Leadership:

Board Of Directors




In Memory of William "Bill" Wilson III

The MMRF is saddened by the loss of William “Bill” Wilson III, a member of the MMRF Leadership Council and a former member of the MMRF Board of Directors. Bill fought a courageous and long battle with multiple myeloma and his passing motivates us to work even harder to accelerate new treatments and a cure. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Please view the Tribute Page created in memory of Bill.


W. Dana LaForge – Chairman

Partner
Brera Capital Partners, LLC

W. Dana LaForge is a Partner at Brera Capital Partners with overall responsibility for all aspects of this $680 million private equity fund. Prior to joining Brera in 2006, Mr. LaForge ran Colonnade Financial Group, Inc., a private equity services firm he founded in June 1992 with the support of Deutsche Bank. At Colonnade he managed a portfolio of private equity investments owned by Deutsche Bank. Earlier in his career, Mr. LaForge was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown where he headed the Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking. While there, he primarily advised clients on merger and acquisition transactions after several years of trading mortgage backed securities. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the MMRF, Mr. LaForge serves on the Board of Directors of GAB Robins, NA, Residential Loss Control Holdings, Inc. and Western Industries. Mr. LaForge earned a BS from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kathleen McCabe and their two young daughters.

Kenneth Anderson, MD

Chief, Division of Hematologic Neoplasia
Director, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dr. Anderson graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed hematology, medical oncology, and tumor immunology training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Anderson is the Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as Chief of the Division of Hematologic Neoplasia, Director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, and Vice Chair of the Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received the Waldenstrom's Award in 2003 for his translational research directed to the development of novel therapeutics targeting the myeloma cell in its microenvironment. He serves as Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Multiple Myeloma Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Scientific Advisors of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and is a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Research Scientist.

Karen E. Andrews

SVP, Legal and Business Affairs
Hachette Book Group

Karen E. Andrews is currently SVP, Legal and Business Affairs of Hachette Book Group in New York. Previously Karen was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of BBDO Worldwide, Inc. where she was responsible for the management of the legal activities of over 150 individual operating units throughout the world. Prior to joining BBDO Worldwide, Ms. Andrews was Associate General Counsel and Director of Television Business Affairs at Time Inc. Ms. Andrews began her career in law as a Litigation Associate at the New York law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges where she specialized in Entertainment Litigation. Ms. Andrews graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Temple School of Law. Ms. Andrews is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. In 1998, Ms. Andrews co-founded the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation with Kathy Giusti.

 

William K. Bowes, Jr.

Founding Partner
US Venture Partners

William “Bill” Bowes is a founding partner of US Venture Partners (USVP), where he led the firm’s investments in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Applied Biosystems, Devices for Vascular Intervention, Glycomed, Sun Microsystems and Ventritex. Prior to founding USVP, Bowes had established himself as a successful venture capitalist with companies like Cetus, Raychem and Dymo Industries. Previous to this, Bowes served as Senior Vice President and Director of Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company and was a consultant to Blyth Eastman Paine Webber. Bowes currently serves on the Board of the Xoma Corporation and was a founding shareholder of Amgen and its first Chairman and Treasurer. Today, Bowes is an active supporter of arts and education in the San Francisco Bay Area and interdisciplinary medical research nationwide. He currently serves on the advisory committees of Bio-X, the Institute for Systems Biology, QB3, and Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics; the executive committee of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; and the Board of Directors of the UCSF Foundation, the Asian Art Museum, Grace Cathedral, and the Hoover Institution. He is on the visiting committee at the Harvard Business School. Bowe holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Kathy Giusti

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC)

Kathy Giusti is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC). Giusti launched the MMRF in 1998, after her diagnosis with the incurable blood cancer multiple myeloma, followed by the MMRC in 2004. Giusti, who has more than two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, previously held senior positions at G.D. Searle and Merck.

By applying her business savvy to the science of cancer, Giusti has developed and executed innovative, collaborative models that have added speed and efficiency to the cancer research and drug development process—ultimately acting as a catalyst for change the healthcare industry. Committed to maximizing the patient-impact of these models, Giusti has shared her approach with many research organizations that are pursuing treatment advances for a number of cancers and other devastating diseases.

Giusti has received many awards for her innovative leadership. Most recently, she was named an Open Science Champion of Change by the White House. In 2011, she was named to the TIME 100 List of the world’s most influential people. She has also received the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Harvard Business School Leadership Award, and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's Woman of the Year Award.

