Lynnet Koh, M.B.A.
Chairman, CEO & Founder
Ms. Koh is a serial entrepreuner/intrapreuner with extensive Senior and C-level executive experience in the biotech, wireless, internet, and consumer products industries. She has led top corporate priority major growth initiatives, created the vision, championed and led the successful development of major product/technology innovations and successful global market launch of best in class products that transformed various industries/markets and delivered over $2.5B in new revenues. Homes runs include the first Caller ID in the world (AT&T Bell Laboratories), the world’s first generation wireless systems that set the industry benchmarks for mobility, portability and quality (AT&T Bell Laboratories), first generation Voice over Internet System (Cisco Systems). Her core competencies and passion are that of leading mission impossible-type major technology innovation/new product development projects from idea to global commercialization, major revenue and market leadership achievement – and in the process, transforming the lives of people around the world and creating new markets and industries. In a general management capacity, she has built multiple teams and organizations from ground-up. Ms. Koh has also led numerous deals including, raising over $115MM for her various intrapreunerial/entrepreunerial startups, numerous M&A and licensing deals. MIT educated, she was in high potential executive leadership programs with industry leaders which provided her the hands on growth opportunity to demonstrate results in general management, brand management, sales leadership, new product development, product commercialization, P&L and market performance management.
Shah Rahimian, M.D
VP of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Shah Rahimian is the Vice President of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs at Targazyme, Inc. With over 17 years of experience in medicine and clinical research, he leads the company on its path of development both nationally and internationally. He is a successful entrepreneur information and growth of bioscience companies and a recognized leader in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical development industry.
Before joining Targazyme, he derived critical development and regulatory strategies in parallel with commercialization of cell based and biologic products at Antria, Inc where the company became received the very first IND approval to initiate clinical trials with adipose derived stem cells in the US.
Prior to his assignment at Antria, Dr. Rahimian was the Vice President of Clinical Research at Illumina. His achievements include successful conduct of over 60 clinical trials globally and building strategic partnerships with healthcare facilities and world’s top 10 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
He provides consulting services to major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in Oncological drug development, Regenerative medicine for plastic and reconstructive surgery and orthopedics, drug safety, regulatory affairs, commercialization and strategic planning since 2003.
Dr. Rahimian has an MD, degree from the University of Istanbul and a CRA degree from the University of South Carolina. He has completed fellowships in general and oncological surgery, multiple teaching assignments with numerous publications and academic awards.
Audrey Jakubowski, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance
Dr. Jakubowski came to Targazyme after a long career in both big and small pharma. She started her career at Bristol Myers, working with dermatological products and then moving to the Bristol Myers Research Center in Wallingford, CT, where she built and led a regulatory group that focused on building a single, international dossier that could be submitted around the globe. During that time, Dr. Jakubowski prepared registration plans and documents for drugs in the cancer, cardiovascular, central nervous system, anti-infective and anti-HIV areas for European, Canadian and Japanese submissions. Dr. Jakubowski went on to DuPont, where she was the head of Global Regulatory Affairs for the pharmaceutical division at DuPont where she had responsibility for investigational drugs as well as marketed products, generic drugs and radiopharmaceuticals. During her 15th years in big pharma, Dr. Jakubowski was responsible for submitting multiple New Drug Applications, both in the U. S. and abroad. She also was the regulatory lead for two FDA advisory committee meetings in the U.S. Dr. Jakubowski was an elected member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer’s Association (PhRMA) Regulatory Affairs Committee and was an invited speaker at many professional meetings. Dr. Jakubowski came to California to join Systemix, a cell therapy company, as their Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Dr. Jakubowski went on to SuperGen where she also had responsibility for regulatory affairs and quality assurance and submitted two NDAs for cancer drugs. Dr. Jakubowski went on to support the company’s focus on new molecules that were early on in development, which she continued to do until she retired in 2009. Dr. Jakubowski left retirement to join Targazyme because she feels that the platform technology that Targazyme has developed has the potential to help so many people who are desperate for help with their serious diseases. Dr. Jakubowski received her Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. She also completed a PostDoctoral Fellowship at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Department of Medicine and another at Rosewell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
Richard Martin, Ph.D.
