Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Seth has 20+ years experience in investment banking (Laidlaw & Co., Cowen & Co.), equity research (Bear Stearns, Commonwealth Associates) and in the pharmaceutical industry (Pfizer, Warner-Lambert, SmithKline) in strategic planning, business development and R&D project management. Formerly, Mr. Seth was the Chairman of the Board of Relmada Therapeutics Inc., a publicly listed, specialty pharmaceuticals company focused on pain therapeutics. Mr. Seth has received his M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Oklahoma and his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from NYU Stern.
Mark Berger, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Berger joins Actinium from Kadmon Corporation where he was Senior Vice President, Clinical Research. In this role he was responsible for all clinical aspects of new drug development including designing and managing clinical trials in oncology indications (non-small cell lung cancer and glioblastoma) and non-oncology indications (chronic graft versus host disease and polycystic kidney disease). Dr. Berger joined Kadmon after serving as Chief Medical Officer of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Deciphera, Dr. Berger was Vice President for Clinical Development at Gemin X Pharmaceuticals where he led the clinical strategy, design and management of clinical trials for two novel oncology agents including obatoclax, a pan Bcl-2 inhibitor. Based on the results of a randomized Phase 2 clinical trial of obatoclax, Gemin X was acquired by Cephalon in March of 2011 for a total consideration of $525 million including $225 million in an upfront cash payment.
Before his work with biotechnology companies, Dr. Berger held key positions in two global pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Berger previously served as Group Director, Medicine Development Centre-Oncology for GlaxoSmithKline. In this position Dr. Berger managed the development of Tykerb (lapatinib) in lung and breast cancer where he designed and led two Phase 2 clinical trials before planning and leading a 399 patient pivotal Phase 3 trial that resulted in the FDA approval of Tykerb in breast cancer. In addition, he managed the Lapatinib Expanded Access Program (LEAP) that enrolled over 4000 patients on a global basis. Dr. Berger began his career in drug development at Wyeth Research where he led the planning and execution of the pivotal Phase 2 trial for Mylotarg, which was the first antibody targeted chemotherapy agent and targeted CD33, similar to Actimab-A. He presented the Mylotarg clinical data at the FDA’s Oncology Drug Advisory Committee meeting, after which Mylotarg received accelerated FDA approval for patients with relapsed AML.
Dr. Berger has a B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and received his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He did his Hematology-Oncology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania where he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine, and also was a Research Fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, both in London. Dr. Berger is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.
Dale L. Ludwig, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Ludwig has worked for 20 years in oncology antibody drug discovery and development at Eli Lilly and Company and at ImClone Systems, Inc., until its acquisition by Eli Lilly where he supported the development and successful launch of several biologic oncology drugs including Erbitux®, CyramzaTM, Portrazza®, and LartruvoTM as well as the clinical advancement of 10 additional therapeutic antibodies. Most recently, Dr. Ludwig served Chief Scientific Officer/Vice President of Oncology Discovery Research - Biologics Technology. In this role he was responsible for directing antibody discovery and development for oncology biologics and contributed to key strategic and project advancement efforts. Dr. Ludwig was a member of the Oncology Research Senior Leadership Team and directed the empowered antibody drug discovery programs that included collaborations with Immunogen and Zymeworks.
Prior to the acquisition of Imclone by Eli Lilly and Company, Dr. Ludwig served as Head of Molecular & Cellular Engineering at IMClone Systems Incorporated. In this capacity, Dr. Ludwig served as core team leader for several IND filings and phase 1 advancements for novel antibodies. In addition, he directed and oversaw the full spectrum of drug development including antibody discovery, screening, selection, engineering, optimization, cloning and expression. He was also tasked with establishing meaningful preclinical collaborations with key academic investigators and industry leaders. Post-acquisition he was the research representative to the ImClone-Lilly Transition Team.
Before his work in the biotechnology industry, Dr. Ludwig trained as a postdoctoral associate in the DNA Damage and Repair Group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Ludwig has a B.S. in biology with a concentration in microbiology from James Madison University and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from East Carolina University.
