Steve brings more than 25 years of pharmaceutical experience from both multinational pharmaceutical companies and biotech organizations to Lilly Ventures. Prior to joining Lilly Ventures, Steve was Senior Vice President, Research and Development, at Serenex, Inc. where he was also a co-founder. There he recruited and led a team in developing a novel discovery technology and applied it to a project that advanced from a novel screen to first patient dosed in just over three years. This novel orally active Hsp90 inhibitor was the subject of strong interest across the industry and led to the acquisition of Serenex by Pfizer in April 2008.
Prior to joining Serenex, Steve was Site Director, Sphinx Labs, Eli Lilly where he oversaw lead generation efforts in the areas of combinatorial chemistry, automation, high-throughput screening, biomolecular research, and information technology. There he was a key member of a small team that developed and executed a strategy to partner Lilly’s expertise in high-throughput chemistry with three Japanese pharmaceutical companies with an aggregate value of more than $75MM. Steve started his career as a medicinal chemist with the Squibb Institute for Medical Research and held positions of increasing responsibility for multiple projects in cardiovascular disease.
Steve is the author of more than 40 papers and 60 patents. He received his BS in chemistry from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steve currently sits on the boards of Cerulean Pharma, Esanex, FORMA Therapeutics, Hydra Biosciences, InnoCentive, and Nimbus. Steve also serves as the CEO for Esanex,and is a board observer at Viamet.