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RA Capital strengthens operations team with three strategic appointments

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RA Capital Management, the crossover fund manager dedicated to evidence-­based investing in healthcare and life sciences companies, announces three strategic, back office appointments.

The appointments are Christopher Wolf as Chief Financial Officer, Derek Meisner as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, and Nick McGrath as Corporate Counsel and Compliance Officer.
 
The recent back-office hires join a growing team of 45 at the Boston-based firm, which includes an internal group of 18 PhD scientific researchers that help facilitate the firm’s technical and clinical research efforts.
 
“The hire of these top-tier team members is an important moment in the evolution of RA Capital,” says Michael Calore (pictured), Director of Investor Relations. “We’re continually focused on building out a broad-based institutional organisation to capitalise on the emerging, long-term prospects of investing in development stage biotech. The addition of Christopher, Derek, and Nick to our team advances our ability to provide our limited partners with the legal, compliance, and operations expertise necessary to support RA Capital as a leading healthcare investment institution.”
  
Meisner is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at RA Capital Management and advises the company on legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to his current position, Derek served in the same roles at a Boston-based investment adviser spun out of Harvard Management Company.  Derek is a former Partner at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP, where he counseled financial services clients on various compliance and securities enforcement matters. He also served as a Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Derek received a BA in Psychology from The University of Michigan and a JD from The American University, Washington College of Law.
 
Wolf is the Chief Financial Officer at RA Capital Management and works closely with both the Investment and Operations groups. Prior to his current position, Christopher was CFO at HighVista Strategies for over 10 years, Manager of Investment & Treasury Operations at Williams College, and CFO at Abrams Capital. He holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Williams College and an MS/MBA from Northeastern University.
 
McGrath is the Corporate Counsel and Compliance Officer at RA Capital Management. He advises the company on legal, regulatory, and compliance issues. Prior to his current position, Nick was a corporate associate at K&L Gates, LLP and Hemenway & Barnes LLP. Nick also served as in-house corporate counsel at a Boston-based private equity firm.  Nick received a BA in International Business from The University of Massachusetts – Amherst, a JD from The University of Maine School of Law, and a LL.M. from St. John's University School of Law.

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