Management Team

Dr. Aoife M. Brennan
President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Aoife Brennan has served as Synlogic’s president and chief executive officer since October 2018 after serving as interim president and CEO from May 2018. She joined Synlogic in September 2016 as chief medical officer responsible for the oversight and direction of the company’s clinical development strategy and operations. In addition to her duties as chief executive officer, she will continue to serve as chief medical officer until a replacement is appointed. Aoife previously spent six years at Biogen, where she was in roles of increasing responsibility and most recently served as vice president and head of the Rare Disease Innovation Unit, which included programs ranging from pre-clinical to commercial. She has also led programs across multiple therapeutic areas including the late phase development of nusinersen for spinal muscular atrophy and ALPROLIX® and ELOCTATE®, treatments for Hemophilia B and Hemophilia A. Prior to joining Biogen, she was director of clinical development at Tolerx, a start-up biotech company focusing on immunotherapy for Type 1 diabetes. Aoife holds a medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has completed post-graduate training in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism. She has completed post-doctoral training in clinical research and metabolism at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School Scholars in Clinical Science Program.
Todd Shegog
Chief Financial Officer
Todd Shegog joined Synlogic in September 2016 as chief financial officer and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the company’s financial strategy and management as well as facilities and information systems. Todd brings more than 20 years of financial experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, Todd served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Forum Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for finance, operations and information systems in support of the pursuit of innovative therapies for schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to Forum, Todd was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., now Takeda Oncology, where he was responsible for management of the company’s financial resources, corporate planning, financial reporting and compliance. During his tenure from 1998 to 2014, Todd held key leadership roles supporting the early evolution of the company and its transformation from a genomics company to a fully-integrated drug developer, the approval and launch of its flagship oncology product, VELCADE®, and the $8.8 billion acquisition of Millennium by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He began his career in healthcare at Genetics Institute (now Pfizer) in a variety of financial positions supporting its research and development organizations and was a member of the commercial operations team that supported the launch of BeneFIX®. Todd holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Management at Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College.
Paul Miller
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Paul Miller joined Synlogic in 2014 as chief scientific officer and is accountable for all aspects of discovery research and platform expansion at the company. Previously, Paul was the vice president of infection biology at AstraZeneca, where he was responsible for the early discovery portfolio and strategy while also leading several external collaborations. Prior to Astra-Zeneca, Paul was the chief scientific officer for antibacterial research at Pfizer, leading discovery teams that produced eight drug development candidates, provided critical research support for several successful marketed antibiotics including Zithromax and Zyvox, and also successfully advanced a novel oxazolidinone (sutezolid) for tuberculosis into Phase II studies. A microbial geneticist by training, Paul began his professional career at the Warner-Lambert Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he integrated modern molecular-genetic approaches into a traditional antibacterial drug discovery program and established novel target discovery projects. His work there led to new insights into the mechanisms by which bacteria sense and respond to antibiotics and other environmental agents. Paul received his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the Albany Medical College, and conducted post-doctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health. He has also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats.
Caroline B. Kurtz
Head of Translational Sciences and Product Development
Dr. Caroline Kurtz joined Synlogic in October 2016 and is responsible for all aspects of nonclinical development for Synlogic’s therapeutic programs. Previously, Caroline was vice president and GC-C platform lead at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, where she drove the development of linaclotide (LINZESS®) from pre-IND through NDA approval and life-cycle management. In this role, she managed the linaclotide development collaborations with U.S. partner Forest (now Allergan), European partner Almirall and Japanese partner Astellas. Through the study of linaclotide’s pharmacology, her team identified a novel mechanism for the relief of visceral pain mediated by the release of cGMP from intestinal epithelial cells. She also served as the portfolio lead for the discovery and development of new GC-C agonists, including identification of two additional clinical candidates. Prior to her role at Ironwood, Caroline served as director of infectious diseases at GelTex/Genzyme, where she led discovery of novel polymeric compounds as anti-infectives for intestinal and pulmonary infections. This work led to the discovery and clinical development of a toxin-binding polymer, tolevamer, for the treatment of C. difficile colitis. Caroline received her Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard University in the laboratory of Dr. John Weis, and post-doctoral training in viral immunology and central nervous system demylelinating diseases in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Fujinami at the University of Utah. She was recently recognized by PharmaVoice magazine as one of 2016’s 100 most inspiring people.
Andrew Gengos
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Corporate Development
Andrew Gengos joined Synlogic in October 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Corporate Development and is responsible for leading and coordinating strategic corporate and business development for the company. Andrew brings over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, holding key positions at companies focused on advancing innovative products and technologies. He most recently served as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a director of ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, an immune-oncology company pursuing treatments for glioblastoma. Previously, Andrew was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals. He served for more than seven years as Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Amgen, where he managed all business development activities, led the execution of strategic projects and supported the company’s long-range planning. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer of Dynavax Technologies where he was responsible for all business and finance activities. Earlier in his career, Andrew served as Vice President of Strategy at Chiron Corporation (now Novartis) and as a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Andrew holds an MBA degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BS degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Adam Thomas
Chief Human Resources Officer
Adam Thomas joined Synlogic in July 2017 and is responsible for all human resource functions including staffing and recruitment, leadership development and learning, and compensation and talent engagement approaches. Adam has spent more than 20 years in human resources helping leading companies recruit and retain top talent. Prior to joining Synlogic, he served as Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Research and Development at Shire during a period when the company underwent major expansion, doubling the size of its research and development workforce in Massachusetts. Before joining Shire, Adam served as Head of Human Resources for Research, Development, and Engineering for S.C. Johnson and Company. Earlier in his career he served as director in various human resources functions at Pfizer. Adam holds an M.B.A. from Boston University, a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. from the University of the West of England.
Maiken Keson-Brookes
General Counsel
Maiken Keson-Brookes joined Synlogic in December 2017 as the company’s general counsel and is responsible for all corporate legal and intellectual property functions. Prior to joining Synlogic, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at uniQure, a gene-therapy company, and prior to that as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, heading the legal department that she established at Forum Pharmaceuticals in Waltham, Mass. Before joining Forum, she served as Associate General Counsel at Biogen Idec, first in Switzerland and subsequently in the United States. Earlier in her career, Maiken worked in the financial and public sectors. Maiken has extensive international legal experience and is admitted as an attorney in New York and as a solicitor in England and Wales. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from King’s College London.
Antoine Awad
Head of Technical Operations
Antoine (Tony) Awad joined Synlogic in December 2018 as Head of Technical Operations and is responsible for process sciences and manufacturing functions for the Company. Tony has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry with substantial experience in the development and manufacturing of novel therapeutics from pre-IND studies through global commercialization. Prior to joining Synlogic, Tony was most recently at Abpro Therapeutics and served as Senior Vice President of CMC and Operations where he was responsible for the development of bi-specific antibodies for oncology and leading corporate operational functions. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Manufacturing at L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals focused on developing small molecules for oncology. Previously, Tony held positions of increasing responsibilities over a ten-year period at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. As Head of Process Sciences & Manufacturing, Tony led CMC development, manufacturing and approval of ONIVYDE® for treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer and transitioned to Ipsen Bioscience to integrate and lead commercial manufacturing of ONIVYDE®. Tony has broad experience in partnerships, collaboration and M&A, most notably with Sanofi, Baxalta/Shire plc, Actavis Pharma/Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Ipsen Bioscience. He is a graduate of Boston University and holds degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, and conducted graduate research at Boston University School of Dental Medicine.