Directors

 
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Declan Doogan, M.D. - Chairman

Dr. Doogan is a seasoned drug development executive and life sciences investor with more than 30 years of experience in the global pharmaceutical industry. He joined Pfizer in 1982, where he held a number of senior positions in R&D in the U.S., UK and Japan. Dr. Doogan was the clinical development head for what became ZOLOFT, one of the top-selling global products. He retired from Pfizer in 2007 as the Senior VP Head of World Drug Development. Subsequently Dr. Doogan was Head of R&D at Amarin where, along with the CEO, he raised $100 million to fund the reorganization and portfolio realignment, leading to completion of a Phase 3 program and NDA approval for Vascepa. During his career, Dr. Doogan has engaged in activities to promote excellence in pharmaceutical medicine and sits on the Boards of several biotechnology companies including Chair of Biohaven (BHVN: NYSE).Dr. Doogan received his medical degree from Glasgow University in 1975. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in the UK.

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John w. childs

Mr. Childs is the retired Chairman of J.W. Childs Associates, L.P., a private equity firm that he co-founded in 1995. Previously, he was Senior Managing Director of the Thomas H. Lee Company from 1991 to 1995, where he had broad responsibilities for originating, analyzing, negotiating and managing leveraged buyout transactions. For 17 years Mr. Childs held various executive positions in the investment area at the Prudential Insurance Company of America, ultimately serving as Senior Managing Director in charge of the Capital Markets Group. He is currently a Director of Realm, LLC, Biohaven, KLEO Pharmaceutical, OMAX, JW Childs Asia Equities.  Prior to their sale, he was Chairman of the Board of Kosta Browne, Sunny Delight and CHG Healthcare Services.  Mr. Childs has a B.A. from Yale University and a M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Charles G. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Drake is a professor of oncology, urology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and also serves as Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic. His areas of expertise include immunotherapy and the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testes. Dr. Drake graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University. He then received a Ph.D. in immunology from the National Jewish Center for Immunology, and in 1997 completed an M.D. at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He conducted an internal medicine residency on the Osler Service at Johns Hopkins, and in 2002 he completed a fellowship in medical oncology, also at Johns Hopkins.

 
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Alex Goor

Mr. Goor has helped lead and create, both from a technical and management leadership vantage, firms that have been sold to ICE/NYSE, Ameritrade, the NASDAQ, Nomura, and leading private equity firms, including Silver Lake and Bain Capital. He began his 20-year career building electronic financial markets as the Chief Strategy Officer of Datek Online Holdings Corporation, where he supervised all business development efforts. After Datek, Mr. Goor became co-CEO and CIO of Instinet, an institutional agency brokerage servicing the largest global asset managers. From 2010 to 2015, Alex was the Chief Information Officer of Interactive Data Corporation (IDC). Mr. Goor is currently is a trustee of Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn and on the boards of Gain Capital, ACA Compliance and Insurity.  He has served as a director on the Board of Directors of BondDesk. He received his Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Mathematics from Columbia University in 1995, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.

 

DOUG MANION M.D., FRCP(C)

Dr. Manion has 20 years of experience in drug development. He was Senior Vice President, Head of Specialty Development and Head of Japan and China R&D at BMS until October 2016. He held leadership roles at BMS overseeing various therapeutic areas, including virology, immunoscience, neurology, cardiology, metabolic diseases, genetically-defined diseases and fibrosis since joining in 2005. From 2001 to 2005, he was Vice President of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs for HIV/AIDS at GSK. He started his career at DuPont Pharmaceuticals in 1997. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and completed his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases in Ottawa, Canada, and a clinical and bench research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Manion also serves on the Board of Directors of Celleron Therapeutics.

 
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Roy Prieb

Mr. Prieb is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in business strategy, development, and operations. Prior to co-founding Kleo Pharmaceuticals, he launched, funded, and grew several digital media ventures including Saaspire, Kellogg Media Group, Qiosk.com and JibJab.com. Early in his career, he was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he executed strategy and reengineering projects for large banks and financial institutions in Asia. He received his B.A. from Harvard University Magna Cum Laude and M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

 

Observers & Advisors

 
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Gregory H. Bailey, M.D.

