Leadership Team

Julie Cherrington, Ph.D.


Julie Cherrington, Ph.D. is a life science executive with over 25 years of experience advancing drugs into and through clinical development and to commercialization. She has played a key role in the successful development of several FDA-approved products, including SUTENT™, Palladia™, Vistide™, Viread™, and Hepsera™.

Dr. Cherrington has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arch Oncology since joining the Company in 2017. Previously, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Revitope, also an immune-oncology company, at Zenith Epigenetics, a bromodomain inhibitor company, and at Pathway Therapeutics, an oncology and inflammation company. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President of Preclinical and Clinical Research at SUGEN, a Pharmacia/Pfizer company. Dr. Cherrington began her career at Gilead Sciences, where she held a range of positions of increasing responsibility.

Dr. Cherrington holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in microbiology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cherrington serves as Director on the Boards of Mirati Therapeutics and QUE Oncology.

Daniel Pereira, Ph.D.


Daniel Pereira, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He has contributed to R&D initiatives resulting in approximately 100 oncology biologic drug candidates, including mono/bispecific antibodies, ADCs and Immuno-oncology candidates, as well as in four FDA-approved products – Erbitux®, Cyramza™, Portrazza® and Lartruvo®.

Dr. Pereira serves as Chief Scientific Officer of Arch Oncology. Prior to joining Arch, he served as Vice President, Discovery Research for six years at Agensys Inc., an affiliate of Astellas Pharmaceuticals Inc. In addition, he served as Site Head and Vice President, Research for four years at Roche/Arius, Hoffmann-La Roche Limited. Dr. Pereira began his career as Director Tumor Biology at ImClone Systems, Inc., where he served for eight years.

Dr. Pereira received a B.S. with honors in biochemistry and a M.S. in chemistry from the University of Manitoba. He earned a Ph.D. in biology and received his doctorate training with Dr. Frank Graham at McMaster University. He received his post-doctoral training with Dr. John Dick at the University of Toronto.

Kirk Christoffersen


Kirk Christoffersen has over 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Mr. Christoffersen serves as Chief Business Officer for Arch Oncology and leads corporate strategy and other business functions. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development for Compugen. In addition, he worked at GlobeImmune, Inc. for over a decade in roles of increasing responsibility becoming Vice President, Corporate Development. Earlier in his career, Mr. Christoffersen held leadership positions in corporate development and marketing at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, and NeXstar Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Christoffersen earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.


Vicki Sung, Ph.D.


Dr. Sung has 20 years of oncology drug development experience, spanning from target discovery and validation through pharmacology and late-stage clinical development.

Dr. Sung serves as Vice President of Translational Medicine at Arch Oncology. Prior to joining Arch, she led translational efforts for hematology and oncology programs for ten years at Celgene, where she helped advance drugs from IND through Phase 3 clinical trials, including the clinical development of Luspatercept, that supported an NDA submission to the FDA. Previously, Dr. Sung held R&D positions at Novartis (Chiron) and Sugen (Pharmacia/Pfizer), where she contributed to the validation and development of both small molecules and biologics.

Dr. Sung holds a B.S. in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in biology from Georgetown University. She earned a Ph.D. in cell biology from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral studies in endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Jackie Walling, MBChB, Ph.D.


Jackie Walling, MBChB, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience in the global clinical development of drugs for treating patients with cancer. She has provided leadership to  clinical development programs leading to the successful FDA approval of several drugs, including Gemzar™, ALIMTA®, Vimizim™, PALYNZIQ™, and TALZENNA®.

Dr. Walling serves as Chief Medical Officer of Arch Oncology. She has extensive experience serving as a Chief Medical Officer for clients. She previously has served as Vice President of Clinical Development for BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., leading the Company’s global clinical development. Earlier in her career, Dr. Walling was Vice President, Clinical Research for Axys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Medical Director for Tularik, Inc.  Dr. Walling began her pharmaceutical career at Eli Lilly and Company, where she worked for a decade in the United Kingdom and the United States in roles of increasing responsibility for several of the Company’s oncology drug development programs.

Dr. Walling received a B.Sc. in biology and Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, UK. She received her post-doctoral training in cancer research from Aston University, UK. She earned an MBChB (M.D. equivalent) with honors from the University of Bristol, UK, and practiced medicine in the UK.

Michele DeVries


Michele DeVries has nearly 20 years of regulatory affairs experience, spanning from IND submissions through routine submissions for marketed product in the United States and the European Union. She has worked for a number of leading oncology companies in the biotechnology industry.

Ms. DeVries serves as Head of Regulatory Affairs and Quality for Arch Oncology. Previously, she was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality for Aduro Biotech, Inc., where she led the Regulatory, Quality, and Medical Writing departments and successfully negotiated Breakthrough Therapy and Orphan Drug designations. Earlier in her career, she held regulatory affairs roles of increasing responsibility at Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc., VaxGen, Inc., InterMune, Inc., and Tularik.

