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Dr. Michael Gilman, Board Member of the Novartis Venture Fund

Dr. Michael Gilman


Michael Gilman PhD is a scientist, general manager, biotech executive and serial entrepreneur. Mike currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Scholar Rock, X4 Pharmaceuticals, Obsidian Therapeutics and Arrakis Therapeutics, where he is also the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of FutuRx, a biotech accelerator. Previously, Mike was a Founder and CEO of Padlock Therapeutics, a venture-funded company focused on autoimmune disease, acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2016. Prior to Padlock, Mike served as Senior Vice President, Early-Stage Pipeline, at Biogen Idec, with responsibility for managing the company`s development programs through clinical proof-of-concept. He joined Biogen Idec in March 2012 following its acquisition of Stromedix, a venture-backed company focused on fibrosis and organ failure, where he was founder and CEO. Prior to founding Stromedix in 2006, Mike served as Executive Vice President, Research at Biogen Idec, with responsibility for the company`s discovery research activities in Cambridge and San Diego. From 1994 to 1999, Mike was at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. From 1986 to 1994, Mike was on the scientific staff of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where his research focused on mechanisms of signal transduction and gene regulation. Mike was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkley, and an SB in Life Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.