About us

Our name Enara Bio™ is derived from an Arabic word meaning illumination, enlightenment and bringing light into the darkness.

We are exploring the hidden depths of cancer and T-cell biology to discover and characterize unconventional immunotherapy targets, such as MR1-presented ligands and Dark Antigens™, which arise from the altered cellular processes in cancer cells.

Enara Bio is backed by leading life science investors, including RA Capital, Samsara Biocapital and SV Health Investors. We collaborate with a number of world class academic institutions including the Francis Crick Institute, Cardiff University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Oxford, to help drive our differentiated science.

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The Team

Andrew Fadden
Vice President, Corporate Development
Kevin Pojasek
President and Chief Executive Officer
David Watson
Chief Operating Officer
Sophie Papa
Chief Medical Officer
Erik Rutjens
Vice President, Cell Therapy Operations
Joseph Dukes
Vice President, Head of Research
Lucy Gallacher (Research Associate), Daniella Colbourne (Technician), Tatiana Lobry (Scientist), Nathifa Moyo (Senior Scientist), Angharad Lloyd (Associate Director, Immunology),
David Watson (Chief Operating Officer), Andrew Fadden (Vice President, Corporate Development), Kevin Pojasek (President and Chief Executive Officer), Joe Dukes (Vice President, Head of Research), Sophie Papa (Chief Medical Officer), Erik Rutjens (Vice President, Cell Therapy Operations)
Charlotte Howard (Associate Director, Corporate and Executive Administration)
Colin Moore (Senior Scientist), Charlotte Chapman (Senior Scientist), Mengqiu Li (Senior Scientist)
Kate Fynes (Cell Process Development Lead, Principal Scientist), Assa Oumie (Principal Scientist), Selsabil Dhaouadi (Scientist)
Jo Senra (Associate Director, Preclinical Validation), Veronica Freire-Beneitez (Senior Scientist), Vicki Jefferson (Scientist)
Rachel Abbott (Head of TCR Pipeline and Dark Antigen Research)
Emily Lam (Senior Scientist), Duncan Howie (Director of Immunology), Suzanne Cole (Principal Scientist),
Luke Williams (Senior Director, Biology)
Beth Turner (Head of Product and Pipeline Project Management), Simon Jarvis (IT Director), Kate Nicholson (Head of Business Operations), Jonathon Dines (Finance Director), Ray Duffy (Associate Director, Facilities and EHS)
Ron Wolchinsky (Associate Director, Molecular Immunology), Giulia Masi (Principal Scientist)
Adam Taylor (Senior Director, Business Insights and Strategy), Andrew Fadden (Vice President, Corporate Development), Jonathan Porter (Director, Intellectual Property), Hayden Selvadurai (Director, Corporate Development)
Stephane Lameynardie (Director, Cell Therapy Operations and Supply Chain)
Duncan Howie (Director, Immunology)
Rayner Queiroz (Senior Scientist), Fabio Marino (Associate Director, Immunopeptidomics), Rose Gathungu (Principal Scientist)
Jon Silk (Director, MR1 Research), Duncan Howie (Director, Immunology), Joe Dukes (Vice President, Head of Research), Rachel Abbott (Head of TCR Pipeline and Dark Antigen Research), Luke Williams (Senior Director, Biology),
Sophie Papa (Chief Medical Officer), Joseph Dukes (Vice President, Head of Research)
Jon Silk (Director, MR1 Research)
Eleanor Denham (Scientist), Phyllis Tea (Research Associate)
Ron Wolchinsky (Associate Director, Molecular Immunology)
Prathiba Kurupati (Senior Scientist), Jo Senra (Associate Director, Preclinical Validation), Veronica Freire-Beneitez (Senior Scientist), Vicki Jefferson (Scientist), Emily Tye (Research Associate)
Adam Taylor (Senior Director, Business Insights and Strategy), Andrew Fadden (Vice President, Corporate Development)
Stephane Lameynardie (Director, Cell Therapy Operations and Supply Chain), Erik Rutjens (Vice President, Cell Therapy Operations)
Emily Lam (Senior Scientist), Suzanne Cole (Principal Scientist), Phyllis Tea (Research Associate), Terri Cornforth (Principal Scientist), Eleanor Denham (Scientist), Duncan Howie (Director of Immunology)

Board of Directors

Scientific Advisory Board

Erik Rutjens

Vice President, Cell Therapy Operations

Erik joined Enara Bio in 2020 bringing over 12 years of experience and leadership in cell therapy CMC.

Erik spent 7.5 years at Novartis Cell and Gene, where he was most recently Global Head of Enabling Technologies and Process Engineering, focusing on automation of cell therapy platforms. Before this, he was responsible for analytical development and quality control for Novartis’ cell and gene therapy portfolio. As part of the global CMC team he was instrumental in the clinical development and commercialization of Kymriah, the world’s first commercialized CAR-T therapeutic. Prior to joining Novartis in 2013, he held various development and quality positions at PharmaCell, now part of the Lonza tell therapy CMO business, and before that, a discovery research role at Dyax in Liege, Belgium.

Erik holds an MSc in Biopharmaceutical sciences from Leiden University in the Netherlands and has a PhD in Medicine (immunology) from the University of Leiden, for which he performed his research at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, and University Hospital of Genoa, Italy.