Christian Homsy Chief Executive Officer
Christian Homsy* has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Celyad since its foundation as Cardio3 BioSciences, in 2007. Christian Homsy obtained his Medical Doctorate at the University of Louvain and holds an MBA from the IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Christian gained his business experience in senior research and development, marketing, business development and sales positions at Guidant Corporation, a leading medical device company active in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He was also founder of Guidant Institute for Therapy Development, a landmark facility for physician and health care professionals' education that gained international recognition and praise. Before joining Cardio3 BioSciences, Christian Homsy was General Manager of Medpole, a European incubator dedicated to initiating the European operations for start-up companies in the medical device or biotechnology fields. He also holds a director mandate in Medpole SA.
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Filippo Petti Chief Financial Officer
Filippo Petti joined Celyad in September 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Petti worked in healthcare investment banking both at Wells Fargo Securities and William Blair & Company. Prior to his roles in investment banking, Filippo spent several years in equity research covering U.S. biotechnology companies both at William Blair & Company and Wedbush Securities. He began his career as a research scientist at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. focused on drug discovery and translational research before transitioning into corporate development with the company. Mr. Petti holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University, a Master of Science from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University.
David Gilham VP Research & Development
Dr. David Gilham first joined Celyad in April 2016 as member of the Scientific Advisory Board. As from September 1st, 2016, David became Vice-President R&D, heading the implementation of our Research and Development strategy for our programs in immuno-oncology. Dr. Gilham received his Ph.D in Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Dundee prior to moving to Bristol University in 1996 to work on CAR T cells with Professor Robert Hawkins. The group moved to Manchester in 1998 where his research activity has focused on engineering T-cells for cancer therapy and developing the necessary pre-clinical studies to support translation of this therapy into phase I/II clinical trials in Manchester. Prior to joining Celyad, David was a Reader in the Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Manchester, UK and led the Clinical and Experimental Immunotherapy Group based within the Manchester Cancer Research Centre.
Frédéric Lehmann VP Clinical Development and Medical Affairs
Dr. Lehmann has extensive experience in oncology drug development spanning early to late phase, including clinical trial design, translational research, regulatory interactions, and clinical risk management. He is a physician by training and started his academic career at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Brussels, followed by a position at the Institute Jules Bordet. He then moved to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) as Medical Advisor. Dr. Lehmann began his corporate career at GlaxoSmithKline, where he led the early worldwide clinical development program for the Company’s cancer vaccines and went on to lead the research and development incubator for cancer immunotherapeutics. Dr. Lehmann qualified as an MD and has a Master’s degree in Hematology in Oncology.
Jean-Pierre Latere Chief Operating Officer
Jean-Pierre joined Celyad in January 2016 and is responsible for strengthening the organization and key processes in manufacturing, quality, program management, clinical operations and regulatory affairs. He started his career as a Research Associate at the Michigan State University in the US. Following that assignment, he moved to the Johnson & Johnson group where he held various positions, from Scientist to Senior Scientist. He then joined Cardio3 BioSciences in 2008 as Project Manager Delivery System and left the company in 2012 in the position of Senior Director Business Development. Prior to joining Celyad, Jean-Pierre served as Beauty Care and Healthcare Market Global Leader at Dow Corning. Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liège, Belgium.
Philippe Dechamps Chief Legal Officer
Philippe Dechamps* joined Celyad in September 2016 and brings over 20 years of expertise in Corporate Affairs. He started his career at the Brussels Bar with De Bandt (now Linklaters) in 1994. He joined the legal team of Solvay in 1998 where he was mostly active in mergers and acquisitions. He then developed and managed the distribution contracts of the cardiovascular businesses of Guidant and Abbott in Europe, Middle East and Africa for more than 5 years, before leaving the pharma and medical device industry to join Delhaize Group in 2008, where he became General Counsel & Company Secretary in March 2015. In this role Philippe was part of the senior leadership team that successfully negotiated and finalized the merger of Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold in July 2016. Philippe holds a Master of Laws from the Harvard Law School, a Master of European Laws from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Master of Laws from the Université Catholique de Louvain.
