About Pyxis Oncology

Our Vision

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Liberate science to cure patients with cancer.

Our Mission

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Our disruptive approach improves and extends life for patients with cancer and their families.

Pyxis Oncology is devoted to transforming the lives of patients with cancer by advancing our innovative and differentiated portfolio of biologics that specifically target tumor cells and overcome immune suppression. We believe that antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and immunotherapies offer unique potential to address difficult-to-treat cancers, leading to improved patient outcomes.

Pyxis Scientist

Established leadership

We have assembled a world class management team with deep experience in oncology research and development and a demonstrated track record of success, building public biotech companies and developing innovative medicines.

Executive team

Lara Sullivan
Lara S. Sullivan, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pamela Connealy
Pamela Connealy
Chief Financial Officer
Jay M. Feingold
Jay M. Feingold, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Martina Molsbergen
Interim Chief Business Officer
Jan Pinkas, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Board of Directors

Lara S. Sullivan, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Scientific Advisory Board

Thomas Gajewski, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Michael B. Atkins, M.D.

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lisa H. Butterfield, Ph.D.

Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, University of California, San Francisco

Alan Korman, Ph.D.

Vir Biotechnology, Inc.

Jason J. Luke, M.D., FACP

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and University of Pittsburgh

Christoph Rader, Ph.D.

The Scripps Research Institute

Anthony W. Tolcher, M.D., FRCP, FACP

NEXT Oncology

Technical Advisory Board

Morris Rosenberg, D.Sc.

TAB Chair
Founder & Consultant, MRosenberg BioPharma Consulting

Robert Baffi, Ph.D., MBA

President of Global Manufacturing & Technical Operations, BioMarin

V. Bryan Lawlis, Ph.D.

Director, Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.;
Director, Geron Corporation

Christopher O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Vice President, WRDM and Partner at Pfizer Ventures

Michael Sun, Ph.D.

Crux CMC Consulting

Partners

We are always open to strategic partnerships that can help advance our mission to develop life-changing biologics for patients with cancer. We welcome you to get in touch.

Our partners:

Investors

Lara S. Sullivan, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lara S. Sullivan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pyxis Oncology. Prior to joining Pyxis Oncology, Lara was Founding President of SpringWorks Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SWTX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company she conceived of, founded, and spun out from Pfizer. As a biotech entrepreneur and advisor, Lara has leveraged her expertise in asset evaluation, portfolio management, and start-up financing to raise nearly $500 million of capital from seed stage through IPO. While at Pfizer, Lara held a variety of executive roles including Vice President, Pfizer Medical and Vice President, Worldwide Research & Development, where she led strategy, competitive intelligence and portfolio operations for the company’s early-stage R&D pipeline. Earlier in her career, Lara held a variety of roles in management consulting, private equity, and investment banking. Lara holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.

Pamela Connealy, M.B.A.

Chief Financial Officer

Pamela Yanchik Connealy, M.B.A. joined Pyxis Oncology in July 2021 as the Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for finance, legal and human resources. Pam has over 25 years of finance and business operations experience and prior to joining Pyxis Oncology Pam was the CFO, Chief HR Officer of Immunovant with additional responsibilities for legal, IT and facilities. Pam also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Kiva, a San Francisco based nonprofit organization. From April 2014 to June 2018, Pam served as Global Head of Talent at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focusing on talent management, compensation, benefits, and global mobility. From March 2012 to November 2013, she served as Vice President of Business Operations at Salesforce, and from March 2002 to April 2010, Pam served as a Vice President and Corporate Officer at Genentech, with roles including Chief Financial Officer of Research & Development and Global Head of Procurement. Pam earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Gannon University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Jay M. Feingold, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jay M. Feingold has extensive experience in academic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Pyxis Oncology, he spent seven years at ADC Therapeutics where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Jay created the organization responsible for the submission of 6 INDs and initiated 6 clinical programs. Most recently, FDA granted accelerated approval for Zynlonta this past April, the first approved CD19 directed ADC. Prior to joining ADCT, he was Vice President of US Medical Affairs and Chairman of the Global Medical Affairs Oversight Committee at Daiichi Sankyo. Previously Vice President of Global Oncology Clinical Development and Global Therapy Area Director of Oncology at Wyeth. Before joining Wyeth, Jay was a member of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Connecticut, overseeing the Alternative Donor and Pediatric Transplant Programs. Jay received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences.

Martina Molsbergen

Interim Chief Business Officer

Martina Molsbergen has more than 28 years of business development and marketing experience. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of C14 Consulting, a business development advisory firm serving the life sciences community. Previously, Martina held several leadership roles in business development, including Vice President of Business Development of Crucell Holland BV, where she managed the company’s joint venture with DSM Biologics; Vice President of Business Development of Biowa, Inc., where she negotiated more than 15 deals valued at over $2.5 billion; Vice President of Business Development of Zetiq Technologies Ltd. and Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development Services & Business Development of Patheon, Inc. Her career has earned her business development and marketing expertise in biotherapeutics, immunotherapies, and regenerative medicine, especially with cutting-edge tools, technologies, and products. Martina holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Drexel University.

