Blake Byers, Ph.D.
Dr. Byers was named Interim President of PACT in December 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Byers is an engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur who has been working with GV since 2010. As an investor, Blake partners with founders on life-science and digital companies — from drug development and healthcare delivery to financial services and information security. Blake’s life-science investments include Denali, Grail, and ARMO BioSciences, and his digital investments include Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll), Robinhood, Ionic Security, and LendUp.
Prior to GV, Blake helped start two companies, led research projects on biomedical engineering and stem cells at Stanford, and was an angel investor.
Blake received a Ph.D. and master’s in bioengineering from Stanford University and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical engineering and economics from Duke University.
Alex Franzusoff, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Franzusoff joined PACT Pharma in January 2017. Previously, he was consulting for several private and public biotech/pharma companies in the I-O space, in addition to his role as founder and CEO of Krypton Immuno-oncology. At Bavarian Nordic, he worked at the forefront of the electrified I-O space as SVP R&D, which resulted in the $1B deal with BMS for Prostvac, its Ph3 cancer immunotherapy product. He had returned to California for that role, from Boston, after serving as Chief Executive Officer and Board Director for AZTherapies, developing Alzheimer’s therapies based on re-purposing previously approved drugs via the 505(b)2 pathway for Phase 3 studies. He previously led the venture-backed Permeon Biologics as President and a member of the board of directors. Dr. Franzusoff’s career in the biotechnology industry was launched with the co-founding of the biotech GlobeImmune, Inc., where he served as Vice President of Research & Development for immunotherapy against cancer & infectious diseases.
Dr. Franzusoff received his PhD in Biochemistry from SUNY at Stony Brook, NY. Dr. Franzusoff trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Nobel Laureate, Dr. Randy Schekman, at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine until 2004.