Mary Ann Gray, PhD
Mary Ann Gray, PhD was elected to our Board in December 2018. She also serves as a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees.
Dr. Gray has been a professional board member for over 15 years, having served in a variety of positions, including Lead Independent Director, Audit Committee Chair and Compensation Committee Chair. She currently serves on the boards of five public biotechnology companies - Rapt Therapeutics, Inc. BioAtla Inc., Keros Therapeutics, Inc. and Palisade Bio, Inc. Previously, Dr. Gray served on the boards of Dyax Corp., where she was Lead Independent Director, Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Senomyx Inc., TetraLogic Inc., Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc., Telik Inc., Galena Biopharma, Inc., and Apthera Inc. (private).
Her extensive biotechnology and biopharmaceutical experience includes small, pre-clinical stage companies to larger commercial-stage companies spanning neuroscience, rare disease and cancer, among others. She is currently President of Gray Strategic Advisors, LLC which provides senior-level counsel to both public and private biotechnology companies. Previously, she spent three and a half years with the Federated Kaufmann Fund as a portfolio manager, focusing on both public and private healthcare investments. Prior to joining the Kaufmann Fund, Dr. Gray spent nine years as a sell-side biotechnology analyst with Kidder Peabody, Dillon Read and Raymond James.
Dr. Gray holds a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Vermont, where she focused on novel chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer. She completed post-doctoral work at Northwestern University Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine. Following her post-doctoral work, she held scientific positions at Schering Plough and NeoRx.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Gray managed pre-clinical toxicology studies for the National Cancer Institute through Battelle Memorial Institute and worked in a hospital laboratory.