BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeffry Stock, PhD
A tenured full professor in the departments of Molecular Biology and Chemistry at Princeton University , he is one of the world’s leading experts in signal transduction and global cellular regulation with over 150 original scientific articles in the area. He is an elected fellow of the American Society of Microbiology and a winner of the Humboldt Prize. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biochemistry and BMC Microbiology, and he serves on the Centers Review Committee for the National Institute of Drug Abuse. He is a co-founder of Signum Biosciences and Cadus Pharmaceuticals (KDUS). Professor Stock is best known for his seminal work on the biochemistry of signal transduction in micro-organisms. He is the force behind our science, which is why our laboratory is located near his Princeton research laboratory.
President and CEO
Max comes from Signum’s parent company, Signum Biosciences, where he was a co-founder. He oversees day-to-day operations to ensure close coordination between the business and R&D efforts. He majored in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, conducted research at Synergen Inc., and was involved with previous start-up companies before coming to Professor Stock’s Princeton laboratory to help develop the technologies that Signum is commercializing. A co-inventor on multiple patents, he is responsible for business development as well as smoothly implementing the company’s R&D and product development.
Gregory Stock, PhD
Dr. Stock is co-founder of Signum Biosciences and My Mercury Risk Inc. Prior to Signum, Dr. Stock directed the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. He has broad scientific, media and business experience, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and won the Freund-Porter Entrepreneurship award, he has a PhD in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. He has authored a number of books on the implications of new technology, particularly in the life sciences, and several best-sellers on human ethics and values..
Has been active in the field of finance since 1982, when he joined Salomon Brothers, which is now a part of Citicorp. In his 5 year tenure there, he created various mathematical models for valuing fixed income securities, developed the conceptual framework for “option adjusted spread,” which has become a standard analytical metric for complex fixed income securities. In 1988, he and a colleague left Salomon and established the hedge fund Parsec Trading Corp., which has been a successful fixed income arbitrage fund for over 13 years. At the end of 2002, Modzelewski established his own trading and investment firm, Maple Engine L.L.C., a private multi-strategy investment and trading fund focusing on speculative trading and venture investment. He serves on the Boards of the Reason Foundation and the Institute for Justice.
Rohto Pharmaceutical Co.’s Managing Director, Corporate planning & administration. He is an energetic and dynamic leader with a progressive global vision for the growth and development of Rohto’s shareholder value. He has served as the President of Medicare Systems at Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. , Managing Director of Tokyo Mitsubishi Toshin Toshi Komon K.K since June 2001, President and Representative Director at Mitsubishi Tokyo Wealth Management Shoken K.K since March 2002 and has been a Director at Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. since June 6, 2008. He has led Rohto’s visionary long-term investments in R&D and has directed the continuous and dramatic growth of sales in recent years in spite of a weak economy in Japan. In the short term he has focused all activities on the goals of achieving further growth in Rohto’s operations and improving earnings by introducing value-added products and using the overseas network to expand operations. Strategically Rohto will continue to concentrate on sales of beauty care products and reinforce R&D capabilities, primarily at Rohto Research Village Kyoto, in order to develop and launch new products globally. Our mutual research collaboration will contribute to Rohto’s strategic goals, while enhancing the commercial, business development and market focus of Signum’s research priorities. We look forward to a productive and long-term relationship.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Scott Vafai, MD
Dr. Vafai is Director of the Mitochondrial Therapeutics Accelerator at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. His research group is developing novel therapeutics targeting mitochondria in rare and common disease. Dr. Vafai is also a co-founder of Metavention, a medical device company that is developing sympathetic denervation as a therapy for type 2 diabetes. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School and is clinically trained in internal medicine and endocrinology.
Jeffrey Cummings, MD
Dr. Cummings is Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas. Previously he was the Augustus S. Rose Professor of Neurology and Professor of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences at UCLA. He founded and directed the UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA. Dr Cummings interests embrace clinical trials and the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders and other neurological diseases. He is past president of the Behavioral Neurology Society and of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and in 2005 was named Edward Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecturer by the American Geriatrics Society. He has authored or edited 20 books and over 450 peer reviewed papers.
Khalid Iqbal, PhD
Dr. Iqbal is currently Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurochemistry, at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island, New York and co-founded the biennial International Conferences on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, (ICAD). Dr. Iqbal has authored over 200 scientific papers in prestigious American and international scientific journals and edited eight books on research advances in Alzheimer’s disease. His major research interests are the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders, especially the molecular mechanisms of neurofibrillary degeneration. His pioneering studies on neuronal protein pathology and discoveries of the involvement of the tau protein and its abnormal hyperphosphorylation in Alzheimer disease have won him several prestigious honors and awards, including the Potemkin Prize from the American Academy of Neurology and the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.
Yigong Shi, PhD
Dr. Shi is Dean of the School of Life Sciences, and Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Previously, he was the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor in the department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. He has determined the crystal structure of several critical apoptotic proteins, and is a world leader in x-ray crystal structure determination. For his research contributions, Dr. Shi has received a number of recognitions, including the 2003 Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society.