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Rachel Haurwitz, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rachel is a co-founder of Caribou Biosciences and has been President and CEO since its inception in 2011. She has a research background in CRISPR-Cas biology, and is also a co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics. In 2014, she was named by Forbes Magazine to the "30 Under 30" list in Science and Healthcare, and in 2016, Fortune Magazine named her to the "40 Under 40" list of the most influential young people in business. In 2018, the Association for Women in Science recognized Rachel with the annual Next Generation Award. Rachel is an inventor on several patents and patent applications covering multiple CRISPR-based technologies, and she has co-authored scientific papers in high impact journals characterizing CRISPR-Cas systems. Rachel earned an A.B. in Biological Sciences from Harvard College, and received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Barbara McClung, J.D.

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Barbara serves as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Caribou Biosciences, where she is responsible for all legal functions, including intellectual property strategy and portfolio management, contracts, corporate transactions, board governance, and employment law. In addition, the Company's human resources function reports to Barbara. Prior to joining Caribou in 2015, she headed the legal functions at Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. and Cygnus, Inc. Barbara began her career as a patent attorney with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and then joined Chiron Corporation where she was patent counsel for Chiron’s vaccine division. Barbara is a member of the California, Delaware, and Pennsylvania bars, and is a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Barbara received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Timothy Herpin, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Chief Business Officer

Tim is the Chief Business Officer of Caribou Biosciences where he leads the Company's efforts in the areas of strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, and other value creation opportunities. Prior to Caribou, Tim was Vice President, Head of Transactions at AstraZeneca and managed a group of business development professionals involved in the negotiation and execution of transactions in multiple disease areas. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Strategic Partnering and Business Development for Oncology. Before AstraZeneca, Tim spent eight years in the business development organization at Bristol-Myers Squibb covering both search and evaluation as well as transactions in multiple disease areas. Before his business development career, Tim worked in R&D at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Aventis, and Pharmacopeia. Tim received his undergraduate degree from the École Polytechnique in France, his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University College London, UK, and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Steven Kanner, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Steve is the Chief Scientific Officer of Caribou Biosciences responsible for the Company’s therapeutic discovery, research, and development activities. Before joining Caribou in 2017, Steve was most recently Vice President, Head of Biology, at Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals leading a department in discovery of RNAi therapeutics for oncology, genetic diseases, and other indications. Prior to Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility in both oncology and inflammation drug discovery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Agensys/Astellas, and Astex Pharmaceuticals. Steve has authored over 80 publications in both peer-reviewed journals and books, and is an inventor on numerous U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications. Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He did his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Chris Fuller, Ph.D.

Vice President of Informatics

As the Vice President of Informatics, Chris leads the informatics and software efforts at Caribou Biosciences. He has a background managing diverse teams in developing instrumentation, medical devices, software, and microfluidic systems. Prior to joining Caribou in 2014, he held research and leadership positions in consulting, startup, and established company environments, including Signature Bioscience, MDS Sciex, and Triple Ring Technologies. He led the development of the CellKey instrument for MDS Sciex from its inception through to product launch. Chris is an inventor of multiple patents and patent applications. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of California, San Francisco.

Scott Gradia, Ph.D.

Vice President of Platform Research

Scott serves as the Vice President of Platform Research and directs Caribou's molecular biology lab capabilities, facility operations, and platform research and development. In this role, Scott is responsible for the Company's new genome editing technology development efforts. Before joining Caribou in 2015, Scott founded and led the MacroLab, a DNA cloning and protein purification facility on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Scott received his B.S. in Genetics from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Genetics from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was awarded the Weintraub Graduate Student Award for his work describing the biochemistry of DNA mismatch repair and its role in hereditary colon cancer. He performed his post-doctoral work as a Damon-Runyon fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, studying structural biology.