Sanuj joined aTyr Pharma in 2016 as Chief Business Officer. aTyr Pharma's key programs are currently focused on severe, rare diseases characterized by immune dysregulation for which there are currently limited or no treatment options.
Previously, Sanuj was with The Medicines Company, originally as Head of New Business Ventures and later as SVP, Corporate Development. The Medicines Company has three focus areas: acute cardiovascular care, surgery and perioperative care, and serious infectious disease care.
Before The Medicines Company, Sanuj spent many years in the venture capital industry. He was a Venture Partner with the PE/VC firm Asian Healthcare Management, investing in healthcare companies in India and Southeast Asia. Before that, he was a Principal at Radius Ventures for 3 years, where he served as a board observer of Ambit Biosciences, Athersys (NASDAQ: ATHX), and Resolvyx Pharmaceuticals. He was a Director at the San Francisco-based life sciences VC firm, Burrill & Company. While there, Sanuj was a board observer to diaDexus and to Proventys, and played an active role in several other investments, including Endocyte, Neosil, Cardiokine, and Arete. In addition, Sanuj created and led Burrill's India group, through which he assisted a number of portfolio companies in establishing collaborations with Indian companies. Sanuj started his investing career at the the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch, where he assessed financing and M&A candidates for a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients.
Sanuj is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and completed his residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Complementing his clinical experience, Sanuj was a National Cancer Institute Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and has published work in a variety of clinical disciplines.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Sanuj received a BA, with Honors, from Northwestern University, an MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a Rothschild Scholar.
As a member of Class 12, Sanuj served his fellowship under mentor Jordan Davis at Radius Ventures.