Chad E. Beyer Promentis Pharmaceuticals Milwaukee, WI USA Biography
Biography of Chad E. Beyer
Dr. Beyer is President & CEO of Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the research, discovery and business development of medications aimed to treat CNS and neurological disorders. Previously, Dr. Beyer served as the Head of Neurochemistry at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Princeton, NJ. During his career at Wyeth, Dr. Beyer holds a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from LSU Medical Center and an MBA from the Rutgers Business School. Notably, Dr. Beyer has authored more than 70 manuscripts, 3 patents, and co-edited "Next Generation Antidepressants." Dr. Beyer is also an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he teaches "Bioventure Management", a class focused on the business of doing science.
Dennis M. Gross Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute Doylestown, PA USA Biography
Biography of Dennis M. Gross
Dr. Gross received a masters (M.S.) in Biology from the California State University and his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Cell Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He did his postdoctoral training at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has also done postgraduate programs at the Wharton School, Harvard/Tufts Law Schools and MIT. Dr. Gross is also faculty in the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and the Sydney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Medicinal Chemistry in the Blumberg Institute and Adjunct Professor of Basic Sciences at The Commonwealth Medical College. He has published more than 120 scientific publications. He currently is also the CEO of the Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute.
A.B. Reitz Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute Doylestown, PA USA Biography
Biography of A.B. Reitz
Dr. Reitz obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Reitz also holds an Executive Masters in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton, Penn Engineering).
Currently Dr. Reitz is also an Adjunct Professor in the Drexel University College of Medicine. He has published more than 150 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 60 issued U.S patents.
Dr. Reitz was the founding Editor (2000) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of this
journal (Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, CTMC), published by Bentham
H.A. Steinman The Wistar Institute Philadelphia, PA USA Biography
Biography of H.A. Steinman
Dr. Steinman holds a doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MBA from the university’s Isenberg School of Management. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with dual degrees in biology and psychology in the honors program.
Heather Steinman, Ph.D., MBA, is Vice President for Business Development and Executive Director of Technology Transfer at The Wistar Institute, the nation’s first independent research institution devoted solely to biomedical science and a world leader in cancer, immunology, virology and infectious disease research.
Dr. Steinman brings more than 18 years of experience in technology transfer and commercialization of early stage-life science discoveries.
N.L. Vanderford University of Kentucky Lexington, KY USA Biography
Biography of N.L. Vanderford
Dr. Vanderford received a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky and he also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Dr. Vanderford holds a number of positions at the University of Kentucky including: Assistant Professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology; Instructor in the Graduate School; Assistant Dean for Academic Development in the College of Medicine; and the Assistant Director for Research for the Markey Cancer Center. He has published his work in a number of prestigious journals including Science, Nature, and Nature Biotechnology. In addition to serving as Associate Editor for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, he is also the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Research Administration.
Section: Academic Technology Transfer
M.A. Gunn University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA USA Biography
Biography of M.A. Gunn
Dr. Moira Gunn is an Associate Professor at University of San Francisco. She did her MS in Computer
Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, USA. Dr. Gunn has
been teaching courses at the University of San Francisco since 1979. She was the Director of Information
Systems Program in USF from 2007 to 2009. She is the leader of Business of Biotechnology Program in
USF School of Management. She received Educator of the Year award from EE Times in 2008. She has
also received Public Service Award for contribution to the public understanding of science and
engineering from National Science Board in 2011.
Section: Technology Transfer
J.M. Silvaggi UWM Research Foundation Milwaukee, WI USA Biography
Biography of J.M. Silvaggi
Dr. Jessica Silvaggi received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Department
of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, and conducted a
post-doctoral fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She has been
with the UWM Research Foundation since 2009, and is currently the Senior
Licensing Manager where she evaluates new inventions, manages the patent,
marketing, and licensing programs, and aids in teaching students and faculty
about new start-up formation. Dr. Silvaggi became a certified licensing
professional in 2014, and she enjoys growing the technology transfer
program at UWMRF while helping to increase the level of entrepreneurship
Editorial Board Members
E. Barnhard Leason Ellis LLP New York, NY USA Biography
Biography of E. Barnhard
ELIZABETH M. BARNHARD is Chair of the Pharma/Biotech Practice Group at Leason Ellis. With her many years of pharma industry and law firm experience, she works closely with clients to create and manage robust intellectual property portfolios that add value to their businesses. She is experienced in transactional and licensing work, in all phases of litigation and appeals of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition actions, and in patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement, validity, product and manufacturing patent clearances in the areas of oncology/immunology, infectious diseases, virology, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular/metabolic disorders, and molecular genetics.
J.E. Barrett Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA USA Biography
Biography of J.E. Barrett
Dr. James E. Barrett, Professor in the Department of Neurology, Pharmacology and Physiology and former Chair, Drexel University College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University with postdoctoral training in neuropsychopharmacology at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. Dr. Barrett was Vice President of Neuroscience Discovery Research at Wyeth, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Adolor Corporation and Memory Pharmaceuticals. He has received several awards for significant contributions to pharmacology. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IUPHAR. His current research emphasis is on pain and the development of novel therapeutics.
M.G Berenstein Dirección de Vinculación Tecnológica - CONICET Buenos Aires Argentina Biography
Biography of M.G Berenstein
Dr Berenstein is Advisor to Vicepresident from CONICET and independent consultant in Technology transfer and Biobusiness for Scientific Community, Industry and Investment groups.. With more than 20 years of experience both in Research and tecnology transfer, she also held Management level positions in both public institutions and private companies in the Life Science Industry. She was previously ViceDirector, General Manager, and Director of leading Offices of Technology transfer and Bioincubators in Argentina (CONICET and Instituto Leloir) . Dr Berenstein holds a PhD in Gene therapy from University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from University of San Andrés. She is also Academic Director and Professor of Postgraduates courses in Pharma and Biotechnology Business from leading business Universities in Argentina.
