Robert Peach, Ph.D.

Dr. Peach has over 25 years of drug discovery and development experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. In 2009, he co-founded Receptos, becoming Chief Scientific Officer and raised approximately $59 million in venture capital and approximately $800 million in an IPO and three subsequent follow-on offerings. In August 2015, Receptos was acquired by Celgene for $7.8 billion. Dr. Peach has also held senior executive and scientific positions in other companies, including Apoptos, Biogen Idec, IDEC and Bristol-Myers Squibb, supporting in-licensing, acquisition and venture investments. His extensive drug discovery and development experience in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and cancer has resulted in multiple drugs entering clinical trials and three registered drugs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amplia Therapeutics, AdAlta and Avalia Immunotherapies and has been a consultant for several other biotechnology companies. Dr. Peach is the co-author of 76 scientific publications and book chapters, and 26 patents. Dr. Peach earned his BS and MS (1st class honors) from the University of Canterbury and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand.