David L. Pompliano, PhD


Dr. David Pompliano is a drug discovery scientist, entrepreneur and executive with 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.  Working with venture-capitalists and academicians, he creates scientifically precocious, game-changing new commercial enterprises based on exciting discoveries in academic science.  He co-founded, and served as CSO of, Lodo Therapeutics (an Accelerator Life Science Partners’ portfolio company) and Revolution Medicines (RVMD, a Third Rock company), was CEO of BioLeap, and raised over $70m in Series A financing.  He also serves on the Boards of Directors and Scientific Advisory Boards of several biotechnology companies, government agencies and philanthropies. Earlier, as a senior executive at GlaxoSmithKline and Merck, he led drug discovery teams that produced pre-clinical credentials for >30 development candidates and five registered anti-infective (Recarbrio, Altabax) and oncology (Tykerb, Votrient, Promacta) drugs. As Principal and Owner at Sanderling Consulting LLC, he assists investors, companies and philanthropies in setting drug discovery strategy, in executing the operations of preclinical discovery and development, and in evaluating pharmaceutical assets.

Dr. Pompliano earned the BS and Ph.D degrees in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and from Stanford University, respectively, and conducted research in enzymology and molecular biology as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Jeremy Knowles’ laboratory at Harvard University. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of infectious diseases and cancer drug discovery and mechanistic enzymology and has presented over 50 invited lectures internationally.

Dr. Pompliano played drums for Dr Quantum and the Operators, a group of Stanford chemistry graduate students who rocked with no uncertainty.