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Tomas Stojanov, Ph.D

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Stojanov has over 26 years of experience in diverse aspects of the health, biotechnology and agriculture sectors from the perspective of scientific research, operational management and technology commercialization.

Jamshid Arjomand, Ph.D

VP Business Development, Executive Director and Company Secretary

Dr. Arjomand has over 15 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience and co-authored 15 scientific publications. He joined Genea Biocells in 2013 and helped coordinate Genea Biocells’ opening of their new R&D facility in San Diego, CA. He currently manages the scientific direction and collaborative efforts necessary to expand Genea Biocells’ drug discovery efforts and revenue streams. Previously, Dr. Arjomand was the Director of Basic Research at High Q Foundation/CHDI Management (USA) a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to Huntington’s disease (HD) therapeutics. He designed and managed a complex portfolio comprising of academic, clinical and industry driven projects in support of Foundation drug discovery efforts.

Alex Kiselyov, Ph.D

VP Drug Discovery

Dr. Kiselyov has over 20 years of Pharma/Biotech and Foundation experience in drug discovery and preclinical development. He oversees all chemistry aspects of Genea Biocells’ drug discovery program as well as chemical genomics, biophysics, structural biology, target ID/validation and systems biology relevant to pluripotency, differentiation and proliferation of stem cells. Previously, Dr Kiselyov has authored and directly contributed to over 10 clinical programs across multiple therapeutic areas including oncology (Motesanib™ for the treatment of renal carcinoma, Phase III), cardiovascular disease (Veliflapon™ for the treatment of acute CV events associated with coronary arthery disease, Phase III; DG041 and DG051 for the treatment of artherial thrombosis and atherosclerosis, respectively, Phase IIb); dementias and cognitive disorders (DG071, Phase Ib); Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA, RG3039 Phase Ib) and others.

Monica Hayhurst Bennett, Ph.D

Director, Preclinical Development

Dr. Bennett joined the Genea Biocells team on July 11, 2016 as Director of Preclinical Research. Dr. Bennett has over 10 years of translational research experience in the areas of stem cell biology, neuroscience, and muscle biology. Her biotechnology experience includes developing both protein and cellular therapeutics in degenerative diseases of skeletal muscle at Fate Therapeutics and leading research activities in the areas of neuroscience, metabolic and cardiovascular biology at Orexigen Therapeutics. Dr. Bennett received her Ph.D. from Stanford University with a focus on developmental neurobiology and completed her postdoctoral training at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute where she investigated the neurodegenerative condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Alan Colman, Ph.D

Senior Scientific Advisor

Dr. Colman has over 40 years of R&D experience in both academic and industry laboratories. His illustrious career as a scientist started by training under Nobel laureate Prof John Gurdon. His early work focused on human protein secretion from frog eggs and in the milk of transgenic animals and culminated with his involvement in making the Dolly the Sheep in 1996. With the emergence of human pluripotent stem cell technologies, Dr Colman focused on differentiation, disease modeling and regenerative medicine. Dr Colman has co-authored over 150 scientific publications.

Jeanne Loring, Ph.D

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Loring is a prominent stem cell scientist whose laboratory focuses on the genomics and epigenetics of human pluripotent stem cells. Her research group is developing stem cell-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Fragile X syndrome/autism. The group is also working with the San Diego Zoo to generate stem cells from endangered species, in an effort to rescue animals from the brink of extinction. Dr Loring is also recognized for her public involvement in bioethics, stem cell patenting, and regulation of stem cell therapies (“stem cell tourism”).

Friedrich Metzger, Ph.D

Scientific Advisor

Prof. Metzger has more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D with a proven track record of translation into the clinic. He has a strong scientific expertise on therapeutic approaches in neurological and rare neuromuscular diseases, and he is the author and inventor of over 60 publications and patents. Currently, Prof. Metzger is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Versameb, a regenerative medicine R&D company, and Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was previously the Head of Discovery, Rare Diseases at Roche in Basel, Switzerland where he initiated multiple drug discovery programs and led them into the clinic, among them Risdiplam which is currently in pivotal trials in SMA. He participated in many due diligence processes and was part of the team that launched stem cell research at Roche.