Eugene Williams is a former SVP at Genzyme, with senior roles integrating commercialization, drug development, and deal making. He is also an entrepreneur, as the founder and director of Adheris, which became the largest company in the patient adherence area. He was previously a strategy consultant at Bain and Corporate Decisions Inc. (a Bain Spin off, now part of Oliver Wyman), where he was co-Head of Healthcare and spent extensive time on speeding and improving the drug development process and on commercialization strategies. Mr. Williams was most recently the CEO of Dart Therapeutics, an Orphan Disease drug development company. Mr. Williams holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Elliot Goldstein
Elliot Goldstein brings a unique track record in the clinical, regulatory and commercial development of new pharmaceuticals. Dr. Goldstein began his career with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis), a fourteen-year period on drug development in France, Basel, Switzerland Global Headquarters, including as Head of Clinical R&D in the United States. He subsequently held positions as SVP of Strategic Product Development at SmithKline Beecham (now GSK), CEO of British Biotech (Oxford, UK), Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Maxygen, and President and CMO of a startup biotech devoted to development of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies. Dr. Goldstein holds an MD from the University Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France, and a BSc from McGill University, Montreal.
Dr. Neil Cashman
Dr. Cashman is a physician and scientist focused on neurodegenerative diseases. His first academic posting was at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University. From 1998 to 2005, he was the Diener Professor of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto. In 2005, Professor Cashman moved to the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding Diseases, and serves as the Director of the UBC ALS Centre. He has procured over $50 million in research grant funding from the CIHR, CRC, NCE, NIH, and various corporations for his work involving protein misfolding and prion technologies. He was awarded the Jonas Salk Prize for biomedical research in 2000, and was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008. He is recognized worldwide as one of the leading research scientists pioneering the emerging fields of prion biology and protein misfolding diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Johanne Kaplan, PhD
Johanne Kaplan is a former VP of Research at Sanofi Genzyme. Over the course of her 23-year career at Genzyme, Dr. Kaplan directed pioneering research leading to the implementation of multiple clinical trials in the fields of gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and autoimmunity. Most recently, as VP of Neuroimmunology Research, Dr. Kaplan led the contribution of the Genzyme science team supporting the approval of Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) and Aubagio (teriflunomide) for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. She also established partnerships for the development of novel therapies for neuroinflammatory disorders. Prior to joining Genzyme, Dr. Kaplan was an Associate Immunopathologist at SmithKline Beecham where she established an Immunotoxicology program. Her work has resulted in over 70 scientific publications and multiple patents. Dr. Kaplan holds a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and conducted post-doctoral studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA.
Daniel Geffken is a Founding Managing Director of Danforth Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm providing finance, operations and strategic support to life science companies. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the life science industry to his work with ProMIS, ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies with $1 billion+ market capitalizations. He previously served as COO or CFO of four publicly traded and several privately held life science companies, in addition to his consulting clients. Daniel has been chief financial officer of Homology, Inc., Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc., Cidara, Inc., Cabaletta Bio, Inc., Apellis, Inc. and Stealth BioTherapeutics, Inc. He has raised more than $1 billion in equity and debt securities for life science companies. Daniel holds a BS from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ernest D. Bush, PhD
Dr. Bush has 35 years of experience working in the field of biomedical R&D, driving development of innovative therapies for treatment of human diseases. He has served as a consultant in non-clinical development providing advice and insight into IND enabling programs, pre-clinical data-set analysis for due diligence and prioritization of investment decisions, and evaluation and audits of GLP bioanalytical and toxicology facilities and studies. In recent years, Dr. Bush has served as Chief Scientific Officer at Akashi Therapeutics, Inc., providing expertise to the development of drugs in Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. In previous positions, Dr. Bush worked as Senior Research Director and Head of Non-Clinical Drug Safety at Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. where among other duties he led the assembly and review of preclinical data packages for all potential in-licensing and acquisition drug candidates and companies. He has utilized this experience to help small pharmaceutical companies and non-profit patient advocacy organizations plan and execute strategies to move them forward expeditiously and cost-effectively. Dr. Bush received his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Washington, and an MS in Chemistry and a BA in General Sciences from the University of Oregon.
