Kendal Ryter

Kendal Ryter, Ph.D.

Board of Directors, Chair

Dr. Ryter is VP, Manufacturing and Development and Co-Founder of Inimmune. He started his postgraduate synthetic career working at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. In Albany NY. The experience highlighted his ability to adapt and come up to speed quickly on new projects and classes of drug pharmacophores. From alkaloids to opiates to complex heterocycles he worked on projects that included drug discovery and SAR to development and cGMP production, including work in 50-100 L reactors and supervision of pilot plant production. The opportunity to join Corixa was seen as a new challenge and he delivered as project lead on the development to commercial production of a late-stage, novel TLR4 agonist. Continuing his efforts at GSK, he adapted and contributed to the basic understanding of vaccine adjuvant mechanism of action, developed new methods for preparing complex molecules at scale and seamlessly transitioned projects to contract manufacture. With >18 years of industrial experience, he now leads Product Development at Inimmune.

Jay Evans

Jay T. Evans, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Evans is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Inimmune Corp. Dr. Evans is also Director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana and a Research Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences. He has over 20 years’ experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry including 15 years at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines (formerly Corixa Corporation) where he held various roles including North American Pre-Clinical Innovation Team Leader, Project Leader, and Investigator. Dr. Evans completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital working in HIV immunology, stem cell transplantation, and vector-based gene therapy systems. Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University.

David Burkhart

David Burkhart, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. David Burkhart is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Inimmune, while also overseeing the formulation science R&D team. Dr. Burkhart was an investigator with GlaxoSmithKline for nearly 8 years leading the formulation R&D team where he demonstrated a knack for innovation and project/team management which led to his promotion from his starting role as a Principal Scientist.

Prior to his work with GSK, Dr. Burkhart was a Senior Scientist with the CMO Hollister-Stier labs in Spokane, Washington for two years where he gained invaluable experience in cGMP analytical and manufacturing. He has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries with experience in project management, leadership, business development, and licensing with over 13 years experience in medicinal and analytical chemistry, formulation and drug delivery. David earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2002 from the University of Idaho and conducted research in oncology as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder until 2005.

Michael Conger

Michael Conger

VP of Legal and Business Strategy

Before joining Inimmune, Mr. Conger served as Assistant General Counsel-Patents for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), advising leaders of research programs for fourteen years, including a close association with the scientists who would later found Inimmune. 

Prior to GSK, Mr. Conger worked five years in private practice at a large, regional firm in Salt Lake City.  Mr. Conger is a skilled lead patent counsel, having managed intellectual property issues arising from university, industry, and government-sponsored research programs in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Mr. Conger earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the BYU College of Biology.

Michael Goguen

Michael Goguen

Two Bear Capital, Founder and Managing Partner

Michael Goguen is the founder and managing partner of Two Bear Capital, a venture capital firm in Whitefish, Montana, Boston, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay area that invests in companies at the intersection of biotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence/machine learning and cybersecurity.

Previously, Mike was a partner at Sequoia Capital where he proved his extraordinary ability to identify and help build groundbreaking companies in Silicon Valley. Over the course of 20 years, Mike led 54 company investments to a combined market value exceeding $64 billion and had 26 exits above $100 million. He has frequently appeared on the Forbes magazine Midas List.

Mike is a noted philanthropist in Montana and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Logan Healthcare, a 343-bed, 314- provider health care system headquartered in Kalispell, Montana. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. from Stanford University, both in Electrical Engineering.