ABOUT US

Our Mission

Turnstone Biologics’ mission is to deliver breakthrough viral immunotherapies to improve survival for people with cancer.

Turnstone Biologics is a privately-held immuno-oncology company with offices in New York (USA) and Ottawa (Canada). Since 2015, we have raised $50 million in venture capital financing, brought in more than $100 million in non-dilutive funding, and have received numerous biotechnology industry awards, including being named a 2017 Fierce 15 company.

 

Our scientific founders, Drs. John Bell, David Stojdl and Brian Lichty, are world leaders in the oncolytic virus and immunotherapy field. Collectively, they have published more than 200 publications in leading journals, and have spent years engineering and developing viruses to create the next generation of powerful, targeted therapies for cancer patients.

 

Our passionate team of leaders in oncology has decades of experience in biotechnology, academia and pharmaceutical drug development. With comprehensive capabilities in immuno-oncology discovery, basic research, translation, clinical development, manufacturing, and commercialization, we are committed to bringing new medicines to people with cancer to improve their lives.

 

our science

Breakthrough Viral Immunotherapies

Turnstone Biologics is developing a disruptive class of engineered viral immunotherapies, attacking cancer’s complexity with medicines designed to fight tumors at multiple points of intervention, including simultaneous generation of targeted immune responses and modulation of the tumor environment.

The Vaccinia Virus

Turnstone’s proprietary vaccinia virus platform has been engineered to stimulate the immune system, drive antigen presentation and recognition, and re-shape the tumor microenvironment. The high degree of tumor selectivity and large transgene capacity of the virus can be utilized to deliver other agents and therapeutics directly to sites of tumors throughout the body for local expression, reducing their potential for systemic toxicity.

RIVAL-01 is Turnstone’s lead candidate consisting of the vaccinia virus backbone encoding three potent immunomodulators, Flt3 ligand, anti-CTLA-4 antibody, and IL-12 cytokine, specifically designed to work together to drive immune activity and re-program the microenvironment to be best suited for tumor eradication. When the vaccinia virus enters and replicates in cancer cells throughout the body, the transgenes are expressed. The resulting local production of these therapeutics at the site of tumors add to the inherent oncolytic and microenvironment modifying properties of the virus to form a powerful multi-modal attack on the disease.

our team

Leadership

Turnstone Biologics was founded by world-leading experts in oncolytic viruses and immunotherapies who have defined and advanced the field over the course of multiple decades. Our leadership team includes experts from academia and the life sciences industry who share the vision of bringing innovative viral immunotherapies based on our unique vaccinia virus platform to people with cancer.

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Sammy Farah, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Sammy Farah, Ph.D., M.B.A.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Sammy Farah has extensive vaccine expertise and almost 20 years of scientific, business and executive management experience in the biotechnology industry. He joined Turnstone Biologics from Synthetic Genomics Vaccines, Inc., where he served as President. Prior to that, he was Chief Business Officer of Immune Design Corp. And before then, Sammy was at Versant Ventures where he specialized in biotechnology investing and new company formation, and at Merck & Co., Inc. where he led technology support for multiple commercial vaccine franchises before joining the business development and licensing group to evaluate and execute new external technology and research partnerships. Dr. Farah earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Mike Burgess, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D.

Mike Burgess, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D.

President, Research & Development

Dr. Mike Burgess brings 20 years of drug research and development experience to Turnstone Biologics. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, he led strategy and execution of translational medicine, early-stage clinical trials and clinical pharmacology across all therapeutic areas, including oncology. Prior to this at Roche, Mike held several different senior leadership positions, including acting global head of Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) and Senior Vice President and Global Head of Oncology Research and Early Development. Before joining Roche, Mike spent 7 years at Lilly working on early stage oncology trials. Mike received his medical degree (MBChB) and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Bristol, UK and spent 10 years as a practicing physician in pediatrics and pediatric oncology.