Dr. Bailey has spent the last 15 years as an entrepreneur, executive and financier in the health care sector. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Portage Biotech Inc. and has served on the Board of Directors for 16 public companies. He is a former director and financier of Medivation Inc. (MDVN: NASDAQ) and co-founder of Ascent Healthcare Solutions, VirnetX Inc internet security (VHC: AMEX) and Duramedic Inc., a medical products company. Prior posts within the investment and financial services sector included serving as Managing Director of Gilford Securities Inc., Managing Director of Knightsford Bank Corp, Senior Managing Director positions at Viscogliosi Brothers and the LXV Prosperity Fund, founder and General Manager of the ABN Private Equity Fund, co-foundeer of EuroAmerican Mercantile Bancorp, and co-founder and CEO of V-Fund Investments, Ltd. Dr. Bailey received his Medical Degree from the University of Ontario before practicing for ten years as an emergency room Physician.

 
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Vlad Coric, M.D.

Dr. Coric has more than 15 years of drug discovery and clinical development experience at Yale School of Medicine and Bristol-Myers Squibb. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Coric worked across therapeutic areas including neuroscience, virology, oncology and immuno-oncology, most recently serving as immuno-oncology indication lead for neuro-oncology and glioblastoma. He has been involved in multiple drug development programs including marketed drugs such as ABILIFY® (aripiprazole; partial dopamine agonist), OPDIVO® (nivolumab; anti-PD1), and YERVOY® (Ipilimumab; anti-CTLA-4). Dr. Coric is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and has over 50 peer-reviewed publications. He previously served as Chief of the Yale Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, and Director of the Yale Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic. Dr. Coric earned his medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina.

 

Christopher Eklund

Mr. Eklund is a Managing Director at J.W. Childs Associates focusing on venture capital investments. The Childs venture portfolio includes investments in BioHaven Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: BHVN), Kleo Pharmaceuticals, Melinta Therapeutics, Omax Health, Inc, Stemedica Cell Technologies and Basin Holdings. Prior to joining J.W. Childs, Mr. Eklund was Managing Director/Head of Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions at New York Life Investment Management. He was a Director at Berkshire Capital Corporation; Furman Selz LLC and Merrill Lynch & Co. He is currently Chairman of Omax Health, Inc. Mr. Eklund received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

 
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David A. Lewin, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewin has more than 14 years of business development and licensing experience in life sciences with Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) and has spent more than 20 years successfully managing scientific-based business alliances with pharmaceutical leaders in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has scientific expertise in pharmaceuticals, biomarkers, cell biology, genomics and proteomics in many disease areas as well as clinical biomarker discovery, development, validation and clinical implementation experience. Dr. Lewin has been instrumental in establishing and growing new ventures arising from Yale technology, including Kleo Pharmaceuticals, Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, Osmol Therapeutics, Inozyme Pharma, and Kolltan Pharmaceuticals. Prior to his work at OCR, Dr. Lewin was a group leader for CuraGen Corporation in collaborative research/alliance management and biomarker discovery and development. Dr. Lewin holds a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California San Diego and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Yale.

 
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David Spiegel, M.D., PH.D.

Dr. Spiegel is the Chief Scientific Advisor and co-founder of Kleo Pharmaceuticals. He is a Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology at Yale University where he heads the Spiegel Research Group. He has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor with over a dozen patents, including those that underlie Kleo's ARM, SyAM and MATE platforms. He has been recognized with various awards and honors, including the NIH Director's New Innovators Award, the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging Research, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, an Arthur C. Cope Early Career Scholars Award, and others. David received a B.A from Harvard University and a M.D./Ph.D. from Yale University.

 
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Daniel Wagner

Mr. Wagner evaluates investment opportunities, structures new investments and monitors portfolio companies at Connecticut Innovations. Previously, Mr. Wagner held a variety of scientific and operational management positions in research and development, technology assessment and implementation of next-generation scientific technologies at CuraGen in support of the Company’s development of its protein, antibody-drug conjugates and small-molecule therapeutics. Dan received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Dayton and from Quinnipiac University, a M.H.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a M.B.A.