About Us

Silverback is a biopharmaceutical company seeking victory for patients by developing novel, tissue-targeted therapies designed to result in life-changing outcomes.

Our approach modulates fundamental pathways in a tissue-localized manner, sparing healthy cells from harmful side effects.

Our team has an unwavering commitment to patients through our tenacity, boldness, and a keen focus on science, addressing devastating diseases in the areas of chronic viral infections, cancer, and other serious diseases.

At Silverback we are:

Science-focused

Keen insight and the power of data lead to new discoveries.

Bold

Breakthroughs demand courage, creativity, and a committed team.

Tenacious

Determination, agility, and unwavering resilience create meaningful impact.

The Silverback Team

Our team includes some of the industry’s most accomplished leaders, scientists, drug developers and clinicians. What makes us who we truly are is our shared passion for bringing victories to patients.

Management Team

Laura Shawver, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Valerie Odegard, Ph.D.

President & Chief Scientific Officer

Naomi Hunder, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Jonathan Piazza

Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Pepe, Ph.D., J.D.

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Sue Hamke

Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations

Russ Hawkinson

Senior Vice President, Finance

Jill Herendeen, Pharm.D.

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Sateesh Natarajan, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, CMC Development

Miguel Arcinas

Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations

Todd McPherron

Senior Director, Quality

Andrey Shuvarikov, Ph.D.

Scientist, Protein Engineering

Kris Larrabee

Accounting Manager

Christy Bean, M.D.

Director, Pharmacovigilance & Risk Management

Lisa Nusbaum

Sr. Payroll Specialist

Michelle Muldong

Sr. Research Associate II, Discovery Biology

Jack Lee, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry

Christina Sun

Sr. Research Associate, In vivo Biology

Cassandra Ogohara

Associate Scientist, Protein Engineering

Viorica Popov

Senior Clinical Trial Manager

Pravin Pathak, Ph. D.

Senior Scientist I, Bioconjugation Chemistry

Jerry Chen

Scientist, In Vivo Biology

Ian Todhunter

IT Systems Administrator

Rosalie Savillo

Purchasing Manager

Jeff Adamo

Senior Scientist I, Protein Engineering

Research

Andrew Alwood, C.P.A.

Finance

Senior Director, Finance

Jeannette Bannink

Research

Director, Bioanalytical

Ken Bannink

Senior Manager, Site Operations

Operations

Peter Baum, Ph.D.

Research

Vice President, Immunology

Steph Best

Corporate Admin

Site Services Coordinator

Lisa Bogatzki

Research

Senior Scientist I, Bioanalytical

Nick Brazell, C.P.A.

Finance

Financial Reporting Manager

Michelle Calquhoun

Finance

Senior Accountant

Ray Carrillo

Research

Senior Research Associate II, Protein Engineering

Jenny Chang, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Scientist II, Bioconjugation Chemistry

Monica Childs

Research

Senior Scientist I, Discovery Biology

Michael Comeau

Research

Director, Biology

Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Director, Analytical Development

Mollie Daugherty

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Senior Scientist II, Developability & Preformulation

Daryn Debelak

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Senior Scientist I, Bioassay Development

Bob DuBose, Ph.D.

Research

Executive Director, Research Informatics

Li-Qun Fan, M.S.

Research

Principal Scientist, Protein Engineering

Jake Felcyn

Research

Associate Scientist, Bioanalysis

Dario Gobunquin, C.P.A

Finance

Senior Director, Accounting & Controller

Jon Grey

Research

Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry

Elsa Hay

Research

Scientist, Discovery Biology

Jenn Houser

Director, Medical Writing

Clinical & Regulatory

Céline Jacquemont, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Director, Translational Sciences

Graham Jang, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Research

Vice President, Development Sciences

Starrla Johnson

Research

Scientist, Bioanalytical

Yvette Latchman, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Director, Biology

Doug MacDonald

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Director, Antibody Process Development & Manufacturing

Leslie Milligan-Yu

Clinical & Regulatory

Senior Director, Data Management

Scott Mitchell, Ph.D.

Research

Vice President, Chemistry

Veronique Moleres

Executive

Executive Assistant

Jen More

Human Resources

Director, Human Resources

Gautam Nayar, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Senior Director, Cell Culture Development & Manufacturing

Rachel Needham

Research

Senior Scientist I, Translational Sciences

Minh Pham, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Scientist II, In Vivo Biology

Linda Povinelli

Corporate Admin

Senior Contract Paralegal

Dave Purdy

Research

Senior Scientist II, Development Sciences

Marcus Rhodehamel

Research

Senior Research Associate I, In vivo Biology

Jason Ruiz, M.B.A.

Finance

Director, Information Technology

Ben Setter

Research

Senior Scientist I, Protein Engineering

Xin Shen, C.P.A., M.P.A.

Finance

Finance & Accounting Manager

Sean Smith, Ph.D.

