Board of Advisors
Dr. Joseph Rubinfeld
Dr. Rubinfeld is one of the four original co-founders of Amgen. Dr. Rubinfeld co-founded Amgen after a 23 year career in a variety of senior scientific and operational positions at Bristol Myers Squibb. Dr. Rubinfeld served as a Senior Director at Cetus Corporation from 1987 to 1990 until co-founded SuperGen in 1991, and served as its President & CEO through 2003. Dr. Rubinfeld is credited with inventing Amoxicillin, biodegradeable detergent and polaroid film. Dr. Rubinfeld received his PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University.
Dr. Adam J. Simon
Dr. Simon is the founder and president of AJ Simon Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm serving pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, including Bristol Myers Squibb. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of Cerora, Inc., a healthcare information technology company focused on developing medical devices and services to assess brain health, including Traumatic Brain Injury. Earlier in his career he spent more than 13 years at Merck Research Laboratories, where he served as a Senior Research Fellow in Integrative Systems Neuroscience and Biomarkers and in Alzheimer’s disease research. He has also been a visiting scientist at Princeton University. Dr. Simon received Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Rochester. He received a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Chicago. He holds four patents related to medical research, and has published more than 60 articles in scientific and medical journals.
Dr. Robert J. Zimmerman
Product Development Advisor
Dr. Zimmerman is currently a biopharmaceutical product development consultant in the Bay Area at Zimmerman Consulting. Prior to starting his company, Dr. Zimmerman held senior management positions at Signature BioScience, Inc. where he served as Chief Operating Officer and as President, overseeing all research and development activities. Previously, he served as Vice President of Biotechnology Research at Bayer Corporation, where he was responsible for the management of all biotechnology research activities within the Pharmaceutical Division. At Bayer, he managed five departments including molecular technologies, scientific informatics, cell and analytical biology, pharmacology and preclinical development. Prior to Bayer, he served in positions of increasing responsibility at Chiron Corporation. Dr. Zimmerman has been involved in the submission of dozens of Investigational New Drug applications to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies in a variety of indications, as well as successful marketing applications including interleukin-2 (IL2) and beta-interferon. Dr. Zimmerman received a doctor of science degree in physiology and radiobiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He also earned a M.S. in physiology from The Ohio State University and a B.S. from Denison University.
Dr. Owen Garrick
Dr. Garrick joins Amarantus with over 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Bridge Clinical Research and is President of the American Medical Association Foundation. Prior to that, he was Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at McKesson Corporation. Dr. Garrick was Executive Director and Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where he oversaw company acquisitions, hybrid equity/license rights deals, mature product divestments and venture investments in biotechnology companies. Prior to Novartis, Dr. Garrick was an associate at Goldman Sachs in New York. Dr. Garrick received his MD from Yale School of Medicine and earned his MBA from Wharton School of Business. He holds an AB from Princeton University, where he has served on the national fund raising board.
Mr. Toi Cook
Mr. Cook had an 11 year career in the NFL, playing for the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers. Mr. Cook had an interception as a defensive back in the 1994Super Bowl championship for the San Francisco 49ers. Since retiring from the NFL, Mr. Cook has worked primarily in Sports and Entertainment. He was Executive Vice President in the Sports Division at the Gersh Agency in Los Angeles from 2004-2006. He is the principle at Toi Cook Management Group, LLC (TCMG), which has consulted for Broadband Sports, A2A Holdings and Dreier Sports. He is currently a plaintiff in a lawsuit of former NFL players against the NFL in relationship to concussions sustained while playing. He served as the Player Representative for the NFLPA for eight years when he was a player in the NFL. He was a football and baseball star at Stanford University, where he graduated in Communications after winning the College World Series in 1987.