. Prior to joining AVEO in 2021, Ms. Wharton served as Director, Global Regulatory Affairs – Oncology at Merck & Co., Inc. where she served as the Global Regulatory Lead for early and late-stage clinical development programs for advanced metastatic tumors, women’s cancers, melanoma, and multiple myeloma. While at Merck, Ms. Wharton led a global regulatory team responsible for the approval of a new dosing regimen of KEYTRUDA® across all approved adult indications in over 35 countries. Prior to Merck, she served in global Regulatory Affairs roles of increasing complexity and responsibility at Nektar Therapeutics, InterMune, Inc. (acquired by Roche), InSite Vision, Inc. (acquired by Sun Pharma), and Genentech, Inc. She helped lead a cross functional team in the approval of ESBRIET® and AZASITE®, as well as the development of a global regulatory intelligence database. Ms. Wharton earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco School of Management.