Coulter Partners Secures Chief Executive Officer for Civetta

(Sept. 21, 2021) Coulter Partners, a global Life Sciences, Health and Technology executive search specialist, was delighted to partner with Civetta Therapeutics, LLC, a biotechnology company focused on developing a pipeline of therapies that target beta-propeller proteins, to secure the appointment of Christopher D. Roberts, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Roberts, who most recently served as Chief Scientific Officer of Black Diamond Therapeutics, brings more than 20 years of leadership experience discovering and developing novel therapies for oncology, immunology, virology and other indications.

Dr. Roberts commented: “Civetta has developed a unique discovery platform designed to rigorously investigate, validate and drug beta-propeller proteins. Because propeller domains are ubiquitous and play critical functions in pathways that are known contributors to pathogenesis, they provide broad opportunity as therapeutic targets. I’m impressed by the work the team has done advancing its lead programs and platform. I look forward to joining the Civetta team in the discovery and development of novel, first-in-class therapies that can help patients across a variety of disease areas, from cancer, inflammation and immunology to neurodegeneration and metabolic disease.”

Dr. Cameron Wheeler, who was serving as Chief Executive Officer at Civetta and will continue to serve as chairman of Civetta’s board of directors, added: “We see broad potential for targeting beta-propeller proteins and we’re working to identify novel, near-term therapeutics and establish the leading beta-propeller targeting platform in the industry. Attracting top talent like Chris will continue to be critical as we accelerate and expand our programs and pipeline and we thank Coulter Partners for their outstanding professional support in achieving this appointment.”

Prior to joining Black Diamond, Chris served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at SR One, the corporate venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prior to SR One, Chris was the Vice President (VP) of Chemistry and Early Development at Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on gene control and drugging transcription, where he built and led a variety of discovery and development functions and helped guide two oncology assets into clinical development.

About Civetta

Civetta is a biotechnology company focused on the development of therapies that target beta-propeller domains to treat cancer and other diseases. The company was founded based on the pivotal insights into beta-propeller domains made by its founders, which helped elucidate beta-propeller domain functionality and their potential for therapeutic intervention in oncology as well as neurodegeneration, metabolic disease and other disease areas. Civetta is funded by Deerfield Management Company and is based in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit

About Coulter Partners

Coulter Partners is a board and senior level executive search and leadership development specialist focussed on global Life Sciences, Health and Technology. From our offices in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, we work together across boundaries and disciplines to build outstanding leadership teams for our clients in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, animal health, health tech, CRO, services and specialist investment (PE and VC) sectors. Our industry leading reputation is founded on deep sector knowledge and innovative thinking. Our strategy is built on a unique team culture and true global reach. Our goal is to bring you the world’s best talent.

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