Heather Traum

Experienced program executive to lead company’s first optogenetics program into the clinic and guide strategy for the company’s discovery-stage pipeline

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 8, 2022 – Vedere Bio II, Inc., a company developing next-generation therapies for vision restoration and preservation in patients with vision loss due to photoreceptor death, today announced the appointment of Martina Schinke, Ph.D., as Vice President, Program Leader. Dr. Schinke will provide strategic leadership to Vedere’s core programs and will be responsible for driving and expanding the company’s pipeline of next-generation ocular therapies.

“With nearly 20 years of experience in program leadership, strategic alliances, and program management, we are thrilled to welcome Martina to Vedere,” said Cyrus Mozayeni, M.D., Chief Executive Officer & President, Vedere Bio II and Atlas Venture Entrepreneur in Residence. “Martina’s expertise leading products from research through clinical development will be essential as we continue to progress our first candidate through IND filing and advance our exciting, discovery-stage pipeline.”

Dr. Schinke joins Vedere Bio II from her role as Vice President, Program Management & Leadership at Finch Therapeutics, where she provided program leadership for the development of a novel class of biological drugs aiming to restore microbiome functionality in Autism Spectrum Disorder and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Previously, Dr. Schinke led program management for bluebird bio’s oncology franchise (now 2seventy bio) and co-led development of bluebird’s lead oncology CAR T cell therapy product ABECMA® from research through clinical development in collaboration with Celgene/BMS. Dr. Schinke was formerly with the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research where she held senior project leadership positions over a nearly 10-year tenure and provided strategic and operational leadership for multiple Novartis early discovery and development programs in several therapeutic areas. Prior to her time at Novartis, she oversaw the microarray facility at the Bauer Center for Genomics Research at Harvard University and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schinke holds a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University, Germany and completed her postdoctoral training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

“People with inherited retinal degenerations or dry AMD with geographic atrophy suffer from debilitating vision loss for which currently no treatment options exist,” said Martina Schinke, Ph.D. “I’m excited to help restore vision for these patients and improve their quality of life while also charting the path for Vedere’s innovative products.”

About Vedere Bio II, Inc.

Vedere Bio II is a privately held, emerging biopharmaceutical company leveraging proprietary optogenetics and photoswitch technologies along with novel AAV capsids to restore vision in all patients with vision loss due to photoreceptor cell death. Comprising a diverse team of pioneering scientists, Vedere Bio II is discovering and developing next generation ocular gene therapies to increase the quality of vision restoration and preservation for large, underserved indications. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA and is funded by Atlas Ventures, Octagon Capital, Mission BioCapital, Samsara BioCapital, the RD Fund and Casdin Capital. For more information, please visit www.vederebio.com or follow Vedere Bio II on Twitter and LinkedIn.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 22, 2021 – Vedere Bio II, Inc., a company developing next-generation ocular gene therapies for vision restoration and preservation in patients with vision loss due to photoreceptor death, today announced the appointment of Gabor Veres, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Veres will provide strategic leadership to Vedere’s research organization and will be responsible for driving and expanding the company’s pipeline of ocular gene therapies.

“Gabor has over 15 years of experience leading preclinical research and development for international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and holds 20 years of experience in the development of cell and gene therapy products,” said Cyrus Mozayeni, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, President of Vedere Bio II and Atlas Venture Entrepreneur in Residence. “His extensive track record designing and executing gene therapy research programs for a range of diseases, including conditions of the eye, will be an incredible asset to our team as we continue our work to restore vision to patients with both genetic and non-genetic causes of vision loss.” 

Dr. Veres joins Vedere Bio II from BioMarin, where he served as Vice President, Head of Gene Therapy Research, focusing on AAV platform discovery and identifying new therapeutic indications in gene therapy. Prior to this role, Dr. Veres was Vice President of Pre-clinical Research at bluebirdbio, where he initiated and coordinated multiple research programs including viral gene delivery to correct genetic and acquired diseases. He also led several projects from pre-clinical research to clinical development including ZYNTEGLOÒ and SKYSONAÔ. Prior to joining bluebirdbio, Dr. Veres served as Vice President of Research and Development at Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a gene therapy company focused on developing treatments for rare conditions of the eye, lung and liver. Dr. Veres holds a Ph.D. in Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of Szeged, Hungary.

“Vedere’s approach to vision restoration holds great potential to treat vision loss regardless of underlying genetic cause or disease stage, and I’m looking forward to helping build out and progress the company’s unique platform and product pipeline,” said Gabor Veres, Chief Scientific Officer at Vedere Bio II. “The company’s proprietary AAV capsid technology and mutation agnostic approach move beyond the limitations of traditional gene therapy, with the ultimate goal of restoring vision for patients who have otherwise limited treatment options.”

About Vedere Bio II, Inc.

Vedere Bio II is a privately held, emerging biopharmaceutical company leveraging mutation agnostic technology and novel AAV capsids to restore vision in all patients with vision loss due to photoreceptor cell death. Comprising a diverse team of pioneering scientists, Vedere Bio II is discovering and developing next generation ocular gene therapies to increase the quality of vision restoration and preservation for large, underserved indications. The company is headquartered at LabCentral in Cambridge, MA and is funded by Atlas Ventures, Octagon Capital, Mission BioCapital, Samsara BioCapital, the RD Fund and Casdin Capital. For more information, please visit www.vederebio.com or follow Vedere Bio II on Twitter and LinkedIn.