Giusti’s efforts have been featured on the Today Show, CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, CNN Money, Fox News, and NBC Nightly News. She has also been recognized by several notable media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The New York Times, and Forbes.

Giusti currently serves on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Executive Management Committee of Stand Up to Cancer and the Harvard Business School Healthcare Advisory Board. She has previously served on several other boards, including the National Cancer Advisory Board, the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Board and the Board of Directors for IMS Health.

Giusti received her MBA in general management from Harvard Business School and graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of Vermont.

Stephen Grand

President and Partner
Grand-Sakwa Properties

Mr. Grand has been President and Partner of Grand-Sakwa Properties, one of southeastern Michigan's major developers of residential and retail properties, since 1990. From 1980 to 2000, he was President and Owner of Deco-Grand, Inc., a manufacturer of precision components and assemblies for diesel engines and automotive industries. Mr. Grand has served on the boards of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Focus Hope, and the American Technion Society, as well as on the Endowment Committee of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco. He is a member of the DeTocqueville Society of the United Way of Michigan and a member of the Northern California Presidents Organization. Mr. Grand received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Michigan School of Engineering.

Eugene P. Grisanti

Retired Chairman, President and CEO
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

Eugene P. Grisanti is the former Chairman, President and CEO of International Flavors & Fragrances, the world's largest flavor and fragrance company, a position he held for fifteen years, after serving as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and other executive positions. He was a corporate attorney with the firm Fulton, Walter and Halley in New York City prior to joining IFF. Mr. Grisanti was elected to The Rockefeller University Board of Trustees in 1991, served as Chairman of The Rockefeller University Hospital Committee, and was elected Trustee Emeritus in 2000. Mr. Grisanti is Managing Director of The Metropolitan Opera, Vice-Chairman of The New York Botanical Garden, Chairman Emeritus of The New York City Ballet, and Director Emeritus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a member of the Boards of the Ambrose Monell Foundation and the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation. Eugene Grisanti received an A.B. from Holy Cross College, an LL.B. cum laude from Boston University, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

 

David L. Lucchino

Co-Founder
Semprus BioSciences

Semprus BioSciences co-founder David L. Lucchino served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Semprus BioSciences until its acquisition by Teleflex Medical, Inc. (NYSE: TFX) for $80 million. He continues to serve as a vice president of Semprus BioSciences overseeing the Sustain™ Technology for this 13,000-employee multi-national medical technology manufacturer.

Mr. Lucchino, 44, co-founded Semprus BioSciences while earning his MBA as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Lucchino was a member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the national trade association representing the U.S. medical device industry from 2010 to 2013, and served on AdvaMed's International Board Committee. In 2012 he was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the leading not-for-profit organization that supports the region’s biotechnology industry. He is a Trustee of Mt. Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Medical School facility, where he serves on the hospital's Audit/Compliance and Nomination committees. He also serves on the Audit Committee for CareGroup: the parent organization of Mt. Auburn, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and The New England Baptist Hospital.

Mr. Lucchino began his career as a technology marketing executive. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University.

Outside the office, Mr. Lucchino is active with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where he was part of an expedition that climbed Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, and spent 95 days living in the Rocky Mountains as part of a leadership training program. He most recently rafted down Idaho’s “River of No Return,” the Salmon River, with NOLS. Mr. Lucchino has also participated as part of the Boston Red Sox’s “Team 9” in the annual Pan Mass Challenge, the two-day bike ride that raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 

Joel S. Marcus

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Joel S. Marcus has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2007, Chief Executive Officer since March 1997, President since February 2009, and a director since the Company's inception in 1994. Mr. Marcus co-founded Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. in 1994, Alexandria Venture Investments in 1996, and the annual Alexandria Summit in 2011. From 1986 to 1994, Mr. Marcus was a partner at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, specializing in corporate finance and capital markets, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. From 1984 to 1994, he also served as General Counsel and Secretary of Kirin-Amgen, Inc., a joint venture which financed the development of, and owned patents to, two multi-billion dollar genetically engineered biopharmaceutical products. Mr. Marcus was formerly a practicing certified public accountant and tax manager with Arthur Young & Co. specializing in the financing and taxation of real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs). He received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Marcus serves on the boards of the Accelerator Corporation, of which he was one of the original architects and co-founders, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), and the Partnership for New York City. Mr. Marcus received the Ernst & Young 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Los Angeles – Real Estate).

Lori Tauber Marcus

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
The Children's Place

Lori Tauber Marcus is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at The Children’s Place Corporate Office. With more than 27 years of broad-based marketing experience, Lori is responsible for brand strategy, e-commerce, CRM, creative services, public relations, social media and visual merchandising.

Previously, Lori spent 24 years with PepsiCo in marketing positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her appointment as Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation for PepsiCo Beverages, North America. Her previous PepsiCo experience included responsibility for global strategic initiatives, product innovation, and strategy in their beverage, food service and entertainment divisions. She earned her BS degree in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gerald McDougall

Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mr. McDougall is Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Sciences Practice, where he provides services to academic medical centers, bioscience companies, pharmaceutical companies, research universities, colleges, health systems, and other research organizations. His practice provides a broad range of research business and compliance services, including strategic and business planning, financial analysis, research compliance, clinical research operations improvement, and information systems implementation services. In addition, his practice provides support services to the entire research continuum, from grant-funded basic science research, to translational research and clinical trials, including a dedicated group focusing on Clinical Research Consulting services.

William S. McKiernan

Chair and CEO
CyberSource Corporation

William McKiernan is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CyberSource Corporation. Prior to founding CyberSource, Mr. McKiernan was President and Chief Operating Officer of McAfee Associates, now Network Associates; Mr. McKiernan held this position during the company's initial public offering. Before joining McAfee, Mr. McKiernan was Vice President of Princeton Venture Research, Inc. and held management positions at ROLM/IBM. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the MMRF, Mr. McKiernan is the West Coast Chairman of the Boston College Technology Council. Mr. McKiernan holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Chris A. McWilton

President, U.S. Markets
MasterCard Worldwide

Chris A. McWilton is president of U. S. Markets for MasterCard Worldwide. In this capacity, Mr. McWilton oversees all of the company's U. S. activities including sales, business development, business strategy, and relationship management for card issuers, merchants and merchant acquirers. Prior to being appointed president of U. S. Markets in 2009, he served as president of Global Accounts, where he managed relationships on a global basis for the company's largest customers. He is a member of the company's Executive Committee.

Mr. McWilton joined MasterCard in 2003 as corporate controller and was appointed chief financial officer in October of the same year. As CFO, he was responsible for all financial functions, including financial reporting, investor relations, planning, treasury, tax, and new markets and investments. Mr. McWilton led the effort to make MasterCard SOX 404 compliant and helped complete the company’s successful initial public offering (IPO) in May 2006. MasterCard’s IPO was the largest domestic IPO of 2006 and the 12th largest domestic IPO in U.S. history at the time.

Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. McWilton had a 22-year career with KPMG, where he specialized in financial and SEC reporting and was an SEC Reviewing Partner.

Mr. McWilton earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in accounting, summa cum laude, from St. Bonaventure University and is a certified public accountant.

Mike Mortimer

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Quintiles Transnational Corp.

Mike Mortimer is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Quintiles Transnational Corp., which provides innovative development and commercialization solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, helping to bring new medicines to market and increase sales faster. He oversees the company's Human Resources, Corporate Communication, Legal and Risk Management, Real Estate and Facilities, and Global Security. He is responsible for managing a worldwide staff of more than 400 and an annual budget of over $350 million. Prior to joining Quintiles, Mr. Mortimer spent 10 years at Charles Schwab Corp. in a variety of executive positions, most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the retail and international divisions. He began his career in human resources at Sprint Corporation in 1986 and holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences from Ohio State University.

Charles B. Ortner

Senior Partner
Proskauer Rose LLP

Charles B. Ortner is a Partner at the New York-based Proskauer Rose LLP law firm, where he represents many of the world's leading recording artists, songwriters, record producers, music publishers and record companies in litigation, as well as a counselor and strategic advisor. Mr. Ortner also serves as National Legal Counsel to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (the Grammy Award organization). Previously, Mr. Ortner served as an Aide to Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City, and as an Assistant to United States Attorney Whitney North Seymour, Jr. in the Southern District of New York. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the MMRF, Mr. Ortner was a member of the Board of Trustees of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research, and currently serves as the President of the Kanye West Foundation, an organization dedicated to using music education to combat the drop out problem faced by inner city schools. Along with his two children, Mr. Ortner established the Jane Ortner Multiple Myeloma Research Fellowship at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. Mr. Ortner received his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

David R. Parkinson, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer
Nodality, Inc.

