Meet the Scientific Advisory Board
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Eugene Bolotin, Ph.D., is Head of bioinformatics at Santa Ana Bio since joining in 2021. He has been working in the bioinformatics field for 12 years since attaining his Ph.D. at University of California Riverside and his undergraduate degree in Genetics from University of California, Davis. Prior to Santa Ana Eugene’s industry experience includes Illumina, Cell Design Labs and Kite Pharmaceuticals where he excelled as a leader and performer with increasing levels of responsibility. Eugene brings deep understanding of biology and data science which he combines with expertise and experience across many multi-omics technologies.
Brandon Jeffy, Ph.D., DABT has been leading the discovery toxicology group since joining Takeda in 2017, and has been working in pharmaceutical toxicology for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Takeda, Brandon worked in nonclinical drug safety departments at companies including AstraZeneca, Celgene, and Vertex, providing increasing levels of toxicology support to discovery and development programs across multiple therapeutic areas and modalities. Dr. Jeffy has extensive experience in working in the subdiscipline of computational toxicology, and is a recognized expert in the areas of toxicogenomics, pathways/network analysis, and use of machine learning algorithms for derivation of muti-omics predictive signatures/biomarkers. Brandon received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology/Toxicology from the University of Arizona and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Pfizer. Brandon is currently serving as President of the Drug Discovery Toxicology specialty section of Society of Toxicology, is Past President of the Southern California Chapter of Society of Toxicology and is co-editor of the first book on Drug Discovery Toxicology.
Dr. Kovacs is the CEO and Founder of Afecta Pharmaceuticals and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in high risk maternal and fetal medicine. He received his medical degree from University of Southern California School of Medicine where he later held several senior executive management positions and was a Clinical Professor and Director of the Molecular & Cytogenetics Laboratory for over 20 years. While at Afecta he has developed a new pipeline of de-risked, small molecule immune- modulating drugs with fast-to-market potential through the FDA 505(b)(2) pathway. Crucial to Afecta’s drug and OTC pipeline was the development of the proprietary Artificial Intelligence powered disease/drug targeting platform, PharmetRx™, which combines multiple genomic modeling techniques with cheminformatics and machine learning.
Dr. Brett Pickett completed his B.S. at Brigham Young University, his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama, and his postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His subsequent positions at the J. Craig Venter Institute, Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate), and Booz Allen Hamilton enabled him to develop and apply algorithms and bioinformatics workflows to analyze and interpret various types of -omics data in a systems biology context. Since joining the faculty at Brigham Young University, Dr. Pickett has focused on developing and applying big data, artificial intelligence, and drug repurposing methods to predict therapeutic targets, biomarkers and highly accurate diagnostics.