Kush M. Parmar, M.D.,Ph.D., has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2015 and as Chairman of the Board since March 2018. Dr. Parmar is a Managing Partner at 5AM Venture Management LLC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the life sciences, where he has been since 2010. Before joining 5AM, from 2002 to 2010, he was at Harvard Medical School, where he was an NIH-sponsored M.D./Ph.D. physician scientist fellow in the joint Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. Dr. Parmar currently serves on the boards of 5:01 Acquisition Corp., Akouos, Inc., Syngene and Vor Biopharma, as well as the boards of numerous private companies. He previously served as a board member or observer for Arvinas, Inc., Achaogen, Inc., Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Astellas Pharma Inc.), Pulmatrix, Inc. and scPharmaceuticals Inc. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of Penn Medicine, Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology, and the Grace Science Foundation, and is a fellow of the Society of Kauffman Fellows. Before joining 5AM, Dr. Parmar completed clinical clerkships at the Massachusetts General & Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, attended courses at Harvard Business School and consulted for an oncology startup. He also founded a non-profit international development organization, the Cruz Blanca Initiative. He holds an A.B. in Molecular Biology and Medieval Studies from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from Harvard University, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.