Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of healthcare investors, academics, pharma industry veterans, and biotech entrepreneurs. They are guiding our long-term strategic plan and assisting us in advancing our mission to develop novel therapies to cure cancers.
Anatoly Dritschilo, MD
Chair and CEO
Dr. Dritschilo is a co-founder of the Company and has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since company formation in December 2012. Dr. Dritschilo is a radiation oncologist by training and has held multiple leadership positions in health care. At Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C., he served principally as Department Chair from 1980 to 2018; Chief of Radiation Oncology at MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital from 2005 to 2016; Medical Director of Georgetown University Hospital from 1994 to 1997; and Interim Director of the NCI-funded Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2005 to 2007. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital, the National Capital Rehabilitation Hospital and the MedStar Research Institute. His experience with Pharma includes Board of Directors membership of NeoPharm, Inc, and he was a founding director of Oncomed (Neopharm). His 200+ scientific publications and 12 issued patents have earned him election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Dritschilo holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, his medical degree from the College of Medicine of New Jersey and residency training from the Harvard, Joint Center for Radiation Therapy. His qualifications support his service as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shuttle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
William H. Adkins
Mr. Adkins was appointed to the position of Director on the Company’s Board of Directors in 2019. From 2018 to present, Mr. Adkins has worked as a consultant to businesses, working with business owners to develop strategy, planning and problem solving, especially as concerns developing strategic goals, performance plans and marketing strategies. From 2014 until present, Mr. Adkins has served as a Strategic Business Development Manager at automotiveMastermind Inc., where he was responsible for training dealer candidates and general management, including consulting with dealers and interviewing applicants for management instructor positions. From 1985 until 2003, Mr. Adkins was President and General Manager at Chevrolet dealerships in Ohio, California and New York, including Adkins Chevrolet Buick Oldsmobile, Bayview Lincoln Mercury and Palanker Chevrolet. Mr. Adkins attended the University of Maryland where he studied marketing and business management. Mr. Adkins studied marketing at the University of Cincinnati and law at Bryant and Stranton Business College. Mr. Adkins’ substantial business and marketing experience will help us as we develop the Company’s products and business.
Milton Brown, MD, PhD
Board Member & Founder
Dr. Brown is a co-founder of the Company and has served as our Chief Scientific Officer for Chemistry and as a member of our board of directors since we were formed in December 2012. Dr. Brown was a founder in 2004 of Rivanna Pharmaceuticals, a Virginia-based biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of neurological diseases and cancer. Since 2012, Dr. Brown has served as Director of the Drug Discovery Center at Georgetown University Medical School and since 2010, he has been the principal investigator of the NIH/NCI funded Chemical Diversity Center. He brings to Shuttle 15 years of experience in drug discovery with over 80 publications and eight issued patents, including discovery of novel HDAC inhibitors and has two drugs currently in clinical trials. He has served on government committees including the NIH Experimental Therapeutics Study Section, the NIH Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology Study Section and was a scientific counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Health. Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. in synthetic chemistry from University of Alabama, and an MD from the University of Virginia. He is uniquely qualified to direct Shuttle’s drug discovery program and serve as our director.
Steve Richards, MBA, CPA
Chair of Audit and Corporate Governance Committees
Mr. Richards was appointed to Director on the Company’s Board of Directors in 2019. He is CEO and Founder of Endurance Media, a media finance company based in Santa Monica, California, that launched in 2014 with a strategic alliance with eOne Entertainment with a mandate to produce and finance commercially driven feature films. From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Richards served as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Silver Pictures where he oversaw all business activities and managed a team of more than 20 people responsible for film development, production and financial information. From 2000 to 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Silver Pictures and from 1995 to 2000 as Vice President, Finance, at Silver Pictures. Mr. Richards holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA, a BBA in accounting from Temple University, and holds his CPA license. We believe his experience as a chief financial officer and in accounting will assist in providing our board guidance and oversight as we grow our Company.
Joshua M. Schafer, MBA
Chair of Compensation Committee
Mr. Schafer was appointed to Director on the Company’s Board of Directors in 2019. Since 2015, he has served as Vice President and Head of Business Development and Strategy for Autoimmune and Rare Diseases at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. From 2009 until 2015, he served as Vice President and Oncology Therapeutic Area Head, Global Marketing and Strategy at Astellas Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, where he was responsible for building the company’s global oncology franchise. From 2000 until 2009, Mr. Schafer served in positions of increasing seniority at Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, including Manager and Senior Manager, New Product and New Business Development; Senior Product Manager, Gastrointestinal Marketing; and Director, Oncology and Renal Marketing and Commercial Development. He began working in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry in 1998, and has served in various positions at Accenture (formerly Anderson Consulting), G. D. Searle & Co. (later acquired by Pfizer) and Cognia Corporation. He received his BA in Biology and German at the University of Notre Dame, his MS in Biotechnology from Northwestern University and his MBA from Northwestern University. We believe Mr. Schafer’s extensive experience in pharmaceutical marketing and business development will assist our board’s oversight role as we build and develop our Company.
Chris Senanayake, PhD
Dr. Senanayake was appointed to the position of Director on the Company’s Board of Directors and a Scientific Advisor in 2020 with over +30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. He received his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 1987. Currently, he is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TCG GreenChem Inc. and Chief Scientific Officer of TCG Lifesciences, Pvt. Ltd. From 1989-1996, he held positions of Senior Scientist at Dow Chemical, and Research Fellow at Merck & Co, Inc. From 1996 to 2002, he served as Director and Executive Director of Process Research at Sepracor, Inc. and from 2002 to 2018 as Director of Chemical Development and Vice President of Chemical Development for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 2018 -2019, he was appointed as the CEO of Asta GreenChem, Inc in Richmond VA and Astatech (Chengdu) Biopharmaceuticals Corp. in China. He has a record of leading and delivering on high complexity APIs for manufacturing. Dr. Senanayake participated in many drugs development activities including multi-billion-dollar blockbuster drugs, Crixivan, Lunesta, Jardiance, R, R Formotorol, Desvenlafaxine, HCV arena and many other drug candidates which now improve the lives of millions of patients worldwide. He is co-author of 425 scientific publications and is co-inventor of >150 patents.