Jan Pinkas, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Jan Pinkas is the Chief Scientific Officer of Pyxis Oncology. Prior to joining Pyxis Oncology, Jan was Senior Vice President, Head of Translational Sciences at Magenta Therapeutics where he was responsible for all therapeutic programs from development candidate nomination through Phase II with particular focus on toxicology, clinical pharmacology, and biomarkers. Prior to this role, Jan worked at ImmunoGen as Vice President, Translational Research & Development where he led nonclinical and translational research and development related activities in discovery through late stage clinical development. He obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his undergraduate degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University.

John Flavin

Chair

John Flavin is co-founder and an independent Director of Pyxis Oncology, where he was founding Chairman. He is also the Founder and CEO of Portal Innovations, a life sciences venture development engine.  A seasoned life sciences executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in finance, operations, and innovation, John has co-founded and scaled several life sciences companies as President and CFO such as Advanced Life Sciences and MediChem Life Sciences. Mr. Flavin has also co-founded and led transformative life sciences incubators including MATTER and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.

 

John has completed numerous public and private capital financings totaling over $300 million including 2 NASDAQ IPOs and has raised over $135 million in philanthropic and corporate funding to support university technology commercialization and venture start-up activities.  He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University and his M.B.A. in Finance from Lewis University. 

Thomas Civik

Director

Mr. Thomas Civik most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Five Prime Therapeutics until its acquisition by Amgen for $1.9 billion in April 2021. He was previously Chief Commercial Officer at Foundation Medicine, delivering significant growth during his tenure and launching the first ever FDA-approved pan-cancer comprehensive genomic test.

 

Thomas held various roles over a 17-year career at Genentech, including responsibility for several important therapies such as Avastin, Tecentriq, Alecensa and Tarceva. Mr. Civik earned a B.A. from St. Norbert College, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Darren Cline

Director

Darren Cline has more than 30 years of experience in the biopharma industry as an accomplished commercial executive. Mr. Cline has held various commercial leadership roles of increasing scale and complexity at industry-leading companies including Amgen, InterMune, Alexion, Seagen and most recently, GW Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer until their recent acquisition by Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Cline also served on the Board of Stemline Therapeutics prior to the acquisition by Menarini Group.

 

Mr. Cline received his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and his MBA from Pepperdine University.

Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., DFAPA, MFPM

Director

Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., DFAPA, MFPM, served as Senior Medical Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at Pfizer until her retirement in March 2020. Prior to that, she was the Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President at Pfizer. In this role, Freda worked to extend the reach of Pfizer’s patient-facing health information and education and amplify the patient’s voice inside and outside Pfizer. From 2009-2018 Freda served as Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer, responsible for the safe, effective and appropriate use of Pfizer medicines and vaccines.


Before joining Pfizer, Freda held senior leadership positions in medical affairs and product development with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia and Eli Lilly and Company. Prior to joining the biopharmaceutical industry, she served as Vice Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine and as an advisor to the National Institute of Mental Health. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical doctorate at Howard University College of Medicine. She launched her medical career as a practicing physician and then focused her academic research on the effects of health care disparities and the impact of mental illness on families and communities.


Freda currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for SpringWorks Therapeutics, 1Life HealthCare, Inc., and Exact Sciences Corporation.

A passionate advocate for health equity and improved outcomes for all patients, Freda serves on the Board of Advisors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative, and the Board of Fellows of the Harvard Medical School.

Freda is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She is a frequent speaker on issues such as improving patient safety and outcomes and reducing stigma and healthcare disparities. She appears regularly on health-related television programs in major global markets, including CBS-syndicated shows such as The Doctors and Dr. Phil.

Rachel Humphrey, M.D.

Director

Dr. Humphrey is a medical oncologist with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently she serves as President and Founding CEO of Normunity, a Boston-based biotech focused on immune-oncology. She is also Founder and Acting CEO of NorthBridge Therapeutics. Over the course of her career, she’s served as Chief Medical Officer in multiple biotechnology companies, including Black Diamond Therapeutics, CytomX therapeutics and Mirati Therapeutics. She’s also held numerous senior leadership roles in large pharmaceutical companies including SVP and Head of Immuno-Oncology at AstraZeneca, and VP, Clinical Development and Immuno-oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) where she supervised the development of ipilimumab (Yervoy) from early development to post-launch and founded/chaired the first Immuno-oncology working group. She currents serves on the board of directors of Sporos Biosciences and Asylia Therapeutics, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Xilio and CytomX Therapeutics, respectively. Dr. Humphrey holds an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. from Harvard University. She received her training in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and started her career as an oncology fellow and staff physician at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD.