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Isaac MankeDirector

Isaac has more than 15 years of experience in the life science industry as an investor, research analyst, consultant and scientist. Isaac was previously a member of New Leaf Venture Partners, or NLV, which he joined in 2009 and was Partner of, between 2014 and 2019. Isaac's investment activities with NLV started with a focus on venture investments in the biopharmaceutical sector. During his time at NLV, he led the firm's public investment activities initially with the public portfolio within NLV-II, and as Partner, had day-to-day management and oversight responsibility for the NLV Biopharma Opportunities Funds. Isaac has been a board member or observer for several companies, including the boards of True North Therapeutics (acquired by Bioverativ) and Karos Pharmaceuticals (acquired by an undisclosed company). Prior to joining NLV, Isaac was an Associate in the Global Biotechnology Equity Research group at Sanford C. Bernstein. Previously, Isaac worked as an Associate in the Biotechnology Equity Research group at Deutsche Bank and was a Senior Analyst at Health Advances, a biopharmaceutical and medical device strategy consulting firm. Isaac received a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry at Minnesota State University (Moorhead), and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry and Molecular Structure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT. Isaac's discoveries led to several publications in top journals, including Science and Cell, and were selected by Science as one of the "2003: Signaling Breakthroughs of the Year". These discoveries also resulted in four issued patents.