Jonathan Violin, Ph.D. – founding CEO
Jonathan joined Quellis shortly after its incorporation to lead its launch and growth. He is a partner at Viridian LLC, a biotech incubator that builds virtual drug discovery companies to pursue product-focused drug discovery hypotheses. Prior to joining Viridian, Jonathan co-founded and helped lead Trevena Inc. from discovery research through clinical development and NDA submission, including multiple rounds of venture and public financing. While there, he held a series of roles including leadership of discovery biology, investor relations, corporate strategy, and scientific affairs. He has helped identify and progress four novel molecules into clinical development, including one program granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA. He also has experience in alliance management, business development, and regulatory interactions including team lead and moderator for a new chemical entity FDA Advisory Committee. Jonathan has co-authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business, and a B.S. in Chemical Pharmacology from Duke University.
Vahe Bedian, Ph.D. – founding Chief Scientific Officer
Vahe joined Quellis at its inception and is responsible for research and discovery. He is a partner at Viridian LLC, a biotech incubator that builds virtual drug discovery companies to pursue product-focused drug discovery hypotheses. Vahe previously served for 10 years at AstraZeneca focused on antibody therapeutics and immuno-oncology, most recently as Director, Search and Evaluation, Global Product and Portfolio Strategy. His other roles at AstraZeneca included site lead for a biologics discovery group, helping to oversee oncology and technology portfolios, and supporting the AstraZeneca-MedImmune integration. Prior to this, Vahe spent 8 years at Pfizer where he helped established the company’s biologics strategy across therapeutic areas and led discovery efforts for clinical development teams responsible for four INDs and a Phase 3 program. Vahe has authored more than 40 publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from SUNY Buffalo and a M.S. and B.S. in Physics from the American University of Beirut.