Mr. Semerjian is a global biopharmaceutical veteran with extensive US, European and international commercialization experience having led multiple successful hematology/oncology product launches. During his 16-year tenure at Novartis, Mr. Semerjian held both strategic and operational leadership roles including US Hematology franchise head, Global lead for Gleevec and Ribociclib, in addition to leading oncology businesses across Canada, Nordics, Middle East & Africa. He then served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Ipsen where he was accountable for worldwide commercialization and portfolio strategy. He briefly served as CEO of Immunomedics before its sale to Gilead. Most recently Mr. Semerjian has been an independent healthcare consultant advising private equity companies focused on healthcare investment. Mr. Semerjian holds an MBA from Cornell University, an MBA from Queen’s University-Canada and a B.S. in Biology from the Lebanese American University.
Senior Vice-President, Research and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Magnani is co-founder and CSO of GlycoMimetics, Inc (GMI). Prior to co-founding GMI, Dr. Magnani founded and led a predecessor company, GlycoTech Corporation, as its President and CEO. Previously, he helped co-found the U.S. subsidiary of BioCarb and became its international Vice President of Research. Dr. Magnani received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and then joined the Laboratory of Biological Pharmacology of the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIADDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He remained at the NIH for 10 years, finally serving as a tenured research chemist. Dr. Magnani is an expert in glycobiology, having discovered and characterized many carbohydrate tumor antigens, such as the FDA-approved cancer diagnostic, CA19-9. He also developed fundamental technology for the identification of functional carbohydrate epitopes. Dr. Magnani is the discoverer of Sialyl Lea and its functions. He was the first to identify the binding domain to the selectins common to both Sialyl Lea and Sialyl Lex and used this information to develop potent selectin antagonists as drug candidates now in clinical trials. He is the recipient of the 2020 Horton Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the 2015 President’s Innovation Award from the Society of Glycobiology. Dr. Magnani has authored over 100 scientific publications and is an inventor on more than 90 issued patents.
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Mr. Hahn has more than 15 years of senior financial and operations experience in emerging organizations. He joined GlycoMimetics in 2010. Previously, Mr. Hahn served as executive director of finance at MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals (formerly Advancis Pharmaceutical), a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to Advancis, he was a senior accountant with Bering Truck Corporation. Mr. Hahn has worked with life science companies from early stages through product launch. He has been involved in multiple initial public offerings and has broad experience in developing strategic plans, creating business models, establishing accounting and auditing systems and ensuring Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Currently, Mr. Hahn serves as co-chairman of the BIO Finance and Tax Committee, as a co-chairman of the Steering Committee of the Washington, DC chapter of the Association for Bio Financial Officers (ABFO), and also serves on the Securities and Exchange Commissions’ Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Shenandoah University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Mr. Girard has served as our Chief Business Officer since February 2020 and previously as our Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development. Mr. Girard is responsible for corporate strategy, pursuing partnering and licensing opportunities in support of the GlycoMimetics pipeline and for managing the company's corporate and institutional alliances. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Girard worked in Corporate Development at Shire Pharmaceuticals where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategic equity investments and transformative deals. In addition, he was responsible for leading cross-functional R&D due diligence and managing Shire’s strategic alliances through participation on boards and joint steering committees. Mr. Girard has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical/biotech experience, spanning a variety of corporate development, product planning and new product development positions, with a number of companies, including Strakan Life Sciences, Pro-Virus, Inc. and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. He holds a pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University Haub School of Business and a B.A. from Lehigh University.
Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Company Secretary
Mr. Dinneen-Long has more than 15 years of in-house experience at several public pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, with expertise in corporate governance, securities regulations and SEC reporting, licensing and M&A transactions and corporate finance. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Dinneen-Long served as Senior Counsel at AstraZeneca/MedImmune, where he supported strategic initiatives, pipeline programs and sophisticated transactions with values up to $2 billion. As Associate General Counsel at Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., he advised on complex corporate transactions, supported the company’s SEC reporting and provided legal advice to all functional areas of the business. He was also the Assistant General Counsel at Guilford Pharmaceuticals, managing all day-to-day legal operations, including providing legal support for multi-site Phase III clinical trials. Before joining the biotechnology field, Mr. Dinneen-Long spent eight years as an associate at law firms in Chicago, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. He earned his J.D. with honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eric J. Feldman, M.D.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Feldman is internationally recognized for his work in the development of new therapies for the treatment of leukemias and related bone marrow disorders. Before joining GlycoMimetics in 2019, he most recently served as Chief Medical Officer at Amphivena, focusing on breakthrough blood cancer treatments, and oversaw the myeloid leukemia antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) program at Seattle Genetics, Inc. He has led or participated in the conduct of numerous clinical trials, several leading to U.S. FDA approval. Dr. Feldman’s extensive academic career includes a recent position as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Hematological Malignancies Service at Weill-Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as faculty positions at New York Medical College and the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Feldman has authored over 150 scientific articles and is a former Editor-in Chief of the journal Leukemia Research. He earned his medical degree at New York Medical College and holds a B.A. from Tulane University.
Vice President, Technical Operations
Mr. Flanner has more than 20 years of experience in the development of biopharmaceutical products in emerging pharmaceutical companies. He joined GlycoMimetics in 2007, bringing knowledge and experience in chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) and biopharmaceutics. At GlycoMimetics, he oversees the scale-up and optimization of manufacturing processes for production of clinical supplies. He also manages the non-clinical toxicology and pharmacokinetics programs for the company. Prior to joining GlycoMimetics, Mr. Flanner was senior director of pharmaceutical research at MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals, and director of drug delivery sciences at Shire Laboratories. He holds over 20 formulation patents and co-developed the in vitro dissolution profile comparison factors, f1 and f2, cited in multiple regulatory guidances. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Preclinical Studies
Dr. Fogler is the Vice President, Preclinical Studies in the Research Department of GlycoMimetics. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology form the University of Maryland at Baltimore under the guidance of Dr. Isaiah J. Fidler. He was awarded a National Research Council Research Associate award in 1985 to further study therapeutic approaches in what is now referred to as the tumor microenvironment. Dr. Fogler has more than 20 years of experience in biotechnology, designing and administering scientific/preclinical development programs in oncology and non-oncology. His expertise has included the development of small molecules, recombinant proteins and DNA-based therapeutics and he has authored 85+ publications.
Vice President, Accounting
Ms. Irish has served as Vice President, Accounting since January 2019 and previously held the positions of Senior Director, Accounting and Reporting, and Director, Accounting and Reporting, since joining GlycoMimetics in April 2014. Ms. Irish has more than 25 years in finance and accounting, with a significant portion of that time working for both private and public life science companies including Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Zyngenia Inc, Avalon Pharmaceuticals and The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). Ms. Irish is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of both the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
Vice President, Human Resources
Mrs. Mongold joined GlycoMimetics in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management within the biopharmaceutical industry. At GlycoMimetics, she leads the human resources function, which includes leadership development, organizational design, staffing and recruitment, and compensation strategies. Prior to joining the company, she had a consulting practice that focused on early-stage through maturing companies with clients in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Mrs. Mongold was the head of Human Resources for GenVec, Inc. and was the Senior Director, Human Resources at EntreMed, Inc. for five years. She also led the Human Resources function for Genetic Therapy, Inc., a Novartis Company, for five years. Mrs. Mongold earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from American University and received her M.A. in Human Resource Management from George Washington University. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management.
John M. Peterson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Peterson has more than 25 years of experience in drug discovery. Having joined GlycoMimetics in 2012, he manages the company's internal and external discovery chemistry efforts and provides strategic guidance on drug candidate optimization. Prior to joining GlycoMimetics, Dr. Peterson was Principal Scientist at H Lundbeck A/S where he served as Project Leader for several CNS related programs. Prior to that, he was a Distinguished Research Fellow at Neurogen Corporation where he managed the Hits to Lead group. Dr. Peterson received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University where his research focused on oligosaccharide synthesis – including the E-selectin ligand sialyl Lewisx.