Board of Directors
Thought leaders in vaccines, DNA vaccines and electroporation with senior pharmaceutical expertise
Avtar Dhillon, M.D.
Chairman of the Board, Inovio Pharmaceuticals
AVTAR DHILLON has served as Chairman of the Board of Inovio since 2009. Dr. Dhillon was Executive Chairman of Inovio from July 2009 to June 2011, and was the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 until June 2009, stepping down after the merger with VGX Pharmaceuticals.
Beginning in 1989, Dr. Dhillon practiced family medicine for over 12 years. In 1997 and 1998 he consulted to Cardiome Pharma Corp. He was engaged by MDS Capital Corp. (now Lumira Capital Corp.) as a consultant in 1998, and subsequently became an investment manager and vice president. Dr. Dhillon holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with Honors, in Human Physiology, and M.D. degree, both from the University of British Columbia.
Simon X. Benito
Former Senior Vice President, Vaccine Division, Merck
SIMON BENITO has been a director of Inovio since 2003. Mr. Benito is also a director of Durect Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Benito has had a successful and extensive career serving multiple health care companies in senior executive positions, including 25 years at Merck & Co, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President, Merck Vaccine Division from 1996 to 1999; Executive Vice President, Merck-Medco Managed Care from 1994 to 1996; and Executive Director and Vice President, Merck Human Health, Japan from 1986-1993. Mr. Benito was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for over thirty years until his retirement from Merck in 1999.
Angel Cabrera, Ph.D.
President, George Mason University
ANGEL CABRERA is President of George Mason University, the largest university in Virginia. Previously he was president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, widely regarded as the world's leading graduate school of international business. At Thunderbird, Dr. Cabrera led a major academic, operational and financial overhaul of the international business school, stemming operating deficits and declining revenues and consolidating Thunderbird's leadership position in global business education. Prior to Thunderbird, Cabrera served as Dean of IE Business School in Madrid, which he helped propel into the top tier of international business schools. Prior to IE he was a change management consultant with Accenture. Dr. Cabrera earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology -- which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar -- and his B.S. and M.S. in computer and electrical engineering from Madrid's Polytechnic University. His extensive publishing in fields ranging from learning technology to psychology, management and higher education includes a recent book, "Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World." Dr. Cabrera is an advocate of corporate social responsibility and managerial professionalism.
Morton Collins, Ph.D.
General Partner, Battelle Ventures
MORTON COLLINS has been a director of Inovio Pharmaceuticals since June 2009. He was a director of VGX Pharmaceuticals, which merged with Inovio in June 2008. Dr. Collins has been a general partner of Battelle Ventures since 2003 and of Innovations Valley Partners since 2005. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Collins has developed broad expertise in venture capital funding of early-stage high-technology companies as a founder and managing partner of five different funds: Developmental Science Ventures I, II, III, and IV, and Cardinal Partners. He was chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and served as a technology policy advisor to President George H. W. Bush. He is a former president, director and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and currently serves as a director to Kopin Corporation, a nano-semiconductor company, as well as several private companies.
Dr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Delaware, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Engineering from Princeton University.
J. Joseph Kim, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Inovio Pharmaceuticals
JOSEPH KIM was appointed President and CEO of Inovio Pharmaceuticals in June 2009. Dr. Kim co-founded VGX Pharmaceuticals, a synthetic vaccine company, in 2000 to develop intellectual property licensed from the University of Pennsylvania. He led that company for nine years and combined VGX with Inovio Biomedical in 2009 to form Inovio Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Kim previously led manufacturing and process development programs for several FDA-approved products and developmental therapeutics at Merck & Co. These products included FDA-approved vaccines for hepatitis as well as developmental vaccines and therapeutics for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Kim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a U.S. Senate Honors Scholar. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Wharton School. Dr. Kim has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, holds numerous patents and sits on several editorial boards and review panels.
Adel Mahmoud, Ph.D.
Former President, Merck Vaccines and Chief Medical Advisor, Vaccines & Infectious Diseases, Merck
Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
ADEL MAHMOUD, a global infectious disease and vaccines expert, was responsible for the development and commercialization of several new important vaccines, including Gardasil®, Zostavax®, Proquad® and Rotateq® during his long tenure at Merck & Co. Dr. Mahmoud is currently Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was President, Merck Vaccines, from 1999 to 2005 and also served as Merck's Chief Medical Advisor for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases.
More recently, Dr. Mahmoud has been leading strategy development for global health agencies tackling bioterrorism and emerging diseases such as pandemic influenza and SARS. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Mahmoud was Chairman, Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief (1987-1998) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.
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