Chief Commercial Officer
As an accomplished commercial leader, Mr. Kapur brings to Actinium a proven track record of delivering strong commercial results. At Johnson & Johnson, Anil culminated his 15-year tenure serving as Vice President, Commercial Leader, Hematology Franchise, within the Global Commercial Strategy Organization where he launched transformational block-buster products IMBRUVICA®, and DARZALEX®. At Baxalta, Anil served as Vice President, Global Head of Commercial and Portfolio Strategy, Oncology Division shortly after the Company was created until its acquisition by Shire in 2016. Most recently, Anil worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb as Vice President, Head of Early Assets, Biomarkers & External Innovation, Worldwide Oncology Commercialization. Anil joins Actinium from BMS, where he was the Vice President, Head of Early Assets, Biomarkers & External Innovation within the Worldwide Oncology Commercialization organization and helped advance the company's leading Immuno-Oncology portfolio. Prior to this position, Anil was the Vice President & Global Head, Oncology Commercial Portfolio & Product Strategy at Baxalta and a member of the Oncology Leadership Team. In this role, Anil also led the Joint Strategic Committees responsible for advancing the early Immuno-Oncology partnerships with Symphogen and the allogeneic CAR-T partnership with Precision Bio-Sciences.
Anil built a distinguished career spanning 15 years at Johnson & Johnson where in his last role, he served as the Vice President, Commercial Leader for the Hematology Franchise with responsibility for the development and execution of global commercial strategy and launch plans for all Hematology in-market, late-stage development, and early pipeline assets. He is credited with significantly shaping the clinical development plans and successful launch and growth of multiple Oncology blockbuster products including IMBRUVICA®, DARZALEX®, and VELCADE®. At J&J, he led the IMBRUVICA® Joint Commercial Committee (JCC), established between J&J and Pharmacyclics, and built and led the global team that launched DARZALEX®, the first biologic for Multiple Myeloma. Anil also held leadership roles of increasing complexity and responsibility in US Marketing, US Regional Sales, and within the Asia-Pacific Regional Oncology organization covering 14 markets including Japan, China, Australia and Korea.
Anil has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a MS in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, India.
Principal Financial and Accounting Officer
Mr. O’Loughlin joined Actinium in October 2015 as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development, with almost a decade of life sciences industry experience gained from previous positions in investment banking and publicly traded life sciences companies. Prior to Actinium, from June 2015 to October 2015, Mr. O’Loughlin worked at J. Streicher LLC as an investment banker, from August 2012 to June 2015 Mr. O’Loughlin held the position of Vice President, Corporate Finance and Development and was a corporate officer at Protea Biosciences, Inc., a publicly traded life sciences tools company. Previously, From June 2010 to June 2012, Mr. O’Loughlin held corporate development positions with Caliber I.D., a publicly traded diagnostics company. Mr. O’Loughlin previously worked in investment banking at Jesup & Lamont where he focused on the biotechnology and life sciences industries. Mr. O’Loughlin has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Executive Vice President, Technical Operations and Supply Chain
Ms. Pussinen is a proven leader who is known for her ability to build, grow and lead manufacturing and supply chain teams at global life sciences companies, while delivering bottom line results with significant, positive business impact. Her experience spans the drug development continuum, as she focused on transforming business processes and organizations to maximize return. Ms. Pussinen has spent much of her career in senior roles at Pfizer where she oversaw different aspects of the company's supply chain, portfolio and project leadership and research efforts. Prior to joining Actinium, Ms. Pussinen was the Head of Strategic Portfolio Management, Worldwide Research & Development at Pfizer. There she led efforts for Pfizer's pre-Proof of Concept portfolio across six research units aimed at maximizing value and enhancing R&D productivity through pipeline decision making, portfolio prioritization and clinical portfolio investment efforts. In addition to her tenure at Pfizer, Ms. Pussinen held executive roles at Ipsen, including most recently as President and General Manager for Ipsen Biosciences, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ipsen. During this time, she maintained an annual operating budget of more than $100 million and managed two sites with more than 220 employees while leading the operational and strategic directions of this subsidiary company. Through the management of process sciences, manufacturing, quality, facilities and supply chain, Cynthia led efforts to supply a novel biologic drug while preparing for a BLA submission, pre-approval site inspection and commercial build. In addition, she delivered a state-of-the-art R&D facility head of schedule and on budget. Cynthia began her career at Pfizer where she held roles of increasing responsibility including as the Global Head of Supply Chain Logistics, and as a Portfolio Director and Chief of Staff within Worldwide Portfolio and Program Management. Cynthia received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT and earned her MS in Management of R&D from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
