Shankar Musunuri, PhD, MBA
Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-founder
Dr. Musunuri is a seasoned biotech veteran with more than 25 years of results-driven experience advancing and commercializing a diverse portfolio of products. Prior to co-founding Ocugen in 2013, Dr. Musunuri held leadership roles at numerous companies ranging from "Big Pharma" to novel start-up biotechs. Most recently, he founded Nuron Biotech, Inc., which he grew to a commercial company in less than three years, serving as President and CEO. Dr. Musunuri spent nearly fifteen years at Pfizer, where he gained extensive product launch and life-cycle management experience, playing a key role as Global Operations Team Leader for the most successful launch in vaccine history, Prevnar 13®. Prior to Pfizer, he was a group leader focused on Phase 3 clinical development at Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Musunuri obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Connecticut’s School of Pharmacy and serves on the Advisory Board of Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke University.
Sanjay S. Subramanian, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Subramanian brings more than 20 years' experience in finance and operations strategy, serving most recently as CFO for a public company, Aralez Pharmaceuticals. He joined Aralez's finance leadership team at its inception, helped the company close $350M in financing and took on increasing responsibilities culminating as the CFO. Prior to that, he held leaderships position at Bausch Health Companies and General Motors, including serving as the Managing Director at its Korea division. Mr. Subramanian is an experienced leader in corporate finance, capital markets, business development and M&A. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master of Science from MIT and The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology.
Mohamed Genead, M.D.
Acting Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Genead is an ophthalmologist/retina specialist/serial entrepreneur, inherited retinal disease expert, and clinical investigator with over 20 years experience in ophthalmology and gene & cell therapy drug development. Prior to co-founding two ophthalmic companies, Dr. Genead served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for GenSight Biologics, where he led the clinical development and medical affairs organization in multiple phase I-III trials, leveraging disruptive ocular gene therapy and optogenetics platforms for patients with ocular degenerative diseases. Prior to GenSight, Dr. Genead was Biogen's ophthalmology and ocular gene therapy lead in collaborations with Jean Bennett, M.D., Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania (inventor of Luxturna®, the scientific foundation for Spark Therapeutics) and Applied Genetics Technology Corporation (AGTC) in the execution of multiple retina gene therapy programs intended for regulatory approvals of ophthalmic gene therapy products. Dr. Genead spent years in academic medicine serving as a physician/scientist, co-director of the Center of Retina Degenerative Diseases and as an Investigator, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His area of academic interest focused on retinal novel therapeutics from ocular gene therapy to retina regenerative stem cell therapies for orphan retina diseases such as Stargardt disease and Retinitis Pigmentosa. His team were pioneers in using topical eye drops to treat macular edema associated with retinal dystrophies. In collaboration with researchers at McGill University and other research institutions, he discovered a new gene mutation in patients with Leber congential amaurosis. He is a member of numerous professional and honorary societies. He was the primary and key author for numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in highly impact factor scientific journals focusing on ophthalmics clinical research and novel therapeutics. Dr. Genead completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago and a retinal research fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Rasappa Arumugham, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Arumugham has a proven track record in drug development, scale-up, and technology transfer, with over 30 years of diverse experience in leading biopharmaceutical research and development in the areas of discovery and pre-clinical research, formulation, analytical development, quality control, and manufacturing. He has supported commercialization of vaccines and biologics including Prevnar®, Prevnar13®, TetramuneTM, Meningitec® and Trumenba®. Dr. Arumugham was the Vice President of Biopharmaceutical Development at Soligenix, Inc where he led development and manufacturing of biologics, peptides and small molecules in support of injectable and topical formulations. He also served as Principal Investigator for the development of a heat-stable ricin vaccine program funded by the US government (NIAID). Dr. Arumugham also served as the Head of Microbial Analytics at Merck’s Manufacturing Division. Prior to joining Merck, he spent 25 years in biologics/vaccines research and development, holding positions of increasing responsibilities at Pfizer and Wyeth. Dr. Arumugham earned his PhD and MSc in Biochemistry and BSC in Chemistry from the University of Madras, India.
Vijay Tammara, PhD
Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Quality
Dr. Tammara has over 20 years of leadership experience in global regulatory affairs, strategic drug development, and clinical strategy, contributing significantly to the approval of several products. His regulatory expertise spans both oral and injectable dosage forms of small molecules, peptides, proteins, monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. Dr. Tammara served previously as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Nuron Biotech Inc., Director of Regulatory Affairs at Merck & Co., Inc., Senior Associate Director at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Assistant Director at Sanofi-Synthelabo in Worldwide Regulatory Affairs. Prior to industrial positions, Dr. Tammara held positions of increasing responsibility in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics at the U.S. FDA, where he received several awards, including the CDER Outstanding Reviewer Award, FDA Outstanding Achievement Award, and Awards of Excellence. Dr. Tammara received his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Kakatiya University, Masters in Pharmacy from Nagpur University, and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Louisiana, Monroe.
Arun Upadhyay, PhD
Head of Discovery
Dr. Arun Upadhyay is the Head of Discovery at Ocugen. Dr. Upadhyay has over 15 years of experience ranging from discovery research to early-stage clinical trials. He has extensive experience in ophthalmic drug development, including gene therapy for retinal degenerative diseases and novel formulations for sustained drug delivery systems for ocular diseases. He has led the manufacturing process development and scale-up and development of analytical methods for many drug products. Prior to joining Ocugen, he was a Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado Denver in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Upadhyay received “Innovation in Nanotechnology Award” from American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for developing the novel ocular drug delivery systems. Dr. Upadhyay received his PhD in Biotechnology from the National Institute of Immunology, MSc in Biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a BSc in Zoology major, Chemistry and Botany from Banaras Hindu University, India.
Ms. Crespo brings over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial reporting. She previously served in the finance departments of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Aralez Pharmaceuticals, and Cubist Pharmaceuticals responsible for financial and technical accounting and SEC reporting, including the implementation of new accounting standards and the accounting and reporting of complex transactions. Prior to that, Ms. Crespo was a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s audit and assurance practice. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Boston College and is a Certified Public Accountant.