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Jane Pritchett Henderson

Jane Pritchett Henderson

Chief Financial Officer

Jane Pritchett Henderson brings nearly 30 years of experience in health care and life sciences to her new role as Chief Financial Officer of Turnstone. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of Voyager Therapeutics since January 2017. Prior to Voyager, Ms. Henderson served as Chief Financial and Business Officer of Kolltan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., having joined the privately held biopharmaceutical company in early 2013 and leading the sale of Kolltan to Celldex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in late 2016. Prior to Kolltan, Ms. Henderson served in various financial and business development leadership roles at ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Axerion Pharmaceuticals and Panacos Pharmaceuticals. In her more than 19 years in healthcare investment banking, Ms. Henderson executed more than 95 mergers and acquisitions, advisory and financing deals, holding senior roles at HSBC Holdings plc, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers. Ms. Henderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sesen Bio (formerly Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc.) and Ophthotech as well as a non-profit foundation, The EQUUS Foundation.

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José Manuel Otero, Ph.D.

José Manuel Otero, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Technical Operations

Dr. José Manuel (Manny) Otero has 15 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including in bioprocess development, manufacturing, and CMC of vaccines and complex biologics. He joined Turnstone Biologics from Seres Therapeutics, Inc., a leader in human microbiome therapeutics, where he was Vice President of Bioprocess Development and Manufacturing. At Seres Therapeutics, Dr. Otero oversaw the expansion of the bioprocess development and manufacturing group, and was the corporate team leader for the first synthetic microbiome therapeutic to enter Phase 1b clinical studies in the United States. Prior to that, Dr. Otero was Director of Engineering at Merck & Co.’s Vaccine Manufacturing Sciences & Commercialization division. In that role, he supported development programs for the Varivax™, Zostavax™, ProQuad™, and MMRII™ franchises. Prior to that role, he was Head of Fermentation Process Development, Vaccine Process Development within Merck Research Labs. Dr. Otero has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an M.Eng. in biomedical engineering and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kristin Gustafson

Kristin Gustafson

Senior Vice President, HR & Facilities

Kristin Gustafson brings with her more than 18 years of Human Resources experience specific to the biotech and pharmaceutical sector to Turnstone. Prior to joining Turnstone, Ms. Gustafson was with Kite Pharma, a Gilead company, where she led the global Human Resource and Facilities function during a time of explosive growth and the approval of Yescarta, the first CAR-T adult immunotherapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prior to Kite, she spent four years at Intercept Pharmaceuticals and served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources and Facilities and also served in leadership roles at Cochlear and MGI Pharma.  Kristin attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Steve Bernstein, M.D.

Steve Bernstein, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Clinical Research & Development

Steven Bernstein, M.D., has more than 20 years of experience as a treating physician, translational scientist and pharmaceutical executive.  Prior to joining Turnstone, Dr. Bernstein served as Chair, Immuno-Oncology Translational Research and Development, and Head, Integrated Science, at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to BMS, he was as an academic physician scientist most recently at the University of Rochester’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute, where he was Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Hematological Malignancy and Lymphoma Biology Programs and Co-PI of the University of Rochester/Arizona Cancer Center NCI SPORE grant in lymphoma. Dr. Bernstein was a member of the Lymphoma Working Group of SWOG, and the Scientific Advisory Boards of both the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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David Stojdl, Ph.D.

David Stojdl, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Discovery Research

Dr. David Stojdl pioneered the exploration of host-virus interactions critical to oncolytic therapy to guide the clinical development of more effective virus platforms. At the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, he first identified VSV as an oncolytic virus and defined the archetypal role of interferon signaling in tumor-specific oncolytic virus targeting. Since joining the CHEO Research Institute in 2004, Dr. Stojdl has discovered and developed several novel oncolytic vector platforms, including the Maraba oncolytic virus platform. Dr. Stojdl also directs the CHEO Automated Screening Centre (CASC), leveraging state-of-the-art high-throughput robotic screening technology to uncover new insights for the clinical development of oncolytic virus biotherapies. Dr. Stojdl is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa. He was a scientific co-founder and consultant to Jennerex Biotherapeutics (later acquired by SillaJen Biotherapeutics). He received a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and an M.S. and B.S. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Western Ontario.

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Caroline Breitbach, Ph.D.

Caroline Breitbach, Ph.D.

