Samuel D. Riccitelli
Mr. Riccitelli is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 30 years of public and private company general management, operations management and new product development experience in a wide variety of healthcare related businesses including diagnostic services, healthcare information management and medical devices. Most recently, Mr. Riccitelli served as President and CEO and board member for Signal Genetics, Inc., a publicly traded molecular diagnostic company. Prior to Signal Genetics, Mr. Riccitelli served as the Executive Vice President and COO of Genoptix, Inc., a publicly traded diagnostic services company focused on the needs of community hematologists and oncologists. Mr. Riccitelli served in a number of R&D and general management leadership positions for Becton, Dickinson and Company, including most recently as a vice president and general manager and as a board member for BD Ventures, LLC., a venture capital fund. Mr. Riccitelli is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Precipio, Inc., a publicly traded diagnostic services company [NASDAQ: PRPO]. Mr. Riccitelli also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Orthopediatrics, Inc. [NASDAQ: KIDS] a publicly traded orthopedic device company uniquely focused on the orthopedic repair needs of children. Mr. Riccitelli received a B.A. in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College and a M.S. Engineering degree from The University of Texas in Biomedical Engineering.
George Smith, Ph.D., MBA
Dr. Smith founded the IQVIA Cell and Gene Therapy Center and is responsible for developing novel solutions for cell and gene therapy development and managing the Center’s portfolio. He is a subject matter expert for clinical and preclinical development strategy and planning, pharmacology, translational medicine, due diligence and indications evaluation. Prior to the Center, he led due diligence programs at IQVIA and worked for small and large biopharma companies where he gained experience with drug development from concept through Phase III for a wide variety of therapeutic areas. He is also has experience an advisor for multiple companies and providing and acquiring capital. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. and MBA from UCSD.
Matthew Spear, M.D.
Dr. Spear has been working in oncology and gene therapy research and development for over 25 years. He received a B.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. degree from Stanford University. Post-graduate training was in the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard University program. He has served as an Associate Professor on the faculty of the USC Keck School of Medicine, and the UCSD Medical School / UCSD Cancer Center where he managed a clinical practice, drug discovery/gene therapy research, and clinical trial programs for cancer. Dr. Spear led multiple oncology clinical development programs at Pfizer. He subsequently served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice-President at Nereus Pharmaceuticals, followed by Head of Oncology and Head of Biotherapeutics at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, then as Vice-President at Incyte and Sangamo Therapeutics. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Poseida Therapeutics developing multiple CAR-T cell and gene therapy products, and a CIRM CAR-T cell principal investigator. He has also served on NIH / NCI study section, CPRIT grant review panel, biotechnology and pharmaceutical advisory boards, IRB/SRC, and scientific journal editorial review committees related to cancer and gene therapy, as well as authoring numerous scientific papers and patent applications.