Leadership:

Executive Committee


Our Executive Committee has expertise in all aspects of drug discovery and development

Kathy Giusti

Executive Chairman of the MMRF Board of Directors

Kathy Giusti is the Founder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) and the Executive Chairman of the MMRF Board of Directors. Together, the two organizations have developed innovative models that serve to rapidly break down barriers slowing multiple myeloma research and accelerate the development of next-generation treatments. Chief among these are an integrated clinical network of academic centers that collaboratively conduct early-stage clinical trials, as well as a state-of-the-art tissue bank that has advanced the science of biobanking and genomic studies and provides a foundation for the organizations’ pursuit of personalized medicine.

Prior to founding the MMRF, Giusti was a pharmaceutical executive at G.D. Searle & Co., and previously held positions at Merck & Co. and the Gillette Company. Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, was most recently named to the 2011 TIME 100 List of the world’s most influential people—a recognition she received for the progress she has made in accelerating the way research and drug development are conducted and, ultimately, dramatically improving the outlook for patients with multiple myeloma and other cancers. Giusti has also received a number of other awards for her leadership, including the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement 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, and The Economist.

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

Giusti received her MBA in general management from Harvard Business School and graduated from the University of Vermont magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.

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.

Fiona An, MD

Senior Vice President of Clinical Research

Dr. Fiona An is a global clinical research and development professional with significant experience in Oncology and hematological malignancies in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. She recently joined the MMRF and MMRC from Pfizer, Inc., where she worked as a Senior Director of Global Oncology Clinical Development. Dr. An’s research endeavors began with molecular biology and pre-clinical Oncology research conducted at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Chicago and the Scripps Research Institute, then expanded into Oncology clinical research and drug development at Pfizer. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. An worked in Business Development and New Products Marketing at Forest Laboratories, Inc., as well as product management in Global Strategic Marketing at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) for Velcade. Dr. An has a Medical Degree from Beijing Medical University, a Masters of Science from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Cancer Biology, as well as an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University majoring Finance and Marketing.

Daniel Auclair, PhD

Vice President of Translational Research

Prior to rejoining in 2013 the MMRF for whom he had managed the Multiple Myeloma Genomics Initiative from 2007-2010, Dr. Daniel Auclair worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a senior leader in the Cancer Program where he 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.

Beverly Harrison

Vice President, Clinical Development

Beverly Harrison is Vice President of Clinical Development of the MMRC. Ms. Harrison is a seasoned research and development executive with more than 20 years of experience in both pharmaceutical and contract research organizations (CRO). Her areas of expertise include domestic and international operations, business development, sales and marketing management, strategic planning and change management. Prior to joining the MMRC, Ms. Harrison played a pivotal role in sales and marketing turnaround for three CROs in late and early stage services, co-founded her own niche oncology focused CRO business with a physician and a business partner, and provided general management leadership for late stage services for a global CRO. Ms. Harrison graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science.

Gerald F. Longo, CMP, CEM

Senior Director, Conferences & Events

Gerald F. Longo, CMP is a veteran in the events industry with 26 years of experience in both Corporate and Non-Profit. His expertise ranges from sales, marketing, strategic development, PR, operations, logistics and onsite management. He has been an active board member of MPI (Meetings Professional International, a global industry trade association) and a two term Chapter President. Longo has earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certified Exhibit Manager (CEM) credentials. He began his conventions and meetings career at Reed Exhibition and then spent the next 13 years working for a global medical device company and in pharmaceuticals where he built a conventions and meetings department to support their annual schedule of over 400 events. Longo has established effective industry partnership and cultivated strong relationships across the landscape.

Sharon Saias

Senior Director, Marketing

Sharon Saias is Senior Director of Marketing at the MMRF. Her marketing career spans over 25 years, with both client and agency experience in consumer and b-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.