Board of Directors

Lewis H. Bender, M.S., M.A., M.B.A., Founder and CEO

Mr. Bender has over 28 years of biopharmaceutical leadership experience and has helped take products leveraging novel drug delivery techniques from discovery through product approval. Prior to founding Intensity Therapeutics, Mr. Bender was the CEO of Interleukin Genetics, a personalized medicine company, from January 2008 until August 2012. Prior to joining Interleukin, Mr. Bender held numerous positions at Emisphere Technologies, Inc., a drug delivery company specializing in the oral delivery of poorly absorbed molecules.  His roles included: Interim President & CEO, President, Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Business Development, and Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Process Development.

During his career, Mr. Bender has partnered with several major pharmaceutical and biotech companies using structures such as joint ventures, licensing and research collaboration agreements. In addition, Mr. Bender has been successful in raising capital from institutional investors through multiple types of transactions.

Mr. Bender has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and a Masters of Arts in International Studies, also from UPenn.

Dan Donovan

Daniel J. Donovan joined the Board in January 2023. Mr. Daniel Donovan is an entrepreneur with extensive experience within the biotech industry. Since 2014 to present he has been the Chief Executive Officer of rareLifeSolutions, Inc., a company creating the connections to engage, unify, and amplify the voices of patients, advocates, and caregivers to inform and accelerate the development and commercialization of emerging treatments especially in rare diseases. Dan was a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Business Officer at Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals (CPP), a late-stage pharmaceutical development company with compounds targeted at several rare diseases. Prior to rareLife and CPP, Dan established Envision Pharma in 2001, serving as President through June 2011. He was the visionary behind the creation and development of Datavision, the market leader in medical publications technology. Envision Pharma was acquired by the United BioSource Corporation (UBC) in April 2008. At UBC Mr. Daniel Donovan was Senior Vice President Strategy and Market Development. Dan began his career at Pfizer serving in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, ranging from sales to market research and marketing in the US domestic and international market place, culminating in his position as Director and European Team Leader. During his time at Pfizer, he played a pivotal role in the commercialization of some of the pharmaceutical industry’s most successful product launches. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Lehigh University. We believe that Mr. Daniel Donovan’s background in cancer and rare disease, finance, drug development, patient advocacy and small company board experience allows him to make valuable contributions to our Board.

Tom Dubin

From 2001 through 2013, Thomas Dubin was the chief legal officer and a member of the core executive team that grew Alexion Pharmaceuticals from a development-stage company to a member of the S&P 500. At Alexion, Tom led legal and government affairs, pricing and reimbursement, corporate communications, and other functions. He also held commercial responsibility for the company’s Australasia region. Before Alexion, Tom served as Vice President and General Counsel of ChiRex, Inc., an international corporation providing advanced process development services and specialty manufacturing to the pharmaceutical industry. Tom began his career as a corporate attorney with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. He is Chair of Cellphire Therapeutics, a Director of Notable Laboratories (NASD: NTBL), past Director of BioBlast Pharmaceuticals (NASD: ORPN), member of the advisory board of Mythic Pharmaceuticals, Director of Norwalk Hospital, and a member of Yale School of Public Health’s Leadership Council. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, his M.P.H. from Yale University and his B.A. from Amherst College, cum laude.

Mark A. Goldberg, MD

Dr. Mark A. Goldberg is a senior life science executive and innovator. Dr. Goldberg has served on the board of directors of Intensity Therapeutics, Inc. since 2017. Since 2018, he has served as Chairman and CEO of Allucent and Executive Chairman of THREAD. Prior to his current roles, Goldberg served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Parexel International, where he led one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical services companies. Goldberg was a key player on Parexel’s executive management team for more than 20 years and served as Chief Operating Officer (and later President) for 10 years. He was instrumental in driving business results through the application of his combined medical, technical, and clinical research expertise. He oversaw the geographic expansion of Parexel’s clinical development capabilities, including the extension of capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Before taking on the COO role, Goldberg served as President of Clinical Research Services, driving strong growth and performance in the company’s largest business segment.  Prior to that, he served as President of Perceptive Informatics (now Calyx), helping to build Parexel’s leadership position in providing eClinical solutions that accelerate drug development. Before joining Parexel, Goldberg served as President and Director of WorldCare, Inc. (which he helped found), a telehealth spin-off from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Goldberg holds a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed residency training in diagnostic radiology at MGH, where he served as Chief Resident, as well as Staff Radiologist.

Emer Leahy, Ph.D.

Dr. Leahy has more than 25 years’ experience in drug discovery, clinical development and business development for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including extensive knowledge of technology assessment, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. She is currently CEO of PsychoGenics Inc., a profitable, preclinical-stage CNS service company, CEO of PGI Drug Discovery LLC, a company engaged in psychiatric drug discovery with three partnered Phase II clinical programs and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to her appointment as CEO of PsychoGenics, she was Vice President of Business Development, a position she also held at American Biogenetic Sciences and at AMBI Inc. Dr. Leahy served on the Emerging Companies Section Governing Board for the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and currently serves on the Business Review Board for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Dr. Leahy received her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from University College Dublin, Ireland, and her MBA from Columbia University.