David R. Parkinson, MD, is President and CEO of Nodality, Inc., a San Francisco-based biotechnology company developing next-generation diagnostics in oncology and auto-immune diseases to enable more personalized treatment approaches. Before leading Nodality, Dr. Parkinson was Senior Vice President, Oncology Research and Development at Biogen Idec. He previously served as Vice President, Oncology Development, at Amgen and Vice President, Global Clinical Oncology Development at Novartis, where he was instrumental in bringing Gleevec® to market, completely transforming the treatment of Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Prior to this, he served as the National Cancer Institute’s Chief of the Investigational Drug Branch, then as Acting Associate Director of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. Dr. Parkinson has also served as the Chairman of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Biologics Advisory Committee and was a recipient of the FDA's Cody Medal. Dr. Parkinson received his medical degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and he received Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology training at McGill University and at New England Medical Center.

Marie Pinizzotto, MD

President and CEO
Carol A. Ammon Foundation
President
Drug Safety Solutions, L.L.C.

Marie Pinizzotto, MD,MBA is currently the president and CEO of the Carol A. Ammon Foundation, a foundation focused on health care, education and children with disabilities.

She was also the president of Drug Safety Solutions, L.L.C., a Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management consulting company whose main focus is pharmacovigilance and risk management for narcotics and other high risk drugs. Prior to starting her consulting firm she worked at Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. where she was Senior Director of the Global Safety and Pharmacovigilance department. Before working at Endo, she was a Senior Director of Report Evaluation and Safety Surviellance for the Women’s Health Division and Consumer Products at Wyeth.

Dr. Pinizzotto received her B.S in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her residency at The Medical Center of Delaware, where she practiced obstetrics and gynecology for nine years. Most recently, Dr. Pinizzotto earned her MBA at the University of Delaware where she maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Currently Dr. Pinizzotto is a trustee of Christiana Care Hospital and a member of the Quality and Safety Committee. She is the named Chair, The Marie E. Pinizzotto, MD Chair of Academic Affairs, at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Pinizzotto sits on the boards of the following non-profit organizations: The Pregnancy Foundation, The Carol A. Ammon Foundation, which she is President and CEO. In additions she participates on the following two advisory boards: Scientific steering committee on Personalized Medicine for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Pediatric Disease Research for The Mario Batali Foundation. In addition she has been on the board for SOAR and Synova Pharmaceutical. She is also currently volunteering her time with Eisenhower Medical in Rancho Mirage, California as they embark on the development of a medical residency program and being considered as a trustee for the institution.

Michael Reinert

Partner | Sports & Entertainment
Fox Rothschild, LLP

Michael Reinert is a seasoned entertainment executive who has worked with many platinum-selling artists while serving as legal counsel to some of the world’s largest and most legendary recording companies. Prior to Fox Rothschild, he served as Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for the Universal Motown Republic Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. In that position, he had the pleasure of working with great talent such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Jack Johnson and many other platinum selling acts. Prior to joining Universal ten years ago, Michael was the Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for PolyGram Records, handling those duties for the legendary Verve Records label and Mercury Nashville Records where he worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Shania Twain. Michael started his career in private practice representing many artists, producers and writers before joining the corporate ranks. Michael was an Adjunct Professor of Law at his alma mater, The Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, for ten years teaching Contract Drafting and Negotiation in the Music Industry. He has been a contributing editor to the Practicing Law Institute volumes on the same subject and continues to lecture at various schools and seminars around the country. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Entertainment Law Initiative of the Grammy Foundation, a division of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which focuses on legal education programs for aspiring entertainment attorneys. Michael attended the Horace Mann School for Boys in Riverdale and Tulane University in New Orleans, a place he considers his second home. He lives in Manhattan with his wife of 30 years, Karen. They have a daughter and two beautiful grandchildren.

Meryl Zausner

Chief Financial Officer
Novartis Corporation

Meryl Zausner is the Chief Financial Officer of Novartis Corporation and a member of the company's Executive Committee. Ms. Zausner has worked in the Consumer Products and Pharmaceutical industries for 27 years. Previously, she was Vice President and CFO of Novartis Oncology. In addition to her responsibilities as CFO, Ms. Zausner chaired the Novartis Pharmaceuticals 2006 & 2007 Global Diversity Council, of which she was a founding member. She was also a founding member of the U.S. EWIN (Empowering Women to Impact Novartis) Initiative. In 2007, she was named Healthcare Businesswomen Association's Woman of the Year. Before joining Novartis, Ms. Zausner held a variety of positions with the Colgate Palmolive Company and spent three years working in Public Accounting. She has degrees in Economics and Accounting from the University at Albany as well as her CPA in New York.