Paul Radspinner, MBA, Founder, President & CEO
Mr. Radspinner is co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of FluGen Inc. which he co-founded with Drs. Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Gabriele Neumann in June of 2007. With Mr. Radspinner as President & CEO FluGen has raised over $30 million in capital and completed multiple human clinical trials with M2SR.
After completing his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management he spent over 15 years in management roles overseeing international pharmaceutical operations, marketing and business development with Eli Lilly and Company. After his time at Lilly he managed the pharmaceuticals portfolio including Vitamin D analogs at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Radspinner entered the Madison biotech scene when he took on the role of Vice President of Business Development for Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and then started FluGen. In 2008 Mr. Radspinner was elected to the Board of Directors for BioForward, the Wisconsin state biotechnology organization where he served as President. Mr. Radspinner is a member of the Boards of Directors for Plumb Pharmaceuticals and Co-D Therapeutics.
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Pamuk Bilsel, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Bilsel brings nearly 15 years of corporate biotechnology and management experience in vaccine research against infectious diseases. Prior to joining FluGen, she was involved in developing DNA vaccines based on cell mediated immunity against influenza and malaria at Pharmexa-Epimmune where she served as Director of Molecular Biology.
At Pentamer Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego start-up venture, she worked on subunit vaccines against respiratory syncitial virus using virus-like particle technology. Preceding that Dr. Bilsel worked at Aviron generating live attenuated influenza vaccine strains in addition to studies with the cold-adapted influenza vaccine which was eventually launched as MedImmune’s FluMist®.
Dr Bilsel received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno and did her post-doctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with Dr. Kawaoka.
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Renee Herber, B.S., Vice President R&D Operations
Ms. Herber draws on more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology sector with emphasis on development of vaccines and early phase medical devices. Her resume includes time spent at PowderJect Vaccines where she served as Study Director of Preclinical Toxicology for development of a needle-free delivery system for DNA-based vaccines. Most recently she was Program Director at Platypus Technologies where her efforts led to commercialization of 11 new products for the life science market. Ms. Herber received her BS in Chemistry from Clarke College (now called Clarke University).
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