“It is with great pride that we announce Biovest’s world class Scientific Advisory Board, which reflects our commitment to patients and the depth of our scientific orientation,” stated Samuel S. Duffey, Biovest’s President & CEO. “As Biovest focuses on regulatory approvals and ultimate commercialization, the breadth, credentials, experience and professional recognition represented on our SAB will be highly important.” Members of the Biovest SAB (listed in alphabetical order) are:
- Brian D. Athey, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Chair of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School – Dr. Athey is recognized as one of the nation’s experts in the field of Translational Bioinformatics, and has served as a special advisor to the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a founder of ‘tranSMARTproject.org’, an open source software community that supports one of the leading pharmaceutical data sharing and analysis software platforms used worldwide
- J. David Gangemi, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, Clemson University – With his doctorate in virology and biophysics and having formally served as a Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Dr. Gangemi has been directing Biovest’s hollow fiber perfusion technology viral bio-manufacturing collaborations with the Naval Health Research Center and Max Planck Institute.
- Larry W. Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma and Associate Director of the Center for Cancer Immunology Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Internationally recognized for his 20-year commitment to the science of cancer vaccines, Dr. Kwak developed Biovest’s BiovaxID® personalized lymphoma cancer vaccine while at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In 2010, Dr. Kwak was the first active MD Anderson faculty member to be named to TIME Magazine’s “TIME 100” annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for his contributions to the advancement of cancer vaccines.
- James J. Mulé, Ph.D., Executive Vice President & Associate Center Director for Translational Research, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – Dr. Mulé is an internationally known senior cancer immunologist and gene therapist, and at Moffitt, holds the Michael McGillicuddy Chair in Melanoma Research and Treatment. Dr. Mulé is also a special government employee advising the National Cancer Institute and the FDA-CBER, and is on several industry and publication advisory boards, having published over 200 scientific papers in the field of tumor immunology and immunotherapy.
- Dayton Reardan, Ph.D., R.A.C., Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Eleos, Inc. – Dr. Reardan previously held the position of Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Orphan Medical Inc., a public drug development and marketing firm (acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals). He has additionally served as Director of Development at CV Therapeutics and Xoma Corporation, and has twice received the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation for his work in developing pharmaceuticals for patients with rare diseases. Dr. Reardan is directing the global regulatory strategy for BiovaxID.
- Stephen J. Schuster, M.D., Robert and Margarita Louis-Dreyfus Associate Professor in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinical Care and Research and Director, Lymphoma Program, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania – Instrumental in the clinical development of BiovaxID and continuing to advise on new study designs to expand the vaccine’s indications, Dr. Schuster presented the Phase III study results at the Plenary Session of the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting and at the 2010 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.