Christoph Westphal

Dr. Westphal is a co-founder and Partner of Longwood Fund, and Chair, CEO and co-founder of Longwood portfolio company Flex Pharma (NASDAQ: FLKS). Dr. Westphal co-founded Longwood portfolio companies Alnara Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Eli Lilly in 2010) and OvaScience (NASDAQ: OVAS). In addition, he co-founded Sirtris in 2004 (NASDAQ: SIRT; acquired by GSK), and served as CEO until 2010. Dr. Westphal previously served as co-founder/CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY), Acceleron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: XLRN), Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MNTA) and Verastem (NASDAQ: VSTM). Companies founded by Dr. Westphal have developed and received FDA approval for important drugs, including the largest-selling heparin in the US, and a therapy for MS; and several experimental medicines: for cystic fibrosis (phase 3), for currently incurable cancers (phase 2), and for serious inflammatory disorders (phase 2). In addition, these companies have created substantial shareholder value and aggregate market capitalizations (sustained) of over $12 billion. Dr. Westphal serves on the BIO Emerging Companies Section Governing Board and on the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, and the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and he graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University. Dr. Westphal has been the lead or senior author on several patent applications and scientific papers in leading journals such as Cell, Nature and Nature Genetics. Dr. Westphal has been featured in the media, including on '60 Minutes', CNN, an ABC News Special hosted by Barbara Walters, and as the subject of a Fortune cover article.