Michael Heffernan has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and related healthcare industries. He is currently Co-Founder, President, CEO of Collegium Pharmaceutical. Collegium is specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of chronic pain. He was also previously the founder, President and CEO of Onset Therapeutics, a dermatology focused company that develops and commercializes products for the treatment of skin related illnesses and was responsible for the spin-off of this business to create PreCision Dermatology. Michael held prior positions as Co-Founder, President and CEO of Clinical Studies Ltd., a pharmaceutical contract research organization that he successfully sold. He also served as President and CEO of PhyMatrix, a public $400 million integrated healthcare services company where he was hired to restructure the company. More >>
Robert Langer is an Institute Professor (there are 14 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). Dr. Langer has written approximately 1,120 articles and has nearly 800 issued or pending patents. His many awards include the National Medal of Science, Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize (largest US medical prize) and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Langer is one of the very few individuals ever elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Zohar Loshitzer is CEO of Presbia, Inc., an ophthalmic-device firm. As a principal in Los Angeles-based private equity firm Orchard Capital, he has held leadership positions in several of its portfolio companies, including Presbia.
Previously, Mr. Loshitzer served as the president, CEO and founder of Universal Telecom Services (UTS), which provides high-quality, competitively priced voice and data telecommunications solutions to emerging markets. Mr. Loshitzer oversaw the company’s operations and its critical relationships with key foreign entities, mainly in the Indochina region. More >>
Gregory Perry is EVP & CFO at ImmunoGen, Inc. He joined ImmunoGen in January 2009 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to his current position in March 2011. Before joining ImmunoGen, Mr. Perry was CFO of Elixir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was extensively involved in partnering and fundraising activities. More >>
Alan C. Shapiro has more than 40 years of experience in corporate and international financial management. Dr. Shapiro is the Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Banking and Finance Emeritus at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, where he previously served as Chairman of the Department of Finance and Business Economics. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Shapiro was on the faculty of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and has been a visiting professor at Yale University, UCLA, the Stockholm School of Economics, University of British Columbia and the U.S. Naval Academy. More >>