Michael Kauffman, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Kauffman, M.D., Ph.D., co-founded Karyopharm Therapeutics, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, in 2008 and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and acting Chief Medical Officer since January 2011. Dr. Kauffman was Chief Medical Officer at Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, from November 2009 to December 2010, and was Chief Medical Officer at Proteolix Inc. from November 2008 to November 2009 when it was acquired by Onyx. At Proteolix, he led the development of Kyprolis® (carfilzomib), a novel proteasome inhibitor approved in refractory myeloma by the FDA in July 2012. Dr. Kauffman was an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners from 2006 to 2008, where he led investments in biotechnology companies. From 2006 to 2008, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Epix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that underwent liquidation proceedings through an assignment for the benefit of creditors under Massachusetts law in 2009. Dr. Kauffman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Predix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company focused on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR), from 2002 until its merger into Epix Pharmaceuticals in 2006. In that role, he led the merger of Predix Pharmaceuticals and Epix Pharmaceuticals, oversaw the discovery and development of four new clinical candidates and led collaboration transactions with Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline. From March 2000 to September 2002, Dr. Kauffman was Vice President, Clinical at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he led the VELCADE® development program. From September 1997 to March 2000, Dr. Kauffman held a number of senior positions at Millennium Predictive Medicine, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company and a subsidiary of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he led the discovery and development of novel molecular diagnostics for major cancers, including melanoma, and led transactions with Becton-Dickenson and Bristol Myers Squibb. From August 1995 to September 1997, Dr. Kauffman held a number of senior positions at Biogen Idec, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he led the clinical development of anti-CD40L antibodies in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and acted as the main medical advisor to the Biogen business development group. Dr. Kauffman currently serves on the board of directors of Kayropharm, Verastem, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, Excision Biotherapeutics, a privately held biotechnology company, and Kezar Life Sciences, a privately held biotechnology company. Dr. Kauffman previously served on the board of directors of the following companies during the last five years: Zalicus, a privately held biotechnology company, and Metamark Genetics, a privately held molecular diagnostic company. Dr. Kauffman received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Amherst College and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Currently board certified in internal medicine, he trained in internal medicine and rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospitals.