Our Team

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  • Paul Finnegan, M.D., M.B.A.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Finnegan is Chief Executive Officer of Angiocrine Bioscience. He has more than 20 years of life science management experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries – including extensive operational and strategic leadership roles in venture-backed start-ups and multi-billion dollar publically listed global companies, complemented by service on boards of both private and public biotechnology companies. Most recently, Dr. Finnegan has been advising boards and senior management of emerging biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on strategic, commercial, business development, clinical, and regulatory matters, including companies focused on cellular immunotherapy (for cancer) and cellular regenerative therapies. From 2012-2014, Dr. Finnegan served as Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific for ViroPharma, Inc., which was acquired by Shire PLC for $4.2 billion. In this role, he initiated ViroPharma’s business in the Asia-Pacific region, and launched and developed Cinryze® and commercialized Plenadren®. Dr. Finnegan concurrently served as Director (Board) of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (2012-2013) and on the Audit, Compensation, and Nomination & Governance Committees. From 2008-2011, Dr. Finnegan was retained exclusively to manage start-ups wholly funded by Avalon Ventures, where he was CEO of Avelas BioSciences and InCode Biotherapeutics, participated as board observer for various Avalon portfolio companies, and provided commercial, clinical and regulatory due diligence for new Avalon Fund investments. From 2007-2008, Dr. Finnegan served as founding CEO of Cecoura Therapeutics, a start-up wholly owned by Paramount BioSciences. From 2001-2007, Dr. Finnegan served as Vice President of Commercial Operations and Development, and then later as Vice President of Global Strategic Marketing for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. While at Alexion, Dr. Finnegan co-founded the paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria clinical program for eculizumab, built the first commercial organization, and initiated and led the global commercialization of Soliris® – the most successful ultra-orphan product launch in 2007. From 1998-2000, Dr. Finnegan was Senior Director, Global Medical Marketing, APLAC Region for Searle, a division of Monsanto and then of Pharmacia Corp in 2000. While at Searle, Dr. Finnegan played key roles in his market region for the launch of Celebrex® – the most successful pharmaceutical product launch in 1999. Prior to Searle, Dr. Finnegan was a fellowship-trained interventional radiologist and an entrepreneur in the healthcare provider segment. Dr. Finnegan earned his M.D., C.M. from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and his M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Canada (FRCPC) and a Member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

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  • John R. Jaskowiak

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Jaskowiak is Chief Operating Officer at Angiocrine Bioscience responsible for overseeing the administration and operation of the business, as well as, leading the implementation of company strategies as it transitions into a clinical stage company. Previously he held the title of Vice President, Corporate Development, assisting in numerous corporate financing and operational development activities to advance the company’s E-CEL™ platform. John comes to Angiocrine Bioscience with over 25 years of commercial experience within the Life Sciences and Diagnostics industries. Prior to joining Angiocrine Bioscience he was Vice President of Marketing and Sales at SDIX, where he led the transformation of the commercial team into a focused life science organization, developing Go-To-Market strategies and supporting business plans for its core business and new business growth initiatives for its two complementary technologies for the generation and isolation of novel monoclonal antibodies. He has also held various management roles at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Affymetrix, ExonHit Therapeutics, and Meso Scale Diagnostics. John has a degree in Biology from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

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  • Michael Ginsberg, Ph.D.

    Director of Research

    Dr. Ginsberg is Director of Research at Angiocrine Bioscience. Following his post-doctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University, Michael undertook a post-doctoral position at Weill Cornel Medical college, where he was introduced into the world of vascular biology and hematopoiesis by Dr. Shahin Rafii. While under Dr. Rafii’s guidance, he gained tremendous knowledge and expertise in the study of endothelial cells, the predominant cell-type that is necessary for the formation of the human vasculature. This work culminated in a seminal paper describing the manner in which amniotic cells could be reprogrammed into a functional, viable source of endothelial cells for potential therapeutic use. Through this work, Michael learned the intricacies involved in culturing and cultivating large quantities of endothelial cells in general, a process that would be necessary for their use in clinical applications. These experiences provided the foundation of his work that are now being done at Angiocrine Bioscience, as he is currently heading the manufacturing of GMP-grade E-CEL™ cells for their use in the clinic. Additionally, Michael is directing research aimed at identifying multiple indications for which these cells may have a beneficial therapeutic outcome. Dr. Ginsberg earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York and completed post-doctoral fellowships in the lab of Dr. James Darnell Jr at Rockefeller University, New York and Shahin Rafii, MD at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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  • Daniel J. Nolan, Ph.D.

    Director of External Research

    Dr. Nolan is Director of External Research at Angiocrine Bioscience. An alumni of Stony Brook University, Daniel remained there for his graduate studies ultimately performing his research in the laboratory of Dr. Vivek Mittal. Dr. Mittal fostered Daniel’s interest in vascular biology with work centered on the temporal contribution of endothelial progenitor cells to tumor vasculature. His exposure to a wide range of technology led to his recruitment by Dr. Shahin Rafii at Weill Cornell Medical College. This became fertile grounds for advances as Dr. Rafii’s team was rapidly accelerating their understanding of the capacities of the E-CEL™ platform and Daniel was transforming the technological landscape of protocols within the laboratory to achieve these advances. His own work focused on the distinctions between the endothelial cells of the various tissues. The protocols he developed were the foundations to establish a series of tissue specific microvascular endothelial cells. An accomplished flow cytometrist and microscopist, Daniel continues his characterizations of distinct populations of endothelial cells at Angiocrine Bioscience.

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  • Shawn C. Sheeron, MBA, BSN, RN

    Executive Director, Clinical Operations

    Mr. Sheeron is Executive Director, Clinical Operations at Angiocrine Bioscience. He has more than twenty years of experience in the conduct and management of clinical trials. He has led trials in all phases of research, in multiple therapeutic areas, in all parts of the world. Mr. Sheeron has worked in several small biotech and CROs in Southern California and New England. Prior to joining Angiocrine Shawn was Executive Director, Clinical Operations at Intercept Pharmaceuticals where he led the clinical program which brought to market, the first new drug in more than twenty years for an orphan disease. Mr. Sheeron has an MBA from Aspen University, Denver, CO and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Graceland University, Independence, MO.

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  • Margie Breneman, PMP

    Senior Director, Project Management

    Ms. Breneman is Senior Director, Project Management at Angiocrine Bioscience. Margie has over 20 years of experience leading teams in medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. As QA Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at Illumina, Margie led the Quality Systems Improvement Program to ensure compliance to ISO and FDA requirements for DNA sequencing products, including the MiSeqDx System, the first FDA approved device for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) testing. Margie also headed teams at Guidant and Abbott in areas of process improvement (Lean, Kaizen, 5S), facility design, cost reduction, software development, and technology transfer. In 2007, she received the Abbott Vascular President’s Award for the implementation of the CAMSTAR MES system to capture cGMP data for XIENCE, the market-leading drug eluting stent. Margie has a degree in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a professional certificate in Regulatory Affairs from San Diego State University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).