Scientific Advisory Board
Hans-Joachim Boehm, Ph.D.
Former Global Head of Small Molecule Research, Roche
Prior to his former position within the Small Molecule Research Group at Roche, Dr. Boehm served in various positions across the orgnization including the President and Research Site Head of Roche Palo Alto as well as the Head of Non-Clinical Development at Roche Basel. Before joining Roche in 1996, Dr. Boehm held positions with BASF in Ludwigshafen as a Computational Chemist well as Siemens in Munich, in the field of Microelectronics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Karlsruhe and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Basel.
Stan van Boeckel, Ph.D.
Professor of Industrial Medicinal Chemistry, Leiden Institute of Chemistry
Dr. van Boeckel has collected more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry encompassing small molecules as well as biologics, including bioconjugates. His work at Organon BioSciences (acquired by Shering-Plough) led to the the approval of the antithrombotic drug Arixtra®. Prior positions held at Organon include Head of Medicinal Chemistry as well as Head of the Lead Discovery Unit. With significant experience in HTS, assay development and Hit-to-Lead chemistry, he was, he was appointed in June 2012 as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Pivot Park Screening Center, located in the Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from Leiden University where he has held his professorship since 1993.
Jason Chin, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, University of Cambridge
Dr. Chin is a pioneer in the field of protein engineering using non-natural amino acids, an approach that facilitates site-specific modification and enhancement of biologics. He is Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Chin also serves as the Program Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB) at Cambridge as well as the Head of the Centre for Chemical & Synthetic Biology (CCSB). Dr. Chin joined Cambridge in 2003 and has since been the recipient of several awards including the Francis Crick Prize from the Royal Society, the Corday Morgan Prize, the European Molecular Biology Organization’s (EMBO) Gold Medal as well as the inaugural Louis-Jeantet Young Investigator Career Award. In 2013 he was inducted into the European Inventor Hall of Fame by the European Patent Office. Dr. Chin obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University and has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications.
Luca Gianni, M.D.
Director of Medical Oncology, San Raffaele Hospital
Over the course of his career, Dr. Gianni has worked extensively on new drug development in the field of oncology. Since 1995 he has been focused on clinical and translational research for women with breast cancer. From January 1996, Dr. Luca Gianni served as Chairman and Coordinator of European Cooperative Trials in women with Operable Breast Cancer involving several hospitals and cancer Institutions in across Europe. In 2011, ASCO awarded him the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award for his achievements in advancing the field of breast cancer research. His involvement in new drug development has spanned the design and execution of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials using antibody-based therapeutics as well as small molecules. Dr. Gianni obtained his M.D. from the State University of Milan and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
George Sledge, M.D.
Professor and Chief of Medical Oncology at Stanford University Medical Center
George W. Sledge, M.D., is Professor and Chief of Medical Oncology at Stanford University Medical Center. He specializes in the study and treatment of breast cancer and directed the first large, nationwide study on the use of paclitaxel to treat advanced breast cancer. His recent research focuses on novel biologic treatments for breast cancer. He has published over 290 scientific articles spanning both laboratory and clinic.
Dr. Sledge serves as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Breast Cancer, and is Past President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He served as chair of the Breast Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group from 2002 – 2009, where he led the development of nationwide clinical trials. Dr. Sledge was awarded the Hope Funds for Cancer Research 2013 Award of ‘Excellence for Medicine’, and was also the recipient of the 2006 Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction, the 2007 Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Jill Rose Award and the 2010 William L. McGuire Award from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.