Vice President, Translational Development

Dr. Caroline Breitbach joined Turnstone Biologics from SillaJen Biotherapeutics (formerly Jennerex) where she was Vice President, Clinical and Translational Research. In that position, she oversaw translational and early-stage clinical development of an oncolytic immunotherapy and contributed to lead candidate development from Phase 1 through initiation of Phase 3 evaluation. Previously, she worked in Dr. John Bell’s group at the University of Ottawa, where she evaluated acute effects of oncolytic viruses on the tumor immune microenvironment. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and an Honor’s B.Sc. in microbiology and immunology from McGill University.

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Maura Campbell, Ph.D.

Maura Campbell, Ph.D.

Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Dr. Maura Campbell has spent more than 20 years in technology transfer and the management and commercialization of intellectual property (IP). She has business management experience in all key sectors of biotech, including private and public companies, universities and research institutes, and government-funded public sector research organizations (National Centre of Excellence [NCE]). Maura joined Turnstone Biologics from VBI Vaccines where she served as Director, Intellectual Property. She also was with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) as a Senior Research Program Manager, where she oversaw the oncolytic vaccine project commercialization. Earlier in her career, Maura was the Director of Intellectual Property for PainCeptor Pharma Corporation, the Manager of Technology Transfer & Commercialization for the OHRI, and the Manager of Technology Transfer at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems at NCE. She has served as an IP consultant to a number of Canadian start-ups including Neurochem, Conjuchem, Aonix, AMRIC and Sussex Research Labs. Maura received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in biochemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston.

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Karen Major

Karen Major

Vice President, Regulatory

Karen Major has 18 years of Regulatory Affairs experience, specializing in the global development of biotechnological oncology products.  Prior to joining Turnstone, she was Sr. Director Regulatory Affairs at Arbutus Biopharma, focusing on chronic HBV. Prior to that, she held the same position at Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, developing siRNA-LNP products in oncology, infectious disease and metabolic indications. Karen led the Regulatory Affairs departments at YM BioSciences (acquired by Gilead in 2013) and Viventia Biotechnologies. Karen holds an honors BSc in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate diploma in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations from Seneca College, and a Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) from RAPS.

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Adina Pelusio

Adina Pelusio

Vice President, Clinical Operations

Adina Pelusio has more than 15 years of experience in drug development, most recently as the Vice President, Clinical Operations at SillaJen Biotherapeutics (formerly Jennerex, Inc), where she spent a decade advancing oncolytic viruses in clinical trials. In addition to overseeing the Clinical Operations department at SillaJen, she managed and pioneered the medical educator role to expand hospital personnel comfort and knowledge globally with oncolytic viruses. Prior to Jennerex, Ms. Pelusio served as a SWAT Senior Clinical Research Associate at PPD, a large, global CRO, where she was tasked with study rescue and served on a technology committee assigned with developing training for CRAs and project teams on new technologies within the field.

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John Bell, Ph.D.

John Bell, Ph.D.

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. John Bell began his independent research career at McGill University before moving to the University of Ottawa and becoming a professor in the Department of Medicine. He is a member of the Center for Innovative Cancer Therapeutics at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He heads the Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium, a Terry Fox-funded group from across Canada that is developing virus-based cancer therapeutics, and is the Director of the Biotherapeutics Program at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. John is the Scientific Director of the National Centre of Excellence for the development of Biotherapeutics for Cancer Therapy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Bell received a Ph.D. from McMaster University and then trained at the Medical Research Council in London, U.K.

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Brian Lichty, Ph.D.

Brian Lichty, Ph.D.

McMaster University

Dr. Brian Lichty is a distinguished scientist with extensive expertise in oncolytic viruses and related immunotherapies, including seminal work with Dr. John Bell at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre. He is a professor in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine and the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) at McMaster University. Dr. Lichty’s expertise includes influence research in the identification of strategies to leverage oncolytic viruses to harness the patient’s immune system in a sustainable manner, including vaccine design and engineering to directly engage the adaptive immune system tumor-specific and/or to enhance combinations with other immunotherapies. He is also director of the Robert E. Fitzhenry vector lab at McMaster University where clinical-grade viral vaccines are manufactured for human clinical trials. Dr. Lichty earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph.

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David Stojdl, Ph.D.

David Stojdl, Ph.D.

University of Ottawa

Dr. David Stojdl pioneered the exploration of host-virus interactions critical to oncolytic therapy to guide the clinical development of more effective virus platforms. At the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, he first identified VSV as an oncolytic virus and defined the archetypal role of interferon signaling in tumor-specific oncolytic virus targeting. Since joining the CHEO Research Institute in 2004, Dr. Stojdl has discovered and developed several novel oncolytic vector platforms, including the Maraba oncolytic virus platform. Dr. Stojdl also directs the CHEO Automated Screening Centre (CASC), leveraging state-of-the-art high-throughput robotic screening technology to uncover new insights for the clinical development of oncolytic virus biotherapies. Dr. Stojdl is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa. He was a scientific co-founder and consultant to Jennerex Biotherapeutics (later acquired by SillaJen Biotherapeutics). He received a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and an M.S. and B.S. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Western Ontario.

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Brad Bolzon, Ph.D.

Brad Bolzon, Ph.D.


Brad Bolzon, Ph.D., is a Managing Director and Chairman of Versant. He combines 13 years of global pharmaceutical industry experience and a similar tenure as a venture capitalist. Brad is the architect of Versant’s investment strategy. His track record consists of successive outlier returns including Amira (sale), Okairos (sale), Speedel (sale), Quanticel (sale), Novira (sale), Flexion (2014 IPO), Crispr (2016 IPO), BioTie (sale), Jecure (sale), Inception (multiple sales) and BlueRock (sale), and he continues to manage several other promising investments.

Prior to joining Versant, Brad served as Executive Vice President, Global Head of Business Development, Licensing & Alliances at Roche. Under his leadership, Roche established alliances with over 75 venture-backed biotech companies worldwide and transformed its R&D pipeline into an industry leader. Prior to that, Brad held executive roles at Eli Lilly in drug discovery, clinical research, regulatory affairs and business development. He earned Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto.

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Jerel Davis, Ph.D.

Jerel Davis, Ph.D.


Dr. Jerel Davis is a Managing Director at Versant Ventures and is based in Vancouver. Since joining Versant in 2011, he has played a critical role in launching and investing in a number of Versant’s portfolio companies including Quanticel Pharmaceuticals, Crispr Therapeutics, Blueline Bioscience, Northern Biologics and several of the Inception Sciences discovery start-ups. He has also led Versant’s execution of build-to-buy structured acquisitions with Celgene, Roche and Bayer. Over the last few years, Jerel has focused on establishing Versant’s presence in Canada, including the launch of new companies in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Prior to joining Versant, Jerel was Associate Principal at McKinsey and Company where he advised pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and molecular diagnostics companies. He has worked in a number of healthcare markets globally including the United States, Europe, China, Russia and India. Jerel was a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University and worked in research at Amgen.

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Rishi Gupta, J.D.

Rishi Gupta, J.D.


Rishi Gupta is a private equity partner at OrbiMed. Prior to that, he was a healthcare investment banker at Raymond James & Associates, served as manager of corporate development at Veritas Medicine and was a summer associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Rishi has published scientific articles on the mechanisms of HIV entry into host cells and legal articles on intellectual property laws in the developing world. In addition to Turnstone Biologics, he serves or has served on the boards of Dimension Therapeutics, Symbiomix Therapeutics, Avitide, Verona Pharma, ChemoCentryx and Sientra. He has also been actively involved with OrbiMed’s investments in Acceleron Pharma, CoGenesys, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Adimab, Receptos, Aragon Pharmaceuticals, Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Alector, Arsanis, Biotie, Invitae and ORIC Pharmaceuticals. Rishi earned a J.D. from the Yale Law School and an A.B. degree magna cum laude in biochemical sciences from Harvard College.

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Sammy Farah, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Sammy Farah, Ph.D., M.B.A.


