MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • Jill C. Milne, Ph.D.

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive officer
      Jill C. Milne, Ph.D., is a co-founder of our company and has served as a member of our board of directors and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2008. Prior to co-founding our company, Dr. Milne worked as head of discovery biology at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company, from 2004 to 2008, when it was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Milne worked at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where she served as the worldwide head of the Drug Pfinder Program and head of the Enzyme Target Group at the Pfizer Discovery Technology Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Pfizer, she was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow in the department of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School from 1995 to 1998. Dr. Milne holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. in biological chemistry from Wellesley College.
      • Joanne Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.

        Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Clinical Development
        Joanne Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
          Joanne M. Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., has served as our Chief Medical Officer since July 2011. Since 1989, she has worked as a staff physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where she was formerly Chief of Gastroenterology. Dr. Donovan has held an appointment at Harvard Medical School since 1990, most recently as associate clinical professor of medicine. From 1998 to July 2011, Dr. Donovan served in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately as vice president of clinical development, at Genzyme, a biotechnology company, which she joined through its acquisition of GelTex. Dr. Donovan holds a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
          • Andrew A. Komjathy

            Chief Commercial Officer
            Andrew A. Komjathy
              Andrew A. Komjathy has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since September 2019. Prior to joining Catabasis, Mr. Komjathy was Vice President, Commercial Sales at Alkermes Inc. from May 2014 to November 2018. Previously, he was the Vice President, Sales for the U.S. Multiple Sclerosis Business Unit at Genzyme from 2012 to 2014. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Komjathy held three Vice President positions at Shire Human Genetic Therapies, initially as Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Operations in the North American and Asia-Pacific regions, followed by Vice President, Global Franchise Leader for Fabry/Gaucher in Switzerland, and ultimately as Vice President, Commercial Operations. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Komjathy held positions of increasing responsibility at Biogen. Mr. Komjathy holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and his BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University. 
              • Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.

                Chief Scientific Officer
                Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.
                  Andrew Nichols, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since October 2016. Previously, he served as our Senior Vice President, Research and Development from February 2014 to October 2016. From October, 2013 to February, 2014, Dr. Nichols was Associate Vice President, Cardiometabolic Diseases at Merck Research Labs, a pharmaceutical research company, leading drug discovery and early clinical development programs. Dr. Nichols was also Associate Vice President/Executive Director, In Vivo Pharmacology at Merck Research Labs from August, 2010 to October, 2013, and Executive Director, In Vivo Sciences at Merck Research Labs from August, 2009 to August, 2010. Prior to Merck, Dr. Nichols was Vice President of Preclinical Research at Zafgen, Vice President of Research at Alinea, Vice President of Drug Discovery Project Leadership at Millennium and Director of the Alliance Management Group at SmithKline Beecham. He holds an M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge, England and a B.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds, England.
                  • Noah Clauser, CPA

                    Vice President, Finance
                    Noah Clauser, CPA
                      Noah Clauser has served as Vice President, Finance leading the finance and operations functions since August 2017. Previously, he served as Senior Director, Finance and Controller since January 2016 and as Controller from April 2011 to December 2015. Prior to joining Catabasis, Mr. Clauser was at Impress Software, an enterprise software company, where he served as Accounting Manager from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Clauser is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and holds an M.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Management from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
                      • Joseph Johnston

                        Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
                        Joseph  Johnston
                          Joseph Johnston joined Catabasis in 2016 as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining Catabasis, Mr. Johnston was at Ionis Pharmaceuticals (formerly Isis Pharmaceuticals), a biopharmaceutical company in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development, where he served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality from 2008 to May 2016. Previously, Mr. Johnston held a series of roles with increasing responsibilities at Isis Pharmaceuticals from 1990, when he was part of the original scientific team, to 2008. In his time at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Johnston provided global regulatory leadership on hundreds of regulatory applications including experience with rare diseases as well as pediatric indications. Mr. Johnston holds a M.B.A. from University of California Irvine and a M.S. in Pharmacology and a B.A. in Biology, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
                          • Maria C. Mancini

                            Vice President, Clinical Operations
                            Maria C. Mancini
                              Maria C. Mancini has served as Vice President, Clinical Operations at Catabasis since August 2017. Previously, she served as Senior Director, Clinical Operations from August 2014 to July 2017 and as Director, Clinical Operations from October 2012 to July 2014. Prior to joining Catabasis, Maria served in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately as Associate Director, Clinical Operations, at Sanofi (formerly Genzyme) from October 2005 to October 2012. Maria has held faculty appointments at Northeastern University since 2007 and at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences since 2013. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Health Policy from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Health Science from Merrimack College. 
                              • Andrea Matthews

                                Vice President, Corporate Affairs
                                Andrea Matthews
                                  Andrea Matthews has served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs leading the investor relations and corporate communications functions since August 2017. Previously, she served as Executive Director, Corporate Affairs since November 2015, and as Senior Director, Operations and Corporate Development from July 2014 to October 2015. Prior to joining Catabasis, Ms. Matthews served as Vice President, Operations and Alliance Management/Commercial Operations at Selventa (formerly Genstruct), a biomarker discovery company that collaborated with pharmaceutical and consumer product companies, from February 2010 to July 2014 and as Director, Alliance Management from February 2009 to February 2010. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Matthews held a series of roles with increasing responsibilities at Genstruct, leading to several managerial positions. Ms. Matthews holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University.