Leadership

Joseph E. Payne, President & CEO, Director of the BoardJoseph E. Payne, President & CEO, Director of the BoardJoseph E. Payne, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcturus Therapeutics. He serves on Arcturus’s Board since March 2013. He brings with him an exceptional track record of ushering novel therapeutics to the clinic including targeted RNA medicines utilizing lipid-mediated delivery technologies. Joseph’s background includes over 20 years of successful drug discovery experience at Merck Research Labs, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kalypsys, and Nitto as evidenced by over 40 publications and patents, and several investigational new drug (IND) clinical candidates. His academic training includes a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Calgary and Executive Training Certification from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Padmanabh Chivukula, CSO & COOPadmanabh Chivukula, CSO & COOPad Chivukula, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Arcturus Therapeutics. Dr. Chivukula has an exceptional and technically solid foundation in nanoparticle technology. Prior to Arcturus, from 2008 until February 2013, Dr. Chivukula was employed by Nitto, where his titles included Group Leader and Chief Scientist. Dr. Chivukula brings over 15 years of experience in drug delivery and therapeutic drug development, including leading the polymeric RNAi research department at Nitto. Dr. Chivukula has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in nanoparticle technology.

Andrew Sassine, Chief Financial OfficerAndrew Sassine, Chief Financial OfficerAndy Sassine is currently, and has been since January 2019, the Chief Financial Officer at Arcturus Therapeutics. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Nasdaq listed ICAD Inc. ICAD Inc. is a leading provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions and radiation therapy for early detection and treatment of cancer. Mr. Sassine served in various positions at Fidelity Investments from 1999 to 2012, including, most recently as Portfolio Manager. Between 2005 and 2011, he managed the Fidelity Small Cap Stock Fund, the Fidelity International Small Cap Opportunities Fund and the Fidelity Advisor International Small Cap Opportunities Fund. Mr. Sassine joined Fidelity as a high yield research analyst, covering the Telecommunications, Satellite, Technology, Defense and Aerospace, and Restaurant Industries and in 2001, joined the international group as a research analyst covering small and mid-cap international stocks. Mr. Sassine has been a member of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa Board of Advisors from 2009 to 2018. Mr. Sassine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Iowa in 1987 and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

Lance Kurata, Chief Legal OfficerLance Kurata, Chief Legal OfficerLance Kurata has served as the Chief Legal Officer of Arcturus Therapeutics since August 2020. Prior to Arcturus, from 2006 to 2020, Mr. Kurata was a partner at Mintz Levin and Chair of the West Coast Technology Transactions Practice. From 2002 to 2006, he was a partner at Fish & Richardson, where he was a member of the corporate group and nationwide head of the technology transactions practice. From 1996 until 2002, Mr. Kurata practiced corporate law at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, specializing in strategic collaborations, public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Mr. Kurata is licensed to practice law in the State of California. He received his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Stanford Law School and was an editor of Stanford Law Review.

Dushyant Varshney, EVP & Chief Technology OfficerDushyant Varshney, EVP & Chief Technology OfficerDushyant B. Varshney, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for Global CMC, Technical Operations & Quality, including technology innovation, product development, manufacturing, technology transfer and commercialization of Drug Substance and Finished Drug Products. Dr. Varshney has over 25 years of experience at global bio-pharma organizations, leading the entire product life-cycle of diverse biotech modalities including mRNA therapeutics, gene & cell-based therapy, biologics and vaccines. He has made significant contributions towards 30+ launches, 75+ INDs, BLA, PAS submissions, and ensured supply of more than 7B+ doses, $20B+ revenues at companies including Gilead, Pfizer, Novartis and Sanofi. Before joining Arcturus, Dr. Varshney was the Global Head of Manufacturing, Science & Technology at Gilead-Kite, where he built a strong organization & rapid commercialization strategy for successful technology transfers, launch & patient access of Yescarta®, Tecartus®, viral vectors and clinical products. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President, Global Head of Technical Services, Operations & Supply at Jubilant, and as the Head of Manufacturing, Science & Technology at Pfizer, led America, Europe & Asia Pacific teams. At Novartis, contributed to commercial technology transfer, qualification, manufacturing of Flucelvax® (first US cell-based influenza vaccine) Trivalent & Quadrivalent, Pre-Pandemic Vaccine stockpiles (bird & swine-flu, H5N1, H3N2, H7N9), and pandemic response strategies. Dushyant received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Iowa, M. Pharm from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and B. Pharm from University of Pune in India. He is a Stephen Covey Leadership Coach, Master Black-Belt in Operational Excellence, made 120+ conference presentations, published 40+ articles, chapters and edited the book “Lyophilized Biologics & Vaccines” published by Springer.