Dr. Sammy Farah has extensive vaccine expertise and almost 20 years of scientific, business and executive management experience in the biotechnology industry. He joined Turnstone Biologics from Synthetic Genomics Vaccines, Inc., where he served as President. Prior to that, he was Chief Business Officer of Immune Design Corp. And before then, Sammy was at Versant Ventures where he specialized in biotechnology investing and new company formation, and at Merck & Co., Inc. where he led technology support for multiple commercial vaccine franchises before joining the business development and licensing group to evaluate and execute new external technology and research partnerships. Dr. Farah earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Patrick Machado

Patrick Machado


Patrick Machado is a co-founder of Medivation, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and has served on its Board of Directors since April 2014. Prior to his retirement in April 2014, Mr. Machado served as Medivation’s Chief Financial Officer since its inception in September 2003 and as its Chief Business Officer since December 2009. From 1998 until 2001, Mr. Machado was employed by ProDuct Health, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel from 1998 to 2000, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 until 2002, Mr. Machado served as a consultant to Cytyc Corporation, to assist with transitional matters related to Cytyc Corporation’s acquisition of ProDuct Health, Inc. Mr. Machado received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. and B.S. in German and Economics, respectively, from Santa Clara University.

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Robert Gould

Robert Gould


Robert Gould joined Fulcrum as president and CEO at the time of the company’s launch in 2016, bringing over 30 years of experience to the role. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Epizyme from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Epizyme, Robert served as director of novel therapeutics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard from 2006 to 2010. Robert spent 23 years at Merck where he held a variety of leadership positions, culminating in the role of vice president, licensing and external research. Throughout his time at Merck, Robert was instrumental in advancing more than 20 compounds from discovery into clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas. Robert received a B.A. from Spring Arbor College and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and completed postdoctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Stefan Larson, Ph.D.

Stefan Larson, Ph.D.


Dr. Larson joined Sectoral in 2018 as Partner – Private Equity, responsible for leading biotechnology private equity investments. Prior to joining Sectoral, Dr. Larson was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and later Venture Partner with Versant Ventures, where he led the establishment of their Toronto-based Discovery Engine and was the founding CEO of Northern Biologics. Dr. Larson was also a co-founder of two medical device companies: Perimeter Medical Imaging, and Tornado Spectral Systems. He began his career at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and Toronto. Dr. Larson received his B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University, and his M.Sc. in Molecular and Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto, prior to completing his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Stanford University.

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Jeff Courtney

Jeff Courtney

In Memoriam

Jeff Courtney helped to form Turnstone Biologics and was an outstanding leader for FACIT (Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust). Jeff’s life’s work and warm personality inspires all of us at Turnstone Biologics to drive forward our mission to help cancer patients, and we greatly miss his presence, leadership and friendship.

We are backed by top-tier investors who are committed to the company’s growth. We have raised approximately $50 million in venture capital financing since our inception.

Turnstone Biologics views strategic partnerships as a core component of our strategy and is interested in collaborating with biopharma companies, academic centers, and universities to transform patient care.

In December 2019, Turnstone Biologics announced a global collaboration and license agreement with Takeda to develop novel viral immunotherapies from Turnstone’s proprietary vaccinia virus platform targeting a broad range of cancer indications.

In the fall of 2017, Turnstone Biologics entered into a strategic research, option and license agreement with AbbVie for our Ad-MG1-MAGEA3 therapy and two research-stage candidates.

Careers

Turnstone Biologics’ team works with a sense of urgency to fulfill our mission. Our decision-making is driven by science and our therapeutics are designed with the patient in mind.

We value transparency, innovation, integrity and purpose as we collaborate to transform cancer care. If you’re a passionate person, and our mission and science excite you, Turnstone Biologics might be for you.

Team Member Openings

Turnstone Biologics is dedicated to excellence and innovation in every aspect of our science and business. We are actively looking for exceptional individuals who share our passion for developing and delivering next-generation viral immunotherapies. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are an equal opportunity employer.

