Larry R. Stevens, Ph.D. is President and CEO of Proficient Life Pharma Prior to joining Proficient Life Pharma, Dr. Stevens was Chief Executive Officer of Ensemble Therapeutics, Corp., a small molecule drug discovery company, from July 2007 to October 2013. Prior to joining Ensemble, Dr. Stevens was Senior Vice President for Pfizer Inc.’s Global R&D division and served as Vice President, Drug Development at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis, where he led early and late-stage development projects across multiple therapeutic areas, including Lipitor® and Neurontin®. Dr. Stevens has authored or coauthored 65 manuscripts and published abstracts and is co-inventor on eight patents. Dr. Stevens holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in natural products synthesis and structure elucidation at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a B.S. magna cum laude in chemistry from the University of South Florida.
Daniel L. Allen, Ph.D. is CSO and Founder of Proficient Life Pharma Before founding Proficient Life Pharma in 2003, Dr. Allen held senior roles in small molecule chemistry with various biotechnology and pharmaceuticals companies, including as Senior Director of Chemistry with Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Director, Medicinal Chemistry at Amgen Inc., and Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Combinatorial Chemistry and Research Fellow at Monsanto Company, G.D. Searle Unit. Dr. Allen is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas-Lawrence and has served as the national Chair for the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Allen received both his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and his B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Kansas, and he completed post-doctorate training in synthetic organic chemistry at Indiana University.
Robert C. Gross, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of Proficient Life Pharma Prior to joining Proficient Life Pharma, Dr. Gross served as Vice President of Global and U.S. Medical Affairs at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company from December 2009 to June 2014, and from March 2006 to November 2009, he held senior medical affairs and clinical development roles at Genentech Inc., including Medical Director on the Avastin team. Prior to Genentech, Dr. Gross served as Associate Director of Medical Affairs at Amgen Inc., Clinical Scientist at F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, and Global Project Physician at Merck KGaA. Dr. Gross received his training in oncology and hematology at the University Hospital Charité in Berlin with research activities focused on hematological malignancies and bone marrow transplantation. Prior to his clinical training, Dr. Gross participated in a post-doctoral program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Hamburg. Dr. Gross holds an M.D. from the University of Cologne, Germany.
Lane A. Summerhays is Chief Financial Officer of Proficient Life Pharma Prior to joining Proficient Life Pharma, Mr. Summerhays served as Chief Financial Officer of AdvanDx, Inc., a private molecular diagnostics company, from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining AdvanDx, Mr. Summerhays served as chief financial officer for various public and private life science companies, including deCODE genetics, Inc. from 2010 to 2011 and Critical Therapeutics, Inc. from 2007 to 2008. Prior to joining Critical Therapeutics, Mr. Summerhays was a life sciences investment banker at Robertson Stephens and Canaccord Adams and was an attorney in the corporate and securities group of Foley, Hoag and Elliot, LLP. Mr. Summerhays holds a Juris Doctor with honors degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services degree cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Christopher J. Emery is Chief Business Officer of Proficient Life Pharma Mr. Emery has more than 25-years of experience in strategic and operational roles in private biotechnology and multinational pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Proficient Life Pharma, Mr. Emery was a member of the senior executive team at miRagen Therapeutics, Inc., an oligonucleotide therapeutics discovery and development company, serving as the Chief Operating Officer from May 2016 to October 2016 and Chief Business Officer from May 2013 to May 2016. Prior to joining miRagen, Mr. Emery served in senior management roles at various biotechnology companies, including as Chief Operating Officer at Ambit Biosciences Corporation, an oncology-focused biotechnology company engaged in discovering and developing targeted small molecule kinase inhibitors, and as Vice President of Business Development at Agensys, Inc., prior to and following the acquisition of Agensys Inc. by Astellas Pharma, Inc. Before joining Agensys, he served for 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility in research, sales, marketing, business development and county/general management at GlaxoSmithKline plc. From February 2010 to December 2016, Mr. Emery served as an Independent Director of Alethia Biotherapeutics. Mr. Emery earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Biology and Pharmacology from the University of London (UK) and an M.B.A. from Cranfield School of Management (UK).
Stephen B. D’Ascenzo, Ph.D. has more than 25 years of global pharmaceutical management and leadership experience in small-molecule and biologics development and manufacturing. Prior to joining Proficient Life Pharma, Dr. D’Ascenzo served as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development at TESARO, Inc., an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, where he built and led a CMC organization that enabled multiple small-molecule NDA and MAA approvals and advanced multiple immuno-oncology product candidates from discovery into clinical development. Before joining TESARO, Dr. D’Ascenzo served as Senior Director, Technology Development & Operations at ViroPharma Inc., prior to and following its acquisition by Shire plc. Prior to joining ViroPharma, he served in CMC leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Elan Corporation plc, Merck & Co., Inc., NanoSystems LLC and Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceuticals. Dr. D’Ascenzo earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, both from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.