Tom has been with Versant Ventures since 2002, serving as a Venture Partner since 2008 while taking on operating roles in a number of portfolio companies. Most recently, Tom served as the Chief Operating Officer of Okairos, a biopharmaceutical company developing genetic vaccines for major infectious diseases. Tom led the process that culminated in the sale of Okairos to GSK for $325M. Prior to his role with Okairos, Tom co-founded EuroVentures, a wholly owned biotech incubator within Versant Ventures, and in this role, served as the founding Chief Business Officer for three biotech companies created within Versant: Flexion (private), Synosia (public, merged with BioTie), and Amira (acquired by BMS for up to $475M)
Prior to his role as a Venture Partner, Tom was a Principal at Versant Ventures and served on the boards of Antipodean, Metabolex and Saegis. Tom was a research scientist at XenoPort before joining Versant. Tom earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry as an NSF Fellow at Stanford University and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and received the Departmental Citation for his BSc in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.
Tom lives with his family in Basel, Switzerland, where he has helped build Versant’s biotech practice in Europe.