Steven Nichtberger, M.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder
Dr. Nichtberger has served as Cabaletta’s Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman since its founding in 2017. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of the board of directors of the BioAdvance Greenhouse Fund and the board of governors of Main Line Health, a not-for-profit health system. Dr. Nichtberger is also a venture advisor for the Israel Biotech Fund. Previously, he was the president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board of directors of Tengion, Inc. from 2004 to 2011. In 2008, his leadership was recognized with the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for emerging companies. Earlier in his career, Dr. Nichtberger served as the head of global marketing for Merck and in various commercial operating roles at the company from 1995 to 2003. He has previously served as a member of the boards of directors of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (as a founding member), Pennsylvania Bio, (including as chairman), and Biotechnology Industry Organization. He was also a member of the board of overseers for the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania for over a decade. Dr. Nichtberger received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his B.S. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed an internship, residency, and fellowship in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Cardiology of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Catherine Bollard, M.D.
Independent Director, George Washington University
Dr. Bollard joined Cabaletta’s Board of Directors in April 2019. She is the director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s Research Institute and the director of the Program for Cell Enhancement and Technologies for Immunotherapy at the Children’s National Health System, or CNH. She is also a faculty member of the Division of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation of CNH. Since 2013, Dr. Bollard also serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University and is the associate center director for translational research and innovation within the George Washington Cancer Center. Prior to 2013, Dr. Bollard was Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is the immediate past president of the International Society for Cell Therapy, and she served on the Cellular, Tissues, and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee of the FDA until 2019. Dr. Bollard chaired the Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group from 2012 to 2020 and in 2021 became the President of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. Dr. Bollard received her medical degree from the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand.
Scott Brun, M.D.
Independent Director, formerly at AbbVie
Scott Brun, M.D. has two decades of experience in various leadership roles at AbbVie, Inc., including 15 years at the predecessor company, Abbott Laboratories. The majority of his career has been focused on leading teams and clinical development organizations across a broad variety of therapeutic areas including autoimmune, neurologic, and renal among others. He was most recently Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Head of AbbVie Ventures, a corporate venture fund responsible for investment opportunities within AbbVie’s R&D therapeutic areas as well as technology platforms of interest. Previously, Dr. Brun served as Vice President and Head of Pharmaceutical Development at AbbVie. During his tenure at AbbVie, Dr. Brun oversaw a global organization with responsibilities for AbbVie’s entire portfolio of early and late-stage clinical pre-registration pipeline compounds as well as marketed compounds within oncology, neurology, immunology, renal, infectious disease, and women’s and men’s health therapeutic areas. Prior to joining AbbVie, Dr. Brun spent over 15 years at Abbott Laboratories, where he held positions of increasing leadership responsibility in drug development within the R&D organization. Dr. Brun is currently President at Gold Mast Consulting, LLC, an advisory firm he founded to provide technical advice and strategic guidance related to biopharmaceutical research and development, pipeline portfolio management, commercialization of new therapeutics and strategic communications related to R&D activities. Dr. Brun received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School.
Richard Henriques, M.B.A.
Independent Director, former CFO of Gates Foundation, former Controller at Merck
Mr. Henriques joined Cabaletta’s Board of Directors in February 2019. Since 2015, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on impact investing. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Henriques was the chief financial officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was responsible for finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, measurement and evaluation, program-related investments, and information technology. From 1981 to 2008, Mr. Henriques held positions at Merck & Co., Inc., including as Senior Vice President of Finance for Global Human Health, Vice President and Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Henriques also serves on the boards of directors of Emulate Therapeutics Inc. (formerly Nativis Inc.), Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, a public company, the Heritage Conservancy and Episcopal Community Services and on the board of trustees of the Franklin Institute.
Mark Simon, M.B.A.
Independent Director, Torreya Partners
Mr. Simon joined Cabaletta’s Board of Directors in October 2018. He is a partner and co-founder of, and advisor to, Torreya Partners, LLC, a global investment banking firm serving companies in the life sciences industry. Prior to co-founding Torreya, Mr. Simon was a managing director and head of life sciences investment banking at Citigroup from 2002 to 2005, and a senior biotechnology research analyst at Robertson Stephens from 1989 to 2002. He began his career at Kidder Peabody. Mr. Simon is a strategic advisor to Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Limited, a public company in India. Mr. Simon formerly served on the boards of directors of ControlRad Systems from 2012 to 2019 and Hutchinson Water International Holdings Limited from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Simon also serves on the board of several disease advocacy and philanthropic foundations. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.A. from Columbia College.