Board of Directors
Alan HolmerChairman of the Board
Alan F. Holmer served from 1996-2005 as President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an organization that represents the interests of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies based in Washington, DC. In addition to his biopharmaceutical industry experience, Mr. Holmer has significant expertise in handling legal, international trade and governmental issues, having held various positions within the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department and the White House, including serving as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative with rank of Ambassador. He also served as Ambassador and Special Envoy for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue, a position to which he was appointed by Secretary of the Treasury, Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (2007-2009). Mr. Holmer was a partner at the international law firm, Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin LLP), and an associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Mr. Holmer has been involved in many community service organizations, included currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was Co-Chairman of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He also served as a board member of the pharmaceutical company Inspire which was successfully bought out by Merck in 2011 for $430M. Mr. Holmer received an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Yuval Cohen, PhDChief Executive Officer, Director
Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., joined Corbus in July 2013 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Corbus, he was the President and co-founder of Celsus Therapeutics (Nasdaq CLTX) from 2005 to June 2013. Under Dr. Cohen's leadership, Celsus successfully developed five novel anti-inflammatory drug programs - including two in Phase II - focusing on allergies and autoimmune diseases of the skin, airways, digestive tract and eye. He participated in all stages of the pre-clinical and clinical development from project management to interactions with regulatory bodies and with the investment community in fund raising. In March 2013, Dr. Cohen successfully completed a public listing of Celsus in the United States. Apart from his industry experience, he is also the author of a number of peer-reviewed papers and reviews as well as listed inventor on a number of patents. Dr. Cohen has a Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the Curie Institute of Cancer Research in Paris and the University of Paris V. He attained a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) before being awarded the prestigious BGF Scholarship from the French foreign ministry to carry out his doctoral studies in Paris.
David Hochman is a Managing Partner of Orchestra Medical Ventures, an investment firm that employs an innovative strategy to create, build and invest in medical technology companies intended to generate substantial clinical value and superior investor returns. He is also President of Accelerated Technologies, Inc (ATI), a medical device accelerator managed by Orchestra. He has over 17 years of venture capital and investment banking experience. Mr. Hochman is the Chairman of Vital Access Corp. and serves as a director of MOTUS GI Medical Technologies Ltd., Caliber Therapeutics, BackBeat Medical (where he is also President), FreeHold Surgical, and Maternity Neighborhood. Prior to joining Orchestra, Mr. Hochman was Chief Executive Officer of Spencer Trask Edison Partners, LLC, a principal investment partnership focused on early stage healthcare companies. He was also Managing Director of Spencer Trask Ventures, Inc. during which time he was responsible for directing the firm's venture banking group and led financing transactions for over 20 early-stage companies, securing over $420 million in equity capital. Mr. Hochman was a board advisor of Health Dialog Services Corporation, a world leader in collaborative care management that was acquired in 2008 by the British United Provident Association for $750 million. He was also a co-founder and director of PROLOR Biotech, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing longer-lasting versions of approved therapeutic proteins, which was purchased by Opko Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) in 2013 for over $600 million. Mr. Hochman also currently serves as a board member of two non-profit organizations: the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan.
Renu Gupta, M.D.Director
Renu Gupta, M.D., has more than 25 years of development, regulatory and senior management experience with the biopharm industry. Dr. Gupta is currently a special advisor to the CEO of Insmed having served as Chief Medical Officer there. Previously she served as the Executive Vice President Development and Chief Medical Officer of Transave, Inc. since September 2006, and has been a Director of the UK subsidiary, Transave Inhalation Biotherapeutics as of May 2008. From May 2003 to August 2006, she held the position of Senior Vice President Development at Antigenics, Inc. Prior to that, she served at Novartis as Vice President and Head of US Clinical Research and Development and Global Head of Cardiovascular, Metabolics, Endocrine and Gastroenterology Research. Dr. Gupta also spent almost 10 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she was responsible for clinical research, business development and global development and marketing strategy for infectious diseases and immunology. She received her bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Zambia and completed her medical and post-doctoral training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Adjunct Assistant Professor until 1997. Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and she has been active in numerous relevant academic and professional societies. Dr. Gupta is a founding member of the Industrial Management Board at the Harvard Medical School, served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Council for Antigenics, past member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, and the Institute of Medicine Forum on Emerging Infections, and is a Board Member of Aim at Melanoma, formerly Charlie Guild Melanoma Foundation.
Avery W. CatlinDirector
Avery W. Catlin served (now retired) as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of Celldex Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. in January 2000, he served as Vice President, Operations and Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Endogen, Inc., a public life science research products company, from 1996 to 1999. From 1992 to 1996, he held various financial positions at Repligen Corporation, a public biopharmaceutical company, serving the last two years as Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at MediSense, Inc., a Massachusetts-based medical device company. Mr. Catlin received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and M.B.A. from Babson College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Panayiotopoulos was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion in February 2017. Prior to joining ARIAD in January 2016, Mr. Panayiotopoulos served as President of EMD Serono, Inc., the North American biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, President of the Serono Research and Development Institute and President of Merck Serono, Tokyo, Japan. Since joining Merck KGaA in 2004, Mr. Panayiotopoulos led multiple partnerships, including those with Pfizer Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Incyte Corporation. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, Mr. Panayiotopoulos was at Eli Lilly & Co. from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Panayiotopoulos currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO).
Mr. Panayiotopoulos holds a combined B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management Studies from University College London and a M.Sc. from Cranfield Business School in the United Kingdom.