Alexandria Forbes, Ph.D.President and CEO
Dr. Alexandria Forbes is President and CEO of MeiraGTx. Previously, Dr. Forbes served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations and Chief Commercial Officer at Kadmon Corporation. Dr. Forbes spent 10 years as a healthcare investor at Sivik/Argus Partners. At Sivik Partners Dr. Forbes was responsible for investments in biotechnology, specialty pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, and was portfolio manager for the Sivik Global Life Science Fund, a long-biased public markets fund investing in biotechnology companies globally. Before entering the hedge fund industry, Dr. Forbes was a Human Frontiers/Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellow at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, where her research focused on cytoplasmic determinants and cell signaling pathways involved in the migration, establishment and maintenance of germ line stem cells in Drosophila melanogaster. Prior to this, Dr. Forbes was a research fellow at Duke University, and also at the Carnegie Institute at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the role of the hedgehog gene and it’s signaling pathway in the Drosophila embryo and adult. Dr. Forbes received her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Oxford University, UK and her M.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.
Robin Ali, Ph.D.Chief Scientific Officer
Professor Robin Ali is Chief Scientific Officer of MeiraGTx. He is also Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Additionally, he is the Theme Leader for Gene Therapy at NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and a Visiting Professor at The Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan.
Prof. Ali established the world’s first clinical trial of gene therapy for retinopathy. In 2007, he was elected to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2009 appointed Senior Investigator of The UK National Institute of Health Research. He is President-Elect of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and has served on the advisory boards of a number of funding bodies including the UK Medical Research Council (Neurosciences and Mental Health Board and the Regenerative Medicine Research Committee), Research to Prevent Blindness USA and Fighting Blindness Ireland, as well as the advisory boards of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including Alcon/Novartis.
Prof. Ali obtained his BSc (1988) and PhD in Genetics (1993) at University College London, carried out his postdoctoral training at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and established his laboratory at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in 1999.
Gregory A. Petsko, Ph.D.Chief Scientist
Gregory A. Petsko is the Chief Scientist at MeiraGTx. He is the Arthur J. Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and Director of the Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Emeritus, at Brandeis University. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.
He is the co-founder of several publicly-traded biotechnology companies and is one of the founding editors of the PLoS family of journals. His research interests include protein structure and function and the development of methods to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Stuart Naylor, Ph.D.Chief Development Officer
Dr. Stuart Naylor is Chief Development Officer of MeiraGTx. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Naylor was Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Oxford BioMedica plc, one of the world’s first gene therapy companies, where he pioneered the development of the company’s ocular products. Prior to joining Oxford BioMedica in 1997, Dr. Naylor’s career focused on translational cancer research, initially at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund’s Central Laboratories in London and subsequently at the Institute of Cancer Research working in the areas of cytokine and tumor biology. Dr. Naylor has a first degree in microbiology and virology, a Master’s degree in Immunology, and earned a Ph.D. from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratory studying ovarian cancer and cytokine biology.
Richard GirouxChief Operating Officer
Richard Giroux is Chief Operating Officer of MeiraGTx and brings 20 years of leadership and experience in capital markets in finance and healthcare to his position. Prior to joining MeiraGTx, Rich was at Sarissa Capital Management LP, an activist healthcare hedge fund. In 2010, Mr. Giroux helped launch and operate Meadowvale Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was a founding partner and healthcare portfolio manager. Prior to Meadowvale, he was a partner at Sivik Global Healthcare (formerly Argus Partners), a long/short global equity healthcare fund. From 1996 to 2001, he worked in the equity derivative divisions of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup (formerly Salomon Smith Barney) where he structured, marketed and traded derivative and cash products for domestic and international hedge funds and asset allocators. Mr. Giroux received his BA in Economics from Yale University in 1995.
Christine SheehySVP Global Integration
Christine Sheehy is SVP Global Integration of MeiraGTx. Ms. Sheehy is a pharmaceutical business leader with over 25 years of experience in designing and executing operational, financial and organizational infrastructure. Most recently, Ms. Sheehy was SVP of Operations for Kadmon Pharmaceuticals leading the global supply chain, distribution, and IT organizations. Ms. Sheehy was a founding member of start-up pharmaceutical company, Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, acquired by Kadmon in 2010. During that time, she launched branded and generic products in the U.S. leading the operational business. Globally, she executed international supply and distribution partnerships in Europe and Asia. Prior to Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Sheehy was in a business consulting/finance role for Schneider Downs, specializing in finance and technology in various industries. She also held various finance management roles for Ametek, Inc. Ms. Sheehy was on the board of directors of GPhA from 2006-2008 and also served on various Oracle organizations, Oracle Leaders’ circle- 2010 and 2014, Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL) program – 2014 and the Oracle Customer Advisory Board.
Micah ZajicVP Corporate Development
Micah Zajic is Vice President of Corporate Development for MeiraGTx. Mr. Zajic joined MeiraGTx from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he worked in Corporate Strategy and Business Development, primarily focused on the evaluation and execution of external partnerships, license agreements and acquisitions. Prior to joining Alexion, Mr. Zajic spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley in a variety of positions within Healthcare Investment Banking, Global Capital Markets and the Investment Management Division. During this time, he executed several strategic transactions and financings for clients across all healthcare subsectors. Mr. Zajic received his BA in Economics from Georgetown University in 2003.
Lisa Speicher, Ph.D.Head of Clinical Operations
Lisa Speicher is the Head of Clinical Operations for the MeiraGTx. She brings 25 years of clinical and translational research experience obtained in academia and biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies. She has a broad spectrum of therapeutic area experience in adults and children with specialization in oncology and gene therapy. Her experience prior to MeiraGTx includes: Executive Director of Clinical Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine; Director of the Clinical Trials Office and the Office of IND/IDE support at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); and Director of the Oncology Program for the Department of Experimental Medicine at Wyeth. She earned her Ph.D. in Physiology at Thomas Jefferson University and conducted post-doctoral research specialized in cancer drug resistance at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.