Turnstone Biologics is a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology company focused on the development of next-generation oncolytic viral immunotherapies for patients with a broad range of solid tumors. Turnstone’s unique, first-in-class oncolytic viral immunotherapies combine the potent tumor-killing effects of an oncolytic virus with a tumor-targeted T-cell vaccine to harness an individual’s own immune system to attack the tumor, preventing recurrence and delivering a cure. Turnstone’s robust pipeline of early-stage compounds, based on its MG1 oncolytic virus platform, are in development for multiple solid tumors and are being evaluated in combination with other cancer immunotherapies, including checkpoint inhibitors, to drive unprecedented, durable T-cell immune responses and strong anti-tumor activity and prevent recurrence. Turnstone is building a world-class, high-performing company that embraces being a learning organization with a sense of urgency. Turnstone has a seasoned board of directors and venture capital partners, is enrolling clinical studies, has a rich development portfolio, and highly active R&D efforts led by a world-class scientific management team. Turnstone is co-located in Ottawa, Hamilton, Canada and New York, USA.

Position Overview:
Imagine coming to work every day where over-communication, transparency, teaching, listening, asking, thinking, working hard, and having fun are normal – actually, expected? Imagine having a coach, mentor, peers, and partners where candid feedback, self-improvement, risk taking, failing, learning from that failing, and succeeding are what we call ‘another day at Turnstone’? At Turnstone, the science drives decision making, and our drugs are designed with the patient in mind. Like the disease we’re fighting, our platform is complex, and transformative. If you’re a passionate person, and our science excites you – this opportunity may be for you.

Position Overview:

The Lab Operations Manager (Maternity leave replacement) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the local R&D group. Responsibilities include sourcing and procurement of all lab consumables and equipment, managing logistics and maintaining communication with all team members to support their activities and enhance productivity. The Lab Operations Manager will apply technical expertise to inform decision-making and coordinate with Scientists to prioritize objectives. Administrative responsibilities include document control for the local R&D group, selection and management of vendors, management of equipment and facility maintenance, biological and consumable inventories, budgeting, invoice approvals and site-specific staff on-boarding. The Lab Operations Manager is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment in compliance with health and safety regulations. They will support staff training requirements for the local R&D group. The Lab Operations Manager will coordinate with internal stakeholders, vendors and collaborators. They will manage projects in response to and in support of the evolving needs of the company, which will involve coordination of stakeholders and management of budget and timeline.

What’s in it for you?
In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to think both strategically and drive fast-paced execution. With our company size and growth we will give you plenty of opportunities for you to be an inspirational and collaborative co-functional leader. Passionate about being a part of a critical function of a growing company and continuous learning? We will have plenty of that for you!

We are in the early stages of building strategies, structures and process so this role will be busy and expanding. You would have the opportunity to create something new and ‘WOW!’ all of us and grow right along with the company.

Experience & Qualifications:

Turnstone Biologics is a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology company focused on the development of next-generation oncolytic viral immunotherapies for patients with a broad range of solid tumors. Turnstone’s unique, first-in-class oncolytic viral immunotherapies combine the potent tumor-killing effects of an oncolytic virus with a tumor-targeted T-cell vaccine to harness an individual’s own immune system to attack the tumor, preventing recurrence and delivering a cure. Turnstone’s robust pipeline of early-stage compounds, based on its MG1 oncolytic virus platform, are in development for multiple solid tumors and are being evaluated in combination with other cancer immunotherapies, including checkpoint inhibitors, to drive unprecedented, durable T-cell immune responses and strong anti-tumor activity and prevent recurrence. Turnstone is building a world-class, high-performing company that embraces being a learning organization with a sense of urgency. Turnstone has a seasoned board of directors and venture capital partners, is enrolling clinical studies, has a rich development portfolio, and highly active R&D efforts led by a world-class scientific management team. Turnstone is co-located in Ottawa, Hamilton, Canada and New York, USA.

Position Overview:
Imagine coming to work every day where over-communication, transparency, teaching, listening, asking, thinking, working hard, and having fun are normal – actually, expected? Imagine having a coach, mentor, peers, and partners where candid feedback, self-improvement, risk taking, failing, learning from that failing, and succeeding are what we call ‘another day at Turnstone’? At Turnstone, the science drives decision making, and our drugs are designed with the patient in mind. Like the disease we’re fighting, our platform is complex, and transformative. If you’re a passionate person, and our science excites you – this opportunity may be for you.

