Leadership

Robert Gallotto

President and Chief Executive Officer, Synspira Therapeutics

Robert Gallotto serves as President and chief executive officer of Synspira Therapeutics. Mr. Gallotto is an experienced pharmaceutical executive, with a 30-year record of building companies focused in cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases. Prior to joining Synspira, Mr. Gallotto was the co-founder and served as President of Alcresta Therapeutics, a company focused on developing products for cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases. Mr. Gallotto built the company from an idea to the successful launch of its first product, RELiZORB, a novel medical device awarded the 2016 Medical Device Design Excellence Gold Medal Award. Mr. Gallotto has been involved with several collaborations with the CF Foundation over the past 20 years and is the inventor of numerous issued patents. Mr. Gallotto also served as co-founder and chief operating officer of Allena Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Alcresta and Allena, Mr. Gallotto served as chief business officer of Alnara Pharmaceuticals, until the company was acquired by Eli Lilly. Mr. Gallotto also served as vice president of strategic planning, business and commercial development for Altus Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Altus, Mr. Gallotto served in various positions in sales and marketing, business development and product management with companies such as Biogen, Ares-Serono, Sage BioPharma and The Upjohn Company. Mr. Gallotto holds a B.S. in biology from Stonehill College.

Shenda Baker, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer, Synspira Therapeutics

Dr. Shenda Baker serves as chief scientific officer of Synspira Therapeutics. Dr. Baker has more than 25 years of experience in polymer chemistry and materials science and in leading, funding, and directing scientific research and development. She has extensive experience managing project execution, external consultants and advisors and business development efforts. She is President and COO of Synedgen Inc. Previously, Dr. Baker served as President of BioSTAR West, and as the lead scientific advisor to Hawaii Chitopure and Professor of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College. Dr. Baker served on the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and has served on advisory boards with the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Dr. Baker is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the NIH. She is co-inventor on all Synspira technology.