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Mike Taylor, Ph.D.Michael D. Taylor, Ph.D. is President and CEO of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Deciphera, Mike was CEO of Ensemble Therapeutics where he completed seven Research Alliances with Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Genentech, Boehringer Ingelheim, Alexion, and Novartis. He also was a co-inventor of the first small molecule antagonists of IL-17, an important autoimmune modulator, as part of a program licensed to Novartis. Prior to Ensemble, Mike was Senior Vice President for Pfizer’s Global R&D division and served as Vice-President, Drug Development at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis. Mike led early and late-stage development projects across multiple therapeutic areas, including Lipitor® and Neurontin®. Mike holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in natural products synthesis and structure elucidation at the University of Pennsylvania. He also attended the University of Michigan MBA program. Mike has authored or coauthored 65 manuscripts and published abstracts and is co-inventor on 8 patents.

Daniel L. Flynn, Ph.D. is CSO and Founder of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. Before founding Deciphera in 2003, he was Senior Director of Chemistry with Millennium Pharmaceuticals. In a ten year period with Searle Pharmaceuticals, he brought over five compounds into preclinical development, and advanced three drugs into clinical trials. He invented and developed a major platform in combinatorial chemistry now known as "phase-trafficking" synthesis. Dan is Adjunct Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas-Lawrence and has served as the national Chair for the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. He received his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas.

Oliver Rosen, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer at Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Deciphera, Dr. Rosen served as Vice President of Global and U.S. Medical Affairs at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. Dr. Rosen held senior medical affairs and clinical development roles at Genentech, including Medical Director on the Avastin team. Prior to Genentech, Dr. Rosen served as Associate Director of Medical Affairs at Amgen. Dr. Rosen also held the position of Clinical Scientist at Hoffman La Roche Ltd. where he was responsible for Phase 3 programs on the Avastin team and Global Project Physician at Merck KGaA. Dr. Rosen received his training in oncology and hematology at the University Hospital Charite in Berlin with research activities focused on hematology and bone marrow transplantation. Prior to his clinical training he participated in a post-doctoral program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Hamburg. Dr. Rosen obtained his medical degree from the University of Cologne, Germany.

Steve DiPalmaStephen DiPalma, MBA is Chief Financial Officer and brings more than 25 years of experience in life sciences and healthcare, including founding two start-ups, working with venture-backed companies, subsidiaries of Fortune 100 firms and publicly traded companies. He is Managing Director of Danforth Advisors, a firm that specializes in providing outsourced financial, operational, and strategic consulting services to life science companies. Previously, he served as the CFO of two public companies, and as CFO, COO, CEO or Director of eight privately held companies, in addition to his consulting clients. Steve participated in the successful reorganization of Cambridge Biotech from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection into Aquila BioPharmaceuticals, led the effort to take RXi public, and has extensive experience in international fund raising and corporate structuring. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Cognoptix, and is on the Board of Directors of Phytera, Inc. He holds an MBA from Babson College, and a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems from UMass Lowell.

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