People: Geron Corp (GERN.OQ)
Dr. Susan M. Molineaux, Ph.D., has been appointed as Director of Geron Corp., effective September 26, 2012. Dr. Molineaux has more than 20 years of biotechnology industry experience. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Calithera Biosciences, Inc., which she co-founded in June 2010. Prior to Calithera, Dr. Molineaux co-founded Proteolix, Inc. where she served as Chief Scientific Officer from December 2003 until December 2005 and from February 2009 until November 2009, and as President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2006 until February 2009. Dr. Molineaux was responsible for the development of Proteolix's second generation proteasome inhibitor, carfilzomib (now marketed as Kryprolis), for the treatment of multiple myeloma, from discovery through completion of clinical trials for accelerated approval, until the company's acquisition by Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2009. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Molineaux served as Vice President of Biology at Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She served as Vice President of Biology at Praelux, Inc. from 1999 to 2000, and from 1994 through 1999, as Vice President of Drug Development at Praecis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From 1989 until 1994, she was a scientist in the Immunology group at Merck & Co. Dr. Molineaux holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Smith College and a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. She currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of Bay Bio, Northern California's Life Science Association, and as a member of the board of directors of We Teach Science, a San Francisco Bay Area mentoring program for students in math and science.
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