Joseph Yanchik has served as our President and CEO and as a member of our board of directors since January 2006. From June 2005 until September 2006, Mr. Yanchik served as a venture partner at Apple Tree Partners, a life sciences investment firm, and from June 2005 until March 2008, he served as chief executive officer of Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Tokai, a biopharmaceutical company focused on prostate cancer treatment. Mr. Yanchik served on the board of directors of Tokai from August 2005 to May 2017. Previously, Mr. Yanchik served as vice president of corporate development at Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, and was the founder and chief business officer of Poetic Genetics, Inc., a gene therapy company. Prior to that, Mr. Yanchik specialized in corporate and securities law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Venture Law Group. Mr. Yanchik received a B.B.A. from Loyola College and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.
Manuel Aivado has served as our SVP, CMO & CSO since September 2014. From March 2012 until September 2014, Dr. Aivado served as vice president of clinical development and pharmacovigilance at Taiho Oncology, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. From October 2006 until March 2012, Dr. Aivado served as senior medical director in the clinical development group at GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company. In addition, Dr. Aivado was an instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Prior to his industry experience, Dr. Aivado practiced clinical medicine in Germany for ten years, during which time he was awarded the Dr. Mildred Scheel cancer research scholarship award in 2002. Dr. Aivado is a German board-certified physician for internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, and he received an M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical School of the University of Dusseldorf, in Germany.
Allen Annis has served as our Senior Director of Biophysical and Analytical Technologies since November of 2007. He was previously Director of Technology Development at the Schering-Plough Research Institute in Cambridge, MA, and prior to that he was Vice President of New Technologies at NeoGenesis Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Schering in 2005. While at NeoGenesis, Dr. Annis co-developed its core drug discovery platform, the affinity selection-mass spectrometry-based Automated Ligand Identification System (ALIS). Dr. Annis authored several patents and publications that describe the ALIS technology, and invented many novel techniques that use ALIS to study protein-drug interactions. Dr. Annis received his B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.
Don Dougherty joined Aileron as our SVP, CFO in June 2017, bringing more than 30 years of financial leadership experience. He founded Compound Capital Growth Investments (CCGrowth), LLC, a Boston investment firm focused on biopharmaceutical and other technology sectors, and has served as its president since 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Dougherty held senior positions at several investment firms, including Essex Investment Management (1994 to 1999), where he was a principal, portfolio manager and lead biotechnology analyst, and Putnam Investments (1986 to 1994), where he was a senior vice president and analyst in the Specialty Growth Group, which managed the Voyager, OTC Emerging Growth, and Health Sciences funds. He began his investment career at Endowment Management Research in 1983. Mr. Dougherty received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.B.A. from New York University, and his CPA and CFA early in his career.
Kira Nelson has served as our VP, Finance and Operations since April 2015. From February 2013 to April 2015, Ms. Nelson served as our Director of Accounting and Finance. From March 2002 to February 2013, Ms. Nelson was a finance and accounting consultant to companies in various industries, including biotechnology, providing accounting and finance services. From 1998 to March 2002, Ms. Nelson held various positions at Omtool, Ltd., a developer of software solutions, ultimately serving as chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Nelson served as a senior financial analyst at Discreet Logic. Ms. Nelson began her career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where she became a certified public accountant. Ms. Nelson received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.