President and Chief Executive Officer
Rick Fair has a 20-year track record as a strategist and commercial leader in the biopharmaceutical industry. He joined Bellicum as President and CEO in January 2017 from Genentech/Roche where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Head of Oncology Global Product Strategy, leading oncology product strategy and global commercialization. In this role, he oversaw the global launch of five new molecular entities, including TECENTRIQ®, the first immunotherapy approval for patients with advanced bladder cancer, and numerous line extensions. He also contributed to a substantial expansion of investment into cancer immunotherapy and precision medicine. Previously, he held several commercial leadership positions within Genentech, including franchise leadership with P&L responsibility for its thrombolytics and oral oncolytics businesses. Prior to Genentech, Mr. Fair spent nine years in the pharmaceutical business at Johnson & Johnson, holding leadership roles in marketing, managed care and reimbursement strategy, and managed care customer management. Mr. Fair received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Alan Musso joined Bellicum in November 2014 and serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He has over 25 years of biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience in both large and emerging growth companies, including capital raising, corporate partnering, finance, strategy and the financial stewardship of publicly-traded companies. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, CFO and Treasurer of Targacept, Inc. He began his career working in the public accounting field at KPMG and later held positions of increasing responsibility with Pfizer. Mr. Musso received a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College of California, and a master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.
Chief Medical Officer
Bill Grossman has an extensive background in the development of cancer immunotherapies and joined Bellicum in 2018 from Genentech/Roche. In his most recent role at Genentech, Dr. Grossman served as the Group Medical Director, Cancer Immunotherapy, where he led the global clinical development of TECENTRIQ® in gastrointestinal cancers and of cancer immunotherapy combinations across all solid tumor types. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Research & Clinical Development at Biothera, and also held leadership positions in oncology and hematology research, clinical development, and medical affairs at AbbVie, Baxter Healthcare, and Merck & Co. Prior to joining the industry, he held various positions with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and was Founder and Medical Director of the Clinical Immunodiagnostic and Research Laboratory, Professor for Microbiology and Genetics, and Director of the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Division for the Immunodeficiency Transplant Program. Dr. Grossman earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine.
Chief Business Officer
Gregory Naeve joined Bellicum in August 2017 as Chief Business Officer to lead product and portfolio strategy as well as business development for the Company. Previously, Dr. Naeve served as the ImmunoOncology & Cell Therapy Lead for Pfizer’s External Research and Development Unit. During his tenure, he was a key member of the executive team responsible for identifying and implementing many of the strategic partnerships in Pfizer’s ImmunoOncology portfolio, including the Cellectis and Servier CAR T alliances. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. Naeve served as Principal of The Column Group, a venture capital firm focused on investing in and creating innovative biotechnology companies. Prior to that, he was the President and Chief Scientific Officer at Parallax Biosystems, a company he co-founded that developed novel technologies with applications in preclinical drug discovery and diagnostics. Early in his career, Dr. Naeve held research positions at Neurocrine Biosciences and Amgen. Dr. Naeve earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences from Colorado State University.
Chief Scientific Officer
David Spencer joined Bellicum in 2012 as Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Spencer is the inventor of CID technology, and together with Dr. Slawin, developed the first clinical applications of the technology, DeCIDe® and CaspaCIDe® that are now advancing in human clinical trials. Prior to joining Bellicum, he served as Professor and Vice Chairman of Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, during which time he was a scientific advisor to the Company. Dr. Spencer oversees a robust research program focused on CID clinical applications and supports clinical development of our CID-enabled products. He earned his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.
Executive Vice President, Technical Operations
Alan Smith, Executive Vice President, Technical Operations, joined Bellicum in October 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in R&D, Manufacturing and Quality roles in cellular therapeutics and previously served as Bellicum’s Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. Prior to that, Dr. Smith was Vice President of Research & Development and Cellular Therapeutics for LifeNet Health, and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Prior to consulting to the cell therapy industry for a number of years, Dr. Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Cognate BioServices, and COO and SVP Research & Development for Osiris Therapeutics. Previously, he led the R&D functions for Aastrom Biosciences and Geneic Sciences, and he served as Director of Cell Separations Research & Development at Baxter Healthcare. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, California State University – Long Beach and Utah State University. Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Southern Utah University and his doctorate in Biochemistry at Utah State University.
