Kara Halvorsen

Kara Halvorsen is Septerna’s Interim Head of Human Resources. With more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience, Kara specializes in starting and building biotech organizations – including Seed/A round start-ups to Fortune 500 commercial companies – by rapidly hiring top talent and developing scalable HR infrastructure. From launching the Bio-Oncology franchise at Genentech to building Audentes Therapeutics into 200+ employee gene therapy company (later acquired by Astellas for $3 billion), her experience spans all HR disciplines with deep expertise in talent acquisition, compensation, and organizational development.

Before working in human resources, Kara was a commercial lender for California’s second-largest bank. She uses her financial acumen to embed business goals and metrics into HR strategy, systems and tools to accelerate business results.