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alan listAlan List, MD
Chair of Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Alan List is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, FL. Dr. List is internationally recognized for his many contributions in the development of novel, more effective treatment strategies for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). His pioneering work led to the development of lenalidomide (Revlimid®) from the laboratory to clinical trials, which went on to receive fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval for the treatment of patients with MDS and multiple myeloma. This work transformed the natural history of MDS from a premalignant condition that progressed to malignancy requiring aggressive treatment to a condition managed in the outpatient setting with oral agents.

Previously Dr. List served as Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief, the Vice Deputy Physician-in-Chief, and the Chief of the Malignant Hematology Division at Moffitt, where he holds the Morsani Endowed Chair. Before joining Moffitt in 2003, Dr. List was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he also served concurrently as the Director of the Leukemia and Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and Director of the Division of Translational/Clinical Research Program.

After earning a medical degree in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Dr. List completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He then completed fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. List receives peer-reviewed NIH support for his work and publishes extensively in the areas of MDS and acute leukemia. He is the author of more than 280 peer-reviewed articles and the Clinician’s Manual on Myelodysplastic Syndromes (2008).

bob langer

Robert S. Langer
Scientific Advisor

Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor (there are 13 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member).  Dr. Langer has written more than 1,400 articles.  He also has over 1,300 issued and pending patents worldwide.  Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 350 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies.  He is the most cited engineer in history (h-index 246 according to Google Scholar).

He served as a member of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s SCIENCE Board, the FDA’s highest advisory board, from 1995 — 2002 and as its Chairman from 1999-2002.

Dr. Langer has received over 220 major awards.  He is one of 4 living individuals to have received both the United States National Medal of Science (2006) and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011).  Forbes Magazine (1999) and Bio World (1990) have named Dr. Langer as one of the 25 most important individuals in biotechnology in the world.  Discover Magazine (2002) named him as one of the 20 most important people in this area.

Dr. Langer has received honorary doctorates from Harvard University, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Yale University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Gerstner Graduate School, the University of Maryland, University of Western Ontario (Canada), the ETH (Switzerland), the Technion (Israel), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Willamette University, the University of Liverpool (England), Bates College, the University of Nottingham (England), Albany Medical College, Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University, Uppsala University (Sweden), Tel Aviv University (Israel), Boston University, Ben Gurion University (Israel), Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Hanyang University (South Korea), University of New South Wales (Australia), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), the University of Limerick (Ireland), the University of Illinois and the University of California – San Francisco Medal.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in 1970 and his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, both in Chemical Engineering.

AntoniaScottScott J. Antonia, M.D, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisor

Scott Antonia serves as department chair and program leader, Thoracic Oncology and program leader of the Immunology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center.  He is a professor of oncology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Antonia’s research and clinical interests focus on immunotherapy and immunobiology. He has designed and conducted numerous cutting-edge studies with novel immunotherapeutics and has two patents for technology he has developed. Dr. Antonia received both his medical degree and a doctorate in immunology from the University of Connecticut Health Center.  He completed an internal medicine residency at Yale University School of Medicine and pursued additional training at Yale through a medical oncology fellowship and post-doctoral fellowship in immunobiology. Dr. Antonia has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Guotong Xu, M.D., Ph.D
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Xu is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology and Regenerative Medicine, Dean of Tongji University School of Medicine and a Director of Stem Cell Bank of TUSM, an important base or a center for stem cell research and clinical application in China.

Dr. Xu was the Deputy Dean of Tongji University School of Medicine since 2008 to 2010.  After he trained as post-doctor in Alcon Lab and NEI/NIH, he was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at University of North Texas Health Science Center.  Dr. Xu organized the first large scale International Stem Cell Symposium in collaboration with ISSCR in 2007. Following that, he and his colleagues initiated the establishment of Chinese Society for Stem Cell Biology, and severed as the first president. He is also an active member in the establishment of the State Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Strategic Alliance, and severs as a council member. Dr. Xu is also an Associate Editor for Chinese Journal of Cell and Stem Cell. More important, he is one of the few scientists in China who serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for two China National Major Projects (973 programs).

Dr. Xu had a PhD in pharmacology from University of North Texas Health Science Center, MD degree from Peking Union Medical College, a MD degree from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and a bachelor degree from Harbin Medical University in 1982.

On November 7, 2014 Dr. Xu was elected to serve as an Independent Director and Member of Compensation Committee for Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. On November 11, 2016 he transitioned to a role as Scientific Advisor to lead the continued efforts of CBMG’s stem cell platforms.