Our Bioprocess Development and Manufacturing Sciences (PDMS) team is growing. As part of the Technical operations organization, the PDMS team is responsible for leading the overall strategy and technical development for Drug Substance, and Drug Product of our clinical-staged assets. PDMS also supports technical transfers and collaborates closely with Manufacturing to provide technical support for GMP operations. Reporting to the Manager of Downstream Process Development you will be heavily involved in downstream process development activities spanning our viral and non-viral platforms. Responsibilities include:

· Act as subject matter expert for the design of process development studies, data analysis, and interpretation of data

· Act as SME lead for work executing in CDMO partner labs

· Develop & support robust, scaleable purification process by evaluating novel and advanced technologies for our virus portfolio

· Lead efforts to evaluate different resins, filters, and analytical methods pertinent to purification development activities

· Support the training of lab staff on downstream purification equipment

· Participate in technology transfer to our local and international CMO partners

· Support Manufacturing Sciences team with scale-up of the manufacturing processes, and deviation investigations

· Employ QbD principals to perform process characterization studies (e.g. Impurity clearance, process limit evaluations, and identifying operational design space)

· Act as subject matter expert for review of data in regulatory filings

· Draft and review study protocols, test-methods, SOP’s, work instructions and study reports

· Support ongoing batch monitoring (engineering and GMP batches) including person-in-plant coverage

· Share information and harmonize development within the PDMS and TechOps teams as necessary. Ensure good teamwork and support high-quality deliverables

· Perform daily duties to comply with Turnstone’s employment, health & safety, and labour policies, procedures and regulations

· Effectively collaborate with a fully integrated team to facilitate the success of projects

What’s in it for you?

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to think both strategically and drive fast-paced execution. With our company size and growth we will give you plenty of opportunities for you to be an inspirational and collaborative co-functional leader. Passionate about being a part of a critical function of a growing company and continuous learning? We will have plenty of that for you!

We are in the early stages of building strategies, structures and process so this role will be busy and expanding. We also have opportunities for you to be a mentor to other team members. You would have the opportunity to create something new and ‘WOW!’ all of us and grow right along with the company.

The ideal candidate would possess:

· Masters or PhD in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology or in other related Science field (virology, biology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry)

· 3-4 years of experience in downstream process development, chromatography (affinity, ion Exchange, hydrophobic interaction & mixed-modal chromatography), Filtration (clarification, TFF and sterile filtration)

· Experience working with GE AKTA chromatography systems and Unicorn Software is preferred

· Experience in virus purification is an asset

· Experience with mammalian cell culture in adherent and/or suspension bioreactors is considered an asset

· Able to manage competing priorities effectively and adapt to changing priorities

· Ability to work independently and as part of a team

· Task & Team-oriented, analytical, organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated & ability to multi-task

· Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to build open and collaborative relationships, work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team

· Excellent computer skills, including JMP, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Word

To Apply:
Please click here to apply!

Turnstone Biologics welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected will be invited for an interview.

Turnstone Biologics is a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology company focused on the development of next-generation oncolytic viral immunotherapies for patients with a broad range of solid tumors. Turnstone’s unique, first-in-class oncolytic viral immunotherapies combine the potent tumor-killing effects of an oncolytic virus with a tumor-targeted T-cell vaccine to harness an individual’s own immune system to attack the tumor, preventing recurrence and delivering a cure. Turnstone’s robust pipeline of early-stage compounds, based on its MG1 oncolytic virus platform, are in development for multiple solid tumors and are being evaluated in combination with other cancer immunotherapies, including checkpoint inhibitors, to drive unprecedented, durable T-cell immune responses and strong anti-tumor activity and prevent recurrence. Turnstone is building a world-class, high-performing company that embraces being a learning organization with a sense of urgency. Turnstone has a seasoned board of directors and venture capital partners, is enrolling clinical studies, has a rich development portfolio, and highly active R&D efforts led by a world-class scientific management team. Turnstone is co-located in Ottawa, Hamilton, Canada and New York, USA.

Position Overview:
Imagine coming to work every day where over-communication, transparency, teaching, listening, asking, thinking, working hard, and having fun are normal – actually, expected? Imagine having a coach, mentor, peers, and partners where candid feedback, self-improvement, risk taking, failing, learning from that failing, and succeeding are what we call ‘another day at Turnstone’? At Turnstone, the science drives decision making, and our drugs are designed with the patient in mind. Like the disease we’re fighting, our platform is complex, and transformative. If you’re a passionate person, and our science excites you – this opportunity may be for you.

