Roland Buelow, Ph.D.Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Buelow has worked in biotechnology for over twenty years and has extensive pharmaceutical experience. Dr. Buelow is a founder of OMT (2007), a fully human monoclonal antibody platform based on transgenic rats, and THP, Inc. (2003), a biotechnology company that engineered rabbits to produce human antibodies and was acquired by Roche in March 2007. Between 1993 and 2003, Dr. Buelow was senior vice president of Research and Development at SangStat Medical Corporation, where he developed RDP58, an anti-inflammatory compound that demonstrated efficacy in a placebo-controlled, blinded Phase II study in ulcerative colitis patients. Dr. Buelow has published more than 100 manuscripts and is an inventor on more than 25 patents.
Wim van Schooten, Ph.D.Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. van Schooten has over 20 years of biotechnology management experience, including research and development supervision, manufacturing and regulatory operations. Dr. van Schooten co-founded THP, Inc. with Dr. Buelow in 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2002 until its sale to Roche Pharmaceuticals in March 2007. From 1993 to1999, he led the development of therapeutics for the treatment of prostate cancer and multiple myeloma at Dendreon. Dr. van Schooten also directed the quality and clinical research programs, leading to the approval of a device and Phase III studies in cancers. Dr. van Schooten studied Immunology at the University of Leiden and the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.
Omid Vafa, Ph.D., M.B.AChief Business Officer
Dr. Vafa joined TeneoBio as Chief Business Officer in February 2016. He has more that 15 years of global business and scientific experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical drug discovery, asset evaluation, transactions and licensing. Prior to joining TeneoBio, Dr. Vafa was the Director of Strategy and Scientific Partnerships at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson and the Biotechnology and Oncology Lead at the London Innovation Center of J&J. Dr. Vafa earned his doctorate at Georgetown University, his MBA from the Villanova University School of Business, and his B.S. from the University of California at Irvine. He completed his post-doctoral fellowships at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.