CEO, Warp Drive Bio, Erving Professor of Chemistry, Harvard UniversityBiography
Gregory Verdine is a pioneer in the field of chemical biology, having served as the Erving Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University for the past 25 years. Among many scientific accomplishments, he discovered the molecular mechanism of epigenetic DNA methylation and developed a new class of therapeutics termed stapled peptides, which are currently in clinical development. In addition to Warp Drive, Greg has co-founded multiple biotechnology companies, including Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, Aileron Therapeutics, Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Ontorii Pharmaceuticals and Eleven Biotherapeutics. In 2009, he joined Third Rock Ventures as a venture partner. Verdine holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University, a B.S. in chemistry from St. Joseph's University, and served as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology at MIT and Harvard Medical School. His talk will be on the discovery and synthesis of natural product-like compounds.