The responsibilities for this position span across our multi-virus platform and include:

Our Manufacturing Operations (MFG) team is growing. As part of the Technical Operations organization, the MFG team is responsible for GMP manufacturing of Virus Banks, Drug Substance and Drug Product for our clinical-staged assets. MFG supports technology transfers and collaborates closely with the Process Development & Manufacturing Sciences team to develop and capture process knowledge and ensure overall manufacturing success. As a Senior Engineer (or Manager) of Manufacturing Operations on the MFG team, you will report to the Associate Director, Manufacturing. You will be tasked with leading manufacturing campaigns from end-to-end within our external contract manufacturing organization (CMO) network.

The responsibilities for this position span across our multi-modal platform and include:

– Lead manufacturing campaigns and serve as the primary interface with external CMO partners

– Lead manufacturing batch readiness including process definition, raw material procurement, and batch documentation preparation

– Lead ongoing batch monitoring including person-in-plant coverage

– Lead cross functional teams to troubleshoot and resolve issues with ongoing manufacturing runs

– Support manufacturing campaign closeout including the review of executed batch records and shipping/logistics of finished material

– Support process development, engineering runs, and other process scale-up related studies

– Support the identification and selection of new external CMO partners

– Support drafting of regulatory documentation including INDs, CTAs, etc.

– Represent the MFG team at Technical Operations cross-functional program meetings

– Serve as the primary interface with Bioprocess Development & Manufacturing Sciences, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain & Logistics, and/or Program Management on select projects, programs, and cross-functional workflows

What’s in it for you?
In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to think both strategically and drive fast-paced execution. With our company size and growth we will give you plenty of opportunities for you to be an inspirational and collaborative co-functional leader. Passionate about being a part of a critical function of a growing company and continuous learning? We will have plenty of that for you!

We are in the early stages of building strategies, structures and process so this role will be busy and expanding. You would have the opportunity to create something new and ‘WOW!’ all of us and grow right along with the company.

Experience & Qualifications:

    This Senior Engineer (or Manager) role will be positioned in our Ottawa, Ontario or New York, NY office

    · Willingness to travel up to 30-50% to other Turnstone sites and/or external CMOs throughout North America (USA, Canada) and Europe

    · BSc in Chemical Engineering or in other related engineering discipline (biochemical, biological, biomedical, mechanical); MSc in a related scientific discipline also considered

    · 5-7 years’ experience in a manufacturing operation, manufacturing sciences and technology, manufacturing technical support, or quality engineering role

    · Experience with live virus based therapeutic manufacturing such as viral immunotherapies, vaccines, cell and gene therapies, or other complex biologics is considered important

    · Experience with aseptic manufacturing processes such as the fill/finish of drug product and/or non-terminally sterilized drug substance is considered important

    · Experience with good manufacturing practices (GMP) in an early clinical to late phase clinical manufacturing setting is considered important

    · Experience managing external relationships such as CMO partners or clients as a CMO provider considered an asset

    · Experience with the qualification and operational use of single use, small scale mammalian cell culture, tangential flow filtration, and/or chromatography-based purification equipment and raw materials

    · Comfortable leading a cross-functional team in time sensitive, high pressure, and high-risk situations (e.g. manufacturing issue resolution) considered important

    · Experience leading a team of direct reports is considered an asset

    · Comfortable in a dynamic environment with competing priorities

    · Strong technical writing skills

    · Strong communication both written, and spoken

    · Strong interpersonal skills and a communication style that matches the Turnstone style: respectful, transparent, and constant

    · Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

    To Apply:
    Please click here to apply!

    Turnstone Biologics welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected will be invited for an interview.

Notice to Recruiters: Turnstone Biologics values our recruiting partnerships, but to protect the interest of all parties, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters. All recruiting is managed through our human resources department.

Contact

Ottawa

12 York Street, 3rd Floor,
Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6, CA
(613) 421-8930

New York City

920 Broadway, 16th Floor,
New York, NY 10010, US
(613) 421-8930

General

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