Dr. Kelly Lindert, Chief Development Officer, VaccinesDr. Kelly Lindert, Chief Development Officer, VaccinesDr. Kelly Lindert is the Chief Development Officer, Vaccines. She has 20 years of experience in pharma and biotech industries and spent nearly ten years working on vaccines, including pandemic vaccines, at Acambis and Novartis. At Novartis she rose to serve as Head of Development and led the team for the approval of Fluad® and the first quadrivalent cell-based influenza vaccine in the US. More recently she worked at Moderna Therapeutics. She received her medical degree at the University of Chicago and trained in Urology at Stanford.

News & Events
March 4, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Begins Operations in Janssen Labs
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May 8, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces New Appointments to its Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board
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June 1, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Raises $1.3 Million in Series Seed Funding
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June 3, 2013
With $1.3M in Seed Funding, Arcturus Adds to RNAi Hub in San Diego
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June 3, 2013
RNAi therapeutics startup sets up shop at Janssen labs, closes $1.3M seed round
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June 3, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Raises $1.3 Million in Series Seed Funding
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June 4, 2013
Janssen Labs-based Arcturus gets $1.3M boost for RNAi delivery tech
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June 4, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Raises $1.3 Million in Series Seed Funding
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June 4, 2013
Startup Arcturus Pulls in $1.3M in Seed Money amid Renewed Interest in RNAi
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August 14, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Acquires Cutting-Edge UNA Patent Estate from Marina Biotech
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August 14, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Acquires Cutting-Edge UNA Patent Estate from Marina
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August 15, 2013
San Diego upstart acquires RNA tech from cash-strapped Marina Biotech
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August 15, 2013
San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Vical, Fate, Arcturus, and More
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August 15, 2013
Arcturus Therapeutics Acquires Patent Portfolio from Marina Biotech
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August 15, 2013
Marina Sells UNA Patent Estate to Arcturus as It Looks to Resume Operations
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October 21, 2013
GenomeWeb Acturus Closes $5M Series A Round, Aims for Clinic in '15 with RNAi Drug
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October 21, 2013
RNAi firm raises $5M to develop and deliver drugs that turn off disease-causing genes
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September 22, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces Meeting with President of Vietnam and CEO of Vingroup to Discuss Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine Collaboration
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October 12, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces Approval from Vietnam Ministry of Health to Proceed into Phase 3b Study for ARCT-154, a Next Generation STARR™ mRNA Vaccine Targeting SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant and Other Variants of Concern
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October 20, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Reports Inducement Grant Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)
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October 21, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces Leadership Appointments
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October 25, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics to Report Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provide Corporate Update on November 8, 2021
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November 8, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Update and Pipeline Progress
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November 18, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Reports Inducement Grant Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)
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November 22, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics to Participate in Piper Sandler 33rd Annual Healthcare Conference
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December 13, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Appoints Jing Marantz, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. to its Board of Directors
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December 16, 2021
Arcturus Therapeutics Reports New Data and Provides Additional Updates from ARCT-154 and ARCT-165 Clinical Trials
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January 24, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics Updates Data from ARCT-154 and ARCT-165 Booster Clinical Trial Demonstrating Robust Neutralizing Antibody Responses to SARS-CoV-2 and Several Variants
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January 25, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics Reports New Data Demonstrating Neutralizing Antibody Immune Response to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant from ARCT-154 and ARCT-165 Booster Clinical Trial
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February 8, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics to Participate in the SVB Leerink 11th Annual Global Healthcare Conference
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February 16, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics to Report Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2021 Financial Results and Provide Corporate Update on February 28, 2022
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February 28, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Update and Pipeline Progress
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March 25, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics to Participate in the Cantor Fitzgerald Virtual Rare Orphan Disease Summit
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April 20, 2022
Arcturus Announces Self-amplifying COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Candidate ARCT-154 Meets Primary Efficacy Endpoint in Phase 3 Study
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April 27, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics to Report First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provide Corporate Update on May 9, 2022
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May 5, 2022
Arcturus Reports Strong Three-Month Durability Results from ARCT-154 Booster Trial
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May 9, 2022
Arcturus Therapeutics Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Update and Pipeline Progress
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