BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc., is a clinical stage biotechnology company with a mission to address unmet patient needs across a wide spectrum of diseases.
BioMed Valley Discoveries considers projects and development opportunities for creating distinctive therapies for a variety of therapeutic areas including cancer, inflammation, and infectious disease, as well as across various clinical modalities including small molecules, biologics, and diagnostics.
Operating since 2007, BioMed Valley Discoveries advances its mission with commercial capabilities and resources typically unavailable to academic institutions. As a member of the Stowers Group of Companies, our stable long-term funding allows us to advance programs that may not fit within the model of more traditional clinical development groups.
BioMed Valley Discoveries leverages several hundred experts at leading academic and clinical institutions to move projects forward in the early stages of clinical development. Our partners have a proven track record of scientific rigor and experience in efficient study execution.
Our selection of development partners is based on our desire to address unmet patient needs and achieve critical development milestones as swiftly as possible. Through this approach, we endeavor to quickly answer scientific questions and determine next steps in the development process.
BioMed Valley Discoveries calls on the talents of a core leadership team of scientists who are focused, passionate, and committed to advancing new medical innovations to improve the lives of patients with difficult-to-treat diseases. Our team brings extensive experience from pharma, biotech, and academia.
By utilizing unique advantages from each of these settings, BioMed Valley Discoveries creates a highly creative and functional drug development environment. We take a nimble and thoughtful approach to advancing programs with a focused sense of urgency, allowing for the most efficient path forward.
JESSICA BOX, Scientist, Translational Sciences
Jessica Box is a Scientist in the Translational Sciences group at BioMed Valley Discoveries. Prior to joining BioMed Valley Discoveries, Jessica was the Laboratory Manager at IntelligeneCG, where she oversaw the genomics laboratory and accessioning department.
She has experience in several facets of research including: basic biomedical research, clinical research, and industry. Jessica received a BS degree in biology from Baker University.
CAROLINE EMERY, PhD
CAROLINE EMERY, PhD. Associate Director, Translational Sciences
DR. CAROLINE EMERY is an Associate Director of Translational Sciences at BioMed Valley Discoveries. Previously, Emery held a position in early pharmaceutical development at Novartis Oncology, where she supported the evolution of novel agents into the clinic. She earned her PhD in developmental genetics from the University of Oxford, UK, and completed postdoctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University, where she studied mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies in melanoma. Emery received a BSc degree in pathology and microbiology from the University of Bristol, UK.
BARRY R. FRANKEL, MBA
BARRY R. FRANKEL, MBA Director, Business Development
BARRY R. FRANKEL, MBA serves as Director of Business Development for BioMed Valley Discoveries. Barry has over 40 years of experience in the life science industry, including company formation and operations, investment research, strategic planning, licensing/mergers/acquisitions, and commercialization. Barry recent business development and financing experience includes oncology (Nanocare, BioConvergent, Cireca), inflammation (Metriopharm), infection (Micreos), neurology (NBO, Sedor) and digital health (Elexo/Qey). Barry serves as an Advisor for Marathon Asset Management.
Previously, Barry was Founder of Frankel Group, a global boutique life science strategy consulting firm (acquired by Huron Consulting Group); Partner and President of SJ Weinstein Associates Inc., a healthcare advertising and marketing strategy firm (exited into Bates Healthcare); held senior management positions at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; and was a Senior Research Officer Life Sciences for Citibank Investment Management Group.
ANNA GROOVER, PhD
ANNA GROOVER, PhD. Scientist, Translational Sciences
DR. ANNA GROOVER is a Scientist in the Translational Sciences group at BioMed Valley Discoveries, where she manages day-to-day clinical operations for clinical trials involving BVD-523, a selective, reversible, ERK1/2 inhibitor. Groover joined BioMed Valley Discoveries after completing her PhD in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received a BS degree in biology from Baylor University.
DEBORAH KNOERZER, MS
DEBORAH KNOERZER, MS Associate Director, Translational Sciences
DEB KNOERZER is an Associate Director of Translational Sciences at BioMed Valley Discoveries. Prior to joining BioMed Valley Discoveries, Knoerzer was Vice President of Research Operations for Horizon Discovery where she led the research operations for multiple sites within the US. She has a vast range of experience in both small and large organizations, serving as Chief Operating Officer at SAGE labs and holding a variety of senior positions during her 19 years within the pharmaceutical industry including positions at Pfizer, Pharmacia, Searle, and Monsanto. Knoerzer received a BS in biological sciences from Illinois State University and a MS in biological sciences from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
BRENT L. KREIDER, PhD
BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.
BRENT L. KREIDER, PhD. Chief Operating Officer Member, Board of Directors
DR. BRENT L. KREIDER serves as Chief Operating Officer of both BioMed Valley Discoveries and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. In his previous position as Vice President and Global Head of Scientific Operations at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Kreider provided senior management oversight to scientific support functions at institute sites throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining Novartis, he held senior leadership positions at three biotech companies. Kreider received a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania and performed postdoctoral research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
MARTIN TERESK, PhD
MARTIN TERESK, PhD Associate Director, Chemisty
Dr. Martin Teresk is an Associate Director of Chemistry at BioMed Valley Discoveries. Prior to
joining BioMed Valley Discoveries, Martin served as Director of Process Development at Orbis Biosciences, where he led the development and manufacturing scale-up of the company’s particle engineering technology.
He previously held key positions in process research and development at Gilead Sciences, providing scientific and technical leadership in developing scalable chemical processes for the manufacture of drug substances from preclinical development through commercialization. Martin received a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.
DAVID TUNG, PhD
DAVID TUNG, PhD Associate Director, Translational Sciences
DAVID TUNG, PhD
Dr. David Tung is an Associate Director of Translational Sciences at BioMed Valley Discoveries. With over 25 years of drug discovery experience, he is the lead for CMC, regulatory affairs, translational pharmacology, and clinical operations of the C. novyi-NT program. He also serves as the translational pharmacology lead for two antibody projects and is responsible for indications exploration for ERK and C. novyi-NT. Prior to BVD, he held positions at Pfizer, Sirna, Isis, Chiron (Novartis), and Celera. His translational pharmacology experience covers allergy and respiratory, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, oncology, multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and fracture healing.
Dr. Tung received his PhD from UCSD’s Biomedical Engineering department. He completed his postdoctoral training in a joint fellowship at Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical and Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RICHARD W. BROWN
Chairman of the Board, BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.
Former Executive Vice President for Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Executive Vice President / General Counsel, Stowers Resource Management
CLIFFORD W. ILLIG
Former Vice Chairman and Co-Founder, Cerner Corporation
BRENT L. KREIDER, PhD
President, BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stowers Resource Management
JONATHAN S. THOMAS
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Century Investments
BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc. is a member of the Stowers Group of Companies, which includes the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. BioMed Valley Discoveries is a for-profit company which is wholly owned by a supporting organization of the Institute and whose profits accrue to the Institute’s benefit.
Jim Stowers Jr., founder of American Century Investments, and his wife Virginia established BioMed Valley Discoveries and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Together, Jim and Virginia Stowers have endowed the Institute with over $2 billion in donations, including a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Since it began operations in 2000, the Institute’s endowment has received nearly $1.7 billion in dividends from its ownership stake in American Century Investments, a privately held asset management firm.
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