Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Attila Bérces PhD

Founder and Chairman of Omixon

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Attila received his PhD in computational chemistry at the University of Calgary. Prior to founding Omixon, he worked as Associate Director and Head of Computational Chemistry at AstraZeneca, in Sweden. He received a corporate level IT award for innovative computational chemistry algorithm development at Novartis, where he was Head of Laboratory for Computational Chemistry. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, he worked as a staff scientist at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. Dr. Bérces has published 50 peer-reviewed scientific research publications and presented over 30 papers at international conferences. In addition to science, Dr. Bérces studied R&D management and entrepreneurship at Chalmers University in Sweden, where he has been external advisor to seven MSc. students in the field of technology entrepreneurship. Attila's LinkedIn profile

Attila Várkonyi

Omixon’s co-investor

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Globally experienced high-tech consultant, executive, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and innovation policy maker – with an excellent understanding of both the US (Silicon Valley) and the European business environment. From 1991 as a founding member of the regional management team Attila played a significant role in growing German software company SAP's Silicon Valley based Western Region ( 13 states ) & Mexico operations from 5 to 300 in personnel and 0 to USD 300M revenue, selling to / working with key clients Apple, HP, Microsoft, Intel, Chevron, etc. Since 1996 he has been a Silicon Valley / London / Budapest based entrepreneur and angel investor with several successful exits to global companies. As part of his strong non-profit commitment Attila co-funds / manages the Bolyai Award - Hungary's leading scientific prize and 2007-2010 was non-exec chairman of the Hungarian government’s USD 200M / year R&D grant fund. Attila's Linkedin profile
Márton Szőke

Omixon’s co-investor

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An entrepreneur and investor with a business background and solid technical experience. Márton has founded several startups, the latest being Indextools, a software company specializing in enterprise on-demand web analytics software. In April 2008 Indextools was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. At the time of the acquisition, Indextools was recognized as one of the top five web analytics vendors world-wide by Forrester/Jupiter Research. Mr. Szőke served at Yahoo for three years to lead integration efforts and to realign Indextools’ business model.
 
 

Zoltán Tóth

Omixon's co-investor

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Zoltán has 18 years of experience in private equity and consulting in blue-chip international companies. He led investments in several companies in different phases of their life cycle: early stage, growth, and buy-out. He has worked on deals and assignments in over 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Europe and the United States.  Zoltán worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago and Budapest before joining Advent International’s Central European team where he completed investments in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, England and Bulgaria. Later he became partner at 3i where he worked on investment opportunities across CEE and lead the effort in the food and drink sector across Europe. Zoltán joined Euroventures in March 2010. He is member of the board and the Investment Committee. He is a graduate of the Budapest University of Economics and the Harvard Business School.

Alex Drijver

Advisory Board Member

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Alex is a business manager who specializes in working with scientific entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create value. He is currently CEO of ComInnex a specialist chemistry service provider in early stage drug discovery. Prior to this Alex was CEO of ChemAxon , a world leader in cheminformatics,  CEO/CFO of ThalesNano, a lab instrumentation company and CFO of ComGenex, a chemistry CRO where he led the trade sale to US concern AMRI.  His early career was in the banking industry in London and Hungary (NatWest and ABN AMRO) focusing on the finance of small companies. Alex holds board and non-exec director positions in a number of scientific start up companies.

S. George Simon

Advisory Board Member

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Managing Director, Q Life Sciences, Inc.  Mr. Simon has over 20 years of worldwide business development, licensing and product development experience with numerous pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies. Currently, he is Managing Director of Q Life Sciences, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based consulting company.  Mr. Simon is also a member of the Board of Directors of Olive Medical, Inc., a surgical imaging company, and and MediMass, Kft., a rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry platform for in vivo and ex vivo tissue analysis. Most recently, Mr. Simon was President & CEO of MediProPharma, Inc., a virtual pharmaceutical development company focused on the development of treatments for neurological diseases and disorders. Previously, Mr. Simon was Executive Vice President at Myriad Genetics, Inc. where he was responsible for business development and licensing. During his seven year tenure at Myriad, he negotiated numerous collaborative research, license, and joint venture agreements and acquisitions. Mr. Simon is a long-standing member and past Chair of the Life Science Committee of the Licensing Executives Society and received his designation as a Certified Licensing Professional. Mr. Simon received his B.S. in Finance and a minor in Business Economics from California State University, Long Beach. He also successfully completed the International Business Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Dimitri S. Monos PhD