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Philippe Nobels VP Human Resources
Philippe Nobels* joined Celyad in late 2016. He started his career at Price Waterhouse (now PwC) as auditor in 1989. He also went in rotational assignment in Congo during 2 years on consulting missions for the World Bank. In 1995, he joined Fourcroy as plant controller. Then, he joined Dow Corning in 1997 where he held different positions in Finance and Human Resources. He led the HR operations in Europe, became the HR manager for Dow Corning in Belgium, and HR Business Partner for the sales and marketing functions globally. As a member of the sales and marketing Leadership teams, he contributed to the company’s major transformation initiatives to increase organizational effectiveness, employees’ engagement & performance as well as Business results. Philippe hold a master degree in Economics from the University of Namur.
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Michel Lussier Chairman of the Board
Michel Lussier has served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Company since 2007 and is also a co-founder of the Company. Mr. Lussier founded Medpole Ltd, the North American satellite of MedPole SA, a European incubator for medical technology start-up companies located in Belgium, and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the group. In this capacity, he is an advisor to Fjord Ventures, a Laguna Hills, California based medical technology accelerator / incubator. Mr. Lussier also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Metronom Health Inc, an early stage medical device company founded by Fjord Ventures, developing a continuous glucose monitoring system. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2013, he worked for Volcano Corporation, where he served in a number of positions, most recently as President, Clinical and Scientific Affairs from 2012 to 2013, and prior to that from 2007 to 2012, Group President, Advanced Imaging Systems, Global Clinical & Scientific Affairs and General Management of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Lussier obtained a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Montreal. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration), France. In addition to serving on our board of directors, he also serves on the boards of directors of several early stage medical devices companies.
Christian Homsy Executive director
Christian Homsy* has served as a member of the board of directors of the Company since 2007 and has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Celyad since its foundation. Christian Homsy obtained his Medical Doctorate at the University of Louvain and holds an MBA from the IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Christian gained his business experience in senior research and development, marketing, business development and sales positions at Guidant Corporation, a leading medical device company active in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He was also founder of Guidant Institute for Therapy Development, a landmark facility for physician and health care professionals' education that gained international recognition and praise. Before joining Cardio3 BioSciences, Christian Homsy was General Manager of Medpole, a European incubator dedicated to initiating the European operations for start-up companies in the medical device or biotechnology fields. He also holds a director mandate in Medpole SA.
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Serge Goblet Non-executive director
Mr. Serge Goblet is part of the Board of Directors of Celyad where he acts as non executive director since 2008. He holds a Master Degree in Business and Consular Sciences from ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium and has many years of international experience as director in Belgian and foreign companies. He is the managing director of TOLEFI SA, a Belgian holding company, and reference shareholder for Celyad. TOLEFI SA is 100% owned by Mr. Serge Goblet and his wife Isabelle Thoumyre. In his function as managing director of TOLEFI SA, Mr. Serge Goblet also holds director mandates in the following companies: SG Holding SA, Essege SA, Le Haras des Isas SA, Green Holding SA, Carbobois SA, Green Real Estate SA, BSM Immo SA, Bioway Holding SA, Tolefi France SA, Ligne Plus SA, Ligne Plus Combustible SA, Bioway SA, Tecnoair System SA and Uton Ltd. Mr. Goblet has one voting rights at Celyad’s board of directors.
Chris Buyse Independent director
Chris Buyse has served as a member of the board of directors of the Company since 2008. He brings more than 30 years of international financial expertise and experience in introducing best financial management practices. He is currently Managing Director of FUND+, a fund that invests in innovative Belgian Life Sciences companies, Between August 2006 and June 2014, Mr. Buyse served as the Chief Financial Officer and board member of ThromboGenics NV, a leading biotech company that is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels. Before joining ThromboGenics, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Belgian biotech company CropDesign, where he coordinated the acquisition by BASF in July 2006. Prior to joining CropDesign he was financial manager of WorldCom/MCI Belux, a European subsidiary of one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies and he was also the Chief Financial Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer of Keyware Technologies. Mr. Buyse holds a master degree in applied economic sciences from the University of Antwerp and an MBA from Vlerick School of Management in Gent. He currently serves, in his own name or as permanent representative of a management company, as member of the board of directors of the following publicly and privately held companies: Iteos SA, Bioxodes SA, Bio Incubator NV, Immo David NV, Pinnacle Investments SA, CreaBuild NV, Sofia BVBA, Pienter-Jan BVBA, Life Sciences Research Partners VZW , Inventiva SA (FR), The Francqui Foundation and Keyware Technologies NV.
