Richard Murray has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Jounce Therapeutics, along with sitting on the Board of Directors, since July, 2014. He brings to Jounce more than two decades of biologics R&D leadership and experience moving product candidates through development to commercialization for both startup biotechnology and large pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Murray joined Jounce from Merck, where he most recently served as senior vice president, biologics & vaccines research. There, he was responsible for the advancement of protein therapeutics and vaccines across a breadth of therapeutic areas, from discovery through development and manufacturing, including Merck’s immunotherapy programs. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Murray provided strategic and operational guidance to protein therapeutic biotech companies and served as an advisor to venture capital and life science investors. He was the executive vice president and chief scientific officer at PDL BioPharma, and previously, he was co-founder and vice president of research at EOS Biotechnology, which was acquired in 2003 by Protein Design Labs. Prior to these executive level roles, he spent more than 10 years on the staff at DNAX Research Institute, which later became Schering Plough Biopharma, and now Merck’s Biologics.
Dr. Murray holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.