Dr. Babiss is CEO of X-Rx Inc., a PPD-majority owned Biotech that focuses on developing innovative early stage drugs in the areas of Oncology, Fibrosis and Autoimmune diseases. Prior to this, Lee was PPD's chief scientific officer and executive vice president of discovery innovation.
Babiss joined PPD in 2010 with more than 21 years of experience in leading R&D efforts in support of drug discovery. He most recently served as president and director of pharmaceutical research for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., in Basel, Switzerland, where his responsibilities included leading global laboratory functions in chemistry, discovery technologies, therapeutic proteins, non-clinical safety and informatics. He supported drug discovery efforts in oncology, neurosciences, inflammation, virology and metabolism, and was a member of the company’s pharma executive and strategic portfolios committees.
Prior to joining Hoffmann-La Roche, Babiss spent seven years with Glaxo Inc., now GlaxoSmithKline. As vice president of biological sciences and genetics, he had global accountability for developing and implementing the company’s corporate genetics strategy and oncology research efforts focused on the cell cycle.
Babiss earned a doctorate in microbiology from Columbia University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University, where he served as an assistant and associate professor. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, received numerous fellowship awards and grants, and serves on several scientific advisory committees and boards.
Gordon is a biotechnology entrepreneur. Quadriga is an oncology start-up focused on developing targeted anti-cancer drugs. He is currently on the board of directors for Maverix Biomics, a bio-informatics company co-founded by Prof Todd Lowe (UCSC) and is on the board of directors of Ardelyx, Alexza, and 3V Biopharma.. From 1997 to 2015, he served in various capacities as Co-Founder and/or CEO of Maxygen, SurroMed, Alexza, and Alavita. From 1991 to 2000, Gordon was CEO and Scientific Director of Affymax Research Institute (acquired by Glaxo in 1995) where he managed the development of novel technologies to accelerate the pace of drug discovery; prior to that he was VP and Director of the Institute for Cancer and Developmental Biology at Syntex Corporation (1986-1991). Gordon received his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Harold Varmus, before joining the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology (1978-1987). While on the Stanford faculty he invented technologies for manufacturing of recombinant proteins in mammalian cells, now widely used for production of dozens of therapeutic products and received the John J. Abel Award as the best Pharmacologist in the US under the age of 35. Gordon is an alumnus of Crown College, UC Santa Cruz, 1972.
Kerry is one of our founders and the Vice President of Molecular Pharmacology. She has nearly 30 years experience working in biotechnology, focusing primarily on transporter and receptor biology. Her discovery and development expertise includes target ID, assay development, candidate selection, and IND-enabling studies.
Prior to Quadriga, Kerry held positions of increasing responsibility at Genentech, Affymax, and XenoPort, where she was most recently Senior Director of Discovery Biology. Kerry graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry, Honors, from Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Neuropharmacology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an author and inventor on over 40 scientific papers and patents.
Peter is a pharmaceutical executive with over 25 years of drug development experience. He is currently President and COO of Quadriga Biosciences. Prior to joining Quadriga, Peter served as President and a member of the Board of Directors of VIVUS Inc, a biopharmaceutical company that develops therapies for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and urology. Under his leadership, VIVUS obtained four consecutive drug approvals from product inception. Peter built the company’s R&D pipeline through licensing and acquisition. He built and led R&D teams (regulatory, clinical and CMC), created and developed patent portfolio and collaborated with FDA, corporate partners and stakeholders to ensure regulatory approvals for company's pipeline products. He also helped raise over $500M in corporate financing during his 20-year tenure at VIVUS (1993-2012). He has extensive management experience in drug development , corporate/business development, senior executive leadership and board experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to VIVUS, Peter also held various research and clinical development positions at Genentech and XOMA Corporation.
Peter holds a B.S. in Chemistry from University of California Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He has a number of patents approved and pending to his name.