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board

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Dr. Monos is the Director of Immunogenetics Laboratory at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Pathology and Lab Medicine at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research interests cover a wide spectrum of HLA-related topics. His lab has pioneered the DNA-based methodologies for HLA typing and more recently the introduction of Next Generation Sequencing in the field of Immunogenetics, worked on a number of structure/function relationships of HLAs, contributed in identifying the exact structural elements on the different HLA molecules associated with several autoimmune diseases and through genome-wide association studies identify additional genomic regions associated with autoimmunity. His work has been funded by NIH, ADA, JDF, University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Diabetes Research and Education Foundation, National Marrow Donor Program and other foundations. He has authored more than 100 original publications in international journals (including Nature and Νature Genetics). He served on the editorial boards of several journals and as ad hoc reviewer in 20 journals (including NEJM and Nature). Dr. Monos has been invited to present his work at different Universities, National and International meetings. He has also participated in Study Sections reviewing grants for NIH, NMDP, University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dominique Charron, M.D., PhD

Scientific Advisory Board Member

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Professor Dominique Charron MD, PhD has been trained in Paris (Hematology department University Hospital Saint-Louis: Prof. Jean Bernard) and Stanford University (Immunology Department: Prof. Hugh O. McDevitt) as an Immunologist specialized in HLA Immunogenetics and Transplantation Biology.
He is presently Medical Advisor for international medical biology at the APHP international affairs department.
Former founding director of the “Jean Dausset” Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics laboratory at Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris and head of the INSERM units U 396,U662&U940 “Haematology, Immunology, Therapeutic targets. He has published over 500 international publications in Nature, J. Exp Med, Blood, PNAS J of Immunology, Human Immunology… in the fields of immunology, immunogenetics, transplantation, autoimmunity & regenerative medicine. He is the former chairman of the 12th International Histocompatibility Workshop and Conference (12th IHWC), the former president of the International Histocompatibility Council (HIC) and of the European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI).
He is the recipient of the Ceppellini lecture award in Immunogenetics and of the Claude Bernard Prize in Medicine.
He was appointed in 2013 Academic Consultant of the Chinese Society of Blood Transfusion.

Malek Kamoun, M.D., PhD

Scientific Advisory Board Member

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Dr. Kamoun has a broad background in immunology and human immunogenetics, with specific training and expertise in clinical histocompatibility testing.  He received his training in human immunogenetics in Dr. Jean Dausset’s laboratory in Paris, France.  He is Board-certified in Clinical Pathology and Immunopathology.  He is the Director of Clinical Immunology and Histocompatibility Testing in the Department of Pathology at Penn.  He has over 30 years of extensive experience in providing expertise and oversight for high complexity HLA testing at Penn for all transplantation programs including clinical trials.  In addition, he served as PI or Co-Investigator on several previous and current university- and NIH-funded grants including the Penn Autoimmunity Center of Excellence (ACE); the U01 Clinical Trial in Islet Cell Transplantation and R34 Clinical Trial in Lung Transplantation.  His current interests are focused on understanding the significance of HLA polymorphism in alloreactivity and tolerance induction in clinical transplantation using a multidisciplinary approach combining molecular techniques with bioinformatics methods.
Dr. Kamoun has dedicated his research career to investigations in human immunogenetics, lymphocyte biology and clinical transplantation research.  He has made numerous significant contributions to these areas during the last 37 years.

Matthew W. Anderson, M.D., PhD

Scientific Advisory Board Member

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Matthew Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., is the Medical Director of the Diagnostic Laboratories at BloodCenter of Wisconsin, a provider of specialty diagnostics for blood diseases. Dr. Anderson’s responsibilities include providing clinical, strategic, and regulatory oversight, including collaborations with academic and industry partners to enhance patient care through advances in laboratory medicine and genomics. Prior to joining BloodCenter, Dr. Anderson served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and as the Assistant Director of the Stanford Histocompatibility, Immunogenetics, and Disease Profiling Laboratory. He completed residency and fellowship training at the Stanford University Medical Center, and is board-certified in anatomic pathology, molecular genetic pathology, and histocompatibility. His research interests include the use of next-generation sequencing for clinical diagnostics and biomarker discovery.