Rudy Dekeyser Independent director
Rudy DeKeyser has served as a member of the board of directors of the Company since 2007. Since 2012 Rudy is managing partner of the LSP Health Economics Fund, a private equity fund investing in late stage European and North American health care companies. Prior to joining LSP, Rudy has been managing director of VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology), where he was also responsible for the intellectual property portfolio, business development and new venture activities. He obtained a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University Ghent. He holds non-executive director positions in Curetis AG, Sequana Medical AG and Remynd NV and Lumeon Inc. and held non-executive director positions in Devgen NV, CropDesign NV, Ablynx NV, Actogenix NV, Pronota NV, Flandersbio VZW, Bioincubator Leuven NV and Multiplicom NV. He is a co-founder of ASTP (the European associations of technology transfer managers) and Chairman of EMBLEM (EMBL’s business arm). Rudy has been advisor to several seed and venture capital funds and to multiple regional and international committees on innovation.
Debasish Roychowdhury Independent non-executive director
Debasish Roychowdhury has served as a member of the board of directors of the Company since 2015. Debasish is a medical oncologist with over 15 years of comprehensive pharmaceutical industry experience and 14 years of patient care and academic research. In the pharmaceutical industry, Debasish held multiple positions of growing responsibility respectively at Eli Lilly, GSK and Sanofi, with direct therapeutic area experience mostly in oncology and hematology. He is the co-founder of Partner Therapeutics, a commercial stage biotech. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Debasish is now using his extensive experience and global network to advise companies, organizations, and institutions in the biomedical field.
Hilde Windels Independent Director
Hilde Windels is CEO of Mycartis NV and member of its board of directors. Hilde brings 20 years of experience in biotech with a track record of business and corporate strategy, building and structuring organizations, private fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and public capital markets. Hilde has worked as CFO for several biotech companies, amongst those the Belgium based molecular Dx company Biocartis where she started as CFO in 2011. She transitioned to the co-CEO role in 2015 and CEO a.i. in 2017. She still serves as board member at Biocartis. In addition, Hilde is member of the boards of Erytech, MdxHealth and VIB. She holds a Masters in Economics (Commercial Engineer) from the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Margo Roberts Independent Director
Dr. Margo Roberts, Ph.D. has more than three decades of biomedical research experience in both biotechnology and academia. Dr Roberts is currently Chief Scientist Officer at Lyell Immunotherapy. She serves also on the board of directors of Unity Biotechnology, a US public company focused on developing medicines that slow or reverse age-associated diseases, and on the board of directors of InsTIL Bio, a US start-up company focused on developing Timor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) - based therapies for the treatment of cancer. Until July 2018, Dr. Roberts served as Senior Vice President of Discovery Research at Kite Pharma focusing on the development of next generation therapeutic approaches, including heading up Kite’s universal allogeneic T-cell programs.
Prior that, in 2013, she was Chief Scientific Officer at Kite Pharma Inc., where she built a talented research organization that played an instrumental role in the successful development of Yescarta®, and the clinical advancement of additional CAR/TCR-engineered T-cell therapies. Prior to her tenure at Kite Pharma, Dr. Roberts was Principal Scientist and Director of Immune and Cell Therapy at Cell Genesys, Inc., where she led the development and application of CAR technology to T-cells and stem cells, culminating in the very first CAR T-cell trial initiated in 1994. Dr. Roberts was also an associate professor at the University of Virginia, has authored over 30 scientific publications, and is the inventor on 13 issued US patents and three published US patent applications related to CAR technology and tumor vaccine therapies. Dr. Roberts received both her Bachelor of Science degree with honors and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Leeds in England.
