Deep Expertise Across Functional Areas
Bringing together industry experts, blue-chip investors, and a cross-disciplinary team of top scientists in antibody drug discovery and disease biology, we are translating therapeutics into the clinic. Meet our Leadership Team:
Dr. Vickers is the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Biologics, and a member of the Northern Biologics Board of Directors. Prior to joining Northern Biologics, Dr. Vickers served as Global Head of Research and Development and a member of the Executive Committee of Shire, a biotechnology company focused on the development of therapies for the treatment of rare and specialty conditions. Under Dr. Vickers’s leadership Shire’s pipeline had approximately 40 programs in clinical development in the areas of Genetic Disease, GI disease, Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Oncology. Prior to Shire, Dr. Vickers held positions of increasing responsibility in Research and Development at Merck, Pfizer, Boehringer-Ingelheim and Resolvyx Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Vickers is also a member of the Board of Directors of Revance Therapeutics.
Dr. Vickers obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, which was followed by postdoctoral research in mechanisms of multidrug resistance in breast cancer at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Wasserman is the Chief Medical Officer at Northern Biologics as of December, 2016. Dr. Wasserman’s expertise lies in oncology translational medicine, including preclinical, clinical, biomarker and companion diagnostic drug development. From May 2014 through November 2016, Dr. Wasserman was responsible for leading the medical strategy for Oncology and Malignant Hematology as the Global Therapeutic Area Head for Covance, the CRO division of LabCorp. Dr. Wasserman was the leader for the physician group that monitors global and regional Oncology trials for clients, and he led the cross-business unit team responsible for educating employees and promoting their Immuno-Oncology expertise and capabilities as part of a corporate strategic initiative.
Before joining Covance, Dr. Wasserman spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently at Hoffmann-La Roche as Site Head of Academic Alliances, Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) for the Translational Clinical Research Center. Prior to his employment at Roche, he was the Deputy Director of the Oncology Biomarker group at Novartis after starting his pharmaceutical career at Merck. Dr. Wasserman earned his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania. After completing his training, he stayed on as an Assistant Professor for nine years.
Darlene Deptula-Hicks joined Northern Biologics in March 2018 as consulting Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Deptula-Hicks, is an accomplished financial executive in the life sciences and medical technology industries and has nearly 30 years’ experience leading financial operations for both public and private companies. She brings to Northern Biologics a proven track record in finance strategy leadership, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, operational management and the ability to build strong, external partnerships. Prior to Northern Biologics, Ms. Dupta-Hicks served as Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO) and Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PIRS) where she was responsible for financial strategy, capital formation, compliance and reporting and investor relations. Prior to T2 and Pieris, Ms.Deptula-Hicks served as the CFO for a variety of biotechnology and medical device companies, including in the areas of oncology, genomics, minimally invasive surgery, advanced image analysis, radiation oncology, cardiology and orthopedics, among other specialties.
Ms. Deptula-Hicks completed an executive education program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and received her MBA from Rivier College. She received her bachelor’s in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University, and has served on a variety of public and private company boards.
Dr. Anido joined Northern Biologics as VP of Operations and Corporate Affairs in June 2017. Previously, Dr. Anido was co-founder of Mosaic Biomedicals, a Barcelona-based company that develops personalized cancer treatments with a dual mechanism of action targeting cancer stem cells and the tumor’s immune system. As Mosaic’s CEO, Dr. Anido led the growth of the company until its merger with Northern in 2016. Prior to Mosaic, Dr. Anido was Associate at the Pipeline and Portfolio Planning team collaborating with the Oncology & Hemathology Franchise at Genentech Inc. (CA, US).
Dr. Anido holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University (NC, US) with a certification in Health Sector Management and concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In addition, she received her PhD from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and has over 10 years of scientific career in translational oncology at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (Spain). Dr. Anido is a recipient of merit-based scholarships from the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), Rafael del Pino Foundation, Caja Madrid Foundation and Duke University’s Julian Connally Scholarship.
Dr. Hulme obtained her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds, UK, which was followed by postdoctoral research in mechanisms of ion channel regulation at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Ms. LeClair previously served on the board with BioTalent Canada for two consecutive 3-year terms and a year with the York Technology Association (now TechConnex). Currently, she is a member of the board of directors for JobStart, a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to help job seekers attain economic self sufficiency. She currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee and Board Secretary.
She is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Advanced Program in Human Resources, University of Toronto. As a member of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA), she holds a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation.