Laura Bushnell, JD
Laura Bushnell, JD is a member of Vincerx’s board of directors. Ms Bushnell has served as a partner of King & Spalding LLP, a global corporate law firm, since September 2009. Ms Bushnell has served as a member of the board of trustees of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Foundation since February 2015, and as chair of the Dean’s Council of the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since July 2019. Since September 2010, Ms Bushnell has served as a member of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. Ms Bushnell received an AB in psychology from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Brian Druker, MD
Brian Druker, MD is a member of Vincerx’s board of directors. Dr Druker has served in various capacities at the Oregon Health and Science University, as a physician since July 1993, professor since July 2000, and associate dean of Oncology since July 2010. Since July 2007, Dr Druker served as director of the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute. Dr Druker has served as a member of the scientific advisory board of Aptose Biosciences Inc., a biotechnology company, since 2013. Since May 2018, Dr Druker has served as a member of the board of directors of Amgen Inc., a multinational biopharmaceutical company. Dr Druker served as a member of the scientific advisory board of Grail, Inc., a biotechnology company, from May 2016 to September 2019. Dr Druker has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Warren Alpert Prize from Harvard Medical School, the Lasker-DeBakey Award for Clinical Medical Research, the Japan Prize in Healthcare and Medical Technology, and most recently, the 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science. Dr Druker has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr Druker received a BA in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and an MD from the University of San Diego Medicine, San Diego.
Ahmed Hamdy, MD
Ahmed Hamdy, MD is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Vincerx. Dr Hamdy has served as Vincerx’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member Vincerx’s board of directors since March 2019. Before that, Dr Hamdy co-founded Acerta Pharma, a pharmaceutical development company and member of the AstraZeneca plc, and served as its head of early clinical development from January 2015 to June 2019, as chief executive officer from February 2013 to January 2015, as chief medical officer from February 2013 to January 2015 and as a member of the board from February 2013 to February 2016. Before that, Dr Hamdy served as chief medical officer of Pharmacyclics LLC, a biopharmaceutical company, from March 2008 to June 2011. Dr Hamdy has served as a clinical advisor and member of the board of directors of Andes Biotechnologies, a nucleic acid-based drug discovery and development company, since September 2016, as a member of the Dean’s Council of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since April 2019, and as a member of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation President’s Council since March 2016. Dr Hamdy received a MBBCH from the KasrAlainy School of Medicine at the University of Cairo, Egypt.
Chairman of the Board
Raquel Izumi, PhD
Raquel Izumi, PhD is the Chief Operations Officer and President of Vincerx and a member of the Vincerx board of directors. Dr Izumi has served as Vincerx’s Chief Operations Officer and as a member Vincerx’s board of directors since March 2019. Before that, Dr Izumi co-founded Acerta Pharma and served as its executive vice president of clinical development from February 2013 to May 2020. Dr Izumi also co-founded Aspire Therapeutics LLC and served as its chief scientific officer from June 2011 to February 2013. Before founding Aspire Therapeutics, Dr Izumi served as senior director of clinical development at Pharmacyclics LLC, a biopharmaceutical company, from February 2010 to May 2011, where she worked on designing and implementing seven clinical studies across various hematologic malignancies (including three studies that garnered breakthrough therapy designation) for the first BTK inhibitor (IMBRUVICA®) to enter clinical trials. Dr Izumi began her research career at Amgen, where she held positions of increasing responsibility and participated in a successful BLA filing and approval for ARANESP®. Dr Izumi was a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles where she obtained a PhD in microbiology and immunology. She received honors and distinction for her BA in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
John Lee, MD
John Lee, MD is a member of Vincerx’s board of directors. Dr Lee has served as chief medical officer of cancer research of Avera Health, a regional healthcare system, since May 2020 and as chief medical officer of ImmunityBio, Inc., a registration stage immuno-oncology and infectious disease company, since March 2019. Before that, Dr Lee served as senior vice president of clinical development of Nantkwest, Inc., an innovative clinical-stage immunotherapy company, from May 2016 to May 2020. Dr Lee served as executive director of the Chan Soon Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a biomedical and translational research institute and as a full professor at the University of South Dakota, from May 2016 to September 2018 and September 2010 to May 2016, respectively. Dr Lee served as director of the cancer center of Stanford Health, a leading academic health system from July 2012 to May 2016. Dr Lee served as a member of the board of directors of Windber Hospital from June 2018 to May 2020. Dr Lee received a BS in biology from Stanford University, an MD from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and special training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery from the University of Iowa.
Francisco D. Salva is a member of Vincerx’s board of directors. Mr Salva has served as an operating partner of Accelerator Life Science Partners, a venture capital firm, since January 2018, and served as president and chief executive officer of Complexa Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, from May 2018 to August 2020. Mr Salva co-founded Acerta Pharma and served as its vice president of operations from February 2013 to November 2016. Before that, Mr Salva served as senior director of corporate finance at Pharmacyclics. Mr Salva received an AB in business economics and an AB in philosophy from Brown University and a MSc in economics and philosophy form the London School of Economics.
Ruth Stevens, PhD, MBA
Ruth Stevens, PhD, MBA is a member of Vincerx’s board of directors. Dr Stevens was a founder and has served as Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, LLC, a drug development consulting company, since 2003, and a member of its board of directors since March 2017. Dr Stevens was a Recipient of 2019 Oregon State University, Icon of Pharmacy award, and induction into the Pharmacy Hall of Fame. Dr Stevens is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, since March 1997. Before founding Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, Dr Stevens was Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Barr Research, Inc. (formerly Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a pharmaceutical product company, from 1999 to 2002, and served as Director of Pharmacokinetics & Scientific affairs at Phoenix International Life Sciences Inc from 1996 to 1999. From 1990 to 1996, Dr Stevens served as FDA pharmacokinetic team leader and pharmacokinetic reviewer at the Office of Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics of the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr Stevens has a Bachelor of Arts in health education from the University of Washington, Seattle, a PhD in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics from Oregon State University and an MBA from Xavier University.