Management Team

Gerard Pereira, President & CEO
Gerard has over 20 years of escalating responsibility in life science startups. These have covered a wide range of medical conditions (muscle wasting, migraine, allergies, neuropathic pain) and therapeutic approaches (drugs, drug-device combinations). Prior experience includes senior management positions at Capnia, NeurogesX and VirtuRad.  Gerard received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and his MSc. and BSc. from the University of Bath, UK.

Sanjay Chanda, PhD, CSO
Sanjay has over 20 years of experience in drug development, including experience with product development, regulatory affairs, and product registration. Most recently, Sanjay served as Senior Vice President, Drug Development at Anacor Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Pfizer in June of 2016. He also held industry positions at NeurogesX, Cerus Corporation and PPD-Development. Sanjay received his PhD. in Pharmacology/Toxicology at Northeast Louisiana University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hunter Gillies, MD, CMO
Hunter is trained in internal medicine and exercise physiology and has 20 years of experience with small molecule drug development in the Pharma/Biotech industry. He has successfully led drug development teams and worked in a number of therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, respiratory, sexual health and liver disease with both Pfizer and Gilead Sciences.  Hunter received his BSc., MSc. and M.B. Ch.B. from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine from Queen Mary University London, UK.

Michael Corbett, CBO
Michael has over 20 years of experience building client and community relationships across healthcare and hi-tech industries. He has experience in technical and financial roles, building online community networks for ground breaking startups as well as large public healthcare companies with a focus on mental and behavioral health.  Michael received his BSc. with honors in Computer Science and BSc. in Multidisciplinary Science from Curtin University of Technology (Western Australia).