PIYUSH GUPTA, PhD
Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman
Dr. Gupta earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Cancer Biology from MIT. Dr. Gupta was a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and an Associate Professor of Biology at MIT. Dr. Gupta previously co-founded Verastem Oncology, based on his scientific research at MIT and served as a Director on its corporate board from the company’s founding through multiple rounds of venture capital financing and an initial public offering. His research has appeared in leading scientific journals and received international acclaim, including coverage by the MIT Technology Review, Bloomberg News, and as a lead story in the The New York Times.
BARRY M. BERGER, MD, FCAP
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Berger was the Chief Medical Officer for Exact Sciences Corporation for 20 years, and developed advanced DNA based tests for colorectal cancer screening. Prior to Exact Sciences, Dr. Berger’s clinical career was spent at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Dr. Berger is the past chairman of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Laboratories for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a currently serves on the executive committee of the Massachusetts Society of Pathologists and the Policy Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. He has served as a panelist for the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Immunology with Dr. Peter Nowell. Following a medical internship at Boston University Hospital, and two years as a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force, he served as a resident and chief resident in Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
PHIL STEPHENS, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Stephens, a world-renowned expert in next-generation sequencing and cancer genome analysis, brings a breadth of experience in life sciences and the clinical diagnostics and laboratory industries. Dr. Stephens was Chief Scientific Officer at Foundation Medicine Inc (FMI) for five years where he oversaw the development of comprehensive next-generation sequencing cancer diagnostic assays in the clinical laboratory improvements amendments (CLIA) setting. During his seven years at FMI, he also played an integral role in securing reimbursement and FDA approval of the company’s novel products, driving more than 30 pharmaceutical collaborations. Prior to joining Naveris, Dr. Stephens was Chief of Cancer Biology at Grail.
THOMAS K. LIEM, MST, MBA
Senior Vice President,Finance & Business Operations
Mr. Liem is Senior Vice President of Finance & Business Operations. Prior to joining Naveris, Mr. Liem was at Thomas H. Lee Partners for seven years where he managed financial reporting, portfolio monitoring, fundraising and operations initiatives. He has over 20 years of finance and business operations experience at companies, including Nuance Communications, State Street Corporation, Fidelity Investments, The MathWorks Inc, Percussion Software, The World Bank and The Hackett Group. Mr. Liem received his BA with honors from Hamilton College, an MBA from Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and an MS in Taxation from Suffolk University, where he was a graduate fellow.
PHILIP HAYDON, PhD
Dr. Haydon is the Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professor and Chair in the Department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized leader in the study of neuron-glial interactions in disease. He has received several prestigious awards, including a McKnight Investigator Award and the Jacob Javits Award from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Haydon was a founder and partner in Prairie Technologies, a privately-held company that developed state-of-the-art microscopy tools including two-photon microscopes for use in the neurosciences. Prairie Technologies was subsequently acquired by Bruker Instruments. He was also co-founder and president of GliaCure, Inc., which has developed a small molecule modulator of the P2Y6R as a potential therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease and asthma. Dr. Haydon oversaw preclinical and clinical development of the compounds and led the company through successful rounds of fundraising.
STEPHEN NABER, MD, PhD
Dr. Naber is Laboratory and Medical Director. Dr. Naber is a board-certified anatomic pathologist with expertise in cancer diagnostics. Prior to joining Naveris, Dr. Naber served as the Chief of Pathology at Tufts Medical Center and was Director of its CLIA & CAP accredited diagnostic lab. Dr. Naber serves as an Associate Chair in the Department of Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and has had a long and illustrious teaching and research career spanning more than two decades. He serves as a member of scientific advisory board of BioLegend CNS, Inc. He has received several National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense grants and awards for studies in studies of breast neoplasia, models of tumor development, and regulation of gene expression in human breast cancer. Dr. Naber received his MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine and his PhD in Physiology from the University of Houston.
CHARLOTTE KUPERWASSER, PhD
Dr. Kuperwasser is a Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology and Director of the Tufts Convergence Laboratory of Biomedical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine. She has over 20 years of experience in leading cancer R&D laboratories. Dr. Kuperwasser pioneered the development of innovative models of cancer and discovered biomarkers for early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Kuperwasser received her PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was a Jane Coffin Child’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT. She has also been a Howard Hughes Fellow, a Merck Fellow, and received multiple awards for her research including the ECOG/Aventis Young Investigator Award. She has authored more than 100 publications and serves as an external editor and reviewer for multiple scientific journals, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society.
GAORAV GUPTA, MD, PhD
Inventor & Co-Chair, Scientific Board of Advisors
Dr. Gaorav Gupta is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Assistant Professor in the Division of Radiation Oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill School. He received his MD and PhD from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He was Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and was among the few 2013 recipients of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists. Dr. Gupta’s lab studies DNA repair processes in cancer development, metastatic progression, and responses to therapy.
BHISHAM CHERA, MD
Co-Chair, Scientific Board of Advisors
Dr. Chera is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the leader of the head and neck radiation oncology program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a clinical trials specialist. Dr. Chera has conducted three phase II clinical trials evaluating de-intensified chemoradiotherapy, and pioneered the innovation of treating patients with a substantial reduction of both radiation and chemotherapy.
ROBERT WEINBERG, PhD
Dr. Robert A. Weinberg