Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board & Co-Founder
Dr. Brenner is the Founding Director of the Centre for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, and an Elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is a world leader in the field of cancer immunotherapy, and specializes in stem cell transplantation, using genetic manipulation of cultured cells to obtain therapeutic effects.
Dr. Brenner pioneered the use of gene-modified EBV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes for treatment, and led the first team to successfully label autologous bone marrow cells genetically.
Dr. Brenner was the Former Editor-in-chief of Molecular Therapy (official journal of American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy), the former President of the International Society for Cellular Therapy, as well as the former President of the American Society of Gene Therapy.
Dr. Brenner holds a Ph.D., M.B. Ch.B. and B.A. from Cambridge University.
Dr. Rafi Ahmed is Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine, and Director of Emory Vaccine Center.
A member of the National Academy of Science, Dr. Ahmed is a world-renowned immunologist whose work during the past decade has been highly influential in shaping current understanding of memory T cell differentiation and anti-viral T and B cell immunity. His findings are being applied to research into therapies for the treatment of cancer and the prevention of organ rejection.
Dr. Ahmed is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminant Scholar. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Osmania University, India, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Professor Waseem Qasim is Professor of Cell and Gene therapy at the University College London Institute of Child Health. He is also a consultant in immunology at Great Ormond Street Hospital and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Professor. He trained in Immunology and Paediatric Medicine, and completed his Ph.D. at University College London.
Professor Qasim is researching on blood and marrow stem cell transplantation and the application of engineered cell therapies, and heads a research group developing genetic therapies, from basic laboratory development to first-in-human trials. His group has a strong focus on lentiviral technology and gene-editing tools including TALENs and CRISPR/Cas reagents for novel therapeutic applications.
Dr. Ohashi received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with Dr. Tak Mak, and did her post-doctoral training at the University of Zurich with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Zinkernagel, and Dr. Hans Hengartner. She is the Co-Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Tumor Immunotherapy Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her interests include understanding CD8+ T cell biology and mechanisms that regulate anti-tumor immunity.
Dr. Ohashi has received a number of prestigious awards and honors including the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Pharmingen Investigator Award, the National Cancer Institute of Canada’s William E. Rawls Award, the Canadian Society of Immunology’s Investigator Award and Cinader Award as well as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. She recently received the Canadian Cancer Society’s Robert L. Noble Prize. She served as Chair of the Cancer Immunotherapy Steering Committee of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada. She currently is a member of the Executive Council for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).
Dr. Lillian Siu is a senior medical oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Siu is the Director of the Phase I Program and Co‐Director of the Bras and Family Drug Development Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She is also the Co-Director of the Tumor Immunotherapy Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Dr. Siu’s major research focus is in the area of new anti-cancer drug development, particularly with respect to Phase I trials and head and neck malignancies. She is the Principal Investigator of a Phase I cooperative agreement UM1 award (2014-2020) sponsored by the United States National Cancer Institute. In addition to her active research in early phase clinical trials, she has been leading genomics initiatives and immuno-oncology trials at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Dr. Siu was the recipient of the US NCI Michaele C. Christian Award in Oncology Drug Development in 2010 and has served on various committees of highly-recognized, international oncology societies. Dr. Siu currently serves on the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Board of Directors. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and as a member of AACR’s Nomination Committee.
Dr Janku is a principal investigator for numerous Phase I trials, most of which involve novel, targeted agents, many of those being novel first-in-human studies. He received multiple awards for his research efforts, including the Sabin Family Fellowship award, Khalifa award, Sidney Kimmel Scholar award, several American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Awards as well as an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scholar-in-Training Award.
Dr Janku has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and his academic research interests focus on proof-of-concept clinical trials that possess a pivotal correlative component especially those involving liquid biopsies, the PI3K/AKT/mTOR, MAPK, IDH pathways, and intratumor innate immunity inducing therapies.
Dr Janku obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. at the Charles University Prague.
Dr Josep Tabernero is Head of the Medical Oncology Department at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, and Director of the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO).
He also co-directs the VHIO’s Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Tumours Group and the Research Unit for Molecular Therapy of Cancer (UITM) and is Principal Investigator of several Phase I pharmacodynamic studies and translational projects with molecular targeted therapies, as well as phase II and III studies with novel chemotherapeutics.
