Inozyme Pharma is a global leader in developing therapies for rare mineralization disorders.
With our in-depth understanding of the biological pathways involved in mineralization, we are pursuing the development of therapeutics to address the underlying causes of these debilitating diseases. Two genes, ENPP1 and ABCC6, play key roles in a critical mineralization pathway and defects in these genes lead to abnormal mineralization.
We are initially focused on developing a novel therapy to treat the rare genetic diseases of ENPP1 and ABCC6 Deficiencies.
With a well-defined regulatory strategy, robust financial backing, and a strong business acumen, we are just getting started.
Experience counts. With decades of clinical, scientific, regulatory, commercial, and financial experience backing our work, we push boundaries to provide hope and transform patient lives.
Henric Bjarke joined Inozyme Pharma in July 2017 and has served as our senior vice president and chief operating officer since then. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Bjarke served as senior vice president, chief commercial officer of IVERIC from September 2015 to April 2017.
Mr. Bjarke served as vice president, global metabolic disorders franchise of Alexion from November 2012 to August 2015 and as vice president, North America commercial operations of Alexion from September 2010 to November 2012. Prior to joining Alexion, Mr. Bjarke served in various commercial roles at Watson Pharmaceuticals, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Pharmacia Corporation. Mr. Bjarke received a B.A. Sc. in business administration and economics from Uppsala University in Sweden.Read More +Read Less -
Axel Bolte is our president and chief executive officer and is a member of our board of directors since September 2015, when he co-founded our company. Since March 2017, Mr. Bolte also has served as a managing member of Healthcare Advisors GmbH, a private healthcare advisory company.
Mr. Bolte served as a venture partner at HBM Partners AG, a provider of investment advisor services in the life sciences industry, from February 2017 to September 2019 and as an investment advisor to HBM Partners AG from March 2003 to January 2017. Mr. Bolte currently serves on the board of directors of IVERIC bio, Inc. (formerly known as Ophthotech Corporation), or IVERIC, and previously served on the board of directors of Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nabriva Therapeutics plc and PTC Therapeutics, Inc., all of which are publicly traded biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Bolte received a degree in biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen, SwitzerlandRead More +Read Less -
Gayle Gironda joined Inozyme in July 2021 and serves as our senior vice president of human resources. She has more than 20 years of experience in organizational design, talent recruitment, performance culture, planning and leadership development.
Ms. Gironda offers a deep knowledge of life sciences, stemming from her work with large multinational pharmaceutical organizations as well as small biotech companies. She previously served as vice president, human resources, global hematology and global market access at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), playing a key role integrating the Hematology Business Unit as part of the company’s acquisition of Celgene. Additionally, she supported the Global Market Access, Pricing and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) teams through post-acquisition strategy, organizational design and talent alignment. Before joining Celgene in 2018 as vice president, human resources, global franchises, Ms. Gironda was executive director, HR, commercial operations at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Her previous experience also includes leadership roles in human resources and operations for small-to-mid-sized companies such as Watson/Actavis, Jerini Ophthalmic, Inc. and Eyetech Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Gironda received a B.A. in liberal studies from SUNY Purchase.Read More +Read Less -
Kurt Gunter, M.D. joined Inozyme in June 2022. He brings to Inozyme over 30 years of expertise in regulatory affairs, clinical development, and government relations. Prior to joining Inozyme, he most recently served as chief medical officer, cell therapy, and head of regulatory affairs at Athenex.
Prior to Athenex, Dr. Gunter served as chief medical officer at Kuur Therapeutics (formerly Cell Medica), where he headed the medical affairs, clinical operations, and regulatory affairs departments. He also previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Hospira, Inc., including vice president, clinical development, and global medical director for hematology-oncology. Before Hospira, Dr. Gunter held positions at Zymequest, ViaCell, and Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. While at Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc., he played an integral role in the global regulatory strategy for Replagal, an enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) approved for Fabry disease. He also previously served as president of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), where he played a worldwide leadership role in promoting understanding of the clinical, regulatory, manufacturing, and marketing requirements for the successful development of cell and gene therapies.
