Team

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Debra Travers is President and CEO of PolyAurum LLC.  She comes to PolyAurum after a 30+ year career as an accomplished strategic healthcare executive and entrepreneur with diverse and progressive product development and commercialization experience in global pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, including Centocor, GSK, Endo Pharmaceuticals and IMS Health.  She has extensive experience in commercial assessment, technical development, registration, launch and life cycle management for life sciences products and services.

Thais

Dr. Thais Sielecki, PhD is Chief Scientific Officer.  She  has more than 20 years of experience in drug development for large pharmaceutical companies such as Bristol Myers Squib and DuPont Merck and mid-sized companies such as Cytokine Pharmasciences.  She has expertise in early development taking pharmaceutical assets from preclinical development through Phase II clinical studies.  

Neha

Dr. Neha Saxena, PhD is Director of Product Development.  She has responsibility for optimization and characterization of PolyAurum’s biodegradable gold nanoparticles.  Dr Saxena has a broad background in biomaterials, including biodegradable hydrogel-based scaffolds for articular cartilage tissue engineering, nanoparticle-based tumor targeting and ablation, optimization of collagen mineralization process for bone and dental repair applications. 

David

Dr. David Cormode, DPhil, Founder and Scientific Advisor, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of  Pennsylvania.  He has over 10 years of experience in the development of novel metal nanoparticles. He has published over 60 papers, primarily on the topic of nanoparticle contrast agents.

Rabe'e

Dr. Rabe’e Cheheltani, PhD, Founder and Scientific Advisor, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Dr. Cormodes’s lab in the Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of  Pennsylvania. Her research focused on nanoparticles as contrast agents in medical imaging.  Dr. Cheheltani currently works as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group.

Jay

Dr. Jay Dorsey, MD, PhD, Founder and Scientific Advisor, is Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology (tenure track) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of  Pennsylvania.  He is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist with expertise in CNS cancers and radiosurgery. He is PI of a translational research laboratory focused on theranostic agent development and tumor biomarkers.

Andrew

Dr. Andrew Tsourkas, PhD, Founder and Scientific Advisor, is a Professor of Bioengineering and is the Associate Director for the Center for Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has 15 years of experience in the development of nanoparticles for both therapeutic and imaging applications.