Leidos 500 science and technology leader, announced the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for its Explorations in Global Health (ExGloH) division within the Leidos Health Group. The ExGloH SAB is an esteemed group of experts in oncology and drug development chosen to advance ExGloH in its development of their pre-clinical pipeline of peptide-based immune modulators.
ExGloH is dedicated to developing new immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. ExGloH SAB members will work closely with ExGloH leadership to evolve the pre-clinical development of its lead drug candidate LD10, a novel peptide-based, immuno-modulator for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases.
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“We are excited and privileged to have the opportunity to work with this group of oncology and infectious disease thought leaders on drug development initiatives from discovery through drug commercialization,” said James Pannucci, Ph.D., vice president and director of ExGloH. “Their insights will help advance our pipeline of peptide-based checkpoint inhibitors, beginning with LD10 clinical development.”
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The ExGloH SAB will be comprised of the following members:
- Chairman, Philip Hinds, Ph.D, professor and chair of the Department of Developmental, Molecular, and Chemical Biology (DMCB) at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), specializes in oncology, cell and developmental biology, and molecular biology. His seminal studies were the first to demonstrate that P53 possesses tumor suppressor activity and is subject to inactivating point mutations in human cancers.
- Jose Conejo-Garcia, MD, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Immunology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Institute, and co-leader of the Immunology Program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. An expert in the field of Tumor Immunology, he has been cited in numerous publications for his contributions to elucidate many of the mechanisms driving protective immunity against gynecologic cancers.
- Patrick K. Lucy, a founder and current chief business officer (CBO) of Pfenex Inc, is an experienced leader with more than 26 years of experience in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. As CBO he is responsible for the overall portfolio strategy and business development for the company. Lucy also has experience in the areas of alliance management, product and technology licensing, intellectual property, and bio-pharmaceutical processing, operations, facility design, construction and validation.