Prior to his biotech career, Dr. Gunter worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical officer in the Center for Biologics and was appointed acting deputy director of the Division of Cell and Gene Therapy within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. He also served for five years on the FDA’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee.
Dr. Gunter earned his M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and also has a B.S. in Biological Sciences, with Distinction, from Stanford University. His postdoctoral training included Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Soojin Kim, Ph.D. joined Inozyme as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer in March 2022. She joins Inozyme with more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) and manufacturing, along with an extensive background as a leader in developing expert technology groups and project teams. Prior to joining Inozyme, Dr. Kim served as senior vice president and site head of the bio plant complex at Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co.
In that role, she led the biomanufacturing and chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) organization, and managed a variety of operations including, clinical/commercial manufacturing, process/analytical development, manufacturing sciences, and quality management. She previously was the senior research fellow and head of API development group, chemical development, at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, and before that principal scientist and group leader in chemical process R&D at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Dr. Kim has published approximately 50 journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings is an inventor of more than 20 patents, and has won various awards for her work throughout her career. She holds both a Ph.D. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Cornell University.Read More +Read Less -
Yves Sabbagh, Ph.D., is our senior vice president and chief scientific officer, joining Inozyme in October 2020. Dr. Sabbagh brings to Inozyme more than 20 years of experience in rare genetic disorders and mineral metabolism with responsibilities leading to the identification and evaluation of novel therapeutic approaches and translating them into clinical candidates.
Prior to joining Inozyme, Dr. Sabbagh served as the head of rare renal and musculoskeletal diseases research at Sanofi. Prior to that executive role, he held scientific roles of increasing responsibility at Sanofi and Genzyme Corporation spanning endocrine, renal and rare bone diseases including driving the strategy for bone indications. Prior to his corporate experience, he was an instructor at the Harvard Medical School in the Endocrine unit. Dr. Sabbagh has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is a member of several scientific societies. Dr. Sabbagh received a B.Sc. in biochemistry from McGill University, an MSc in microbiology from Université Laval and a Ph.D. in biology from McGill University.Read More +Read Less -
Sanjay Subramanian joined Inozyme as Chief Financial Officer in March 2022. He brings to Inozyme over 20 years of corporate finance, capital markets, and business development expertise. Prior to joining Inozyme, Mr. Subramanian served as CFO and head of corporate development at Ocugen, Inc., where he led the company’s finance, investor relations, and business development functions.
At Ocugen, Mr. Subramanian was instrumental in improving its capital structure, raising over $200 million, and leading transformative collaboration. Prior to Ocugen, he held roles of increasing responsibility at Aralez Pharmaceuticals, most recently as CFO, and played a key role in the Aralez formative transaction and its listing on Nasdaq and TSX. Mr. Subramanian also previously held positions of increasing responsibility at Bausch Health Companies, including playing a key role in the acquisition, financing, and post-merger integration of Bausch & Lomb. Before Bausch Health, Mr. Subramanian was part of General Motors’ finance leadership rotation program and served as the Managing Director and Treasurer at its Korea division as his last role. He received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master of Science from both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology.Read More +Read Less -
David Thompson rejoined our leadership team in July 2021 as chief development officer, after previously serving as our senior vice president and chief scientific officer from 2018 to 2020. In his former role, Dr. Thompson was responsible for scientific research as the company built its proprietary pipeline of investigational therapies, beginning with INZ-701.
He has more than 30 years of experience designing and leading research and development programs focused on bone disorders and phosphate regulation. Prior to joining Inozyme Pharma, Dr. Thompson was a founder and president of Azure Biotech, where he was responsible for the development of a novel formulation of lasofoxifene, a non-steroidal selective estrogen receptor modulator used for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and the treatment of vaginal atrophy. Previously, Dr. Thompson held executive positions in clinical research and drug development in multiple biopharma companies, including Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he led the clinical development of asfotase alfa for the treatment of hypophosphatasia; and Pfizer, where he oversaw the osteoporosis research and frailty discovery groups. While at Merck Research Labs, he conducted preclinical work and participated in the early clinical development of alendronate for the treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Thompson received his M.A. from the University of Montana and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.Read More +Read Less -