Dr. David Wishart
Dr. David Wishart is a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He also holds adjunct appointments with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He has been with the University of Alberta since 1995. Dr. Wishart has been studying protein folding and misfolding for more than 30 years using a combination of computational and experimental approaches. These experimental approaches include NMR spectroscopy, circular dichroism, fluorescence spectroscopy, electron microscopy, protein engineering and molecular biology. The computational methods include molecular dynamics, agent-based modeling, bioinformatics and machine learning. Over the course of his career, Dr. Wishart has published more than 430 scientific papers covering many areas of protein science including structural biology, protein metabolism and computational biochemistry. These papers have been cited more than 78,000 times. Dr. Wishart has been awarded research grants totaling more than $130 million from a number of funding agencies including CIHR, NSERC, NIH, Genome Canada, CFI, NRC, APRI, PrioNET, PENCE and Compute Canada. Dr. Wishart has also led or directed a number of core facilities and centres including the Canadian Bioinformatics Help Desk, the PENCE bioinformatics core facility, the NRC Nano Life Sciences Division, the PrioNet Prion Protein and Plasmid Production Facility, and the Pan-Alberta Metabolomics Platform (PANAMP). Dr. Wishart currently co-directs The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC), Canada’s national metabolomics laboratory. Dr. Wishart held the Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1995-2005, received the Astra-Zeneca-CFPS Young Investigator Prize in 2001, was awarded a Lifetime Honorary Fellowship by the Metabolomics Society in 2014 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017. Dr. Wishart has been identified as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists for each of the past 7 years.
Board of Directors
Dr. Neil Cashman
(bios already under Management Team)
Richard Gregory joined ImmunoGen as Chief Scientific Officer & Executive VP for Research in January of 2015. In this capacity he provides leadership and direction to the Research organization and is responsible for the generation of development candidates based upon ImmunoGen’s Antibody Drug Conjugate technology. Prior to ImmunoGen, Richard held a variety of roles at Genzyme and Sanofi-Genzyme, including Vice President for Gene Therapy, Head of Corporate Research and Head of R&D for the Sanofi/Genzyme R&D Center. Rich received his BSc in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, and did his post-doctoral training in cancer genetics at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. He is the co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 23 issued U.S. patents in the area of biotechnology. Richard is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Senior partner at Kirwin LLP, has been advising and representing businesses in a range of industries and sizes from local to multinational for over 30 years. He obtained his BA in Economics (First Class Standing) from the University of Alberta in 1978 followed by his JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of law in 1982. He practiced initially with the Canadian Federal Department of Justice from 1982 to 1986 then founded the predecessor to Kirwin LLP where he currently practices in Edmonton Alberta.
Neil K. Warma
Neil K. Warma, MBA, was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2021. Neil Warma has been a successful healthcare entrepreneur for over 25 years having founded, managed and advised numerous biotech and pharmaceutical companies across the globe. Currently, Mr. Warma is the CEO/General Manager of I-Mab Biopharma U.S., (Nasdaq:IMAB) a publicly traded global biopharmaceutical company with offices and research labs in China (Shanghai, Beijing) and the U.S. (San Diego, Gaithersburg) that focuses on developing and commercializing novel immuno oncology drugs. Previously, as President and CEO of Opexa Therapeutics (Nasdaq:OPXA), a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, Mr. Warma led the turnaround and rebuilding of the company’s cell therapy platform and oversaw its advance through clinical development in autoimmune and orphan diseases, expansion into China and its eventual merger with Acer Therapeutics (Nasdaq:ACER). Prior to Opexa, he was CEO of Viron Therapeutics, a private biotechnology company developing novel protein-based therapeutics for cardiovascular disease and transplantation.
William W. Wyman began his career at the management consulting firm Booz Allen and Hamilton. After working for the firm in New York, Duesseldorf Germany, Athens Greece, and Dallas Texas, he returned to New York to become the President of the Management Consulting Group, a member of the executive committee, and a member of the Board of Directors. Subsequently, Mr. Wyman co-founded the management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman & Co. Now part of Marsh & McLennan, the firm employs 3,700 professionals in 26 countries.
Mr Wyman has served as director to more than eighteen public and private companies, mostly smaller companies in the technology and finance sectors. He also has served as an advisor to several private equity partnerships.
Mr. Wyman received his BA from Colgate University, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He resides in Hanover, NH.
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