Our Company



Drug development, immunology, and operational experience



With the collaboration of more than $11M in NIH government funding and numerous academic institutions we have generated a pipeline of 5 therapies across bacterial, viral, and cancer indications.

Our board of directors consists of leaders in private equity, venture capital, and pharmaceutical industries with a passion for biotechnology innovation.

John H. Friedman, J.D.
Executive Chairman

Stefan Ryser, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Somu Subramanian, B.Tech, MBA

Jack Anthony

Jon Saxe, J.D. LLM

Stote Ellsworth
COO, CTO & Founder

Larry Kauvar, Ph.D.
CSO & Founder

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Stefan Ryser, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Dr. Ryser has held senior management positions of increasing responsibility at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, ending as Chief of Staff for the President of Global Research and Development, Dr. Juergen Drews, operating out of both Nutley, NJ and Basel, Switzerland. While at Roche, he led initiatives to assess the impact of emerging technologies on pharmaceutical research and development, and assisted in establishment and management of strategic research and development alliances. He was a member of the joint steering committee with Millennium Pharmaceuticals and a liaison for new research projects with Genentech. In 1998, he founded International Biomedicine Partners with Juergen Drews, a biotech fund whose IPO successes led to him becoming managing partner in 2000 of Bear Stearns Health Innoventures, a $212 million private equity fund.

Dr. Ryser has served on numerous boards of directors in both public and private biotechnology companies, including Arena Pharmaceuticals, Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Entelos, Raven Biotechnologies, Tolerx, and Telik, as well as in the R. Geigy Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel. Prior to joining Trellis Bioscience, Dr. Ryser was CEO at A-Cube (now part of Trellis), a biotech company focused on identifying B-cell epitopes. Prior to A-Cube he was SVP for corporate strategy at Telik, and VP of Business Development at Aridis Pharmaceuticals, a leading infectious disease company. Dr. Ryser earned his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and his Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Basel’s Institute for Immunology.

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Stote Ellsworth

COO, CTO, & Founder

Mr. Ellsworth has spent his career bringing high technology systems solutions to the life science industry. He joined Trellis in 2003 where he led the reduction to practice of the company's CellSpot platform. He served as the Company’s CEO from 2008 to 2012.

Prior to Trellis, Mr. Ellsworth was the VP R&D and Chief Operating Officer at First Medical, a point-of-care cardiac diagnostic company acquired by Sigma in 2000. This was preceded by a role as Vice President of Engineering at Becton Dickinson where he was responsible for developing through commercial release numerous flow cytometry products, which now dominate that market. He holds a degree in bioscience technology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a BA from Dartmouth in engineering and mathematics, and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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Lawrence M. Kauvar, Ph.D.

Founder, Senior Vice President and CSO

Dr. Kauvar is an entrepreneur and scientist who founded Trellis and was previously the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Telik, a small molecule drug company focused on oncology. He holds 60 US patents for methods, tools and drug compounds and is one of the inventors of CellSpot, Trellis's core technology.

Dr. Kauvar holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from Yale in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He conducted postdoctoral research at Caltech and University of California San Francisco before founding Telik. He is also a co-founder of Promedior, Inc. and of Shimojani, LLC.

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Jon Saxe, J.D. LLM

Mr. Saxe holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law. He also received an L.L.M. from New York University School of Law. He worked for Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. from 1960 to 1989 where he rose to the position of Vice President of Licensing and Corporate Development, Head of Patent Law and Associate General Counsel. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Synergen Inc. from 1989 to 1993 and as President of PDL Biopharma Inc. (formerly Protein Design Labs Inc.), a leader in the field of humanization of antibodies, from 1995 to 1999.

Mr. Saxe has been a Consultant in the fields of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology since 1999, including serving as Chairman of several companies (VistaGen Therapeutics, Iconix Pharmaceuticals, Lumos Pharma, SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Iconix Biosciences, Entelos, POINT Biomedical). He has been a Director of numerous additional companies, notably including: Incyte Genomics, Insite Vision, Questcor, Durect, and Sciele Pharmaceuticals.

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Jack Anthony

Mr. Anthony has spent over 44 years in the healthcare industry. He is currently the Founder/Principal of BioMentorz, a small company bio-consulting firm. He was formerly the CEO of Osprey Pharmaceuticals USA and of Pharmix (now Numerate). He has also served as a member of the Board of Vaxgen, a public US company. Prior to his CEO roles, Mr. Anthony spent over 15 years conducting biotech business development and marketing at a variety of biotech companies. He was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Saegis Pharmaceuticals (now Lundbeck). He was a key player in the buyout of Tularik (by Amgen) where he led the Business and Commercial Group. In the fifteen years prior to Tularik he was the senior executive business development officer at FibroGen, Inc., Cell Therapeutics, Inc., Inhale, Applied Immune Sciences (now at Sanofi-Aventis) and General Manager of ExViT, the AIS subsidiary focused on the delivery of ex-vivo cell therapies.

Mr. Anthony began his life sciences career at Baxter Healthcare Corporation and for 17 years held various sales, marketing and general management positions in the U.S. and internationally. He departed Baxter as Vice President of the Blood Therapy Group. Jack holds a BS in Zoology from Allegheny College and served as a U.S. Navy Officer for five years.

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John H. Friedman, J.D.

Executive Chairman

John H. Friedman is the Founding and Managing Partner of Easton Capital Group. Prior to founding Easton Capital, he was the founder and Managing General Partner of Security Pacific Capital Investors, a $200-million private equity fund geared towards recapitalizations and expansion financings. Prior to joining Security Pacific, he was a Managing Director and Partner at E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., Inc., where he spent eight and a half years.

Previously, he was an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell. During his career he has invested in six transactions that generated 100X-to-1 returns (including a company he co-founded). John currently serves on the Boards of several portfolio companies. He holds a JD degree from Yale Law School and a BA degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale College. He has also served as co-chairman of the President's Council at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and as a Trustee of The New Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Somu Subramanian, B.Tech, MBA

Mr. Somu Subramanian is the co-founder and Managing Partner of New Science Ventures. He serves on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies. Prior to founding NSV, he was a director at McKinsey & Company where he advised leading multinational companies in the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, photonics, software and semiconductor industries.

At McKinsey, he was leader of the Strategy Practice, the Technology Practice, the Biotechnology Group, and the Healthcare Practice. He also served on the firm’s Investment Committee and led its Equity Portfolio Committee. Somu holds a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.