Our Nominees

Kevin Cameron

  • Chief Executive Officer of Ionetix
  • Co-founder and President of Glass Lewis & Co.
  • Member of the board of directors of Keryx
  • Founding Board member of ProCure Treatment Centers
  • Attorney at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans

Mr. Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer of Ionetix Corporation, a privately held biotechnology company focused on providing diagnostic imaging agents and radiotherapeutics.  Before joining Ionetix, Mr. Cameron was the co-founder and President of Glass Lewis & Co., a leading provider of corporate governance services to institutional investors that is owned by the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan and the Alberta Investment Management Company. Prior to that, Mr. Cameron was a financial and legal officer with Moxi Digital and a legal officer of NorthPoint Communications (NASDAQ: NPNT). Mr. Cameron started his career as an attorney with the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans in Washington D.C., and also served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Cameron holds a law degree from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from McGill University. Mr. Cameron currently serves as a board member of Xyphos Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on next generation CAR-T therapy, as well as ProCure Treatment Centers, a leading developer of proton therapy centers. Between 2007 and 2018 Mr. Cameron served as a member of the board of directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on therapies for renal patients, that recently merged with Akebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AKBA) to create a billion dollar market capitalization company focused on renal disease. Mr. Cameron is originally from Edmonton, Alberta and is a citizen of Canada and the United States.

Elaine A. Campbell

  • President at Innovative Medicines Canada
  • CEO of AstraZeneca Canada
  • Vice President of Global Marketed Brands at AstraZeneca
  • Senior Vice President DuPont Pharmaceuticals
  • Board member at MaRS Discovery District
  • Advisory Board of the University of Toronto
Meet Elaine Campbell

Ms. Campbell currently works part time as a consultant after retiring in 2016. In 2016, Ms. Campbell completed her interim role as President at Innovative Medicines Canada, having led a strategy review and the operation of the national trade association while the Board searched for a long-term President. Ms. Campbell retired from AstraZeneca in 2015, having served as President and CEO of AstraZeneca Canada Inc. since January 2012. She held a number of senior leadership roles within the AstraZeneca US and Global organizations, including Vice President of Global Marketed Brands, led teams located in the US and Europe, and was the Global head for the CRESTOR® Global Project Team, leading both Development and Commercial groups during a period of high growth for the medicine. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Ms. Campbell was a Senior Vice President and member of the Business Operating Team with DuPont Pharmaceuticals.  During her tenure with DuPont, she held various senior leadership roles within the sales, marketing, and business development groups in the US and in Canada. Ms. Campbell is on the Board of Directors of MaRS Discovery District, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto Department of Chemical Engineering.  She was the Founding Private Sector Co-Chair of the TOHealth! human health sciences cluster initiative of the Toronto Regional Board of Trade and continues to support the project as an Advisor to the Steering Committee and as Chair of the Marketing Sub-Committee since stepping down from the Co-Chair position in September 2015. Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  In May 2016 she completed the ICD Directors Education Program (DEP) at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Ms. Campbell is a citizen of Canada and the United States.

Michael Cloutier

  • General Manager of PTC Therapeutics Canada
  • President and General Manager of InterMune Canada
  • President and CEO of Astra Zeneca Canada
  • President of Pharmacia Canada (now Pfizer Inc.)
  • President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Chairman and Board member in Canadian pharma companies
Meet Michael Cloutier

Mr. Cloutier is the Founding Partner, director and officer of Accelera Canada Ltd., which he founded in 2016.  Accelera provides comprehensive strategic planning for global biotechnology firms.  Between 2015 and 2016, Mr. Cloutier served as General Manager of PTC Therapeutics Canada ULC, the Canadian subsidiary of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT), a global leader in research and commercialization of ground-breaking therapies for orphan diseases.  From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Cloutier was President and General Manager of InterMune Canada Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of InterMune (NASDAQ: ITMN), a global leader in research and commercialization of novel therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis that was acquired by Roche for $8.3 billion, and from 2010 to 2012 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Mr. Cloutier was previously CEO of Critical Outcome Technologies Inc., Vice President of Human Resources and Global Marketing at Astra Zeneca, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astra Zeneca Canada (at which time AstraZeneca was the second largest pharma company in Canada with over 1,000 employees and experienced sales growth from approximately $800,000 to over $1.2 billion), President of Pharmacia Canada (now Pfizer Inc.), and President of Searle Canada.  Mr. Cloutier holds a Business Administration Diploma from Sheridan College and a Strategic Management Certification from Wharton Business School. He previously served as a Director of Paladin Labs Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company from July 2003 until October 2003 (when he resigned to become the President of AstraZeneca Canada, Inc.) and as a Director of Dimethaid Research Inc. from May 2003 until September 2004. From July 2013 to May 2017, he served as Director and from March 2014 onward, as Chairman, of Merus Labs International, Inc., a publicly traded company focused on acquiring legacy and growth pharmaceutical products. He serves as Chairman of Arylide Life Sciences, a privately held company that commercializes healthcare products. Mr. Cloutier is a citizen of Canada.

