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 cancer, virology, and fibrosis.

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.

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Sateesh Natarajan, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of CMC Development

Scott Moorefield, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Russ Hawkinson

Senior Vice President of Finance

Ian Todhunter

IT Systems Administrator

Rosalie Savillo

Purchasing Manager

Jeffrey Adamo

Scientist, Protein Engineering

Research

Karen Albrecht

Senior CMC Project Manager

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Andrew Alwood, C.P.A.

Finance

Senior Director, Finance

Natasha Angra, Pharm.D.

Medical Director

Clinical & Regulatory

Miguel Arcinas, M.B.A.

Finance

Executive Director, Corporate Dev & IR

Jeannette Bannink

Research

Director, Bioanalytical

Ken Bannink

Senior Manager, Site Operations

Operations

Peter Baum, Ph.D.

Research

Vice President, Immunology

Steph Best

Corporate Admin

Administrative Assistant

Vinona Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director

Clinical & Regulatory

Lisa Bogatzki

Research

Scientist, Bioanalytical

Nick Brazell, C.P.A.

Finance

Financial Reporting Manager

Robert Burris, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Finance

Accounting Manager

Zach Caldwell

Research

Scientist, Protein Engineering/Cell Science

Michelle Calquhoun

Finance

Senior Accountant

Katie Carrigan

Human Resources

Vice President, Human Resources

Ray Carrillo

Research

Senior Research Associate, Protein Engineering

Jenny Chang, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Scientist II, Bioconjugation Chemistry

Monica Childs

Research

Scientist, Discovery Biology

Paul Cockle

Vice President, Research

Research

Michael Comeau

Research

Principal Scientist, Discovery Biology

Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Principal Scientist, BioAssay 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

Senior Scientist II, Protein Engineering

Jake Felcyn

Research

Senior Research Associate II, Bioanalysis

Dario Gobunquin, C.P.A

Finance

Senior Director, Accounting & Controller

Lindsey Gourley, M.S.

Clinical & Regulatory

Clinical Trial Manager

Jon Grey

Research

Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry

Sue Hamke

Clinical & Regulatory

Vice President, Clinical Operations

Elsa Hay

Research

Associate Scientist, Discovery Biology

Jill Herendeen, Pharm.D.

Clinical & Regulatory

Vice President, Regulatory

Jenn Houser

Director, Medical Writing

Clinical & Regulatory

Jennifer Huttenburg

Clinical & Regulatory

Director, Clinical Operations

Céline Jacquemont, Ph.D.

Research

Director, Translational Sciences

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

Research

Vice President, Development Sciences

Starrla Johnson

Research

Scientist, Bioanalytical

Brian Kirk

Senior Director, CMC Regulatory

Clinical & Regulatory

Yvette Latchman, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Director, Biology

Hui Li, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Senior Director, Drug Product Development & Manufacturing

Doug MacDonald

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Director, Antibody Process Development & Manufacturing

Elaina Mann

Clinical & Regulatory

Director, Clinical Biosample Management

Karla Mervin

Human Resources

Director, Talent Acquisition

Leslie Milligan-Yu

Clinical & Regulatory

Senior Director, Data Management

Scott Mitchell, Ph.D.

Research

Vice President, Chemistry

Veronique Moleres

Executive

Executive Assistant

Jennifer More

Human Resources

Senior Manager, Human Resources

Eva Nachmanson, C.P.A.

Finance

Senior Manager, Accounting

Gautam Nayar, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Senior Director, Cell Culture Development & Manufacturing

Rachel Needham

Research

Senior Scientist I, Discovery Biology

Minh Pham, Ph.D.

Research

Senior Scientist II, In Vivo Biology

Linda Povinelli

Corporate Admin

Senior Contract Paralegal

Dave Purdy

Research

Senior Scientist II, Chemistry

Heidi Ray

Operations

Senior Director, Facilities Operations & EHS

Marcus Rhodehamel

Research

Research Associate, 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

Senior Scientist II, Protein Engineering

Phil Tan, Ph.D.

Research

Executive Director, Protein Engineering

Jason Thayer, MHS

Program Management

Director, Program Management

Lehua Thompson

Corporate Administration

Executive Assistant

Marie Vodicka, Ph.D.

Clinical & Regulatory

Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs

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

Research

Executive Director, Program Management

Carina Xu, Ph.D.

Research

Principle Scientist, Protein Engineering

Ian Todhunter

IT Systems Administrator

Rosalie Savillo

Purchasing Manager

Jeffrey Adamo

Scientist, Protein Engineering
Research

Karen Albrecht

Senior CMC Project Manager
Chemistry Manufacturing Controls

Andrew Alwood, C.P.A.

Finance
Senior Director, Finance

Natasha Angra, Pharm.D.

Medical Director
Clinical & Regulatory

Miguel Arcinas, M.B.A.

Finance
Executive Director, Corporate Dev & IR

Jeannette Bannink

Research
Director, Bioanalytical

Ken Bannink

Senior Manager, Site Operations
Operations

Peter Baum, Ph.D.

Research
Vice President, Immunology

Steph Best

Corporate Admin
Administrative Assistant

Vinona Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director
Clinical & Regulatory

Lisa Bogatzki

Research
Scientist, Bioanalytical

Nick Brazell, C.P.A.

Finance
Financial Reporting Manager

Robert Burris, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Finance
Accounting Manager

Zach Caldwell

Research
Scientist, Protein Engineering/Cell Science

Michelle Calquhoun

Finance
Senior Accountant

Katie Carrigan

Human Resources
Vice President, Human Resources

Ray Carrillo

Research
Senior Research Associate, Protein Engineering

Jenny Chang, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Scientist II, Bioconjugation Chemistry

Monica Childs

Research
Scientist, Discovery Biology

Paul Cockle

Vice President, Research
Research

Michael Comeau

Research
Principal Scientist, Discovery Biology

Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Principal Scientist, BioAssay 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
Senior Scientist II, Protein Engineering

Jake Felcyn

Research
Senior Research Associate II, Bioanalysis

Dario Gobunquin, C.P.A

Finance
Senior Director, Accounting & Controller

Lindsey Gourley, M.S.

Clinical & Regulatory
Clinical Trial Manager

Jon Grey

Research
Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry

Sue Hamke

Clinical & Regulatory
Vice President, Clinical Operations

Elsa Hay

Research
Associate Scientist, Discovery Biology

Jill Herendeen, Pharm.D.

Clinical & Regulatory
Vice President, Regulatory

Jenn Houser

Director, Medical Writing
Clinical & Regulatory

Jennifer Huttenburg

Clinical & Regulatory
Director, Clinical Operations

Céline Jacquemont, Ph.D.

Research
Director, Translational Sciences

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

Research
Vice President, Development Sciences

Starrla Johnson

Research
Scientist, Bioanalytical

Brian Kirk

Senior Director, CMC Regulatory
Clinical & Regulatory

Yvette Latchman, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Director, Biology

Hui Li, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Senior Director, Drug Product Development & Manufacturing

Doug MacDonald

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Director, Antibody Process Development & Manufacturing

Elaina Mann

Clinical & Regulatory
Director, Clinical Biosample Management

Karla Mervin

Human Resources
Director, Talent Acquisition

Leslie Milligan-Yu

Clinical & Regulatory
Senior Director, Data Management

Scott Mitchell, Ph.D.

Research
Vice President, Chemistry

Veronique Moleres

Executive
Executive Assistant

Jennifer More

Human Resources
Senior Manager, Human Resources

Eva Nachmanson, C.P.A.

Finance
Senior Manager, Accounting

Gautam Nayar, Ph.D.

Chemistry Manufacturing Controls
Senior Director, Cell Culture Development & Manufacturing

Rachel Needham

Research
Senior Scientist I, Discovery Biology

Minh Pham, Ph.D.

Research
Senior Scientist II, In Vivo Biology

Linda Povinelli

Corporate Admin
Senior Contract Paralegal

Dave Purdy

Research
Senior Scientist II, Chemistry

Heidi Ray

Operations
Senior Director, Facilities Operations & EHS

Marcus Rhodehamel

Research
Research Associate, 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
Senior Scientist II, Protein Engineering

Phil Tan, Ph.D.

Research
Executive Director, Protein Engineering

Jason Thayer, MHS

Program Management
Director, Program Management

Lehua Thompson

Corporate Administration
Executive Assistant

Marie Vodicka, Ph.D.

Clinical & Regulatory
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs

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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