Rodney Pearlman, Ph.D.


Rodney Pearlman, Ph.D. is the President of The Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia. Prior to joining The Bluefield Project, Dr. Pearlman served as the CEO of Bay Area start-ups Saegis Pharmaceuticals, Nuon Therapeutics and InCarda Therapeutics. At Saegis, which he also co-founded, Dr. Pearlman developed drug candidates to improve memory and cognition for a variety of indications, including Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Under Dr. Pearlman’s management, Saegis was acquired by Danish neuropharmaceutical powerhouse Lundbeck. Prior to co-founding Saegis, Dr. Pearlman held leadership positions at Valentis and Genentech and was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin.

Dr. Pearlman holds a B. Pharm from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in Melbourne, AU and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Kansas. He has two adult children and he and his wife live in El Granada, CA.


Vice President, Corporate Development

Christine Siu is the Vice President for Corporate Development at The Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia. Prior to joining the Bluefield Project, Ms. Siu started a biotech company, Global Blood Therapeutics Inc., with Third Rock Ventures and grew it from inception to development candidate for its lead program to treat sickle cell disease. Prior to starting Global Blood Therapeutics, she spent 10 years in healthcare venture capital and private equity in the life science sector with Third Rock Ventures, Warburg Pincus and Thomas McNerney & Partners. Ms. Siu holds a B.S. with distinction in cellular molecular biology and economics from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband and sons.

Laura Mitic, Ph.D.

Director of Translational Research

Laura Mitic, Ph.D. is the Director of Translational Research at the Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia.  Dr. Mitic holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, a Ph.D. in cell biology from Yale University and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of California, San Francisco. She and her husband live in San Francisco, CA with their two children.