Dr. Tabernero is currently President (2018 – 2019) of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and an Executive Board and Council Member. He is also member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and has been appointed as member of several Educational and Scientific Committees of ESMO, ASCO, AACR, AACR/NCI/EORTC, ASCO Gastrointestinal, and ESMO-GI/WCGIC meetings.
Dr. Tabernero holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Dmitriy Zamarin is a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and specializes in the care of women with gynecologic cancers, including cervical, ovarian, and endometrial cancers.
Dr. Zamarin is currently a principal investigator and a translational chair on multiple institutional and national clinical trials exploring novel immunotherapy combinations in gynecologic cancers and other solid tumors. Dr. Zamarin’s clinical and laboratory research is focused on the development of new ways to use the immune system to treat cancer. He is particularly interested in genetically engineered oncolytic viruses, an emerging class of immune therapeutic drugs that have shown significant clinical promise in the recent years. By manipulating the oncolytic viruses and the immune system, Dr. Zamarin is exploring different ways to enhance the immune recognition of tumors and to develop novel treatment strategies that would be applicable to different cancer types.
Dr. Zamarin has received various awards for his work, including the 2014 Bladder Cancer Awareness Network Young Investigator Award, 2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation ASCO Young Investigator Award, the Damon Runyon Foundation Fellowship Award as well as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Liz Tilberis Early Career Award in 2017.
Dr. Zamarin received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
Professor Anthony Chan is Li Shu Fan Professor of Clinical Oncology; Director of the Sir YK Pao Centre for Cancer, Hong Kong Cancer Institute; Chief Director of Phase I Clinical Trial Centre and Associate Dean (External Affairs) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Professor Chan has conducted pivotal studies setting new treatment standards in multimodality approaches in nasopharynx cancer, developed the clinical application of the biomarker EBV DNA and pioneered immunotherapeutic and targeted therapeutics in this disease. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed papers, 49 book chapters and reviews, and delivered over 150 international lectures. He has also served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Clinical Oncology and is currently Associate Editor of Annals of Oncology.
Professor Chan obtained his MBBS in University College Hospital and Middlesex Joint School of Medicine in London and completed his postgraduate training in the U.K. at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Dr. Mario Sznol is a Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, Co-Director of the Cancer Immunology Program at Yale Cancer Center, and Leader of the Disease-Related Translational Program in Melanoma.
Dr. Sznol has an international reputation in cancer drug development with expertise in cancer immunotherapy and the treatment of patients with melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. He is currently an investigator in several clinical trials at the Yale Cancer Center, including those focusing on immunotherapy and novel agents.
Dr. Sznol was previously Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Executive Officer at Vion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to joining Vion Pharmaceuticals, he worked for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an institute of the National Institutes of Health, and served as Head of the Biologics Evaluation Section, Investigational Drug Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program from 1994 to 1999. From March 1997 to October 1998, he served as an Acting Chief of NCI’s Investigational Drug Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program.
Dr. Sznol received his BA from Rice University and an M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), completed the internal medicine residency program at BCM and a medical oncology fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.
Dr. Louis Weiner is Director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He holds the Francis L. and Charlotte G. Gragnani Chair and is Professor of oncology and Chair of the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Weiner also serves as Director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, a cancer service line serving patients in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas.
Dr. Weiner previously served as Chairman of the Medical Oncology Department and Vice President for Translational Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and also served as Professor in the Department of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He is known for his laboratory and clinical research focusing on new therapeutic approaches that mobilize the patient’s immune system to fight cancer using monoclonal antibodies and other modalities of therapy. His current research focuses on identifying and therapeutically exploiting mechanisms employed by malignant cells to combat immune destruction.
Dr. Weiner is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and founded the AACR Cancer Immunology Working Group. He has served as chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology and as a member of the NCI Clinical Trials Advisory Committee (CTAC). He also served on the NCI’s blue ribbon panel working group on immunotherapy for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and the Advisory Panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Research (CSR), which administers NIH research grants. He is recipient of the 2019 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award.
Dr. Weiner earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.