Board of Directors

Clay Thorp – Chairman

Clay is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Since 1995, Clay has co-founded seven companies in the life science arena and co-founded Hatteras in 2001. Since co-founding Hatteras, Clay has been instrumental in building the firm and has led investments in a range of life science companies, including biopharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, and research informatics.

Clay was the lead investor and led the strategic transaction process for ArtusLabs that resulted in its sale to PerkinElmer in 2011. He was a co-founder and served as CEO and Chairman of Synthematix, Inc., a chemistry informatics company that was acquired in April 2005 by Symyx Technologies (SMMX). Clay is a co-founder and former Chairman of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was the co-founder and head of corporate development for Novalon Pharmaceutical Corporation, where he led financing efforts and was head of business development from inception until Novalon’s sale to Karo Bio for $106.7 million in May of 2000. Prior to Novalon, Clay was the co-founder and president of Xanthon, Inc., a bioinformatics company with electro-chemical detection technology for direct analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins.

Clay currently serves as Chairman of GeneCentric Therapeutics and Lead Director of Pathfinder Therapeutics. He is also on the boards of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Clearside Biomedical, and G1 Therapeutics. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the NC Supplemental Retirement System and the NC BioFuels Center. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in mathematics and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Myla Lai-Goldman, MD

Dr. Lai-Goldman is the Chief Executive Officer and President of GeneCentric Therapeutics. She is also a founder and director of the Company. Dr. Lai-Goldman spent more than 18 years at Laboratory Corporation of America, Holdings (LabCorp), the last 10 years as Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer. She served on LabCorp’s Executive and Management Committees, with strategic and operations responsibilities for 3 major genomic laboratories comprising more than 700 people. During her tenure at the Company, she led all clinical, scientific and medical activities, including the introduction of more than 400 clinical assays. Her experience includes the development of partnerships, licensing, and acquisitions. After leaving LabCorp, Dr. Lai-Goldman became a Venture Partner at Hatteras Venture Partners and is the managing partner of Personalized Science, LLC, a consulting company founded to assist customers achieve successful adoption of innovative diagnostics. Dr. Lai-Goldman received her BS from the University of Pensylvania and MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lai-Goldman is Board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.


Ellen Lubman

Ms. Ellen Lubman is a director of GeneCentric Therapeutics and Vice President of External Science and Innovation at Allergan, Inc. Ellen came to Allergan after joining predecessor company, Forest Laboratories, in February 2014 as Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Ellen’s mandate is to bring novel initiatives, products and opportunities to Allergan’s pipeline and increase the company’s access to scientific and structural innovation in defined areas of therapeutic expertise.

Ellen has 15+ years of experience throughout the biopharmaceutical industry. Ellen started her career as a pharmaceutical representative with Abbott Laboratories then joined investment banking firm, Robertson Stephens, as a Biotechnology equity research analyst during the height of the genomics revolution, focused on early stage drug discovery and development companies. After completing her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business with a focus on Global Management, Ellen joined as a founding member of a biotechnology private equity fund, Celtic Pharma. Ellen has worked with venture capital funds, seed-stage, biotech and pharma companies, in business and corporate development, operations and strategy roles, including Amgen, Kadmon Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb where she was instrumental in executing on the “String of Pearls” targeted growth strategy.


Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D

Dr. Arnold J. Levine, PhD

Dr. Levine is a director at GeneCentric Therapeutics. Dr. Levine has made significant contributions in the field of oncology in his research on the causes of cancer in both humans and animals. He was the first to discover the p53 tumour suppressor gene, which acts to protect individuals from developing cancer. Following his discovery, thousands of researchers have followed in Dr. Levine’s footsteps, seeking to focus on the p53 gene, which is the most commonly mutated gene in cancer.

Dr. Levine is currently a Professor at The Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a joint professor in the Pediatrics and Biochemistry Departments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Later he was a post-doctoral fellow of the Public Health Service at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr Levine also holds honorary degrees from, among other institutions, Rider University, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has received many honours; most recently including the 2012 Onsager Medal, the Vallee Foundation Visiting Professorship, Harvard Medical School (2012), the Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science (2010), the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor (2009), the Kirk A. Landon-AACR Prize for Basic Cancer Research (2008), the Award for Basic Research from the Surgical Society of Oncologists (2003), the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (2001), and the Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Biomedical Research from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2000).


Dr. Charles M. Perou, PhD

Dr. Perou is a founder and director at GeneCentric Therapeutics. Dr. Perou is the May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology, Professor of Genetics, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Perou’s research crosses the disciplines of genomics, cancer research, bioinformatics and clinical care. His major contribution to the field has been in the characterization of the diversity of tumors, beginning first in breast cancer and more recently extending to lung cancer. Dr. Perou has authored more than 150 peer reviewed articles. He earned his BA in Biology from Bates College, his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Utah, and performed his postdoctoral work in the laboratory of David Botstein (then at Stanford University). He has been a faculty member at UNC since 2000. Additionally, he was the recipient of the 2009 AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research, and recipient of the 2011 Danaher Scientific and Medical Award, a Susan G Komen Award for Scientific Distinction.


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