Bill Symonds, PharmD
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Symonds has served as the chief executive officer of Altavant Sciences since its inception in August 2018. Previously, Dr. Symonds was a member of the founding management team at Roivant Sciences, Inc. where he served as Roivant’s chief development officer.
In that role, Dr. Symonds crafted the research and development plans for a number of products including rodatristat ethyl, Altavant’s lead asset for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Earlier in his career, Dr. Symonds held senior positions at a number of pharmaceutical companies including Pharmasset, Inc. and Gilead Sciences, Inc. During his tenure at Pharmasset, Dr. Symonds led the development of Sovaldi® for hepatitis C virus infection medicines. Based on the early success at Pharmasset, Dr. Symonds and his team were brought into Gilead after its acquisition of Pharmasset, where he continued to advance Sovaldi® through to FDA approval. Previously, he worked at GlaxoSmithKline and its predecessor companies on numerous approved medicines for HIV infection including Ziagen®, Agenerase® and Epzicom®.
Dr. Symonds received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University and completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacokinetics at the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York. He has authored or co-authored over 35 clinical articles and is named on nine patents related to the composition of matter and methods of use of drugs for hepatitis C infection.
Chief Operating Officer
Lyn Baranowski joined Altavant with 15+ years of experience spanning biotech, big pharma and venture capital firms. She has significant experience leading commercial, transactional, financing and strategic functions as well as cross-functional teams across a diversity of product portfolios and therapeutic areas.
Prior to Altavant, she served as senior vice president, corporate development & strategy at Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. where she helped guide the company through many corporate milestones including FDA approval of the company’s lead drug, a successful corporate public listing, and an acquisition of a key business unit from the Medicines Company. Prior to that role, Ms. Baranowski served as vice president of commercial development at Pearl Therapeutics which successfully developed a portfolio of COPD drugs prior to its sale to AstraZeneca for $1.15 Billion in 2013. She also worked as vice president of Vatera Healthcare, a healthcare-focused private equity / venture capital firm based in New York, and in a variety of business development, marketing and public affairs / policy roles with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from American University.
Howard Lazarus, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Howard Lazarus is Altavant’s Chief Medical Officer. He was most recently a Medical Expert/Executive Director in Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals where he was a member of the leadership team focusing on interstitial lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Earlier, at Gilead Sciences, Dr. Lazarus served as Director, Medical Affairs in the company’s cardiopulmonary division. In this role, he also contributed to clinical research and worked closely with cross functional colleagues in marketing and commercial strategy formulating communication plans for Gilead’s approved and pipeline programs for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and IPF. Between 1997 and 2012, Dr. Lazarus practiced as a pulmonary and critical care physician at several health facilities, most recently at Oregon Pulmonary Associates in Portland. In that role, he and a team of experts diagnosed and treated patients with complex pulmonary vascular and interstitial diseases such as PAH and IPF, many of whom were referred to their sub-specialty center from area hospitals. Dr. Lazarus earned both a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and his MD from McGill University in Montreal. His residency in Internal Medicine was at Boston University Medical Center and he completed a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic and European Respiratory Societies.
SVP, Business Operations
Mr. Bishop is senior vice president, business operations at Altavant Sciences, Inc. Previously, he served in chief of staff roles at Altavant Sciences and Roivant Sciences. He joined Roivant in February 2017 from Teva Pharmaceuticals where he was director, portfolio and operations management for the personalized and predictive medicines and big data analytics group.
In the roles prior to Teva, Mr. Bishop was director of project management at Cabernet Pharmaceutical with a full-time consultant commitment to the Tailored Therapeutics group at Eli Lilly, he led the preclinical R&D efforts at Oxygen Biotherapeutics and was senior scientist in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics at GlaxoSmithKline.
He has an MBA from Meredith College and BS in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University.
Nicolas Mourier, PhD
Dr. Nicolas Mourier is Senior Vice President, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) at Altavant Sciences, Inc. He brings over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including CMC for preclinical through commercial development programs and spanning multiple indications.
Dr. Mourier joined Altavant from Anchiano Therapeutics, where he most recently served as Vice President of Manufacturing. Dr. Mourier has also held key leadership positions as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing at Sanifit, Vice President, CMC at Inotek Pharmaceuticals (now Rocket Pharmaceuticals) and Senior Vice President of CMC at Celsus Therapeutics, PLC (now Akari Therapeutics, PLC), where he oversaw the Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Development for all the pre-clinical and clinical assets. He also consulted for several small and large biotechnology companies as subject matter expert where he contributed to the development and approval of several drugs: obizur (Baxalta), iclusig (Ariad), firazyr (Shire), velcade and mepact (Takeda).
Dr. Mourier received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Luminy in Marseille, France.
Steve Wring, PhD
VP, Research and Development
Dr. Steve Wring is Altavant’s VP of Research and Development, Head of the Translational Medicine team and project lead for ALTA-2530. Dr. Wring has over a 25-year track record of drug development in the UK and USA with a focus on nonclinical research. Before joining Roivant (2016) and then Altavant at its formation (2018), Dr. Wring spent 15 years with Trimeris and Scynexis where he focused primarily on anti-infective research and development. In these roles, Dr. Wring worked on the optimization and development of synthetic peptide fusion inhibitors for HIV, a cyclophilin inhibitor for hepatitis C, multiple anti-parasitic products for neglected tropical diseases and a first-in-class antifungal for treating invasive disease. Earlier in his career, he worked across portfolios in non-clinical research at GSK and Glaxo-legacy companies in the UK and USA.
Dr. Wring earned MSc and PhD qualifications in chemistry at the University of the West of England, UK. His recent research interests and publications have focused on use of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic efficacy data in nonclinical disease models to select doses for clinical evaluation together with clinical pharmacology studies to support development and regulatory submissions. Dr. Wring has extensive regulatory experience authoring and supporting nonclinical submissions to US, Canadian, EU and Japanese agencies.