Board of directors

Enrico Bastianelli

Chief Executive Officer


Enrico Bastianelli is the founder of TheraVet. Medical Doctor by training and holder of an MBA, Enrico Bastianelli acquired his business experience at McKinsey & Co. After creating several biotech companies, he founded and led Bone Therapeutics (a human bone cell therapy company) for 10 years. During this period, he took up many challenges such as the company's IPO (2015). He has 20 years of experience in biotech and medtech management.


Independent Chairman


Dr Simon Wheeler, BVSc, PhD, DECVN, MBA, FRCVS, is an expert in animal health and veterinary medicine. He has more than 20 years’ experience working for major pharmaceutical groups in which he has held numerous executive roles, and has worked for more than 20 years in academia. Dr Wheeler has a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College and an MBA from the Open University Business School. He is Managing Director of Veterinary Neurology Ltd, and he previously spent 10 years at Novartis Animal Health, including a four-year period with Novartis Venture Fund.  Dr Wheeler has previously served as Chairman of the Academic Board of the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies and is a director of Anifera Ltd, a start-up in the antimicrobial resistance arena. He consults on veterinary neurology clinical patients.



Nesya Goris

Independent Director


Dr Nesya Goris, PhD, is co-founder and Chief Development Officer at ViroVet. She has a Master in Science from the University of Leuven and a PhD in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Ghent. After starting her career at Belgium’s reference laboratory for animal diseases, she became Chief Scientist at Okapi Sciences for six years before it was taken over by Aratana Therapeutics, where she was appointed VP Discovery Research and contributed to the commercial launch of Galliprant, a treatment for canine osteoarthritis. Currently, Dr Goris combines her role at ViroVet with that of Technical and Regulatory Director at Animab BV. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Flanders Vaccine, an editor for the academic journal Antiviral Research and a lecturer at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

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