ARTHUR T. SANDS, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Board Director
Arthur T. Sands, M.D., Ph.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Nurix and is a member of the company’s board of directors. Prior to joining Nurix, Dr. Sands co-founded Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since 1995. At Lexicon, Dr. Sands pioneered the development of large-scale gene knockout technology for use in drug discovery and guided the evolution of Lexicon from a research-stage company to a drug development company, catalyzed by numerous alliances with Bristol Myers Squibb, Takeda and Genentech, and generating more than $450 million in revenue. Dr. Sands serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He has also published many scientific and medical articles and is an inventor on numerous patents related to the discovery of human genes and their use in the development of new therapies. Dr. Sands holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University.
MARK GALLOP, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Mark Gallop, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at Nurix. Prior to joining Nurix, he was Senior Vice President of Research at XenoPort Inc, a company he co-founded in 1999 with the mission of improving the clinical utility of medicines by exploiting active transport mechanisms to optimize pharmacokinetic properties of drugs. While at XenoPort, his team discovered Horizant™, a prodrug of gabapentin that was approved by the FDA in 2011 and the MHW in Japan in 2012 for the treatment of restless legs syndrome. Previously, Dr. Gallop was Senior Director of Combinatorial Chemistry at Affymax. He is recognized as an early pioneer and international expert in solid-phase combinatorial chemistry and was a recipient of the ACROS award of the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium in 1996 for his outstanding contributions to this field. He is an inventor on more than 100 issued or pending U.S. and PCT patents and an author of over 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. In 1994, he co-authored a landmark review of the then-emerging field of combinatorial chemistry that has subsequently become one of the most highly cited papers in chemistry. After undergraduate studies in New Zealand, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Cambridge and was a Lindemann postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Profs. Peter G. Schultz and Robert G. Bergman at the University of California, Berkeley.
PIERRE BEAURANG, Ph.D.
Chief Business Officer
Pierre Beaurang, Ph.D., serves as Chief Business Officer at Nurix. Prior to joining Nurix, Dr. Beaurang was part of the founding team of Five Prime Therapeutics where he contributed to the conceptualization, creation and implementation of the company plan. Dr. Beaurang held roles of increasing responsibility and negotiated a number of major collaborations with global pharmaceutical firms, including with GlaxoSmithKline, UCB and Bristol Myers Squibb, helping secure an aggregate $270 million in near term revenues and more than $2.4 billion in potential milestone payments. Dr. Beaurang holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco. He holds a B.A. and a M.A. in biology and biotechnology, respectively, from Boston University.
HOWARD SIMON, J.D.
Vice President, Operations & Corporate Counsel
Howard Simon is Vice President, Operations & Corporate Counsel at Nurix. Prior to joining Nurix, Mr. Simon was Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at DNA2.0, Inc., an industry leader in gene synthesis and protein engineering, where he managed general operations, human resources and legal matters. Previously, Mr. Simon also served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Services, Associate General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at InterMune, Inc. (now Roche) where he was part of the team that developed the world’s first on-label therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Simon holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), an MBA from Babson College, an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Mr. Simon is a recognized expert in biosecurity and serves as an officer and director of the not-for-profit International Gene Synthesis Consortium, an organization devoted to advancing global biosecurity in the synthetic biology industry.
HANS VAN HOUTE
Vice President, Finance
Mr. van Houte has served as Nurix’s interim CFO since April 2014 and has served in a similar capacity for multiple new biotechnology companies formed with investments totaling over $100 million from Third Rock Ventures and The Column Group. Prior to Nurix, Mr. van Houte held senior financial roles including Vice President, Finance and Administration at Trubion Pharmaceuticals and Controller, Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he helped build the organization post-IPO to support growth from a $100 million company to a multibillion market cap. Mr. van Houte received a B.S. in business management from Babson College