Michael H. Davidson
President of the Research committee, International expert on atherosclerosis, founder of Omthera Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Michael H. Davidson is an internationally-recognized expert on atherosclerosis and lipids. He is the founder of Omthera Pharmaceuticals, bought by AstraZeneca in 2013. Dr. Davidson has coordinated more than 1,000 clinical trials in areas of preventive cardiology. He has published more than 250 articles for leading medical journals and has written 3 books on Lipidology. Dr. Davidson has been named one of “The Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors Inc. for the past 10 years and was named Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association, 2010. He recently served as President of the National Lipid Association, and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.
Richard Pasternak, M.D.
Member of the Research committee, Chairman
Dr. Pasternak has had a long-standing research interest in lipid disorders and atherosclerosis, as well as patterns of practice and disease management and prevention. Previously, he was Vice President, Head of Cardiovascular Clinical Research and Head of Global Scientific Affairs and Scientific Leadership at Merck & Co from 2004 and 2010. Prior to this, he was Director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1992 to 2004, and he was Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Pasternak has authored more than 100 publications and has spoken widely on the development of drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and about how academia and industry can better collaborate in biomedical research. He is currently a faculty member of the Weill Cornell School of Medicine, and serves on the Boards of the Founder’s Affiliate of the American Heart Association, the Galien Foundation, and Essentialis Therapeutics.
Laura A. Coruzzi, Ph.D., J.D.
Member of the Research committee, Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property
Dr. Laura A. Coruzzi is the Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property at REGENXBIO. Prior to joining REGENXBIO, Dr. Coruzzi was a partner in the Intellectual Property practice at Jones Day, an international law firm. Previously, she was a partner at Pennie & Edmonds, LLP and was one of the first members of the firm's biotechnology group department founded by S. Leslie Misrock, affectionately known as the "father of biotechnology patent law.” Dr. Coruzzi represented biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients for over 30 years, focusing on strategic planning and management of patent portfolios designed to protect emerging new technologies as well as mature biologic and pharmaceutical therapeutics and diagnostics. She counseled clients on portfolio evaluation, due diligence investigations, patent prosecution and interferences, European oppositions, and licensing in a variety of disciplines including genetic engineering, virology, and biologic and small molecule therapeutics. Her practice also encompassed patent litigation and appeals before the USPTO Board of Appeals and the Federal Circuit, where she and her team won reversal of an $18 million jury verdict in 2000 for Cadus Pharmaceutical Corporation in a case involving cell-based assays for drug screening. More recently, she was a member of the team representing Myriad in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (U.S. Supreme Court 2013).
Dr. Coruzzi received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, earned her Ph.D. in Biology at Fordham University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine before entering the practice of law.