Scientific Advisors

Xiang-Qun (Sean) Xie, MD, PhD, EMBA

Sean Xie, MD, PhD, EMBA is a tenured Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Drug Discovery Institute at University of Pittsburgh and Associate Dean for Research Innovation at the School of Pharmacy. He is Principal Investigator of an integrated research laboratory of CompuGroup, BioGroup and ChemGroup, and Founding Director of Computational Chemical Genomics Screening Center. Dr. Xie is also Director/PI of NIH funded National Center of Excellence for Computational Drug Abuse Research. Dr. Xie holds joint faculty positions at the Departments of Computational System Biology and Structural Biology, and Pittsburgh Cancer Institute MT/DD Program. He serves as an invited guest editor for AAPS Journal, Editorial Board of American Journal of Molecular Biology, and Associate Editor of BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology. In 2013, he was named an honorary professor of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College. Dr. Xie is a recipient of the 2014 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Outstanding Research Achievement Award.

Cassian Yee, M.D.

Cassian Yee, M.D., Professor, Department of Immunology, Division of Cancer Medicine, and Director, Solid Tumor Cell Therapy, Center for Cancer Immunology Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer. Dr. Yee previously held the position of Professor in Division of Oncology at the University of Washington, and was a Member in the Department of Immunology, Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Dr. Yee received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and trained as a research fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto before continuing his medical residency at Stanford University.  Dr. Yee completed his fellowship in medical oncology, and postdoctoral research studies at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Dr. Yee is a recipient of the Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award, and the Damon Runyon Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award.  Dr. Yee is also a Burroughs Wellcome Scientist in Translational Research, and has been elected a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Lisa A. Haile, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa A. Haile, Ph.D. currently serves as Co-Chair, Global Life Sciences Sector at DLA Piper. Dr. Haile has special technical expertise in molecular biology and immunology . She has particular experience with patentability, non-infringement and validity opinions; licensing strategies; FDA counseling; due diligence work in connection with venture capital, private and public financing; mergers and acquisitions in the life sciences industry; and strategic counseling for comprehensive life sciences patent portfolio management and value creation. Dr. Haile is a member of DLA Piper's Executive Committee.

Dr. Haile's experience includes US and international patent preparation and prosecution as well as IP reviews for investors relating to technologies including novel genetically altered organisms, antisense, RNA and siRNA molecules, peptides, proteins, DNA, antibodies, vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. 

Dr. Stephen M. Chang, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen M. Chang is Vice President-Research & Development at New York Stem Cell Foundation, Chief Scientific Officer at Stemgent, Inc., and Independent Director at MultiCell Technologies, Inc. Dr. Chang was previously employed as Chief Scientific Officer & Vice President by Canji, Inc., Chief Scientific Officer & Vice President at Schering-Plough Research Institute, and President and Chief Executive Officer at MultiCell Immunotherapeutics, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors at Histogen, Inc. Dr. Chang received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate degree from the University of California, Irvine.