Meet the Timmerman Traverse for Life Science Cares 2024 Team

Luke Timmerman, founder & editor, Timmerman Report

The Timmerman Traverse for Life Science Cares is back for a $1 million mission to fight poverty in 2024.

This year’s team is coming together in common cause. We will bond together on a pair of spectacular hikes in the Pacific Northwest.

We will cover 20 miles of trails, with more than 7,000 feet of elevation gain, over two days in the North Cascades.

Legs will be tired.

Foreheads will be sweaty.

Shoulders may be achy.

We’ll enjoy fellowship amid some of the most spectacular scenery in North America.

Aug. 19: Hidden Lake Lookout

Aug. 20: Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm

Who’s on the Team?

  • Vineeta Agarwala, general partner, A16Z Bio & Health
  • Nancy Simonian, former CEO, Syros Pharmaceuticals
  • Jennifer McNealey, chief financial officer, Abdera Therapeutics
  • Ashley Van Zeeland, VP, corporate development, Illumina
  • Jason Coloma, CEO, Maze Therapeutics
  • Joe Payne, founder and CEO, Arcturus Therapeutics
  • Cayce Denton, general partner, Dandelion Capital Management
  • Colin Hill, founder and CEO, Aitia
  • Aaron Ring, Anderson Family Endowed Chair in Immunotherapy, associate professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center; co-founder, Simcha Therapeutics, Seranova, Stipple Bio, ALX Oncology, Ab Initio Biotherapeutics
  • Racquel Bracken, partner, Venrock
  • Bonnie Anderson, co-founder and CEO, PinkDx; former co-founder and CEO, Veracyte; board member, Bruker and DNA Script
  • Ethan Weiss, entrepreneur-in-residence, Third Rock Ventures
  • Jim Reddoch, EVP and CSO, Royalty Pharma
  • Katherine Andersen, head of life sciences, HSBC Bank USA
  • Amy Abernethy, former principal deputy commissioner, FDA
  • Jim Birchenough, Chairman of Global Healthcare Investment Banking and Co-Head of Global Biopharma Investment Banking, Barclays
  • Harlan Robins, co-founder and CSO, Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • Saul Fink, chief technology officer, Q32 Bio
  • Tracy Fink, founder, The Tortoise Institute

Who’s Guiding?

Who’s Sponsoring?

  • Third Rock Ventures

How can I help LSC fight poverty?

Since 2021, the Timmerman Traverse has raised $3 million to break the cycle of poverty and open doors to opportunity.

These trips have catalyzed a national expansion of the Project Onramp program. The plan is to bring 1,000 interns from underrepresented minorities into biotech job opportunities by 2027.

These expeditions are a force for good. We’re just getting warmed up.

Watch this team!


“We started as industry colleagues with an aligned philanthropic goal. We finished as friends, deeply connected through an experience none of us will ever forget and all of us will work to rekindle in our lives.” — Reid Huber, partner, Third Rock Ventures