TEAM

FOUNDED ON A PASSION TO BRING PRECISE DRUGS TO PATIENTS WHO NEED THEM MOST

From the beginning, our team of scientists, engineers, drug developers and senior leaders in pharma set out to build a new type of biopharma company — one founded on our shared passion for saving lives.

We apply our collective and deep industry knowledge to address unmet needs for cancer and neurological disease treatments. We believe in the power of using molecular data to understand the biology of disease. Together we are building a new kind of biopharma company — one that will address the needs of many to save more lives and improve health.

Our team has developed and commercialized novel drugs, diagnostics and deep analytics software.

Leadership

SVP, Corporate Business Development

Andrew Wong, MBA

Andrew Wong has more than 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, with a strong background in business development, investment banking and venture capital activities. At Auransa, Andrew is responsible for global licensing, partnership and alliance management activities.

Prior to joining the company, Andrew held senior business development roles with Alexza Pharmaceuticals, and SciClone Pharmaceuticals, where he secured numerous licensing and promotional collaborations with partners such as Pfizer Inc., Baxter International Inc., The Medicines Company, Theravance Biopharma and BTG plc. Earlier in his career, Andrew was with healthcare venture capital firm ProQuest Investments, a member of the healthcare investment banking and equity research groups at Lehman Brothers, and in business development at Dendreon Corp. Andrew earned a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in immunology from Occidental College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chief Scientific Officer

Andy Protter, PhD

Andy Protter has more than 35 years of pharmaceutical industry experience working on preclinical research and development projects involving proteins, peptides and small molecules. At Auransa, he is responsible for all research, discovery and preclinical development activities.

Before joining Auransa, Andy held various R&D and business development leadership roles at Medivation and Scios Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), where he won the Johnson Medal for his work on Natrecor, a product approved for decompensated congestive heart failure. While at Medivation, Andy was responsible for preclinical pharmacology and toxicology of Enzalutamide, a drug approved for advanced prostate cancer, and he participated in the in-licensing of the phase III PARPx inhibitor Talazoparib. He also led the first successful cloning of apoB, the primary protein on LDL, and has participated in work described in more than 84 published papers, four book chapters and 28 patents. Andy earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Chief Intellectual Property Officer

Hak Chang, PhD, JD

Hak Chang brings more than 15 years of biotech and legal experience to Auransa, with a focus on creation, maintenance, defense, enforcement and lifecycle management of intellectual property (IP) assets. At Auransa, Hak is responsible for all aspects of IP management, including strategy, filing and prosecution.

Before joining the company, Hak specialized in IP, serving both as in-house counsel and working in private practice. Throughout his career, he successfully established IP assets at Synageva BioPharma Corp., where he helped the company grow from being privately held to IPO and a multibillion-dollar merger. In private practice, he counseled medium to large pharmaceutical clients and managed IP portfolios for several blockbuster biologics. Hak earned a B.S. in Molecular Cellular Biology from the University of Washington, a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School. He also conducted post-doctoral research at Cornell University and MIT.

Co-founder and CEO

Pek Lum, PhD

Pek Lum has more than 20 years of genomics and drug discovery experience. She is the chief architect of the science behind Auransa’s technology, combining her deep understanding of genomics and her vast experience in applying data science in the pharmaceutical industry.

Before founding Auransa, Pek was an early employee and vice president of Product and chief data scientist for Ayasdi, where she created early business verticals and helped grow the company from a few people to several dozen employees. Pek started off her career at Rosetta Inpharmatics, a pioneer in genomics and microarray technology. When Rosetta was acquired by Merck, Pek continued to champion the integration of data science into traditional biology, contributing to Merck’s development pipeline. While at Merck, Pek held roles of increasing responsibility, including leading molecular profiling for the diabetes, cardiovascular and obesity franchises. Pek received her Ph.D. in yeast genetics at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her work has been widely published in scientific and medical journals, such as Nature and Cell, and her research has contributed to discoveries in drug development and the understanding of complex diseases. She has previously served as an advisor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Resolution Bioscience, and is currently an advisor for Sequence Bio and Bayes Impact.

Co-founder and COO

Viwat Visuthikraisee, PhD

Viwat Visuthikraisee has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering, algorithm development and operations management. He oversees all aspects of operations at Auransa.

Viwat is a physicist turned entrepreneur. Before founding Auransa, he was a consulting operations manager and software architect specializing in supply chain logistics. He spent his early career at RAF Technology Inc., a computer vision and intelligent software company, where he learned to appreciate software design, algorithm development and building specialized databases for intelligent applications. Winning the prestigious Japanese Monbusho Scholarship, Viwat studied in Japan and received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Hokkaido University and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Team

Amy Leonardson, MS

Amy Leonardson, MS

Data Science
Anna Nowak, PhD

Anna Nowak, PhD

Preclinical Development
Beverly Yeh, MBA, CPA

Beverly Yeh, MBA, CPA

Operations
Brent Louie, PhD

Brent Louie, PhD

Data Science
Chris Armour, BS

Chris Armour, BS

Diagnostics
Damir Herman, PhD

Damir Herman, PhD

Data Science
Dana Gwinn, PhD

Dana Gwinn, PhD

Preclinical Development
Gavin Song, BE

Gavin Song, BE

Software Engineering
Greg Luedtke, PhD

Greg Luedtke, PhD

Medicinal Chemistry
James Hart, PhD

James Hart, PhD

Data Science
Jessica Nguyen

Jessica Nguyen

Operations (intern)
Jingyu Guo, PhD

Jingyu Guo, PhD

Data Science
Maurice Henry, BS

Maurice Henry, BS

Operations
Mike Meyer, BS

Mike Meyer, BS

Diagnostics
Milan Parikh

Milan Parikh

Data Science (intern)
Rajaa Sukhun, PhD

Rajaa Sukhun, PhD

Preclinical Development
Sheeba George, BE

Sheeba George, BE

Software Engineering
Sid Elmer, PhD

Sid Elmer, PhD

Data Science
Sonthaya Visuthikraisee

Sonthaya Visuthikraisee

Software Engineering (intern)
Sumudu Leelananda, PhD

Sumudu Leelananda, PhD

Data Science
Traci Mizuno, PhD

Traci Mizuno, PhD

Preclinical Development
Victor Solovyev, PhD

Victor Solovyev, PhD

Data Science
Zhewei Shen, PhD

Zhewei Shen, PhD

Data Science

Auransa

THE INSIDE STORY OF OUR NAME AND LOGO DESIGN

Our logo was given its name, Auransa rosalinus, in 2017 by our founder Pek Lum. The name is derived from Latin; Au taken from aurum (gold) combined with ansa (opening or opportunity). Rosalinus is a tribute to Dr. Rosalind Franklin, a pioneering scientist best known for her X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which led to the discovery of the molecule’s double-helix structure.