As a leader in the entrepreneurial and life sciences communities, Ms. Hollingsworth serves on various industry and community boards, including Diffusion Pharmaceuticals , Afimmune Ltd., DS BioPharma, Ribonova, the University City Science Center, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Breastcancer.Org.
She previously held roles as President and CEO of Azelon Pharmaceuticals a clinical stage biotech; President and CEO of Locus Pharmaceuticals, a computational chemistry discovery company; COO of Immunome, an antibody discovery company; and various leadership roles at Merck. Tirabrutinib (VELEXBRU®) was discovered, developed and licensed by Locus under her leadership. Currently she serves on the board of directors for Renovacor (NYSE: RCOR).
Dr. Lau is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has non-profit board experience in entrepreneurship, STEM/biotech, and social justice organizations. These include board appointments with the Kimmel Center, Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice; the Roy & Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences Management; the Temple University Masters in Biotechnology Program; president of The Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs; and the national board chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Prior to joining Militia Hill Ventures, Ms. D’Oyley-Gay was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline for 14 years, supporting GlaxoSmithKline’s global corporate strategy and business development groups. In 2009, Ms. D’Oyley-Gay received the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Rising Star Award for GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to joining GlaxoSmithKline, Ms. D’Oyley-Gay was in private practice, including at Reed Smith LLP, representing pharmaceutical companies and healthcare systems in transactional and healthcare regulatory matters, and at a boutique health law firm, representing physician practice groups and affiliated ventures.
Ms. D'Oyley-Gay obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Delaware.
Bill remains an active member of the scientific community at-large. A co-author on more than 70 primary research and review articles, he is a former Councilor of the Society for Neuroscience and is active in science policy, diversity and professional development. He serves on the Advisory Council for Brown University’s Carney Institute for Brain Science and is an At-Large Member of the Coalition for the Life Sciences Board of Directors. Bill graduated from Swarthmore College, earned his PhD from Brown University and carried out his postdoctoral research at the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco.
Dr. Saporito has over 25 years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. During his career, Dr. Saporito has enabled the translation of discovery stage assets to drug development and clinical candidates.
Dr. Saporito started his career at Cephalon Inc. where he established a research lab studying mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease, identified novel kinases involved in the neurodegenerative process in this disease and transitioned experimental drugs into development and clinical trials. Dr. Saporito also headed the biology research group at Locus Pharmaceuticals and cofounded Melior Discovery where he was Chief Scientific Officer and a member of the board of directors.
Dr. Saporito is a member of several non-profit boards and consults for and advises biopharmaceutical companies, venture capital groups and investment banks. Dr. Saporito is a graduate of Juniata College, obtained his Ph.D in Pharmacology at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Department of Neurology.
Dr. Yuen was the Director of Clinical Research at Merck & Co., working on CNS and pain indications and later Vice President of Clinical Development at Johnson & Johnson. While at Johnson & Johnson Dr. Yuen served as the therapeutic area head for CNS and the head of clinical development at a monoclonal antibodies and vaccines joint venture between Johnson & Johnson and Elan. Eric later served as Chief Medical Officer for Ultragenyx, a start-up company focused on rare genetic diseases, and as VP Clinical Development at BioClin Therapeutics, a start-up focused on the rare genetic disorder achondroplasia (dwarfism) and bladder cancer. Dr. Yuen continues to serve as a consultant to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Yuen was an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Washington where he conducted clinical research in rare disorders such as ALS and muscular dystrophies. Dr. Yuen completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, neurology residency at UCSF, and a post-doc in the lab studying neurotrophic factor signaling at UCSF.