Apple Tree Partners announces promotions

New York-based Apple Tree Partners, a life sciences venture firm, has made a number of promotions. Dr. Sam Hall and Aaron Kantoff are now partners; Dr. Christine Borowski has become a principal; and Dr. Jernej Godec and Dr. Chris Cain have become senior associates.


NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Apple Tree Partners (ATP), a leading life sciences venture firm, has announced the following promotions: Sam Hall, Ph.D., to Partner, Aaron Kantoff to Partner, Christine Borowski, Ph.D., to Principal, and Jernej Godec, Ph.D., to Senior Associate, who joins Chris Cain, Ph.D., also a Senior Associate.

“It is a pleasure to see the evolution of our Therapeutics investment team. The progress seen in our rapidly expanding portfolio over the past few years has been remarkable, and Aaron, Sam, Christine, Jernej and Chris have all been instrumental in making this a reality,” said ATP Managing Partner Seth Harrison, M.D.

Aaron Kantoff joined the firm in 2011 and has played a key role in developing several ATP portfolio companies, serving on the boards of Akero Therapeutics, Corvidia Therapeutics, Elstar Therapeutics, Limelight Bio, and is a Board Observer of Stoke Therapeutics. He also was a board member of Syntimmune, acquired by Alexion in 2018. Prior to joining ATP, Aaron was a partner at the investment company Recess Global, LLC, and was a member of the investment banking team at Rothschild, Inc.

Sam Hall joined ATP in 2013 and serves on the boards of Elstar Therapeutics, Limelight Bio, and Stoke Therapeutics. He also was a member of Syntimmune’s Board of Directors. Sam’s experience in the life sciences includes roles as a private equity investor, investment banker and basic scientist. Previously, he served as a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the UK with a focus on autoimmune diseases, and previously as a member of the investment team of Symphony Capital.

Christine Borowski joined ATP in 2017 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and has been involved in cultivating the next wave of ATP life sciences companies. Prior to joining ATP, she was Editor-in-Chief at Nature Medicine and a Senior Editor of Nature Biotechnology.

Jernej Godec joined ATP in 2016. He has played an important role in building Elstar Therapeutics, acting as Board Observer and previously as Director of Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Prior to ATP, he was a VentureLabs Fellow at Flagship Ventures.

Chris Cain joined ATP in 2016. He has contributed across the portfolio and has helped spearhead ATP’s growing late stage investing practice. Prior to ATP, he was an Associate at RA Capital Management, and previously was a writer and editor at BioCentury Publications.

About Apple Tree Partners
Apple Tree Partners (ATP) is a New York-based venture capital firm dedicated to building transformative life sciences businesses. The firm is actively investing its fourth fund, with $1.5 billion in capital commitments. ATP considers therapeutics and medical device investments at all stages, from discovery research through to commercialization and takes a long-term view to create sustainable value. For more information visit