Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Alvin E. McQuinn | Chairman and CEO, QuinStar Investment Partners
Mr. McQuinn is Chairman and CEO of QuinStar Investment Partners. Previously, he founded Ag-Chem Equipment Company in 1963 and served as its Board Chairman and CEO. Mr. McQuinn grew Ag-Chem into a NASDAQ-listed creator, manufacturer, and marketer of equipment and data management systems for satellite-guided application of fertilizers and farm chemicals. The company revolutionized crop farming and grew rapidly to more than 1,700 employees generating more than $300 million in annual sales. In 2001, Ag-Chem was purchased by AGCO Corporation, which provides high-tech solutions to farmers worldwide. Mr. McQuinn received the Siteliner Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for his efforts in the development of site-specific farming in precision agriculture, and he is the named inventor on six patents in that area. His other recognitions include the John F. Cade Award for Entrepreneur of the Year, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award in the Master Category for Minnesota and the Dakotas, the University of Minnesota’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Precision Agriculture, and induction into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and serves on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Leadership Council of Mayo Clinic Rochester. Mr. McQuinn graduated from the University of Missouri in 1954 with a BSc in Agricultural Economics. While attending the University, he earned an ROTC commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. He served four years, attended flight school, and completed service with 1,500 hours of pilot in command. During his civilian business career, he used airplanes with great advantage to build his business.
Ahryon Cho, PhD | Investment Division / General Manager, Mirae Asset
Ahryon Cho is a general manager at Mirae Asset Venture Investment (MAVI) based in Korea, and MAVI is the venture capital arm of Mirae Asset group that is one of the renowned, largest financial service group in Asia. Since joining Mirae Asset group in 2016, she has completed multiple equity investments in companies developing innovative therapeutics and diagnostics, and been serving the board of directors of her portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Mirae Asset group, she was a research assistant professor at Yonsei University School of Medicine from 2014 to 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience at Princeton University, NJ, USA, and completed her post-doctoral training in Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, USA. One of her post-doctoral researches resulted in the foundation of a biotech company based in CA, USA that is currently in pre-clinical stage.
Andrew Khoo | Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Tessa Therapeutics
Andrew Khoo is the CEO and Co-founder of Tessa therapeutics, an international biotechnology company specialized in virus-associated cancer immunotherapy. Tessa’s core virus-specific T cell (VST) platform has shown compelling results in the treatment of solid tumors, and the company is building a portfolio of therapies addressing a wide range of tumors such as nose, cervical, liver, lung, and stomach cancer. Under Mr. Khoo’s leadership, Tessa has grown to become a 100+ employee company, with operations across 5 countries, and is also currently running the world’s largest phase 3 adoptive T cell therapy trial for any cancer indication.
An active investor in healthcare and technology focused start-ups, Mr. Khoo is also a Director of other leading biotechnology companies such as Euchloe Bio and Enleofen Bio, that specialize in the development and commercialization of antibodies to treat cancer and fibrotic diseases, respectively.
Prior to his involvement with Tessa, Mr. Khoo worked in various roles at global investment banks including JP Morgan and Citigroup. He began his career at the Singapore Economic Development Board after graduating from Stanford University on a full government scholarship.
Glen N. Barber, PhD | Co-Founder and Director, Vyriad
Glen Barber is Professor (2008-present) and Chairman (2011-present) of the Department of Cell Biology, Associate Director for Basic Research, and Eugenia Dodson Chair in Cancer Research of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (2006-present) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida. He is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of innate immune defense and antiviral strategies, with more than 150 scientific publications, many in high-profile journals such as Nature, Science, and Cell. Since joining the University of Miami in 1999, Dr. Barber has been developing novel vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) therapeutics and led cutting-edge research in understanding the mechanisms of innate immunity to viral infection and malignant disease, including the recent discovery of STING and the elucidation of its role in innate immunity. He is also the CEO and President of STINGINN, a company he founded based on his STING technology. Dr. Barber received his PhD in Molecular Virology at London University, England.
Stephen J. Russell, MD, PhD | Founder, Director, CEO and President, Vyriad
Dr. Russell is a Professor of Molecular Medicine, Consultant Hematologist at Mayo Clinic Rochester and serves on the Board of Trustees of Buena Vista University, Iowa. He was formerly the Dean for Discovery and Experimental Research at Mayo Clinic. He obtained his MD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and his PhD from the University of London, England. He trained at University College Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, then moved to Cambridge, England where he led a research team in the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, founded Cambridge Genetics, a biotechnology/drug discovery company that succeeded through a series of mergers, and was a practicing consultant hematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. In 1998 he moved to Mayo Clinic where he chaired the Department of Molecular Medicine, built a comprehensive translational gene and virus therapy program, developed innovative technologies for targeting viruses to cancer cells, and orchestrated the first-in-human testing of oncolytic Measles and Vesicular stomatitis viruses. Dr. Russell has been elected Vice-President of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) where he will serve a yearlong term as Vice-President before serving as ASGCT’s President-Elect and, finally, president through the 2021 annual meeting.