Leadership Team

About Us
Dr. Ajikumar Parayil

Dr. Ajikumar Parayil

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ajikumar (Aji) is an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in technological innovation and commercialization. He invented Manus Bio’s core technology platform at MIT and co-founded Manus Bio in 2011. Aji has more than 40 U.S. & international patents issued or filed in the area of biotechnology. Aji obtained his PhD from Mahatma Gandhi University in India and carried out his postdoctoral research through the Singapore-MIT Alliance in Singapore and at MIT.

Dr. Christine Santos

Dr. Christine Santos

Chief Technology Officer

Christine has over 15 years of experience in biotechnology and metabolic engineering and has published her work in several elite journals, including Science, Nature, and PNAS. Prior to joining Manus Bio, Christine served as an early Senior Scientist at Bio Architecture Lab where she led efforts in developing both bacterial and yeast platforms for macroalgae utilization. Christine obtained her BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

Chief Operations Officer

Jeff has over 15 years of experience in business development in Asia, North America and Europe. Prior to joining Manus Bio, Jeff worked in relationship management roles for the AP Moller Maersk Group. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Paul Boni

Paul Boni

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has over 25 years of experience in investing and business analysis. Prior to joining Manus Bio, Paul was head of Investor Development and Strategy and ContraFect Corporation, ran the strategic research division of Grail Research/Integreon, and worked as an investment analyst covering biotechnology investments in sell-side and buy-side roles. Paul obtained a BS in Biology from Harvard University.

Wei Huang

Wei Huang

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Wei has over 25 years of experience in the area of process development, scale-up, manufacturing, facility design, and operations. Prior to joining Manus Bio, Wei served as the Vice President of Process Development and Engineering at REG Life Sciences (formerly LS9). Prior to that, Wei was a Director at Fluor Corporation. Wei obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering from the East China University of Technology and an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Ryan Philippe

Dr. Ryan Philippe

Director of Innovation

Ryan has more than 15 years of experience in plant gene discovery, biochemistry, and biotechnology and has 11 patents and journal publications including multiple Science and Nature papers. He worked as an NSERC and HHMI Research Fellow at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and earned a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry and a B.Sc. in genetics from the University of British Columbia.