Pauline Jen Ryan
Pauline Jen Ryan joined Red Sky Partners in 2014 and serves clients by taking on interim C-level roles (CEO, CBO, COO) or acting as an advisor on general corporate and business development matters. Her particular expertise is with small- to mid-size biotech companies, including startups and companies leveraging “virtual” operating models. Pauline has served as interim CEO or CBO for a number of companies including private companies raising their first VC round and public biotech companies in growth and transition. Pauline served as interim co-CEO of Harbour Antibodies where she led the management of consultants/employees, starting a US subsidiary and completed numerous business development transactions.
In addition to her work at Red Sky, Pauline is an EIR at Mass General Brigham Ventures and also services on the Board of Directors and as CEO for Atropos Therapeutics. Previously, she was CEO of Verik Bio, a biotech startup pioneering T cell-based immunotherapy for solid tumor cancers. Prior to joining Red Sky Partners, Pauline helped lead investor Healthcare Ventures raise a $45M Series A round to launch Proteostasis Therapeutics. In addition to setting intellectual property and business development strategy, she was responsible for establishing and growing all business operations functions such as finance, human resources and communications from launch to 50 employees. Earlier in her career, Pauline was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Operations at ImmunoGen, where secured the corporate partnership with Genentech that created Kadcyla® for breast cancer and with Sanofi (then-Aventis) for Sarclisa® for multiple myeloma. She headed corporate strategic planning, business development and alliance management during her tenure there and was also responsible for human resources, manufacturing, and program management during growth and transition stages. She was responsible for raising over $150M in corporate partnerships and was also instrumental in completing a $125M secondary offering.
Pauline is on the National Board of Directors for the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program and is on the Board of the STEM Soaring Eagles Foundation. She was previously a member of the Board of Directors for Lumio and ReviveMed, startups incubated at the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, and also for SolmapPharmaceuticals (acquired by Forma Therapeutics). Pauline was also a founding member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s Business Development Advisory Committee and launched the BIO Business Development Fundamentals Course in 2003.
Pauline has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University.