VP of CMC and Head of Operations
Dr. Martin is an accomplished pharmaceutical executive with over 20 years of research and development experience in the fields of antibacterial, inflammation, oncology, antiviral, antifungal, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, sexual dysfunction, as well as glycosciences. An excellent track record of bringing hits to leads, optimizing compounds into development candidates, as well as managing the chemistry, manufacturing, and regulatory activities for both clinical stage and approved drugs. He directed many successful programs of which 4 compounds have entered clinical trials. Collaborated closely with several Big Pharma companies to advance these development compounds following licensing of the assets and participated in joint steering teams. He was instrumental in the CMC efforts that led to the approval of Apricus Biosciences’ first drug Vitaros® in Canada and Europe. Dr. Martin initially served at Tanabe Research Laboratories before joining X-Ceptor therapeutics, which was acquired by Exelixis for their valuable metabolic disease programs. He then held the position of Director of Chemistry at Exelixis before joining RetroVirox as Senior Director of Chemistry, founding partner and investor. Dr. Martin then served as Vice President of Chemistry and Manufacturing at Apricus Biosciences (NexMed USA) where he led the chemistry, manufacturing and supply chain activities at the company. Dr. Martin obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and pursued postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego with professor Chi-Huey Wong, a pioneer in the field of glycosciences. Dr. Martin has over 30 patent applications, 26 of which have already been granted in the US, over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at various scientific meetings.
Mark Schwartz, Ph.D.
Board Member & Executive Director
Dr. Schwartz is currently an Executive Director of Targazyme Pharmaceuticals, where he has served on the board since 2014. He is also on the faculty of San Jose State University where he teaches entrepreneurship in the Masters of Biotechnology Program. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology and life science industry. He was recently the CEO of Galena Biopharma where he led the expansion of the companies pipeline and the development of its clinical assets, as well as several key financings. Previously he was the CEO of Apthera, where he led the sale of the company to RXI Pharmaceuticals resulting in liquidity for the investors. Prior to joining Apthera, Dr. Schwartz served for five years as President and CEO of Bayhill Therapeutics, a company developing an innovative DNA vaccine platform for the treatment of autoimmune diseases where he completes a successful partnership with Genentech for the development of the company’s type 1 diabetes vaccine. He had also served as President and CEO of Calyx Therapeutics, which doubled its size, and completed key phase I and phase II international clinical trials of novel anti-inflammatory compounds during his tenure. Previously, Dr. Schwartz has held a range of positions in R&D, marketing, sales, business development and executive management at Trega BioSciences, Incyte Genomics, Synteni, Tripos Inc., Applied Biosystems and DuPont Diagnostics. Dr. Schwartz has served on the board of the Biotechnology Industry Association and the advisory board for BayBio. Dr. Schwartz received his BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Arizona State University.
David S. Smith, Ph.D.
Advisor for Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Dr. Smith is an astute strategic leader and creative problem-solver offering over 30 years of R&D and executive experience. He is respected as a process authority with a well-earned reputation for planning, process improvement, and organizational flexibility. Dr. Smith has been instrumental in achieving significant regulatory successes through team building and sound application of regulatory principles. Dr. Smith also has a solid business background with extensive knowledge of strategic planning, risk management, product development, and lifecycle management. He is recognized for ability to use adaptive management techniques, processes and procedures to enhance business practices, increase productivity, and ensure compliance.
Dr. Smith started his career in clinical research and then moved to regulatory affairs at Schering-Plough. He enjoyed increasing responsibilities at Roche, Wyeth, Astex and Galena Biopharma, before coming to Targazyme.