Scientific Advisory and Board of Directors
Neal Rosen, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosen is a Member in the Department of Medicine and in the Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he serves as Head of Developmental Therapeutics. He is also a Professor of Pharmacology, Cell Biology and Medicine at Cornell University Medical School. His major interests are the identification and study of key molecular events and growth signaling pathways responsible for the development of human cancer and the use of this information for developing mechanism-based therapeutic strategies.
He has played an important role in the development of tyrosine kinase-mediated signaling inhibitors and pioneered the concept that cancer cells are dependent on cellular machinery for protein folding. Multiple novel clinical trials based on the work of the Rosen laboratory are being tested at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and other cancer centers in the United States and internationally.
Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Columbia College and an M.D., Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and post-doctoral training and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He was on the senior staff of the Medicine Branch at the NCI prior to joining the faculty of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Yuriy Gankin, Ph.D., Founder
Yuriy Gankin has a background in business development, chemo and bio-informatics and over 20 years of experience working with global pharmaceutical companies in the realm of scientific informatics. He now serves as Chief Life Sciences Officer and Vice President of the Life Sciences Business Unit at EPAM Systems Inc. following the acquisition of GGA Software Services LLC and Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, Inc. by EPAM in June 2014. As a co-founder of GGA and ITC, he helped build GGA and ITC into the leading Russian provider of scientific software engineering, algorithm development, and data curation services for the life sciences industry.
Prior to founding GGA and ITC Yuriy has worked at a global scientific publishing company Elsevier MDL as a director of content database development. Yuriy has a background in research, database development, and modeling in chemistry, material science, and biology. Yuriy graduated with a M.S. degree in physical chemistry from St. Petersburg Chemical Technology University and received his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from Tufts University in 1996.
Valeria Povolotsky, Ph.D.
Valeria has 25 years experience in Biotech and Pharma Industry, being involved in Drug Development for over 15 years, and over 10 years in the Global Business and Partnering. Currently, she serves as a member of the board at Brazilian company PharmaPraxis, US company Cure Lab, US company Felicitex Therapeutics, VP Global Partnering at Russian Pharmaceutical company R-Pharm.Valeria has Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology and M.S. in Biological Chemistry.
Alex Shlyankevich, Ph.D.
Alex has 25 years of leadership experience in pharmaceutics at a number of start ups and established companies, including Cardinal Health, Biovail, CombinatoRx, Avecia and Moderna. In his current role, Alex is managing portfolio of healthcare investment projects and serves on the boards of NuPulseCV (USA) and GiviVision (UK).
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