About Zikani

About Zikani Therapeutics

Zikani Therapeutics is using its innovative chemistry technology platform to develop novel Ribosome Modulating Agents (RMAs). We are focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics for patients with limited treatment options.

Zikani’s TURBO-ZM platform allows rapid synthesis of novel compounds that can be optimized to modulate the ribosome in a disease specific manner.



Sumit Aggarwal

Sumit has over 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology commercial operations, investment management and management consulting experience. Before joining Zikani, Sumit was the President and CFO of Progenity where he helped raise $125million in capital and transformed the company into a highly profitable genetic services lab with a novel drug delivery-based GI pipeline. Previously, Sumit was a healthcare and biotechnology Portfolio Manager at Adage Capital and an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice. Sumit has an MBA with distinction from the Johnson School, Cornell University and a Bachelor of Technology with Honors in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

President & CEO

Sumit Aggarwal has served as our President and CEO since March 2019 and was previously our Chief Financial and Chief Business Officer.
Roger Clark

Prior to joining, Roger was the Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals where he contributed to the discovery and development of four clinical compounds, including Eravacycline. As a medicinal chemist, Roger has extensive experience across multiple therapeutic areas, including oncology and metabolic disorders (Bayer Pharmaceuticals) and inflammation (Critical Therapeutics). Dr. Clark received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Michigan and is a co-author of 15 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a co-inventor on 10 issued patents.

Vice President, Chemistry

Roger Clark, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Chemistry at Zikani Therapeutics with 20 years of R&D experience spanning all phases of the discovery and pre-clinical development process.
Joe Newman

Prior to Zikani, Joe was the Head of Biology at Tetraphase Therapeutics and supported NDA and MAA submissions for Xerava®. Prior to Tetraphase, Joe spent 10 years at AstraZeneca, in various roles supporting early development and IND submissions for a number of drugs currently in development. Joe received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Delaware, his Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island, and completed fellowships at Tufts Medical School and MIT.

Vice President, Early Development

Joe Newman, Ph.D., is the VP, of Early Development at Zikani Therapeutics. Joe has over 17 years of experience, supporting all stages of drug development from lead optimization to clinical development.
Yoshi Ichikawa

Prior to joining, he held multiple roles at Discovery, Development, IP, and Business Development for out- and in-licensing at Cubist and Optimer Pharmaceuticals, and had worked on DIFICID® for C. difficile infections. He has extensive experience in Chemistry and Biology of Ribosome targeting molecules. He is an author of 100 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters and an inventor of more than 10 issued patents.

Vice President, Technology Development and Partnering

Yoshi Ichikawa, Ph.D., is the VP, Technology Development and Partnering at Zikani Therapeutics and has over 30 years of medicinal chemistry, molecular biology and drug development experience.
Jianmin Mao

Jianmin made significant contributions to a number of programs in various development stages, most notably Baxdela®, Derazantinib, Miransertib, and Tivantinib. Jianmin received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Lanzhou University, China and is an author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on 12 issued patents.

Executive Director of CMC

Jianmin Mao, Ph.D joined Zikani Therapeutics in 2018, overseeing all aspects of CMC. Jianmin brings 19 years of industrial experience, having held positions at a variety of biotech/pharmaceutical companies across a broad range of therapeutic areas, such as cystic fibrosis, antibiotics, oncology and CNS.

Board of Directors

Sumit Aggarwal

President and CEO

Joe Zakrzewski

Chairman Of The Board

Raj Parekh

Advent Life Sciences


Christopher Viehbacher

Gurnet Point Capital


Anja Harmeier

Roche Venture Fund