Mahendra G. Shah, PhD

Vivo Ventures

Dr. Shah has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. Dr. Shah is a highly successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur and executive who has been at Vivo Capital, LLC, a healthcare focused investment firm, since March 2010. He is currently the managing director at Vivo Capital, responsible for sourcing and evaluating new deals, advising current portfolio companies and serving on the boards of portfolio companies. Dr. Shah is the founder and executive chairman of Semnur Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Shah previously served as chairman of the board of Essentialis Therapeutics, board member of Bolt therapeutics, Impel Neuropharma, Fortis Inc.,Crinetic pharmaceuticals, Verona pharma and a member of the board of trustees of St. John’s University. He is also a board member and charter member of EPPIC and a charter member of TIE.From September 2005 to December 2009, he was the founder, chairman and CEO of NextWave Pharmaceuticals, a pediatric focused specialty pharmaceutical company, which was sold to Pfizer for a total of $700 million in upfront and milestone payments. From 1993 to May 2003, he was the chairman and CEO of First Horizon Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company, where he raised over $200 million and built a highly profitable company before it was sold to Shionogi Pharmaceuticals for $1.4 billion. From 1991 to October 1999, he was vice president of E. J. Financial Enterprises, Inc., which manages a fund that invests in healthcare companies. He previously served on the boards of Biotie therapies (BITI), Unimed Pharmaceuticals (UMED), Introgen Therapeutics(INGN), Inpharmakon, Protomed, Structural Bioinformatics, and Zarix. From 1987 to 1991 he was the senior director of new business development with Fujisawa USA (Astellas). Prior to that time, he worked in various scientific and management positions with Schering-Plough and Bristol Myers-Squibb. Dr. Shah received his Ph.D. in industrial pharmacy from St. John’s University and his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Pharmacy from L.M. College of Pharmacy in Gujarat, India.