Walter M. Capone
President and Chief Executive Officer
Walter Capone oversees the core business operations of the MMRF and, as part of the Executive Committee, executes the growth initiatives outlined in the organization’s strategic plan. He has 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology leadership experience in the areas of Commercial Development, Operations, Finance, Marketing and Sales in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining the MMRF, he was the Vice President of Commercial Development and Operations at Progenics Pharmaceuticals. He previously worked at a number of entrepreneurial pharmaceutical and biotechnology ventures throughout the United States and Europe including Trimeris, Triangle Pharmaceuticals and Cyanamid Benelux. He started his career at leading global pharmaceutical companies including Lederle, Wyeth and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He received his BA in International Relations from Brown University and he has an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University Business School.
Daniel Auclair, PhD
Senior Vice President of Research
Dr. Daniel Auclair, who managed the MMRF Multiple Myeloma Genomics Initiative from 2007-2010, has rejoined the company after three years at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
As senior leader in the Cancer Program at the Broad Institute, Dr. Auclair was involved with a wide range of academic and industry collaborations centered around cancer genomics and personalized medicine.
Prior to this, he spent a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, most notably at Bayer Healthcare where he led a number of cancer drug discovery efforts.
Dr. Auclair holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in Biochemistry and Nutrition from the University of Montreal and conducted postdoctoral studies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center.
Vice President of Events
Laura Gilman is the Vice President of Events at the MMRF where she manages the entire events portfolio. Prior to joining the MMRF in 2010 Ms. Gilman was the Vice President of Citigroup’s Investment Research Conferences where she directed the design and execution of the bank’s high profile research conferences and events. Before joining Citigroup, Ms. Gilman was the Director of Meetings, Client Relations and Incentives at Victoria’s Secret Beauty. She began her career at Morgan Stanley managing the bank’s IPO Roadshows. Ms. Gilman has over 20 years of experience designing and executing events and initiatives that generate revenue. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the Catholic University of America and lives in Westport, CT with her husband and son.
Joan Levy, PhD
Vice President of Research
Over the last eight years, Joan has overseen much of the core elements of the basic and translational research activities of the MMRF/C – not the least of which is the MMRF Genomics Initiative; the MMRF Grants Programs for researchers; the Biotech Investment Award programs; and novel science research grants such as Epigenetics, Proteomics and the Myeloma Cancer Stem Cell. However, it is Joan’s passion for drug development that has fostered such an effective partnership with each of the leading researchers across our MMRC institutions, as well as with Dr. Daniel Auclair, Sr. VP of Research, and the Clinical Operations team, to achieve and maintain a pipeline of promising new treatments flowing into the MMRC to accelerate new treatments for patients. Joan’s experience and demonstrated leadership across these diverse and complex areas enable her to assume direct management responsibility for the Clinical Operations team.
Blake A. Morrison, PharmD
Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Blake Morrison, PharmD joined The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in August as Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, bringing with him over 25 years of clinical and industry experience with a therapeutic area emphasis on oncology. Blake’s operational areas of expertise has focused on medical affairs roles and includes preclinical and clinical drug development, thought leader relationships, medical information, publications / communications, medical education and supporting patient advocacy initiatives. Blake entered the pharmaceutical industry in 1998 and has held leadership roles with several biopharmaceutical firms. His immediate past position was at Karyopharm Therapeutics as Vice President of Global Medical and Scientific Affairs. He has held similar posts at Sunesis, Onyx, Genentech, Millennium and others. Additionally, he founded and operated a specialized consulting and contract MSL firm, venn5 BioConsulting, providing medical affairs services and KOL relationship expertise to early, oncology-focused development companies. In this capacity, Blake has been associated with several early drug development programs, novel diagnostics and business development activities, some of which led to licensing and acquisition projects. Blake graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, and has held several clinical positions, including Stanford University, Alta Bates Cancer Center and the University of California San Diego.
Vice President of Marketing
Sharon Saias is Vice President of Marketing at the MMRF. Her marketing career spans over 25 years, with both client and agency experience in consumer and B-to-B marketing across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining MMRF, Ms. Saias served as Director of Marketing at Frontier Communications, Senior Brand Manager with Kraft Foods, and Digital Marketing Manager at illy caffè. She previously ran her own consulting business where her clients spanned both agency and corporate sides, and included such companies as Communications Plus, AMBI/CardiaNutrition, IBM, Lucent Technologies, and Reader’s Digest. Ms. Saias began her career at Ogilvy & Mather where she managed such high profile accounts as AMEX, AT&T and Vanguard Financial Services. She has two wonderful daughters and resides in Briarcliff Manor with her husband. Ms. Saias received her BBA in Marketing from Hofstra University.
Anne Quinn Young, MPH
Vice President, Development and Strategic Partnerships
Anne Quinn Young, MPH, is Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships at the MMRF where she oversees all major donor and fundraising campaigns as well as strategic partnership efforts. Ms. Quinn Young previously served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the MMRF. Prior to joining the MMRF in 2002, she was a consultant in the Healthcare Practice of Datamonitor, a global market research and business intelligence company. She previously worked in healthcare public relations at Burson-Marsteller and Chandler Chicco Agency, following a postgraduate internship at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Ms. Quinn Young has a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University and graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.