Vice President of Commercial Planning and Program Management
Scott Cullison joined Bellicum in August 2015 as Vice President of Commercial Planning and Program Management. He brings over 13 years of biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience, including expertise in business development, alliance management, product management, commercialization, R&D program leadership and strategic planning. Throughout his career, Mr. Cullison held positions of increasing responsibility at Targacept, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Development. He received an M.B.A from Wake Forest University and a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona.
Vice President of Product Discovery
Aaron Foster is Vice President of Product Discovery at Bellicum Pharmaceuticals. He leads the CAR and TCR gene-modified T cell programs that are developing systems for controlling T cell behavior in vivo using molecular switch technology. Prior to joining Bellicum in 2012, Dr. Foster was an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, where he led a group researching adoptive T cell therapies, cancer vaccines and nanotherapeutics. He received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Martha French joined Bellicum in 2011 with over 25 years combined experience in biomedical research and regulatory affairs. As Director of Regulatory Affairs at InGeneron Inc., she was responsible for the management of European and US regulatory activities for medical devices that prepare autologous regenerative cell therapies at point of care. At Introgen Therapeutics, Martha led US and European pre-market regulatory activities for three novel biologic products. She was responsible for the filing of the first gene therapy Biologics License Application (BLA) to the FDA and filed two gene therapy Marketing Authorization Applications (MAA) to the EMA. At Valentis, Inc. (formerly Gene Medicine Inc.), Ms. French led the Analytical Sciences core teams in support of the company’s cardiovascular, oncology and PEG protein programs. With long tenure at Lark Technologies, as Vice President of Operations, she managed the DNA sequencing, library screening, restriction enzyme mapping and PCR services. Ms. French graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, taught Regulatory Affairs for the 2008 Human Gene Therapy course at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Vice President of Human Resources
Anne Frese joined Bellicum in March 2015 as Vice President of Human Resources. With over 25 years experience as a global HR leader, she has successfully crossed industry sectors, from engineering and technology to healthcare and consulting. Ms. Frese has led the function from start ups through transformations ensuring the HR strategies underpin and enable the business to achieve its objectives. Having completed over forty acquisitions and integrations throughout Canada, the US and UK, Mrs. Frese has led numerous change and operational excellence initiatives. Mrs. Frese is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Labor Relations and Economics. While at McGill she was a teaching assistant in Organizational Behavior and later taught Human Resources Management at Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto.
Vice President, Viral Vector Development and Manufacturing
Joe Senesac joined Bellicum in 2011 as Vice President, Manufacturing. He has worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry for 21 years, with 16 of those years at companies developing cellular and gene-based products. Prior to joining Bellicum, he was Senior Director of Biologics Manufacturing and Development at Intrexon Corporation in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Prior to Intrexon, Mr. Senesac held positions at Introgen Therapeutics, Promega Corporation, and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, with roles in manufacturing, process development, quality control, and facilities management. He has been responsible for numerous CMC regulatory filings and participated in multiple meetings with the FDA and EMA, including a pre-approval inspection. Mr. Senesac received a B.A. in Chemistry and Economics from Knox College, and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development
Steve Toler joined Bellicum in May of 2015 as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development. He has over 22 years of Pharmaceutical R&D experience, beginning his career with Pfizer in 1993. Most recently, Steve was Vice President of Translational Medicine at Targacept in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Steve holds a Pharm.D. degree from Mercer University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky. He completed a residency in Clinical Pharmacy at Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and is Board Certified in Toxicology by the ABT.
Vice President Finance and Controller
Rosie Williams joined Bellicum in 2014 and serves as Vice President of Finance and Controller. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. She began her career working in the public accounting field at Arthur Andersen and later held positions of increasing responsibility with various companies and industries, including healthcare, insurance, real estate, investment management and energy. Ms. Williams received a B.A. in Accounting with a minor in French from the University of Utah.
Vice President, Clinical Development
Paul Woodard joined Bellicum in November 2017 as Vice President, Clinical Development and is responsible for clinical development strategy, clinical trial design, and medical oversight of the Company’s portfolio. He most recently served as Global Development Team Leader for TECENTRIQ® in Hematology at Genentech. Prior to Genentech, Dr. Woodard held positions of increasing responsibility in clinical development and medical affairs at PDL BioPharma, Exelixis, and Amgen. Earlier in his career, he spent eight years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where his area of clinical and research interest was in pediatric bone marrow transplantation. Mr. Woodard received both his B.A. and M.D. from the University of North Carolina.