Tom joined Pappas Capital in 2018, bringing with him more than 28 years of executive management experience in the life sciences and medical device industries. He is located in Boston, where he primarily focuses on company formation. Tom is the founder of Allievex Corp., and currently serves as its President and CEO. Allievex is developing novel therapies for the treatment of rare pediatric neurodegenerative diseases. Allievex’s lead product candidate is tralesinidase alfa, an investigational enzyme replacement therapy using a novel fusion of recombinant human alpha‐N‐acetyglucosaminidase (NAGLU) with a peptide derived from insulin‐like growth factor 2 (IGF2) for the treatment of children with Sanfilippo syndrome type B or mucopolysaccharidosis IIIB (MPS IIIB).
Prior to Pappas Capital and Allievex, Tom was the President and CEO of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCD), a Pappas Ventures III portfolio company founded by Pappas Capital, which focused on the development of lasmiditan for the acute treatment of migraine headaches. Eli Lilly & Company acquired CoLucid in March 2017 in an all cash transaction for nearly $1 billion. Prior to CoLucid, he was President and CEO of Peptimmune, Inc.; President and CEO of Cell Based Delivery, Inc; Vice President and General Manager of Cardion AG; and Vice President of Strategic Development at Genzyme Corporation.
Tom currently serves as a Trustee of Butler University and is co-founder and Chairman of Déclion Holdings, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. He is also a business advisor to the Progeria Research Foundation, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization for nine years, where he was active in the policy areas of capital formation, bioethics, intellectual property, and regulatory policy. From 1988 to 1991, Tom served as a captain in the United States Army and was awarded several medals for his services as an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot in the Gulf War.
United States Military Academy at West Point (BS in Engineering)