Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board

Taylor Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.

Chairman

As Heat Biologics’ former Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Schreiber is co-inventor of significant elements of the company’s ImPACT and ComPACT immunotherapy platforms.  He most recently joined Shattuck Labs, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing technology exclusively licensed from Heat, as their Chief Scientific Officer.  Taylor was also a scientific founder of Pelican Therapeutics, which developed a first-in-class agonist antibody to human TNFRSF25.  As a cancer biologist and drug development scientist, Dr. Schreiber possesses over 15 years of laboratory experience in the discovery of novel therapeutic immuno-oncology compounds.  Dr. Schreiber received his Ph.D. from the Sheila and David Fuente Program in cancer biology as well as his M.D. at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  In addition, he completed his post-doctoral fellowship with the original inventor of Heat’s ImPACT technology platform, Eckhard R. Podack, M.D., Ph.D., studying the immunobiology of TNFRSF25.  Dr. Schreiber has authored over 30 peer-reviewed tumor immunology and heat shock protein-based cancer immunotherapy publications. 

Gary Acton, M.D.

Member

Dr. Acton is a London based clinician providing oncology drug development advice, predominantly to US and European biotechnology companies. Twenty years of pharmaceutical experience have left him with wide ranging clinical, commercial and corporate capabilities. He has expertise in all stages of drug development and through into the marketplace. This includes successful US NDA and European MAA approvals. Dr. Acton has been involved in drug development programs for most solid and hematological malignant indications. He has worked in North American, European, and Japanese pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Acton has served at Board level in both private and publicly traded entities. He originally studied medicine at Oxford and London Universities. Prior to moving into the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Acton obtained a number of post-graduate qualifications while undergoing general medical and oncology training at a variety of London teaching hospitals.

Roger B. Cohen, M.D.

Member

Dr. Cohen is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Director for Clinical Research for the Abramson Cancer Center. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed internal medicine and hematology training at Mount Sinai Hospital (NY) followed by research fellowships at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and National Institutes of Health and a medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He was a medical officer at the FDA Center for Biologics from 1989-1994 where he was Deputy Director, Division of Monoclonal Antibodies. Prior to his arrival at Penn, Dr. Cohen was Director of the Clinical Trials Office at the University of Virginia Cancer Center in Charlottesville and then Director of the Phase 1 Program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center where he also served as interim Medical Oncology Department Chair for more than 2 years. He is an active investigator on a number of first-in-humans clinical trials with research interests that focus on evaluation of novel therapies, including monoclonal antibodies, immune therapies, and small molecule cell-signaling pathway inhibitors. He primarily sees patients with lung and head and neck cancer.

Llew Keltner, M.D., Ph.D.

Member

Dr. Keltner is Chief Executive Officer of EPISTAT, an international healthcare technology transfer, corporate risk management, and healthcare strategy company that he founded in 1972.  Dr. Keltner was also formerly CEO of AgonOx, a biotech company developing OX40 agonists for use in cancer therapy, from 2011 to 2013.  From 2010 to 2011, he was the President of Novici Biotech, a privately-held gene and protein optimization firm.  Dr. Keltner also served as CEO and President of Light Sciences Oncology, a privately-held biotechnology company developing a late stage, light-activated therapy for hepatocellular cancer and other solid tumors, from 2001 to 2010.  From 1997 to 2004, Dr. Keltner was CEO of Metastat, a development-stage biotech company focused on cancer metastasis. He serves as a board member for several companies, including Curetech, Infostat, BioQ Pharma, Oregon Life Sciences, Surgeon Training International, OncoSCAR and Goodwell Technologies.  He is currently a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Association, International Association of Tumor Marker Oncology, American Association of Clinical Chemistry, and Drug Information Association. Dr. Keltner received an M.S. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Justin Stebbing, M.D., M.A., FRCP, FRC Path, Ph.D.

Member

Professor Stebbing is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and also of the Royal College of Pathologists. Originally, Dr. Stebbing trained in medicine at Trinity College Oxford, obtaining a triple first class degree. After completion of junior doctor posts in Oxford, he undertook a residency (junior doctor) training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the U.S., before returning to London to continue his training in oncology at The Royal Marsden. Dr. Stebbing then undertook a Ph.D., funded by the Medical Research Council, investigating the interplay between the immune system and cancer. Specifically, the role of heat shock proteins in viral infections and tumorigenesis were examined helping in the development of vaccines that are currently in clinical trials.

Dr. Stebbing has published over 600 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as the Lancet, New England Journal, Blood, PNAS, The Journal of Clinical Oncology and Annals of Internal Medicine, the majority as first or last author, as well as over 100 book chapters. His publications mainly focus on early- and late-stage trials of new drugs, mechanisms of disease, and prognostic indicators. He is on the scientific advisory board of a number of biotechnology companies and the editorial board of a number of world-leading journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is now a senior lecturer at Imperial College, London and Editor-in-Chief of Oncogene.