Nagesh Mahanthappa Ph.D., M.B.A.
Nagesh was mostly recently the founding employee, President and CEO of Scholar Rock, Inc. – a Cambridge biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of a novel class of medicines that modulate signaling by protein growth factors to treat musculoskeletal, fibrotic diseases and cancer. During his eight-year tenure, Nagesh took the company public and lead two distinct drug candidates into clinical testing.
His previous professional experiences include being the founding employee and VP of Corporate Development at Avila Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Celgene in early 2012), and was previously a founding employee of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where he rose to the position of VP, Scientific & Strategic Development. Prior roles include serving as Manager, Business Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and a series of positions with increasing scientific and commercial responsibility at Ontogeny (now a part of Curis, Inc.). Nagesh started in the biotechnology industry as a Staff Scientist at Cambridge NeuroScience, and was a founder of TwistDx, a DNA diagnostics company acquired by Inverness Medical Innovations (now a part of Abbott Laboratories).
In addition to his professional activities, Nagesh is President of the Board of Directors of World Music/CRASHart, a not-for-profit cultural organization that is the preeminent presenter of world music, contemporary dance, and jazz in the Boston-area. Nagesh’s commitment to environmental and conservation-related issues is exemplified by his service as a Board member of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Nagesh completed his post-doctoral training at E.K. Shriver Center for Mental Retardation (then an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital) and Harvard Medical School after receiving his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the California Institute of Technology. Nagesh received his B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Colorado, and his M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Management at Babson College.