Fred M. Schwarzer

Mr. Schwarzer has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. Mr. Schwarzer also served as a Managing Partner of Charter Life Sciences, a venture capital firm specializing in life sciences investments, for approximately 15 years. He also served as the Chair of Inviragen, the creators of the DENVax dengue vaccine, from the time of its first venture capital financing until its acquisition by Takeda.  He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and then Chair of the Board of Directors of Heska Corporation, a biotechnology company. 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.

Bruce Keyt, Ph.D. 

Dr. Keyt has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since 2012, after serving in that role as a consultant for us beginning in 2010. Prior to joining IGM, Dr. Keyt served as Chief Technology Officer at Trellis Bioscience, an antibody discovery company, from 2007 to 2010. Previously, he served as Head of Research for Abmaxis, a biotechnology company, from 2005 through its acquisition by Merck in 2006. He was also Vice President of Preclinical Development at Abgenix, a biotechnology company, from 2001 through its acquisition 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 various research and leadership roles at Roche/Genentech, where he made significant contributions to the discovery and development of Avastin, Lucentis, Activase tPA, TNKase-tPA and Kogenate (Factor VIII). Dr. Keyt received a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Stephen F. Carroll, Ph.D. 

Dr. Carroll joined us in 2015 and is our Distinguished Research Fellow in Preclinical Sciences. Previously, Dr. Carroll spent 17 years in various scientific and leadership positions at Xoma, a biotechnology company, including Vice President of Preclinical Research and Scientific and Product Development.  Dr. Carroll received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also completed a post doctorate in Microbiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Lisa L. Decker, Ph.D.

Dr. Decker has served as our Chief Business Officer since 2021. Prior to joining IGM, Dr. Decker was Chief Business Officer at Atreca, where she led business development, including portfolio and alliance management functions. Dr. Decker has also served in multiple roles at Nektar Therapeutics, culminating in her final role as Vice President, Business Development, where she led all partnering activities including strategy, identifying and assessing new opportunities and developing deal structures and financial terms. She began her career in business development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was responsible for licensing, intellectual property strategy and management, and marketing of early stage life science inventions, including the University’s Nobel Prize winning RNAi technology. Dr. Decker received a Ph.D. in Immunology from Tufts University School of Medicine and a B.A. in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross.

Tong-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Fu has served as Chief Scientific Officer, IGM Infectious Diseases since 2021. Prior to joining IGM he was Head of Vaccine Research, North America, at Sanofi Pasteur, where he led the R&D efforts on multiple vaccine projects, including respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, SARS-CoV-2, chlamydia and pertussis, and novel vaccine or technology platforms including mRNA and recombinant human antibodies. Prior to his time at Sanofi, Dr. Fu was a research scientist in vaccines and biologics at Merck & Co., where he contributed to multiple vaccines and biologics programs, and notably, he was the scientific lead for a novel human cytomegalovirus vaccine (V160) which has been advanced to Phase 2 efficacy evaluation. Dr. Fu is also an Adjunct Professor at the Texas Therapeutic Institute, Texas Health Science Center. He received a Ph.D. from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and an M.D. from Peking University Health Science Center, formerly Beijing Medical University.

George A. Gauthier

Mr. Gauthier has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since 2021. Mr. Gauthier joins IGM with twenty years of experience in global commercial strategy, marketing, sales and product development. Most recently, he was Vice President of Global Product Strategy for Breast and Gynecological Cancers at Genentech, where he led a global team in the creation and execution of commercial and product development strategies. Prior to his most recent role at Genentech, Mr. Gauthier served in multiple other roles at Genentech, including Life Cycle Leader of ROZYLTREK and KADYCLA, where he developed and implemented a new commercial model for rare biomarker driven cancers. Before his time at Genentech, Mr. Gauthier served in a variety of roles at F. Hoffman-La Roche in Switzerland, including as International Business Leader for Tarceva. Mr. Gauthier received an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.

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.

Mary Beth Harler, M.D.

Dr. Harler has served as President, IGM Autoimmunity and Inflammation since 2021. 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.

Marvin S. Peterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peterson joined us in 2017 and serves as our Senior Vice President of Process Sciences and Manufacturing. Dr. Peterson also served as Senior Director, Manufacturing at MabVax Therapeutics, a biotechnology company, from 2015 to 2017 and as Senior Director, Upstream Process Development and Manufacturing at Ambrx, a biotechnology company, from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Peterson has also served in manufacturing, scientific and leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Celgene and Shire. Dr. Peterson received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He also completed a post doctorate at the University of Minnesota, BioProcess Technology Institute. 

John Shiver, Ph.D.

Dr. Shiver has served as Chief Strategy Officer, IGM Infectious Disease since 2021. Prior to joining IGM, he was Senior Vice President, Vaccine Research and Development at Sanofi Pasteur. Before joining Sanofi, Dr. Shiver held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck & Co., most recently as Vice President, Vaccine and Biologics Basic Research and Global Vaccine Research Franchise Head. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine for ten years. Over the course of his career, he has contributed in a leadership capacity towards the approval of ten novel pharmaceutical products and has worked on product candidates addressing more than forty infectious and noninfectious diseases. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Wofford College.