Henry Ji, Ph.D., Chairman
Henry Ji, Ph.D. co-founded and has served as a director of Sorrento since January 2006, and as its Chief Executive Officer and President since September 2012. Dr. Ji served as Sorrento’s Chief Scientific Officer from November 2008 to September 2012, and as its Interim Chief Executive Officer from April 2011 to September 2012.
Dorman Followwill, age 54, has been Senior Partner, Transformational Health at Frost & Sullivan, a business consulting firm involved in market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training across multiple industries, since 2016.
Prior to that time, he served in various roles at Frost & Sullivan, including Partner on the Executive Committee managing the P&L of the business in Europe, Israel and Africa, and Partner overseeing the Healthcare and Life Sciences business in North America, since initially joining Frost & Sullivan to help found the Consulting practice in January 1988. Mr. Followwill has more than 30 years of organizational leadership and management consulting experience, having worked on hundreds of consulting projects across all major regions and across multiple industry sectors, each project focused around the strategic imperative of growth. He obtained his BA from Stanford University in The Management of Organizations in 1985.
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Kim D. Janda, Ph.D.
Dr. Janda has served as a director since April 2012. Dr. Janda has been the Ely R. Callaway, Jr. Chaired Professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute (“TSRI”) since 1996 and as the Director of the Worm Institute of Research and Medicine (“WIRM”) at TSRI since 2005. Furthermore, Dr. Janda has served as a Skaggs Scholar within the Skaggs Institute of Chemical Biology, also at TSRI, since 1996.
Dr. Janda has published more than 425 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and founded the biotechnological companies CombiChem, Drug Abuse Sciences and AIPartia. Dr. Janda is an associate editor of “Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry”, “PLoS ONE” and serves, or has served, on editorial boards of numerous journals including J. Comb. Chem., Chem. Reviews, J. Med. Chem., The Botulinum Journal, Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Lett., and Bioorg. & Med. Chem.
Over a career of more than 25 years, Dr. Janda has provided numerous seminal contributions and is considered one of the first scientists to merge chemical and biological approaches into a cohesive research program. Dr. Janda has served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Materia and Singapore Ministry of Education.
Dr. Janda holds a B.S. degree from the University of South Florida in Clinical Chemistry and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona with Robert B. Bates in Natural Product Total Synthesis.
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David Lemus, age 54, currently serves as a non-executive board member of BioHealth Innovation, Inc., The MIT Club of Washington DC and Proteros BioScience GmbH. From January 2016 to May 2017, he served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Medigene AG, a publicly-listed German biotechnology company focused on the research and development of T-Cell-Receptor based immunotherapies.
Prior to that time, at Sigma Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., he served as Chief Executive Officer from January 2013 to July 2015, as Chief Operating Officer from March 2012 to December 2012, and as V.P. Finance from July 2011 to February 2012. Previous to this, Mr. Lemus served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive V.P. of MorphoSys AG from January 1998 to May 2011. Prior to his role at MorphoSys AG, he held various positions, including Operations Manager and Controller (Pharma International Division) and Global IT Project Manager (Pharma Division) at Hoffman La Roche, Group Treasurer of Lindt & Spruengli AG and Treasury Consultant for Electrolux AB. Mr. Lemus received an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in 1988 and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland in 1984. Mr. Lemus is also a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Maryland.
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Mr. Shah currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and board member at Semnur Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Semnur, Mr. Shah was a consultant to several businesses, including Sorrento Therapeutics. From 2011 through 2012, Mr. Shah was the Chief Business Officer of Elevation Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Elevation, Mr. Shah was President of Zelos Therapeutics, where Mr. Shah focused on financing and business development.
Prior to Zelos, Mr. Shah was the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at CytRx. Previously, Mr. Shah was Chief Business Officer at Facet Biotech and PDL BioPharma where he completed numerous licensing/ partnering and strategic transactions. Prior to PDL, Mr. Shah was at Bristol-Myers Squibb, most recently as Vice President of Global Marketing where he received the “Presidents Award” for completing one of the most significant collaborations in the company’s history. Previously, Mr. Shah was at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in international marketing and was global business leader for corporate alliances with Genentech and Idec.
Mr. Shah holds an MA in Economics from the University of Akron and an MBA from University of Oklahoma.
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Yue Alexander Wu, Ph.D.
Dr. Wu is co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Crown Bioscience International, a leading global drug discovery and development solutions company, which he co-founded in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Wu was Chief Business Officer of Starvax International Inc. in Beijing, China, a biotechnology company focusing on oncology and infectious diseases. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Wu was a banker with Burrill & Company where he was head of Asian Activities. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology and his MBA from University of California at Berkeley. He earned an M.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in Biochemistry from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.