A World Without Infectious Disease
Saira Ramasastry has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2019. Ms. Ramasastry has served as Managing Partner of Life Sciences Advisory, LLC since April 2009, a company that she founded to provide strategic advice, business development solutions and innovative financing strategies for the life science industry. Ms. Ramasastry also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and as business and sustainability lead for the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia consortium. From August 1999 to March 2009, Ms. Ramasastry was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. where she helped establish the biotechnology practice and was responsible for origination of mergers and acquisitions, strategic and capital markets transactions. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch she served as a financial analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment banking firm, from July 1997 to September 1998. Ms. Ramasastry currently serves on the board of directors of the following public companies: Sangamo Therapeutics Inc., Cassava Sciences, Inc., Innovate Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. Ms. Ramasastry previously served on the board of directors of Repros Therapeutics Inc. from March 2013 until it was acquired by Allergan plc in January 2018. Ms. Ramasastry received her B.A. in economics with honors and distinction and an M.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford University, as well as an M. Phil. in management studies from the University of Cambridge where she is a guest lecturer for the Bioscience Enterprise Programme and serves on the Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Council. Ms. Ramasastry is also a Health Innovator Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.