David Gould, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Affairs
Dr. Gould joined Actinium in 2014, initially as SVP Finance and Corporate Development before assuming his current position in 2016, which includes responsibilities for corporate and business development, as well as medical and corporate affairs. Prior to joining Actinium, he had 15 years of healthcare sector investment experience across the life sciences spectrum. From 2003 to 2013 he was a Principal and Partner at Merlin Nexus, a specialized late-stage private equity firm which invested in emerging public and late-stage private biotechnology and medical device companies. There he was part of an investment team which generated consistently strong, benchmarked returns, driven in part by a disciplined focus on clinical data and unmet medical need, including oncology.
Prior to that, David was a Vice President at Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, as part of their Global Private Equity healthcare investment team based in New York and London. He managed direct investments in life sciences companies, had several Board observer roles, and also contributed to healthcare fund-of-funds activities. He gained additional experience there in pharmaceutical equity research. Dr. Gould received a MD from Jefferson Medical College, of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also received a M.B.A. in Finance from Stern School of Business, New York University and a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Dr. Vijay Reddy, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President, Clinical Development
Dr. Reddy is a physician scientist (MD., Ph.D.) who focused his clinical practice in the area of bone marrow transplantation, and hematological oncology. His clinical experience includes attending physician at Shands Hospital, University of Florida, and as Medical Director for adult BMT program in Orlando. Dr. Reddy's training includes a Ph.D. in cancer immunology, clinical fellowship at the Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto and research fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer institute, Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Reddy was Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. As a practicing clinician, Dr. Reddy participated in several clinical trials in the field of bone marrow transplant as an investigator, physician advisor or advisory board member. He has served as inspector for the Foundation of Accreditation of Cellular Therapies (FACT). He is currently an Editorial Board Member for Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and has authored over 50 publications in hematology/oncology and BMT journals.
Dr. Reddy joined Actinium from Pharmacyclics LLC, an Abbvie company, where he was Senior Medical Director, Oncology Medical Affairs. In this role, Dr. Reddy worked on the Ibrutinib program in CLL, MCL and chronic graft versus host disease (GVHD), along with additional indications. Previously, he worked at Medimmune (AstraZeneca) as Medical Director, Early clinical development, Immuno-Oncology R&D. Prior to Medimmune, Dr. Reddy worked at Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company as Medical Director, Oncology. He brings his extensive clinical, scientific and industry expertise in bone marrow transplant and hematological malignancies to Actinium.
Niva Almaula, Ph.D.
Chief Business Officer
Dr. Almaula comes to Actinium with twenty years of biopharmaceutical industry experience. She joins Actinium from Advanced Accelerator Applications, Inc., a Novartis company, that is focused on nuclear medicine and targeted therapies including Lutathera® (lutetium 177 dotatate) for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors. Advanced Accelerator Applications, Inc. was acquired by Novartis in January 2018 for $3.9 billion. Dr. Almaula joined AAAP in May 2015 where she was Head, Business Development responsible for leading the global business development activities to strategically build AAAP's oncology portfolio. During her time at AAAP, Dr. Almaula executed three exclusive licenses that expanded the company's therapeutic and diagnostic pipeline and represented AAAP to potential partners and collaborators. Prior to AAAP, she was Founder and Partner of Octane BioVentures, where she provided business development and strategy consulting services to early stage life science companies. Previously, she worked in alliance management and business development at Dr. Reddy's Labs, Biologics and Nycomed (now Takeda). Dr. Almaula also worked for Bio-IB, LLC, a healthcare focused investment banking firm where she advised clients on licensing, M&A and business development efforts and at the Rockefeller University in its licensing department. She began her career at Mehta Partners, LLC in biotechnology equity research.
