Leadership

Asana BioSciences is led by Dr. Sandeep Gupta, who was previously the Senior Vice-President of Discovery and Early Development, Endo Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Endo, Dr. Gupta spent a decade at Forest Laboratories as Head of Drug Discovery and Pharmacology. He played a key role in the development of several block buster drugs during his tenure at Endo and Forest. Before Forest Laboratories, Dr. Gupta held academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University Schools of Medicine. Regarded as an architect of the Virtual Drug Discovery Research model, he has pioneered several successful Discovery and Development collaborations across the globe. He is a co-inventor on multiple patents and has authored over 50 scientific papers, presentations and book chapters.

Sandeep Gupta, PhD

Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

Louis Denis, MD is a medical oncologist with more than 20 years of academic and industry experience in oncology and clinical cancer drug development, including first-in-human and global registration trials. Dr. Denis held strategic and leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Pfizer and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Denis earned an MD degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, and did his post-doctoral fellowships in Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology at Middelheim Hospital, Antwerp; the Rotterdam Cancer Institute, The Netherlands; and the Institute for Drug Development, Cancer Therapy and Research Center, San Antonio, Texas. He is co-inventor on multiple patents and is co-author of over 30 scientific publications and presentations on cancer clinical research.

Louis Denis, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Niranjan Rao, PhD FCP

Vice President  Clinical Development

Dr. Rao has 30 years of drug development experience in a variety of therapeutic areas at Aventis, Forest Laboratories, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Pharma and Endo Pharmaceuticals. He has held positions of increasing scope and responsibility over the course of his career.   He has led early clinical development programs in oncology and has been an important contributor on several NDAs and approved drugs. He is a co-inventor on multiple patents and has published or presented over 60 scientific papers.

Shashank Mahashabde

Vice President – Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls

Shashank Mahashabde has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in Research and Development at Schering Plough Research Institute and Forest Research Institute. He has extensive experience in development of all dosage forms and has been involved in several NDAs and development of 19 products on the market.  Most recently, he was President of Business Development and Marketing for North America at Neuland Laboratories Inc.  He has several applied and issued patents.

Pablo Jimenez, MD, FAPRC  

Vice President – Therapeutic Area Head Immunology 

Dr. Jimenez is a Senior pharmaceutical executive physician with more than 20 years of experience in clinical research, regulatory, and medical affairs in the dermatology, rheumatology, and respiratory therapeutic areas. His product business development expertise includes atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, asthma and wound healing. Dr. Jimenez earned an MD degree from the Central University, Ecuador, and did his post-doctoral work at Brown University. He is a fellow of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (FAPCR). He holds a successful track record in executive leadership positions at premier biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical companies, such as Human Genome Sciences, Novartis, Celsus, and Ziarco. He is co-inventor on multiple patents and is co-author of numerous scientific publications and presentations. 

Yusong Chen, PhD

Vice President – Biostatistics and Data Management

Dr. Chen has over 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry at AstraZeneca, GSK, Cephalon, Endo Pharmaceuticals and PAREXEL. His experience extended from innovative, generic, and biosimilar products from Phase I to Phase IV in a variety of therapeutic areas. He was an important contributor of multiple NDAs and approved medical products. He has held variety leadership positions in his career and most recently he was the VP of Center of Excellence/Biostatistics at PAREXEL. His statistical expertise includes modeling and simulation and innovative clinical trial designs. 

Scott K. Thompson, PhD

Senior Director – Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Development

Dr. Thompson has close to 30 years of experience at Asana Biosciences, Endo Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline in multiple areas of drug discovery and development, including medicinal chemistry, project leadership and management, compound library management and screening strategies, and API and drug product development and manufacture. He has conducted research in a variety of therapeutic areas including oncology, urology, inflammation and pain, and has been the leader for multiple projects that have produced clinical development candidates. Prior to joining Asana BioSciences, he was Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Endo Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Thompson is a co-inventor on more than 50 issued patents and patent applications, and is a co-author on over 35 peer-reviewed

David J. Zammit, MBA, PhD

Senior Director – Portfolio Management

Dr. Zammit has 14 years of experience in drug discovery and early development, including discovery, non-clinical, translational sciences, companion diagnostics and clinical development. He has conducted research in a variety of therapeutic areas including biologics, as well as led drug development teams in the areas of oncology, autoimmunity, CNS and immuno-oncology. Prior to joining Asana BioSciences, Dr. Zammit was Director of Clinical Development (Oncology) at Daiichi Sankyo, and he was a Development Team Leader and Director of Translational Sciences at Kyowa Kirin Pharma. Dr. Zammit has an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU where he specialized in Strategy and Corporate Finance. He is an author or co-author on multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers.

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