Steven H. Holtzman


Member of the Board of Directors

Steven H. Holtzman joined Decibel Therapeutics as president and chief executive officer in 2016. Decibel discovers and develops novel therapeutic approaches to treat hearing loss and other hearing disorders. Prior to Decibel, he served as executive vice president, corporate development at Biogen, Inc. At Biogen, Mr. Holtzman created and led the program leadership and management group through six new drug approvals. He also led the business development and M&A group through successful completion of numerous transactions. Prior to Biogen, Mr. Holtzman served as the founder, chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors of Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a cancer drug discovery and development company. He was also an early leader and the chief business officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda Oncology), a pioneer in largescale genetics and genomics, and was a founder, member of the board and the executive vice president of DNX Corporation, the first transgenic animal company. Mr. Holtzman is a member of the board of directors of Visterra and Warp Drive Bio. In the not-for-profit arena, Mr. Holtzman is currently a trustee of the Berklee College of Music and previously served as the vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Hastings Center for Ethics and the Life Sciences. From 1996 to 2001, he served as a Presidential appointee to the U.S. National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Mr. Holtzman received his BA in philosophy from Michigan State University and his B Phil graduate degree in philosophy from (1979) from Corpus Christi College. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.