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THERAPEUTIC INNOVATION LEADER WITH EXPERTISE IN CANCER IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY AND IMMUNOTHERAPY. With more than 20 years of experience, I am an innovative leader with expertise in spearheading and delivering state of the art technologies in the IO field. I am recognized to be a key contributor in defining leadership’s vision into executable plans for teams to follow. I am known to invent new and profitable ways to align with business goals and turn insights that emerge into revenue generation. I have built 2 startups in the US i.e. Argonex Pharmaceuticals & Celldex Therapeutics. I have collaborated in multicultural environments, integrating teams from diverse cultures and work ethics. Through that I lead teams to maintain focus on business development, have identified CRO’s for Molecular Diagnostics and critical projects in need of recovery. Specialties include: Peptides, HLA Immunogenetics, Histocompatibility, Bone marrow transplantation, Cellular Immunity, Assay Development, Immune Monitoring Highlight of Projects include: -Enabled 5 pre-clinical projects mature to IND stage (2002-2015) -Clinical development of 1 Phase I-III and 4 Phase IIa/IIb studies -Forged a major partnership deal with 3M Pharmaceuticals -Started the discovery platform in ovarian cancer using immunoproteomics, recognized as top contender out of 30 screened worldwide for this US job coming from Italy. -Initiated the Genomics effort for 3 immuno-oncology programs


Current Experience

  • Director R&D Immunology & Jazz Musician
    Since July 2002
    Adding the "ummph" to the great portfolio of therapeutic vaccine candidates in development for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases. I am the resident human immunologist responsible for all product characterizations requiring T lymphocytes, antigen presenting cells, in vitro assay development, quantitative multiplexed biomarker analysis. I use state d'art cutting edge tools to leverage clinical development activities in the area of personalized and precision medicine. I was worth $15 mil in the late 1990s and still very marketable. Go figure what I am worth today. I am the answer, not the question.


LinkedIn Assessment :
BiotechnologyImmunologymolecular biologyLifesciencesR&DResearchLife SciencesClinical DevelopmentPharmaceutical IndustryDrug DiscoveryVaccinesBioinformaticsHistocompatibilityImmunogeneticsImmune OncologyProteomicsCellCell biologyBiochemistry

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Create SOPs Interact with physicians Receptor Pharmacology Write papers Write protocolsAttend seminars, courses and meetings within and outside the companycoordinating research projects


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Immunology from Weizmann Institute of Science in 1991
  • Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1983


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    2 weeks
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Scientific Advisor
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 2 to 3 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    30% FTE
    BrightOwl freelancer :    40 Hours per week :    25 Free Per Month(in coming months)
  • International:


    Expert has 1 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

United States


Driving License
  • No