Dr. Jonathan Freeman
Dr. Jonathan Freeman serves as the Chief Business Officer at Vedanta Biosciences, a privately-held company developing a class of drugs that work by modulating the human microbiome, with an initial emphasis in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Previously, Dr. Freeman was Senior Vice President, Head of Strategy Development and Portfolio Management at Merck KGaA. During his tenure, Jonathan was responsible for the portfolio and strategic shift that repositioned Merck as a major player in the immuno-oncology space. Prior to that role, he was the Head of Global Business Development and Licensing at Merck executing more than 30 transactions and structured financings. Prior to his roles at Merck, Jonathan served in senior positions at Baxter and Serono, in M&A and, Corporate and Business Development, respectively. Jonathan holds a First Class Honours in Biochemistry and an MA from Cambridge University, UK, a PhD in cancer research from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK), and an MBA with a finance major from Webster University, St. Louis. He held various post-doctoral positions in the Swiss Institute for Cancer Research (ISREC), and the Geneva Medical School (CMU).