Office: South San Francisco, CA

Executive Assistant:
Teresa McCoy
(650) 238-5015

Michele Park, PhD
Partner

Michele Park, PhD, serves as a Partner for the firm and leads the Clarus Cancer Fund, a novel investment model aimed at generating financial returns and amplifying scientific and medical impacts by donating a portion of the Cancer Fund’s returns to advance basic science research in cancer.

Dr. Park joined Clarus in 2006 with six years of sell-side equity research experience covering the biotechnology sector. From 2002-2005, Dr. Park was a research analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she covered biotechnology stocks as a member of the firm’s US biotechnology team. Before joining CSFB, Dr. Park was a biotechnology research analyst at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

Dr. Park received a PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, completing her PhD dissertation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.

Michele is a member of Curesearch’s Catapult Advisory Council and represents Clarus on the Board of Directors of Lumos and as a Board observer of SFJ . Previous Board seats have included Sientra (NASDAQ:SIEN) and Board observer roles at Achillion and  Comentis.

Clarus Board Seats

Fund: Clarus Lifesciences II, L.P.
Sector: Biotechnology
Type: Public
Team: Nicholas J. Simon
Michele Park

Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHN)

Achillion is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel, small molecule inhibitors targeting infectious disease. Pipeline programs include a first-in-class HCV replicase inhibitor partnered with Gilead and an HCV protease inhibitor. Additional drug candidates target treatment of HIV and bacterial infections.

Achillion Website

Fund: Clarus Lifesciences I, L.P.
Sector: Biotechnology
Type: Private
Team: Nicholas J. Simon
Dennis Henner
Michele Park

CoMentis, Inc.

CoMentis, Inc. is engaged in the discovery and development of small-molecule drugs to treat neurovascular disease indications, such as Alzheimer’s disease, AMD and cognitive disorders.  The company has two fundamental technology platforms:  (i) beta-secretase inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; and (ii) nACh receptor agonists and antagonists for the treatment of angiogenesis mediated diseases and cognitive disorders.

CoMentis Website

Fund: Clarus Lifesciences III, L.P.
Sector: Biotechnology
Type: Private
Team: Michele Park

Lumos Pharma

Lumos Pharma, based in Austin, Texas, is focused on developing novel therapies for patients with unmet medical needs in rare and neglected diseases. Lumos Pharma is a proud awardee of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND) program. The TRND program collaborates with biotechnology companies in the development of early stage technologies that show promise for the treatment of rare diseases. The TRND program provides in-kind scientific and financial support for the preclinical program to allow for the commencement of clinical trials in human subjects.

Lumos Website

Fund: Clarus Lifesciences III, L.P.
Sector: Biotechnology
Type: Public
Team: Nicholas J. Simon
Michele Park

Neothetics (NASDAQ: NEOT)

Neothetics is a clinical-stage company developing therapeutics for the aesthetics market. Their initial focus is on non-surgical localized fat reduction and body contouring. The Company’s lead drug candidate is for the reduction of central abdominal bulging due to subcutaneous fat in non-obese patients. The Company has completed Phase 2 development for LIPO-202 and plans to launch Phase 3 trials in early 2015.

Neothetics Website

Fund: Clarus Lifesciences II, L.P.
Sector: Biotechnology
Type: Defined Exit
Team: Robert W. Liptak
Scott Requadt
Kurt C. Wheeler
Dennis Henner
Michele Park
Emmett Cunningham

SFJ Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

SFJ Pharmaceuticals (SanFrancisco/Japan) serves as a clinical development specialty pharma company with a focus on obtaining product approval in Japan. Targeted candidates for development in Japan are low risk compounds that are already approved or have a high likelihood of approval in the US with projected Japan annual sales in excess of $100M. To date, SFJ has entered definitive agreements with two major global pharma companies to fund Phase 3 trials for oncology assets. Pre-determined milestone payments to SFJ shall be received on approval of the asset in pre-specified countries.

SFJ Pharmaceuticals Website

Fund: Clarus Lifesciences I, L.P.
Sector: Medical Device
Type: Public
Team: Nicholas J. Simon
Kurt C. Wheeler
Michele Park

Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN)

Sientra is a private medical device company focused on developing and marketing a broad portfolio of products within the rapidly growing plastic surgery and aesthetics market. In April 2007, Sientra secured $85 million in a Series B financing co-led by Clarus Ventures.

Sientra Website