Research

Executive Director, Chemistry

Brenda Stevens

Research

Principal Scientist, Protein Engineering

Phil Tan, Ph.D.

Research

Executive Director, Protein Engineering

Lehua Thompson

Corporate Administration

Executive Assistant

Megan Williams, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Research

Executive Director, Program Management

Carina Xu, Ph.D.

Research

Principle Scientist, Protein Engineering

Todd McPherron

Senior Director, Quality

Andrey Shuvarikov, Ph.D.

Scientist, Protein Engineering

Kris Larrabee

Accounting Manager

Christy Bean, M.D.

Director, Pharmacovigilance & Risk Management

Lisa Nusbaum

Sr. Payroll Specialist

Michelle Muldong

Sr. Research Associate II, Discovery Biology

Jack Lee, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry

Christina Sun

Sr. Research Associate, In vivo Biology

Cassandra Ogohara

Associate Scientist, Protein Engineering

Viorica Popov

Senior Clinical Trial Manager

Pravin Pathak, Ph. D.

Senior Scientist I, Bioconjugation Chemistry

Jerry Chen

Scientist, In Vivo Biology

Ian Todhunter

IT Systems Administrator

Rosalie Savillo

Purchasing Manager

Jeff Adamo

Senior Scientist I, Protein Engineering
Research

Andrew Alwood, C.P.A.

Finance
Senior Director, Finance

Jeannette Bannink

Research
Director, Bioanalytical

Ken Bannink

Senior Manager, Site Operations
Operations

Peter Baum, Ph.D.

Research
Vice President, Immunology

Steph Best

Corporate Admin
Site Services Coordinator

Lisa Bogatzki

Research
Senior Scientist I, Bioanalytical

Nick Brazell, C.P.A.

Finance
Financial Reporting Manager

Michelle Calquhoun

Finance
Senior Accountant

Ray Carrillo

Research
Senior Research Associate II, Protein Engineering

Jenny Chang, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Scientist II, Bioconjugation Chemistry

Monica Childs

Research
Senior Scientist I, Discovery Biology

Michael Comeau

Research
Director, Biology

Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Director, Analytical Development

Mollie Daugherty

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Senior Scientist II, Developability & Preformulation

Daryn Debelak

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Senior Scientist I, Bioassay Development

Bob DuBose, Ph.D.

Research
Executive Director, Research Informatics

Li-Qun Fan, M.S.

Research
Principal Scientist, Protein Engineering

Jake Felcyn

Research
Associate Scientist, Bioanalysis

Dario Gobunquin, C.P.A

Finance
Senior Director, Accounting & Controller

Jon Grey

Research
Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry

Elsa Hay

Research
Scientist, Discovery Biology

Jenn Houser

Director, Medical Writing
Clinical & Regulatory

Céline Jacquemont, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Director, Translational Sciences

Graham Jang, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Research
Vice President, Development Sciences

Starrla Johnson

Research
Scientist, Bioanalytical

Yvette Latchman, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Director, Biology

Doug MacDonald

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Director, Antibody Process Development & Manufacturing

Leslie Milligan-Yu

Clinical & Regulatory
Senior Director, Data Management

Scott Mitchell, Ph.D.

Research
Vice President, Chemistry

Veronique Moleres

Executive
Executive Assistant

Jen More

Human Resources
Director, Human Resources

Gautam Nayar, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Senior Director, Cell Culture Development & Manufacturing

Rachel Needham

Research
Senior Scientist I, Translational Sciences

Minh Pham, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Scientist II, In Vivo Biology

Linda Povinelli

Corporate Admin
Senior Contract Paralegal

Dave Purdy

Research
Senior Scientist II, Development Sciences

Marcus Rhodehamel

Research
Senior Research Associate I, In vivo Biology

Jason Ruiz, M.B.A.

Finance
Director, Information Technology

Ben Setter

Research
Senior Scientist I, Protein Engineering

Xin Shen, C.P.A., M.P.A.

Finance
Finance & Accounting Manager

Sean Smith, Ph.D.

Research
Executive Director, Chemistry

Brenda Stevens

Research
Principal Scientist, Protein Engineering

Phil Tan, Ph.D.

Research
Executive Director, Protein Engineering

Lehua Thompson

Corporate Administration
Executive Assistant

Megan Williams, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Research
Executive Director, Program Management

Carina Xu, Ph.D.

Research
Principle Scientist, Protein Engineering

Board of Directors

Peter Thompson, M.D.

Chair of the Board & Co-founder
of Silverback Therapeutics

Vickie L. Capps

Board Member

Robert Hershberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Member

Saqib Islam, J.D.

Board Member

Maria Koehler, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Member

Andrew K.W. Powell, J.D.

Board Member

Jon Root, M.D.

Board Member

Thilo Schroeder, Ph.D.

Board Member

Laura Shawver, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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