Scientific Advisory Board

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  • Kapil Dhingra, MD

    Kapil Dhingra, MBBS, has a broad range of experience in strategic oncology research and development. Dr. Dhingra is Managing Member of KAPital Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm he founded in 2008, which provides oncology-related strategic consulting services to biopharmaceutical companies and investors. He serves on the Board of Directors and/or Scientific/Clinical Advisory Boards of a number of companies and non-profit organizations.  Present and past BoD involvements include Exosome Diagnostics (US, Chairman), Advanced Accelerator Applications (France), Autolus (UK), Median Technologies (France), Algeta (acquired by Bayer), YM Biosciences (acquired by Gilead), Micromet (acquired by Amgen), Biovex (acquired by Amgen),and, Epitherapeutics (acquired by Gilead), among others.

    From 1999 to 2008, he served in positions of increasing responsibility at Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., including as Vice President, Head, Oncology Disease Biology Leadership team; and Head, Oncology Clinical Development. In this capacity, he played a leading role in building the largest oncology franchise in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined Roche from Eli Lilly, where he worked as Senior Clinical Research Physician. Before joining industry and during his tenures at both Eli Lilly and Hoffmann-La Roche, Dr. Dhingra maintained an active academic career first as an Assistant Professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, then as a Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and, most recently, as a Clinical Affiliate at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He also serves on the NeXT panel of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as the Commercialization Review Committee of Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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  • Karen Lackey

    Karen Lackey is currently the Director, Center for Therapeutic Discovery and Development at the Medical University of South Carolina. In her capacity as director of the MUSC Center for Drug Discovery, Lackey has built a portfolio of innovative drug discovery projects aligned with areas of research and clinical care expertise that target unmet medical needs for the development of new therapies and medicines. Prior roles included Vice President and Head of Medicinal Chemistry at Hoffmann-La Roche (USA) and Global Vice President of Discovery Chemistry in the Molecular Discovery Research Division for GlaxoSmithKline. Most importantly, she played an active role in the discovery of the dual erbB2/EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, lapatinib, currently marketed as Tykerb®. Karen has over 95 publications and patents, principally covering oncology, inflammation, kinase inhibition, gene family molecular design and cellular signaling.

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  • Francis Barany, Ph.D.

    Dr. Francis Barany is one of three academic founders of Coferon in 2009 and his laboratory has collaborated with Coferon since, making important contributions to the early proof-of-concept work for the Coferon platform. He is a permanent member of the Coferon Scientific Advisory Board. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Weill-Cornell medical college in New York. A prolific inventor with 36 issued US patents, he is best known for developing the ligase chain reaction (LCR), ligase detection reaction (LDR), and Universal DNA arrays, which are the foundation of commercial tests to diagnose genetic diseases (i.e. cystic fibrosis), detect infectious pathogens, identify cancer mutations, and identify diseases using DNA microarrays and targeted Next-Gen sequencing. The Barany Laboratory patents and intellectual property have generated over $30 million in NIH, NIST and Industrial Grants, over $10 million in royalties to Weill-Cornell, and over $2 billion in sales to biotechnology companies. Dr. Barany was honored as Medical Diagnostics Research leader, Scientific American 50 in 2004, and the Ezra Innovation Award, Cornell University in 2011. Professor Barany received his PhD from Rockefeller University in 1981.

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  • Neil Gibson, Ph.D.

    Neil W. Gibson, Ph.D. is a Senior Vice President of BioAtla, a private company focused on the discovery and development of conditionally active biological (CABs). Dr. Gibson was most recently the Chief Scientific Officer of Regulus Therapeutics, where he was responsible for leading all research and development efforts at Regulus. Dr. Gibson has more than 25 years of drug development experience and has been involved in the successful discovery, development and commercialization of four approved oncology drugs (including temozolomide, sorafenib, erlotnib, and crizotinib). Dr. Gibson joined Regulus from the Oncology Research Unit at Pfizer, La Jolla, where he was the Chief Scientific Officer and Oncology Therapeutic Area head. Dr. Gibson also held leadership roles on Pfizer’s Oncology Business Unit leadership team and global leadership team of Pfizer’s Pharmatherapeutics Organization. Prior to his years at Pfizer, Dr. Gibson held positions at OSI Pharmaceuticals (OSIP), including Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Director of Cancer Discovery and Vice President of Research. Dr. Gibson’s industry experience has also included service as a Director for Cancer Research in the Department of Cancer and Osteoporosis for Bayer.

    Dr. Gibson has held numerous academic appointments, including Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Southern California, and Fogarty Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. During his career, Dr. Gibson has served on the Experimental Therapeutics Study Section of the National Cancer Institute and has been actively involved with the American Association of Cancer Research. He is also a past president of the British Pharmaceutical Students Association. Dr. Gibson earned his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.

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  • Christoph Rader, Ph.D.

    Dr. Christoph Rader has been an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Cancer Biology and the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida (TSRI-FL) since 2012.  Dr. Rader joined TSRI-FL after 9 years as the Head of the Antibody Technology Section in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  Prior to this position, Dr. Rader was Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California (TSRI-CA) from 1999 to 2003.  He was a postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Carlos F. Barbas III at TSRI-CA from 1996 to 1999 after graduating with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland.  Dr. Rader is a leading scientist in antibody drug and target discovery for cancer therapy.  He has authored >100 journal articles and book chapters, is named inventor on >25 issued and pending patent applications, and lectures frequently.  Antibodies developed in Dr. Rader’s NIH-funded laboratories at TSRI-CA, NIH, and TSRI-FL have been licensed to companies and translated to clinical trials.  A particular focus of Dr. Rader’s TSRI-FL laboratory is devoted to antibody technologies at the interface of biology and chemistry, including the generation of site-specific antibody-drug conjugates and chemically programmed antibodies.