A.K. Chakraborti National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Mohali India Biography
Biography of A.K. Chakraborti
Dr. Asit K. Chakraborti is Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, NIPER, S. A. S. Nagar, Punjab, India. He received Ph. D. degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, India. He has published 166 research papers (with > 7600 citation and h index of 51) and filed 42 patents. He received several awards and recognition such as University Gold Medal, Bardhaman Sammilani Gold Medal, ISMAS Eminent Mass-spectroscopist Award, etc. He is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Indian Science Academies.
C. Cullis Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH USA Biography
Biography of C. Cullis
Dr. Cullis is the Francis Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Master’s Program. He is currently President of the Society for Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research (SIBER). His research has focused primarily on rapid genomic variation in plants. He is also currently working on developing a wild legume (marama, Tylosema esculentum) into a crop for resource poor farmers in Southern Africa. He has served as a program director at the National Science Foundation, on grant review panels, advisory and on editorial advisory boards of multiple journals.
K.J. Dakin Dakin Capital Services Centennial, CO USA Biography
Biography of K.J. Dakin
Karl Dakin has 38 years in innovation commercialization. Mr. Dakin is a respected educator, extraordinary communicator, visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and a small business advocate. Mr. Dakin is engaged in multiple new product, business and economic development projects. At the crossroads of capital and food, he is leading the development of a new democratized capital ecosystem within the State of Colorado where everyone can invest in Main Street businesses and he is increasing local food production by development, sale and operation of turnkey indoor agriculture systems.
S. Garrison Aurora Research Institute Milwaukee, WI USA Biography
Biography of S. Garrison
Dr. Garrison earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences - Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA) before completing his postdoctoral training in sensory biology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA). He has previously worked with successful start-up companies in drug development, biotech consulting and bioinformatics. Currently, Dr. Garrison serves as a Research Scientist for the Aurora Research Institute, Aurora Health Care, and is the Wisconsin State Leader for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).
D. Lawton Promentis Pharmaceuticals Milwaukee, WI USA Biography
Biography of D. Lawton
Daniel is President of Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharma company developing new therapies for the treatment of CNS disorders. Daniel was previously Group President at Dohmen, where he led five Dohmen group companies in the life science services space.
Daniel was General Counsel of Schwarz Pharma Inc. and previously at Abbott Laboratories where he was Senior Counsel to both the domestic and international organizations.
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School, and was a Teaching Fellow in economics at Harvard College.
N. Ossanna University of Arizona Tucson, AZ USA Biography
Biography of N. Ossanna
Nina Ossanna, PhD holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and is a registered US patent agent. She is a founder and VP Business Development for Pharos Diagnostics and owner of Sonora Bioconsulting. She also Chairs the Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona. She has worked in university tech transfer directing offices at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Arizona as well as working in start-up life science companies.
F. Ozsolak RaNA Therapeutics Cambridge, MA USA Biography
Biography of F. Ozsolak
Dr. Ozsolak is an Associate Director at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He previously worked at Biogen and RaNA Therapeutics, contributing to the discovery and development of drugs to treat CNS, liver and kidney diseases via small molecule and oligotherapeutics approaches. He obtained his PhD in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard University, and BA in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.
F.J. Schoen Harvard Medical School Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of F.J. Schoen
Frederick J. Schoen, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Pathology and Health Sciences and Technology (HST) at Harvard Medical School, and Executive Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). His research focuses on native and substitute heart valves. In institutional roles, he promotes multidisciplinary innovation using technology, provides mentoring and career development leadership for translational research, and teaches Pathology, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Medical Device Development. He serves on the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center SAB, and many academic and governmental advisory, grant review and editorial committees, and consults with medical device companies.
S.M. Stahl University of California Oakland, CA USA Biography
Biography of S.M. Stahl
Dr. Stahl obtained his MD from Northwestern University, his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Chicago and his postdoctoral trainin in Internal Medicine from the University of Chicago, in Neurology from the University of California San Francisco and in Psychiatry from Stanford University. Currently Dr. Stahl is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). He serves as editor-in-chief of CNS Spectrums and is director of psychopharmacology for the California Department of State Hospitals. Author of over 500 papers, 35 textbooks and 12 edited books, Dr.
Stahl is an internationally recognized expert in psychopharmacology.
J.E. Tetzlaff Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI USA Biography
Biography of J.E. Tetzlaff
Dr. Tezlaff did her B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA; Ph.D. from Loyola
University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA; and Postdoctorate from Massachusetts General Hospital of the
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. She worked as a scientist at Seaside Therapeutics,
Cambridge, MA from 2008 till 2011. In 2011, she joined Department of Pathology of the Medical College
of Wisconsin and has been working there as an Assistant Professor since then. She has also been serving
as the Assistant Dean of Postdoctoral Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin since 2014. Her
research interest includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Infant Mortality, Neuroscience, Biomarkers,
Professional and career development and Entrepreneurial initiatives.
S. Tobet Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO USA Biography
Biography of S. Tobet
Dr. Tobet obtained a master’s degree (S.M.) and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Applied Biological Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. After 14 years in Boston as faculty at Harvard Medical School and then University of Massachusetts Medical School, he moved to Colorado State University (CSU) as a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. In 2010 he was named the Director of the CSU School of Biomedical Engineering. He has published more than 135 papers in scientific journals. At CSU he helped create and deliver courses in Biomedical Entrepreneurship, Grant Writing, and STEM Communication.