Dr. Buel "Dan" Rodgers
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Rodgers has over 23 years research experience in the control of skeletal and cardiac muscle development. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and has won numerous awards for research, teaching and mentorship. He held faculty positions in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and also in Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University where he founded and directed the Washington Center for Muscle Biology.
- Chief Business Officer: Dr. Heather Webb Hsu
17 years as an industry scientist, team manager & business developer; holds 17 patents.
- Advisor, Business Development: Jade Brown, MBA
Principle of Jade Brown consulting: 27 years in the field, 17 in senior-level leadership.
- Director of Preclinical Development: Dr. Peter Korytko
President of Preclinical GPS; 17 years' industry experience advancing INDs into clinical trials.
- Director of Regulatory Affairs: Jeff Fellows
32 years' industry experience working with the FDA and other health authorities.
AAVogen has retained Biologics Consulting to assist in development and management of the clinical trial plan. Leading this effort is Dr. Mark Thornton, Senior Clinical Consultant at Biologics Consulting, who has more than 20 years’ experience in biologics development, including six years at FDA CBER. AAVogen is also using established CROs with industry-leading experience in the manufacturing of GMP-quality gene therapeutics.
Science Advisory Board
AAVogen is advised by highly respected and extremely well established leaders in the fields of gene therapy, muscle disease and molecular biology. This includes experts in viral gene delivery systems, muscular dystrophies, cancer cachexia, cardiac disease and regenerative medicine. Such expertise complements that of AAVogen's leadership and partners, which together forms a muscle gene therapy dream team.
Paul Gregorevic, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physiology, Deputy Director of the Center for Muscle Research, University of Melbourne and co-discoverer of AVGN7.
Denis Guttridge, Ph.D.
Professor of Cancer Biology and Genetics, at the Ohio State University, and Director of the Center of Muscle Health and Neuromuscular Disorders.
Jeff Chamberlain, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor at the University of Washington and Director of the Seattle Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center.
Lawson Macartney, D.V.M./Ph.D.
Expert in commercialization and manufacturing of AAV-based gene therapeutics. 28 years pharma experience and senior leadership (e.g. CEO, Sr. VP) at Shire, AstraZeneca, GSK and Ambrx.
Charles Murry, M.D.
Endowed Professor and Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine as well as the Center for Cardiovascular Biology at the University of Washington.
To be named
An expert in limb girdle muscular dystrophy will soon be appointed to the Science Advisory Board.
Board of Directors
AAVogen is currently pursuing Series-A financing and is in the process of establishing a Board of Directors. For more information on investing in AAVogen, please click the link to the right.