James Tonra, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

After earning a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics, James R. Tonra, Ph.D. has worked for over 20 years in biotechnology, leading and utilizing in-house, contracted and sponsored research efforts to generate definitive data packages that enable the prioritization of research projects and guide clinical development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, ImClone Systems/Eli Lilly, and Kadmon Holdings.

Dr. Tonra has collaborated with and lead multidisciplinary teams to develop biologic and small molecule drug candidates for disease indications including inflammation, oncology, diabetes, and CNS disorders. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor on numerous use-patents. At ImClone Systems, prior to the successful acquisition by Eli Lilly, Dr. Tonra's efforts significantly contributed to the IND filing and clinical strategy development for 8 novel drugs, 3 of which are now approved therapies for cancer: Cyramza, Portrazza and Lartruvo.

Dr. Tonra received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from SUNY at Stony Brook and B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from SUNY at Stony Brook.

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