Pratik Shah, Ph.D.
Director and Chair of the Board
Pratik Shah has served as a member of the ARS Board since April 2016 and was appointed as the first Chair of the ARS Board in September 2018. Dr. Shah has also served as Chief Executive Officer for Design Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSGN), a biotechnology company, since August 2023 and as the Executive Chair and member of the board of directors since December 2017. Previously, Dr. Shah served as President of Marlinspike Group, LLC, since August 2018, and of Marlinspike Group Inc. from June 2015 to October 2020.
Dr. Shah served as the Chair of the board of directors of Synthorx, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: THOR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, from October 2018 until its acquisition by Sanofi S.A. in January 2020.
Dr. Shah also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the board of directors of Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: ASPX), biopharmaceutical company, from October 2013 until its acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in May 2015. From 2004 to 2014 he was a partner at Thomas, McNerney & Partners, a healthcare venture capital firm. Dr. Shah holds a B.S in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an M.B.A. in Finance, both from the University of Chicago.