Phil Dawson, Ph.D.Professor of Chemistry, Scripps Research
Phil Dawson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research in La Jolla, CA and Dean of the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences. He received an A.B. (1992) in Chemistry from Washington University, and Ph.D. (1996) from Scripps Research under the guidance of Steve Kent. After pursuing postdoctoral work at Caltech, he returned to Scripps as an Assistant Professor. He has served as President of the American Peptide Society, the Board of Directors for FASEB and co-chaired the 22nd American Peptide Symposium and the 2016 GRC. He has published over 180 papers, and has been honored with an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship, the Vincent du Vigneaud Award, the Max Bergmann Kreis Gold Medal, the Zervas Award and the RSC MedImmune Protein and Peptide Science Award and the Akabori Memorial Award. Professor Dawson is a pioneer of chemoselective ligation methods for macromolecule synthesis and modification and has applied these tools broadly to better understand biological systems.
Soumitra Ghosh, Ph.D.President, Doon Associates LLC
Soumitra Ghosh is a biopharmaceutical industry consultant and entrepreneur with extensive experience in drug development, technology licensing and in formulating and implementing R&D strategy. He is a co-founder of Avexegen Therapeutics, Abvance Therapeutics and Aquros Bio, start-ups focused on GI indications, diabetes and urological disorders, respectively. His experience includes R&D leadership positions at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and MitoKor, where he led research programs for the development of small molecule, peptide and protein-based drug candidates for the treatment of metabolic diseases and CNS disorders. Multiple drug candidates were advanced to the clinic during his tenure, or were partnered with companies for clinical development. He has been a recipient of several SBIR and California state grants for his work in the industry. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, and conducted his post-doctoral work at the Rockefeller University in New York.
Robert HagopianDirector Business Development, Polypeptide Group
Mr. Robert A. Hagopian received his M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California San Diego and his M.B.A from San Diego State University. His experience in peptide research and production spans over twenty five years which includes: Telios Pharmaceuticals (Manager, Peptide Production, 3 years) and NeoMPS, Inc. (Director, GMP Production 14 years). In his current position as Director of Business Development (13 years) at PolyPeptide Group, San Diego, Mr. Hagopian overseas the customer support activities for new and existing sales related to pre-clinical, clinical and commercial grade peptides.
Rie Schultz HansenVice President of Research, Zealand Pharma
Dr. Hansen has 18 years of work experience from biotech companies. Working at Zealand Pharma for the last 9 years, the focus of her research and industrial work has been in translational pharmacology for peptide and small molecule drug candidates. Prior to joining Zealand, Rie was a research scientist at NeuroSearch. Rie holds a Ph.D. in medicinal research from the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of more than 50 publications, published conference reports and patent applications.
Lutz Jermutus, PhD FRSC FFPM (Hons)PDTL & Senior Director, R&D
Lutz Jermutus is Product Development Team Leader and Senior Director, R&D, in the cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases unit of AstraZeneca. He is responsible for leading novel candidate drugs to clinical proof-of-concept including MEDI0382, a GLP-1/Glucagon dual peptide agonist for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.
Nick Cox, Ph.D.Associate Director of Discovery Chemistry, Novo Nordisk
Dr. Cox is the Associate Director of Discovery Chemistry at the Novo Nordisk Research Center in Seattle, WA. He is leading the chemistry department to drive peptide, protein, and other therapeutic discovery efforts targeting chronic conditions including rare endocrine and blood disorders, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, he completed his training as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford’s ChEM-H institute (2014-2016) under the mentorship of Prof. Chaitan Khosla and Dr. Mark Smith, serving as chemistry lead on numerous projects in early stage drug discovery. Dr. Cox received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington (2013) in the laboratory of Prof. Gojko Lalic, where he studied organic methodology and transition metal catalysis
Adrienne Day, Ph.D.Treasurer
Dr. Day is a seasoned business development professional with more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. She has hands-on operational and executive management experience in the non-profit, for-profit and startup environments.
Most recently she was Senior Director of Business Development for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that Dr. Day ran a successful consulting practice. She has previously served as Vice President of Business Development at what is now the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Vice President of Business Development Conforma Therapeutics, Senior Director of Business Development at Molecumetics Ltd., Associate Director of Corporate Development at Ligand Pharmaceuticals. She was Ligand Pharmaceuticals’ first Project Manager, and began her biotechnology career at Invitrogen Corporation where she held various positions.
Dr. Day received her B.Sc., B.Sc. Honors, and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California and the La Jolla Cancer Research Center.
Adam MezoHead of Molecular Design, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Adam Mezo joined the Ferring Research Institute (San Diego) in 2017 as Sr. Director, Head of Molecular Design. In his current role, he leads a discovery group of peptide, protein and small molecule chemists in search of next-generation therapeutics across a number of therapeutic areas. Prior to this role, he spent 5 years at Eli Lilly and Company, leading the peptide discovery group in Indianapolis, focusing primarily on endocrinology and neurology. He also spent 12 years at Biogen Idec and Syntonix Pharmaceuticals in a variety of roles, most recently as a Director, Molecular Discovery, where he led a diverse team of chemists, biochemists, and molecular biologists in the discovery and development of peptide and protein therapeutics in the fields of hemophilia and immunology. He performed postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the field of peptide chemistry, received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada).
Peptide Therapeutic Foundation announces the recipients of the Ferring Research Institute Innovation Grants Program for 2019:
Meet the 2018 Recipients:
October 22-23, 2020
The Salk Institute