Dr. Almaula completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She earned her Ph.D. in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology from Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and her bachelor's degree in Life Sciences and Biochemistry from St. Xavier's College, Bombay University, India.
Mamata Gokhale, Ph.D., RAC
Vice President, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs
Familiarity with all phases of drug development allows Dr. Gokhale to align nonclinical and clinical development with regulatory strategies and implementing them at regional and global levels and seamlessly transition between INDs, NDAs/BLAs (United States) and CTAs/IMPDs, MAAs (EU). Dr. Gokhale’s regulatory experience includes developing regulatory strategies for small molecules, monoclonal antibodies, cell and gene therapies, leading and managing regulatory interactions, requesting orphan drug, breakthrough therapy and fast track designations and pediatric vouchers, resolution of clinical hold issues, developing target product profiles, core data sheets and conducting labeling negotiations.
Dr. Gokhale also has highly complementary and relevant clinical experience that includes developing study concept documents and protocols, interacting with Key Opinion Leaders and data safety monitoring committees, drafting and reviewing Protocols and Investigator Brochures, compiling and reviewing clinical study reports, project management, conducting study feasibility, evaluating budgets for clinical trials, pharmacovigilance and resolution of audit findings.
Dr. Gokhale earned her Ph.D. from the University of Bombay (accredited in United States), trained as postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University (School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of public Health) and as a staff fellow at the FDA. Dr. Gokhale has the RAC certification from RAPS and Associate training in the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System. Dr. Gokhale maintains academic ties with the University of Southern California by lecturing at its International Center for Regulatory Science.
Qing Liang, PhD, DABR
Vice President, Head of Radiation Sciences
Qing Liang, PhD, DABR brings highly relevant experience to Actinium related to the advancement and innovation of radiation-based therapies for improved therapeutic outcomes. Her research focus and interests revolve around radiation dosimetry, Monte Carlo Simulation, Knowledge Based Image Dose Optimization and Management, and imaging protocol optimization. Dr. Liang is a Medical Physicist certified by the American Board of Radiology and prior to Actinium was Medical Physicist and Assistant Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Prior to that, she had worked at Mercy Health System (Janesville, WI), Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology (Madison, WI), University of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison, WI), and UW Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory (Madison, WI). Dr. Liang has extensive knowledge on Radiation Physics, Radiation Dosimetry (Therapeutic and Imaging Dose), Radiation Protection and Safety, Health Physics and Radiobiology. Dr. Liang is currently an active member of the American Association of Physicist in Medicine and currently servers on three professional committees and task groups. She received BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and earned her PhD in Medical Physics from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
Vice President, Controller, Finance
Gary possesses over 25 years of finance and accounting experience in the healthcare industry where he has worked at large, global pharmaceutical companies as well as emerging biotechnology companies. Prior to Actinium, Gary served as Controller of Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. a publicly traded medical device company. Previously, he served as Vice President, Finance at Cogentix Medical, Inc. a publicly traded revenue generating medical device company. Earlier he was Vice President, Finance and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer at Genta Incorporated, a publicly traded biotechnology company that was developing drug candidates for patients with cancers. He also worked at Geller & Company as Manager Financial Analysis, Planning & Reporting where he provided services to a private client with revenue in excess of $3 billion. Gary began his career at Warner-Lambert, which was ultimately acquired by Pfizer. At Pfizer/Warner-Lambert, Gary had roles of increasing responsibility, including Director, Financial Planning & Reporting and Director Consolidated Management Reporting in the Corporate Controllers Group. Gary has an MBA in Finance from Carnegie-Mellon University and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.