Dr. Hinrich Abken Professor for Genetics & Immunology at CMMC
Dr. Hinrich Abken is Professor for Genetics & Immunology at CMMC (Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne) at the University of Cologne and Dept of Internal Medicine, Oncology‐Hematology at the University Hospital Cologne where he is working towards the development of adoptive cell therapy of malignant diseases using engineered T-cells. Dr. Abken's group is internationally leading in pre‐clinical research of adoptive therapy with T-cells engineered with chimeric antigen receptors.
Dr. Scott Antonia Department Chair of the Thoracic Oncology Department
Dr. Scott Antonia is the Department Chair of the Thoracic Oncology Department at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. He is also a Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. Dr. Antonia’s work focuses on translational research. Using his molecular biology and cellular background in the development of immunotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer patients, he has developed strategies designed to thwart the immunosuppressive mechanisms used by tumors to evade T-cell mediated rejection.
Dr. Marco Davila Medical oncologist
Dr. Marco Davila is a medical oncologist that specializes in both clinical and laboratory research in the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies. He is Associate Member in the Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Immunology Departments at the Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida. Dr. Davila's laboratory develops gene-engineered cell therapies that target and kill cancerous cells in animal models of hematologic malignancies and was the Principal Investigator of a clinical trial using genetically engineered T cells targeted against malignant B cells.
Dr. Stéphane Dépil Onco-hematologist at Léon Bérard Cancer Center
Dr. Stéphane Dépil is onco-hematologist at Léon Bérard Cancer Center and Associate Professor at University Claude Bernard Lyon I, adjunct Professor at UCBL and CEO of Netris Pharma. Dr Depil has significant expertise in conducting pre-clinical and clinical development in oncology as the former head of Oncology R&D at Servier.
Dr. Marc Ernstoff Medical Oncologist, Professor and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Marc Ernstoff is a medical oncologist, professor and chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB). Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ernstoff has focused his research on expanding understanding of the immunobiology of human cancer and the development of new immune therapies for melanoma, renal cell carcinoma and glioblastoma multiforme.
Dr. Sebastian Kobold Professor at the Medical Center of the University of Munich
Dr. Sebastian Kobold Professor at the Medical Center of the University of Munich and Senior Academic Assistant. He is also Deputy Head of the Immunopharmacology group at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. His research aims to develop new proteins that are intended to modulate the function of T-cells of the human immune system and enable them to destroy specifically and efficiently cancer cells.
Dr. Daniel Olive Professor of Immunology at Aix Marseille University
Dr. Daniel Olive is Professor of Immunology at Aix Marseille University; he is also in charge of the « Immunity and Cancer » research team of INSERM UMR1068 of Marseille Cancer Research Center (Institut Paoli Calmettes). He is the head of the first IBiSA Platform dedicated to Cancer Immunomonitoring Platform and has been a pioneer and leader in the co-signalling field since 1990. His work is dedicated to tumor immunology with a major emphasis on innate immunity and co-signalling molecules.
Dr. Charles L. Sentman Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Dr. Charles L. Sentman is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and the Director of the Center for Synthetic Immunity at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In addition to academic research, he is a Scientific Founder for Celdara Medical LLC (Lebanon, NH) and inventor of CM-CS1. He has expertise in natural killer cell biology, T cells, immunotherapy, chimeric antigen receptors, bispecific antibodies, and immuno-oncology.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Weber Deputy Director at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
Dr. Jeffrey S. Weber is Deputy Director at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center and professor of Medicine at NYU and head of Experimental Therapeutics at the Perlmutter Cancer Center. He is a translational clinician-scientist and clinical trialist with an interest in Immuno-Oncology and the development of new treatment strategies for patients with melanoma. Dr. Weber was the principal investigator of the first trial that demonstrated benefit for PD-1 blocking antibodies in melanoma patients that had failed ipilimumab. He was also the first investigator who demonstrated that PD-1 blocking antibodies had encouraging activity in resected melanoma patients.
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