Remo Moomiaie-Qajar, MD
Founder and CEO
Dr. Moomiaie-Qajar is a trained surgeon from Yale University with a long academic history of innovating technologies in medicine and translating them into commercially viable products. Dr. Moomiaie-Qajar has 15 years of experience incubating technologies from start-up or early stage level to exit. His background as an academic researcher, physician, and entrepreneur brings an unique trifecta of perspective and experience to Cytonus. He holds a number of US and International Patents and has successfully funded and launched a number of Life Science companies. He is currently the CEO of Remo CRO, a full service CRO and Dr. Moomiaie-Qajar is an active member of a number of National Angel Investment Groups and manages a Life Science seed fund.
Richard Klemke, PhD
Founder and CSO
Dr. Klemke has over 25 years of experience working in academia and the biotechnology sectors in the San Diego area. Dr. Klemke is Professor of Pathology and Cancer Biology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, where he serves as the director of the Cancer Imaging Network and the Pathology Department’s Proteomics Center of Excellence. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Klemke was a research scientist in the immunology department at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) before joining UC San Diego and Moores in 2006. He has been an active consultant in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries for more than two decades, and is the founder of BioSystems Consulting in San Diego. He is internationally recognized for his work in stem cell biology, carcinogenesis, and therapeutic drug development, using proteomics, computational biology, and unique cell-based and preclinical animal models of cancer. His work has produced novel therapeutics directed at cancer and has unlocked newfound insights and concepts that explain how malignant tumors develop and avoid the immune system to spread through the body.
Christopher Thorne, JD-MBA
Chris is a seasoned senior executive and noted investor with extensive directorship experience. Since 2005, Chris has served as Executive Chairman of Broadline Capital, the global alternative investment firm primarily focused on growth capital and impact investments in North America and Asia. Broadline has backed numerous innovative companies in life sciences, sustainability/energy storage, and technology industries through various stages of development. Previously, Chris served as a senior management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he managed strategic and operational performance improvement engagements for Fortune 500 clients. After serving leadership roles there, he left the firm to execute on his entrepreneurial vision by launching a category-leading tech company whose on-demand intelligence solutions create efficiency gains for CPG manufacturers, distributors and retailers by converting paper-based processes into paperless digital transactions throughout the entire value chain. He then initiated a roll-up of tech companies with backing from Accel-KKR. The resulting company successfully sold to Roper Technologies for greater than a half billion dollars. Chris holds three degrees from Harvard, where he founded the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, was elected president of the university-wide student government, and competed in intercollegiate Rugby, Wrestling, and Soccer. In addition to his extensive board directorship experience at NYSE-listed companies and privately-held ventures, he served as trustee and audit committee chair for Creative Commons, the Silicon Valley 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on promoting educational access at a global scale.
Richard Champlin, MD
Richard Champlin, MD is the Chair of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cellular Therapy Department. He also serves as Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center and is a Scientific Advisor for StemRad. Previously, in addition to serving on the President’s Advisory Board, Dr. Champlin has served as the Director of Transplantation Biology at UCLA’s Center for Health Sciences. He was the Founding President of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and is former President of the National Marrow Donor Program’s Council for Donor, Transplant and Collection Centers. Professor Champlin has received numerous industry recognitions, including: the Giannini Foundation Fellowship Award, the Waun Ki Hong Award for Excellence in Team Science; the Robert C. Hickey Chair in Clinical Cancer Care Award, and the G.A. Ross Scholarship Award.
John Hood, PhD
John Hood, PhD was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Impact Biomedicines, which he successfully sold to Celgene for up to $7 Billion. He was also a founder of Endeavor Biomedicines, Neuronomix, and Samumed, where he advanced regenerative medicine and oncology therapies. Previously, Dr. Hood served as Director of Research at TargeGen, which sold to Sanofi SA after he co-invented its small molecule inhibitor, now known as fedratinib. Dr. Hood is a prolific inventor with more than 100 patents and has authored more than 100 scientific articles. He received both his PhD and Bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University.
Andrew Lowy, MD
Andrew Lowy, MD is the Chief of Surgical Oncology at UC San Diego, Moores Cancer Center. He is a distinguished surgical oncologist who is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. He is a key contributor to the development of heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat peritoneal based cancers. Dr. Lowy is the Co-Chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Pancreatic Cancer Task Force; serves as surgical liaison to one of the largest National Cancer Institute cooperative groups; and serves on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.