Chief Business Officer
Stephen joined Frontera Therapeutics in 2022 as Chief Business Officer. He has over 20 years of biotech operating and deal-making experiences, having been in various C-level roles and completed over 60 business development, M&A, and financing transactions.
Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer at Innovent Biologics (HKEX: 1801), where he led the execution of a portfolio of immune-oncology Phase 1/2 clinical trials in the US, as well as being head of global business development strategy. Prior to Innovent, he was founder & CEO of BioClin (aka Rainier) Therapeutics, Inc., an orphan disease and oncology private biotech company where he raised $79M in venture financing from top-tier healthcare investors. Prior to BioClin, he was VP of Corporate & Business Development at Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ANTH). Prior to Anthera, he was at Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN), where he was responsible for managing and negotiating-in and out-licensing transactions. Prior to Amgen, he was a key member of the healthcare investment banking group at Canaccord Genuity (aka Adams, Harkness), where he helped biopharmaceutical and medical device companies raise over $2 billion in public and private financings, and executed M&A transactions.
Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant for Strategic Decisions Group, Deloitte Consulting and Hay Management Consulting. He also managed late-stage HIV clinical trials at University of California Davis Medical Center and conducted immunology research.
Stephen received his B.A. in Microbiology and M.S. in Immunology from the University of California Davis, and a Master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University.