Ms. DeVries received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Richard Cutler, Jr., Ph.D.


Dr. Cutler has over 20 years of oncology drug development experience, including pre-clinical target validation and characterization, target mechanism of action studies, pre-clinical compound validation and optimization, due diligence/asset acquisition, clinical trial leadership and clinical trial protocol development and submissions.

Dr. Cutler serves as Vice President of Clinical Science at Arch Oncology. Prior to joining, he led the STING Project team at Aduro Biotechnology. Previously, Dr. Cutler held R&D positions at Puma Biotechnology, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Bavarian Nordic, Exelixis and SUGEN.

Dr. Cutler holds a B.S. in Biology from the Loyola University of Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute-FCRDC Molecular Basis of Carcinogenesis Laboratory, ABL-Basic Research Program.

Arun Kashyap, Ph.D.


Arun Kashyap, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience in biologics drug discovery and leading projects from inception through preclinical development.

Dr. Kashyap serves as Vice President, Research of Arch Oncology. Prior to joining, he served as Senior Director, Protein Science at Dren Bio, where he led internal and external research for early-stage research programs. Earlier, he was Director, Antibody Discovery for Compugen USA, Inc., where he led therapeutic antibody discovery and engineering, development of platform technologies, and target selection activities. Previously, he was Principal Scientist at Protagonist Therapeutics, where he led the discovery of structured peptides for oral delivery in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Earlier, he was Founding Scientist at Sea Lane Biotechnologies, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in antibody technology development and its application to infectious disease and oncology therapeutics.

Dr. Kashyap received an A.B. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Denise Ramsey


Denise Ramsey has over 20 years of project leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical and diagnostics industries. Her experience spans product development, life cycle management, alliance management (Novartis, BMS, Roche, Bayer), CMC management, commercial launch and operations, as well as early discovery processes.

Ms. Ramsey serves as Vice President of Program Management for Arch Oncology. Previously, she worked with Compugen as Senior Director, Head of Global Program and Alliance Management, focused on immuno-oncology programs. Previously, she worked with Actelion Pharmaceutical as Associate Director, Commercial Operations Business Planning. Earlier in her career, she worked with BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Hoffman La-Roche, LTD, and Genentech, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility within the project management function.

Ms. Ramsey holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Strategic Planning from Golden Gate University.

Kevin Romanko, DPM


Kevin Romanko, DPM has over 25 years of clinical operations experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He has global clinical operations experience in all phases of drug development, with a focus on oncology, CV and CNS indications.

Dr. Romanko serves as Vice President of Clinical Operations at Arch Oncology, Previously, he was the Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Immune Design where he was responsible for clinical operations execution and deliverables for their Immunotherapy programs. Dr. Romanko also held positions as Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Zogenix, Inc. and earlier at Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he established and built the Company’s first Clinical Operations team.

Dr. Romanko holds B.A. in psychology from Wilkes University and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

Galit Yaakobovitz


Galit Yaakobovitz has over 20 years of finance experience, including finance and operations management, strategic finance planning, controllership, compliance, project management, and information systems.

Ms. Yaakobovitz serves as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Arch Oncology. Previously, she worked with Compugen as Senior Director of Finance and Operations, where she built and led the U.S. finance and operations team as the company grew from the early discovery phase through the preclinical and clinical stages of development. Earlier she held global corporate finance and project management positions with SanDisk Corporation and managed strategic enterprise projects. She began her career as a Public Accountant and Auditor at BDO in Israel, where she gained global experience in different industries.

Ms. Yaakobovitz received a Bachelor’s degree, with dual majors in Accounting and Statistics and Operations Research, and an M.B.A., both from Tel Aviv University and a CPA certification from the Institution of Certified Public Accountants, Israel.

William A. Frazier, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Scientific Advisor

William Frazier, Ph.D. co-founded the Company based on research from his laboratory and from the National Institutes of Health. He discovered that CD47 is a receptor for thrombospondin-1 and has been a leader in the field of CD47-mediated signaling pathways, contributing to over 140 publications. Dr. Frazier is a professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, and Cell Biology at Washington University School of Medicine.

Pamela T. Manning, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Scientific Advisor

Pamela Manning, Ph.D. co-founded the Company and served as Vice President of Research until 2018. She has extensive expertise in pharmacology, spanning multiple therapeutic areas including neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncology, inflammation and pain. Previously, she served as Director, Inflammation Pharmacology at Pfizer.

Robert Karr, M.D.

Scientific Advisor

Robert Karr, M.D. serves as an advisor to the Company. He has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the Company, Senior Vice President of R&D Strategy at Pfizer, President of Idera Pharmaceuticals, and Vice President of R&D Strategy for Warner-Lambert and G. D. Searle.