Meir Jakobsohn

  • Founder and CEO of Medison
  • Grew Medison to become a world leading commercial partner
  • COO at M. Jakobsohn
  • Social entrepreneur, founded Talmud Israeli project

Mr. Jakobsohn is the CEO of Israeli-based Medison Biotech (1995) Ltd. which he founded in 1996 and spearheaded to becoming one of the world’s leading commercial partners for pharma and biotech companies, and one of the three largest pharmaceutical companies in Israel by sales. Under his leadership, Medison grew to become the partner of choice for biotech companies that produce highly innovative, cutting edge therapeutics for commercialization in the Israeli market. Formerly, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of M. Jakobsohn Ltd., a pioneer in opening the Israeli market to global pharmaceutical companies like Ciba-Geigy, which it represented between 1937 and 1995. Mr. Jakobsohn holds a BA in Economics from Bar-Ilan University and an Executive MBA from Bradford University in the UK. Mr. Jakobsohn is also a social entrepreneur and, among others, he founded and is the driving force behind the “Talmud Israeli”, a global educational project that focuses on building meaningful inter-generational (parents-children) connection through Talmudic studies and Jewish values. Mr. Jakobsohn is a member of the Board of Directors of Knight Therapeutics (TSX: GUD), Sabar Health and Alpha Tau Medical. Mr. Jakobsohn is a citizen of Israel and Belgium.

Christophe Robert Jean

  • Senior Advisor to JSB Partners
  • EVP, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Strategic Alliances of Ipsen Group
  • Chief Operations Officer Ipsen Group
  • President and CEO pharmaceuticals at Pierre Fabre Group
  • Head of Region Europe, Middle-East and Africa at Novartis
  • Member of the worldwide Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee Board at Novartis

Mr. Jean is currently a Senior Advisor to JSB Partners, which offers specialized investment banking and advisory services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.  Between 2013 and 2018, when he retired, Mr. Jean was Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Alliances of Ipsen Group, a leading pharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative medicines in oncology, neuroscience and rare diseases.  From 2002 to 2013, Mr. Jean served as Ipsen’s Chief Operations Officer, during which time Ipsen transformed itself into a leading specialty pharmaceutical company, was listed on Euronext in 2005, and saw its market capitalization increase by over 400% by the end of 2018. Mr. Jean has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of pharmaceutical activities at Pierre Fabre Group, and as Head of Region Europe, Middle-East and Africa and as a member of the worldwide Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee Board at Novartis.  Mr. Jean holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from ITAM, Mexico City and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Jean is a member of the Board of Directors of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: RYTM), a company developing therapies for the treatment of rare genetic obesity disorders, of Keosys Group, a company specializing in medical imaging software and related services, and of B Cell Design, a biotechnology start-up developing innovative products and breakthrough therapeutic concepts. Mr. Jean is a citizen of France.

Bob Oliver

  • President and CEO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. 
  • Chairman of the Board of Otsuka Canada
  • Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations at Pfizer
  • Vice President and Global Business Manager Oncology at Pfizer
  • Member of the Board for Academic Fellows at Eastern University
  • Pharma Board of Directors, Saint Joseph’s University
Meet Bob Oliver

Mr. Oliver currently serves as an Executive Advisor to CELLIX BIO Sciences, Inc., sits on the board of directors of Neurotez, Inc., and works as both an Executive Advisor and a board member for Hyalo Technologies. Between November 2017 and July 2018, Mr. Oliver served as CEO of V ClinBio, an innovative biopharmaceutical company driving the development of novel drug products for the treatment of immune diseases.  He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Otsuka Canada Pharmaceutical Inc. and President and CEO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. (“OAPI”).  In these capacities, Mr. Oliver oversaw OAPI’s diverse and growing product portfolio within the neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncology and medical device markets. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Oliver was President and COO of OAPI, during which time he managed a USD$6 billion P&L and was able to maintain profitability even after the loss of exclusivity for OAPI’s flagship product, Abilify. Between 2010 and 2014, Mr. Oliver served as OAPI’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. During his long career at OAPI, Mr. Oliver built up the organization’s commercial capabilities, partnered closely with Lundbeck to launch Abilify Maintena, and led the transfer of commercial responsibilities for Abilify from Bristol-Myers Squibb to OAPI. Under his guidance, Abilify became the number one selling pharmaceutical in the USA and remained profitable even after the loss of patent protection. Mr. Oliver also spearheaded a structured deal between Neurovance and OAPI which resulted in a strategic collaboration between the companies providing capital for a global development program and was instrumental in transforming OAPI from a single-product company to one with a portfolio of assets with inter-dependency across multiple products. Mr. Oliver has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining OAPI, he served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Vice President and Global Business Manager, Oncology, and Vice President, Vaccine Sales, at Pfizer. In these roles Mr. Oliver provided transformational leadership as a member of the US management team and Chair of the US sales council.  From 1989 to 2005 Mr. Oliver held senior sales and marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Oliver currently serves as a member of the Board for Academic Fellows at Eastern University, where he mentors doctoral candidates. He has earned an MBA in Marketing from the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University, where he sits on the Pharma Board of Directors, and also has a BA from Rutgers University. Mr. Oliver is a citizen of the United States.

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