Lori Hazlehurst, Ph.D.
Dr. Hazlehurst is President and co-founder of Modulation Therapeutics Incorporated. Dr. Hazlehurst received her Ph.D. at the University of Vermont in Molecular and Cellular Biology and her Post-Doctoral training at the University of Arizona and Moffitt Cancer Center. Her research interests are focused on the identification of novel targets which mediate survival and tumor progression in the context of the bone marrow microenvironment. More recently she has focused her laboratory on developing strategies directed at targeting cell adhesion molecules that contribute to homing and drug resistance. She is co-inventor of MTI-101 and a method of use to treat cancer for HYD1. She has over 15 years of experience in defining mechanism of action and pre-clinical development of novel oncology agents including work performed in graduate school on the pre-clinical development of pixantrone.
Mark McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President,
William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D.,
President, CEO & Center Director
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Dr. William (Bill) S. Dalton is President, CEO & Center Director of Moffitt Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and serves as Founder & Board Chairman of M2Gen, a national biotechnology subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center. In addition to being known for his cancer research, Dr. Dalton is interested in the study and development of the most effective approaches to cancer research and care. He currently serves as the President of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, and serves on the Institute of Medicine’s, National Cancer Policy Forum and various NCI, cancer center and research foundation scientific advisory boards across the U.S. Dr. Dalton’s basic and translational research interests focus on molecular mechanisms of drug resistance and new drug discovery. Dalton and his colleagues have examined the influence of the tumor microenvironment on drug response and proposed that environmentally mediated drug resistance (EMDR) protects tumor cells from stress and cell death by two mechanisms: 1) a paracrine mechanism due to soluble cytokine factors produced as a result of the tumor cell environment interaction; and 2) a physical contact mechanism they have termed 'cell adhesion' mediated drug resistance (CAM-DR). He has over 200 publications, several patents, and has been NIH funded since 1985. Dr. Dalton is also interested in the development of personalized cancer care and patient-centered outcomes research
Anne Cress, Ph.D.
Dr. Cress is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine and the Deputy Dean for Research. Her laboratory is located at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, AZ. Her current research interests are to understand the molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion and human tumor progression. Her research group discovered cell adhesion mediated drug and radiation resistance (CAM-DR and CAM-RR) as adaptive responses of tumors and major impediments to the eradication of epithelial cancers. Both CAM-DR and CAM-RR are dependent upon adhesion receptors called integrins. Integrins are fundamentally important and essential gene products for normal tissue development. They also serve as sentinels for triggering cellular damage responses. Work in her laboratory utilizes tools of biochemistry, cell biology and genetics to understand the mechanisms of tumor progression and metastasis. Experimentally derived findings are always re-evaluated in human tissue to assure their clinical relevance. Her experience includes the pre-clinical development of strategies and reagents to prevent tumor progression. She has authored approximately 120 peer reviewed publications and has mentored approximately 35 scientists, including 5 physician scientists. Public service includes chairmanship of national NIH study sections, American Cancer society scientific review panels and special emphasis panels for the NIH. Her work is currently supported by grants from the NIH and DoD.
Dennis Liotta, Ph.D.
Dr. Dennis C. Liotta is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry at Emory University. Prof. Liotta received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1974 from The City University of New York under Dr. Robert Engel and completed his post-doctoral training at The Ohio State University under Dr. Leo A. Paquette. Dr. Liotta has been a professor at Emory University for thirty-five years. He is a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Fellowship, the 2005 Herty Award, and was the Emory University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2006. Along with his colleague, Raymond Schinazi, he was the recipient of the 2003 Biomedical Industry Growth Award, given by the Georgia Biomedical Partnership. He is currently the Director of the Emory Institute for Drug Discovery, as well as the co-director of the Republic of South Africa Drug Discovery Training Program. While at Emory, Dr. Liotta has authored over two hundred research publications and approximately seventy issued US patents. Over the last twenty-five years he has also developed a great deal of experience in the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals. He has served as a consultant to several major pharmaceutical firms, including Merck, Glaxo, Burroughs Wellcome, Boehringer Ingelheim and Johnson & Johnson. He serves (or has served) on the Scientific Advisory Boards (SABs) of several small biopharmaceutical companies including Altiris (scientific founder), Pharmasset (scientific founder), iThemba Pharmaceuticals (scientific founder, SAB Chair), NeurOp, and FOB Synthesis. In addition, he is the inventor of record for several clinically important agents, including FTC (Emtriva®, Emtricitabine), 3TC (Epivir®, Lamivudine), Reverset® (DPC 817, D-D4FC), Racivir, Elvucitabine (L-D4FC) and MSX-122.
Miles Hacker, Ph.D.
Dr. Miles Hacker received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and received his graduate research training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and received post-doctoral training at Yale University, Department of Pharmacology, New Haven, CT. He has been professor of pharmacology at the University of Vermont where he also served as director of drug discovery for the Vermont Cancer Center. In addition he was Chair of the department of biomedical sciences at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI and is currently professor of pharmacology at the University of Toledo. His research focus has centered on development of novel anti-cancer agents demonstrating reduced toxicity. He is the co-inventor of Pixantrone which just received conditional approval from EMA for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is currently under review with the FDA for the same indication. Dr. Hacker is co-inventor on 13 of patents and has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts.