Partners

Jane H. Hollingsworth is Managing Partner of Militia Hill Ventures, a business focused on building and growing high quality life sciences companies, and Executive Chair of Talee Bio, a gene therapy company with a focus on cystic fibrosis and diseases of the lung. Jane is also former Executive Chair of Immunome Inc., a cancer immunotherapy company, and co-founder and former CEO of NuPathe Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company focused on diseases of the central nervous system and sold to Teva in 2014. Jane also co-founded and served as EVP of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on urology and sold to Endo in 2015. Prior to launching and leading multiple successful biopharmaceutical companies, Ms. Hollingsworth was VP, Secretary & General Counsel of IBAH, Inc., a publicly-traded, multinational clinical research organization. Before joining IBAH, she practiced law at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads and served as law clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Ms. Hollingsworth is one of the leaders of the entrepreneurial and life sciences communities and serves on various industry and community boards, including DS Biopharma, Talee Bio, the University City Science Center, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Breastcancer.Org.

Joan Lau is Managing Partner of Militia Hill Ventures, a business focused on building and growing high quality life sciences companies, and Chief Executive Officer of Talee Bio, a gene therapy company with a focus on cystic fibrosis. Prior to founding Militia Hill Ventures, Joan was an Executive in Residence at BioAdvance and President and CEO of Azelon Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of endocrine-based diseases. Prior to leading Azelon, Joan was President and CEO of Locus Pharmaceuticals, a computational chemistry discovery company. Earlier in her career, Joan served in various leadership roles at Merck & Co, focused primarily in R&D drug development and business development. Dr. Lau also serves on various community and industry boards, including Talee Bio, BioMotiv, the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and the Human Rights Campaign.

Dr. Lau earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen A. “Katie” McGinty is Managing Partner at Militia Hill Ventures and a leader in business and government. Prior to joining Militia Hill Ventures and serving in various senior state and national government roles, McGinty was SVP and Managing Director at Weston Solutions, leading a $100 million business unit for the company, and Operating Partner at Element Partners, a growth equity fund focused on sustainable technology and innovation. In her public sector roles, McGinty chaired the White House Council on Environmental Quality during President Bill Clinton’s administration. She also served as Secretary of Environmental Protection under Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and as Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. More recently, McGinty was the Democratic nominee for United States Senate in Pennsylvania.

Early in her career McGinty was awarded the Congressional Fellowship of the American Chemical Society and was recruited to work for then-Senator Al Gore developing legislation to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. high tech companies commercializing basic research.‎ Prior to that, McGinty served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable H. Robert Mayer on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the federal appellate court with special jurisdiction over intellectual property matters.

Ms. McGinty earned a JD from Columbia University and a BS in Chemistry from Saint Josephs University. She has also served on numerous industry and community boards.

MHV LABS

Shawn Bridy, MA, MBA assists in commercial due diligence, business development & licensing and company valuation for MHV Labs. Shawn has over twenty years of business development & licensing, commercial strategy, due diligence and valuation experience in the life sciences industry. Mr. Bridy recently served as Head of Business Development and Licensing for Immunome and currently serves as as Managing Director of Bridy Advisors LLC, a strategic and operating advisory firm which advises life sciences companies as well as private equity groups in the areas of business development, commercial diligence, valuation, M&A, and commercial strategy.

At Elan Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Bridy was responsible for out-licensing an oncology and neuroscience portfolio in addition to completing commercial diligence on internal and external investment opportunities in their Business Development group. At GlaxoSmithKline, Mr. Bridy was responsible for due diligence and valuation of select oncology in-licensing and pipeline drugs in the in their Global Commercial Strategy group. Mr. Bridy also served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at BTG plc. While at BTG, Mr. Bridy played a key role in the financing of two early stage pharmaceutical companies, Avera Pharmaceuticals and Senexis Ltd. In addition, Mr. Bridy co-founded and served as the CFO of a specialty pharmaceutical company, as well as founded a healthcare IT services company to better manage intelligence around drugs in development.

Mr. Bridy has an MA in Biology and an MBA in Finance from Villanova University. He has a BA and BS degree in Zoology from Miami University.

Eric Yuen, MD assists in clinical development and regulatory affairs for MHV Labs and also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Talee Bio. Eric is a clinical development physician with over 20 years of experience in academia and industry. During his career Dr. Yuen has developed numerous biologics and small molecule therapeutics for a variety of diseases, including rare genetic diseases and neurology, psychiatry, pain and oncology disorders. Dr. Yuen has led departments responsible for Phase I-IV development and submissions of numerous INDs, CTAs, NDAs and MAAs.

Eric was the Director of Clinical Research at Merck & Co., working on CNS and pain indications and later Vice President of Clinical Development at Johnson & Johnson. While at Johnson & Johnson D. Yuen served as the therapeutic area head for CNS and the head of clinical development at a monoclonal antibodies and vaccines joint venture between Johnson & Johnson and Elan. Eric later served as Chief Medical Officer for Ultragenyx, a start-up company focused on rare genetic diseases, and as VP Clinical Development at BioClin Therapeutics, a start-up focused on the rare genetic disorder achondroplasia (dwarfism) and bladder cancer. Eric continues to serve as a consultant to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Yuen was an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Washington where he conducted clinical research in rare disorders such as ALS and muscular dystrophies. Eric completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, neurology residency at UCSF, and a post-doc in the lab studying neurotrophic factor signaling at UCSF.

Hope D’Oyley-Gay, JD assists in new company formation, technology transfer and regulatory affairs for MHV Labs. Hope is a life sciences corporate attorney with extensive law firm and in-house experience, including at a one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies. Ms. D’Oyley-Gay concentrates her practice in the areas of general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, product acquisitions and divestments, strategic licenses and joint ventures, private equity investments, clinical trial agreements and a variety of other research, commercial and operational business agreements. Ms. D’Oyley-Gay also provides corporate strategy, business development and operational counsel to emerging life sciences companies.

Prior to joining Militia Hill Ventures, Ms. D’Oyley-Gay was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline for 14 years, supporting GlaxoSmithKline’s global corporate strategy and business development groups. In 2009, Ms. D’Oyley-Gay received the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star Award for GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to joining GlaxoSmithKline, Ms. D’Oyley-Gay was in private practice, including at Reed Smith LLP, representing pharmaceutical companies and healthcare systems in transactional and healthcare regulatory matters, and at a boutique health law firm, representing physician practice groups and affiliated ventures.

Ms. D'Oyley-Gay obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Delaware.