Steven Nichtberger, M.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder
Dr. Nichtberger has served as Cabaletta’s Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors since its founding in 2017. Dr. Nichtberger also serves as an adjunct professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the board of directors of ControlRad, Inc., a medical device company developing and marketing products to reduce radiation exposure associated with medical procedures, a member of the board of directors of the BioAdvance Greenhouse Fund, which provides funding to startup life sciences companies in southeastern Pennsylvania, and a member of 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. Earlier in his career, Dr. Nichtberger served as the head of global marketing for Merck and served in various commercial leadership positions 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.
Brian Daniels, M.D.
Independent Director, 5AM Ventures, formerly at Bristol Myers Squibb
Dr. Daniels joined Cabaletta’s Board of Directors in October 2018. Since 2018, he has been a partner at 5AM Ventures, where he was previously a venture partner from 2014 to 2018. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Daniels held positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, serving as senior vice president, global development and medical affairs from 2004 to 2014. Dr. Daniels also serves on the boards of directors of Nohla Therapeutics Inc., and Novo Nordisk A/S, and on the clinical advisory board of Aprea Therapeutics AB. He previously served on the boards of directors of Spyryx Biosciences, Inc., RareCyte, Inc., and IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc. Dr. Daniels received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.S. and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital and a fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco.
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.