Management Team

Scott Carmer 
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Carmer brings 25 years of diverse leadership experience as a senior executive and chief commercialization officer in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, with top-tier companies including AstraZeneca, MedImmune, Genentech, Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline. At AstraZeneca, he led the US Specialty Care Division of AstraZeneca with responsibility for the company’s portfolio of specialty care biopharmaceutical products. Prior to AstraZeneca, Mr. Carmer served as Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations of MedImmune. Mr. Carmer was also Vice President, Rheumatology Sales & Marketing for Genentech, where he was responsible for the US launches of Rituxan and ACTEMRA. Prior to Genentech, Mr. Carmer held several leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Amgen, most recently as Executive Director of Global Marketing. Mr. Carmer started his career at GlaxoSmithKline, where he held key roles in Global Brand Management, Business Development, Commercial Operations, Managed Care and Field Sales.

Alain Cappeluti, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Cappeluti has over 30 years of experience in finance and public accounting for private and public companies, with more than 20 of those years spent in the biotech industry working for BioReliance, Human Genome Sciences (HGS), and CoGenesys. As the second employee of HGS in 1992 at the start of the human gene sequencing effort, he held positions of increasing responsibility and served for many years as Vice President of Finance. He has managed both large and small internal financial operations and has participated directly in approximately $4 billion of corporate financing transactions including private and public financings; IPOs; mergers and acquisitions; and real estate transactions. Mr. Cappeluti was part of the team that spun out CoGenesys from HGS in 2006 and was the CFO until the Company was sold to Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2008. Mr. Cappeluti is the President of Noble Life Sciences, serves on the board of O-Traces, Inc., an early stage cancer diagnostics Company, and is a consultant to other life science companies. 

Kristie Jones
Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Product Development

Ms. Jones brings more than 25 years of business leadership experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries across strategic and operational roles. For five years prior to joining NexImmune Ms. Jones was with Astra Zeneca and its subsidiary MedImmune. From 2013-2015, Ms. Jones was Vice President of Portfolio Strategy and Management at Astra Zeneca, where she played an instrumental role in building a scientifically innovative, diverse portfolio creating new value for the company. Prior to that she served as Vice President of Global Strategic Marketing to shape product plans and prepare MedImmune for multiple launches. Previously, Ms. Jones held multiple leadership roles with increasing responsibility at Genentech, where she worked for 16 years, including Head of Immunology and Ophthalmology in Global Portfolio and Product Strategy, Endocrine and Pulmonary Franchise, and Immunology Business Unit Operations and Pipeline Planning. Ms. Jones also serves in a consulting role for various companies and organizations and serves on the Life Science Panel for Springboard Enterprises focused on start-up companies led by women.


Daniel Bednárik, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Molecular Engineering & Protein Design

Dr. Bednárik has over 30 years experience as a translational scientist and executive specializing in moving promising technologies into product development. He was previously Vice President, Molecular Engineering Unit at Intrexon Corp. where he led a team of scientists developing innovative methods for cellular therapies for cancer.  Prior to that, Dr. Bednárik held senior positions at Cardiome Pharma Corporation, Artesian Therapeutics, Inc., and Gene Logic, Inc. and led various projects focused on translational medicine spanning several therapeutic areas including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.  Among other accomplishments he created the largest known cardiovascular transcriptomic gene expression database for Gene Logic, Inc. He was also the recipient of a $1.7M DARPA contract in 2006 for the development of a novel non-host method for rapid vaccine manufacture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bednárik served as a Senior Scientist for Human Genome Sciences (HGS) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University Oncology Center.

 
Mathias Oelke, Ph.D.
VP of Preclinical Immunotherapy and Head of Cell Biology

Dr. Oelke is a scientific co-founder of NexImmune and a pioneer of the artificial Antigen Presenting Cell (aAPC) technology. He is also an expert in cellular immunology and T cell research. Dr. Oelke has more than 20 years of research experience in cancer immunotherapy and has a long-standing interest developing methods for antigen-specific stimulation of T cells for therapeutic use. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on more than 15 patents and patent applications describing NexImmune’s proprietary  aAPC technology, with additional pending patent applications in related fields of cancer immunotherapy. Prior to joining NexImmune in 2014, Dr. Oelke was, from 2003-2014, on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he still holds an Adjunct Professorship, in the Department of Pathology. Earlier in his career Dr. Oelke who is a chemist by training, received his PhD. In Biology from University of Freiburg, where he first became interested in the critical role of antigen presenting cells and their use in therapy.