Scientific Advisory Board
Orrin Devinsky MD
Neurosurgeon, NYU Langone, Chief of Service, NYU Epilepsy
Dr. Orrin Devinsky is a leading neurologist and neurosurgeon at NYU Langone and professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. His epilepsy research includes sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), cannabinoids, phenome-genome correlations, autism, neural markers and imaging, therapeutic electrical stimulation, quality-of-life, cognitive and behavioral issues, and surgical therapy.
Devinsky received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, founded Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) and co-founded epilepsy.com. Devinsky was a lead neurologist in CBD clinical trials for the treatment of epilepsy.
Robin Kleiman, Ph.D
Senior Director, Biogen Research Associate, Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Kleiman has contributed to the discovery and development of multiple novel clinical candidates and has worked at companies that span the big pharma, start-up and biotech industries. She was one of several founding members of the Pfizer Neuroscience Phosphodiesterase platform team that produced multiple clinical candidate molecules, 3 first-in-human clinical trials for distinct and completely novel mechanisms followed by 2 proof-of-concept clinical trials.
Kleiman joined the Translational Neuroscience Center leadership team and faculty at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in August of 2013 as the Head of Preclinical Research to provide drug discovery expertise to the members of the TNC community, develop a robust portfolio of translational research projects and foster more in-depth collaboration with industry and disease-based foundations to develop novel therapies to improve the lives of pediatric and adolescent patients.
Kiran Reddy, MD
CEO, Praxis Precision Medicines, Former Partner, Clarus Venture
Dr. Reddy is President & CEO of Praxis Precision Medicines, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based biotechnology company operating in stealth mode. Formerly, he was a Venture Partner at Clarus where he focused on new company formation and at Biogen as part of the Corporate Strategy leadership team.
Reddy was part of the founding team and interim Chief Business Officer for SAGE Therapeutics through its IPO, and co-inventor of SAGE-547 the Phase 3 program for the rare epilepsy disorder refractory status epilepticus. He was part of the team that launched Foundation Medicine, and he has served as a Board Observer for Alnara pharmaceuticals, Rhythm pharmaceuticals, and PanOptica pharmaceuticals. Reddy holds MD and MBA degrees from Georgetown University, and is a board certified neurologist; he has authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers in the field of neuroimmunology and neurodegenerative diseases.
Aris Economides, PhD
Vice President of Research, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Dr Economides leads Genetic Research at Regeneron which includes Genome Engineering Technologies and Skeletal Diseases TFA. He is a co-inventor of the Cytokine Trap technology that led to the development of the IL-1 trap, a currently approved biologic drug (ARCALYST™). He is also a co-inventor of the VelociGene® technology, that has led to the development of VelocImmune®, a method for the generation of all-human antibodies in mice.
More recently, Economides has been spearheading the development of new methods for the generation of transgenic mice using BAC as transgene vectors, and has also pioneered a new method for generating conditional alleles.