Fred M. Schwarzer

Mr. Schwarzer has served as our Chief Executive Officer since July 2010 and has been a member of our board of directors since February 2003, serving as Chairman until August 2018. Mr. Schwarzer has also served as our President since December 2018, and previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President at different times between December 1999 and May 2003. Mr. Schwarzer was a founder of Charter Life Sciences, a venture capital firm specializing in life sciences investments, in 2003 and served as its Managing Partner from inception until August 2019. Mr. Schwarzer previously served as Chair of the board of directors of Inviragen, a biopharmaceutical company and developer of the DENVax dengue vaccine, from 2009 until Inviragen’s acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in 2013. He also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Heska Corporation, a biotechnology company focused primarily on the animal healthcare markets, from 1994 to 1998 and 1999 to 2001, respectively. Mr. Schwarzer received a B.A in Pre-Legal Studies from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Mary Beth Harler, M.D.

Dr. Harler joined IGM in 2021 and serves as the Head of Research and Autoimmunity. Prior to joining IGM she was Senior Vice President, Head of Immunology and Fibrosis Development at Bristol Myers Squibb, where she oversaw late-stage development of assets for the potential treatment of psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), among others. Dr. Harler also oversaw approved medicines within the immunology and fibrosis  portfolios, such as Orencia and Zeposia. In her more than 10 years at Bristol Myers Squibb she also served as Head of Innovative Medicines Development and Head of Innovative Clinical Development in the cardiovascular, fibrosis, immunoscience and genetically-defined diseases group. Prior to joining Bristol Myers Squibb, Dr. Harler worked in both medical affairs and clinical research at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now part of Pfizer). Dr. Harler received a B.S. from Wheeling University in West Virginia and an M.D. from Marshall University. She completed training as a general surgeon at Brown University’s Rhode Island Hospital, where she was also a research fellow with a focus on the role of immune cells in wound healing.

Lisa L. Decker, Ph.D.

Dr. Decker has served as our Chief Business Officer since March 2021. Prior to joining us, Dr. Decker served as Chief Business Officer of Atreca, a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2019 until March 2021. Dr. Decker also previously served in various roles at Nektar Therapeutics, a development stage biopharmaceutical company, from August 2008 to June 2019, including as Vice President of Business Development from August 2017 until June 2019, Executive Director, Business Development from August 2012 until August 2017, Executive Director, Business Strategy and Operations from January 2010 until July 2012, and Senior Director, Alliance Management from August 2008 until December 2009. Prior to this, Dr. Decker served in a number of roles at the Office of Technology Management at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2000 until 2008. Dr. Decker holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from Tufts University School of Medicine and conducted her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.

Bruce Keyt, Ph.D. 

Dr. Keyt has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since August 2012 and previously served as a consultant beginning in August 2010. Prior to joining us, Dr. Keyt served as Chief Technology Officer at Trellis Bioscience, an antibody discovery company, from August 2007 to February 2010. Earlier in his career, he served as Head of Research between 2005 and 2006 at Abmaxis, a biotechnology company, which was acquired by Merck. He was the Vice President of Preclinical Development at Abgenix, a biotechnology company, from 2001 through the acquisition of Abgenix by Amgen in 2005. Dr. Keyt was the Director of Pharmacology at Millennium Pharmaceuticals from 1998 to 2001. From 1982 to 1998, he served in research and development roles at Roche/Genentech as a Scientist and Senior Scientist, where he made significant contributions to the discovery and development of Avastin, Lucentis, Activase tPA, TNKase-tPA and Kogenate. Dr. Keyt received a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Misbah Tahir

Misbah Tahir joined IGM in January 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Vice President, Finance at Dermira. Prior to joining Dermira in 2014, he held finance leadership positions at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Human Genome Sciences and Amgen. Mr. Tahir began his career as a management consultant at the consulting firm of Oliver Wyman. He received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School.

Chris H. Takimoto, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P. 

Dr. Takimoto has served as our Chief Medical Officer since July 2021. Prior to joining us, Dr. Takimoto served as Senior Vice President, Oncology at Gilead Sciences from April 2020 to July 2021. Prior to joining Gilead Sciences, Dr. Takimoto was Chief Medical Officer of Forty Seven from February 2016 until Forty Seven was acquired by Gilead Sciences in April 2020. Prior to that Dr. Takimoto held various leadership positions at biotechnology companies including Janssen Research Development and Ortho Biotech Oncology Research and Development and multiple positions at academic institutions such as the University of Texas Health Science Center, the National Cancer Institute, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Takimoto has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Takimoto received a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Yale University, and an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine.

Suzette Tauber

Ms. Tauber joined us in 2019 and serves as our Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining IGM, Ms. Tauber was in charge of human resources at ARMO BioSciences, a biotechnology company, from before its initial public offering through its acquisition by Eli Lilly. Previously, she held human resources leadership positions at a variety of life science and high-technology companies, including Cellular Research (acquired by Becton Dickinson), Kapor Enterprises, Escalate, KIVA Software (acquired by Netscape/AOL) and Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel).  Ms. Tauber’s career in human resources began with Bain & Company, where she led their West Coast recruiting efforts.  She received a B.A. in Communications from Northern Arizona University.

Albert Candia, Ph.D.

Dr. Candia joined us in 2022 as Senior Vice President of Preclinical Sciences. Dr. Candia brings over 22 years of biotechnology experience to IGM in both research and development in a variety of therapeutic areas and drug modalities. Prior to joining IGM, he was Vice President of Bioanalytical Development at Nektar Therapeutics, leading cross functional teams supporting clinical development and chemistry, manufacturing and control. Dr. Candia has also held previous positions at Dynavax Technologies and Xencor, where he oversaw IND enabling, translational and biomarker activities. Dr. Candia received his B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Paul Graffagnino

Mr. Graffagnino joined IGM in 2021 and currently serves as our Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs. Mr. Graffagnino spent over two decades in private legal practice in Silicon Valley providing corporate and securities advice to technology companies as a partner at the law firm of GCA Law Partners LLP. He began his legal career as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and became a partner in the San Francisco office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Mr. Graffagnino received a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Haanes, Ph.D., J.D.

Dr. Haanes joined us in 2019 and serves as our Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property. Her legal career spans 24 years as a patent agent/attorney building patent portfolios for small to midsize biotechnology companies, representing and advising clients in myriad aspects of IP law, including freedom to operate, licensing, IP diligence on M&A, partnering deals, and financings, and non-district court-related patent challenges including interferences, inter-partes reexaminations, and inter-partes reviews. Dr. Haanes also has extensive technology experience in infectious diseases (vaccines and therapeutics), oncology, neurology, autoimmunity, and inflammation and platform experience in vaccines, recombinant antibodies, non-antibody protein therapeutics, and nucleic acid-based therapeutics. Prior to joining IGM, Dr. Haanes served biotechnology clients in private practice as a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP and at Thompson Coburn, LLP, and as a Director at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC. Dr. Haanes received a B.S. in Biology at the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota and a J.D. at the University of Colorado. Dr. Haanes is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in patent cases before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Haanes is also a Registered In-House Counsel in California.