Nir Barzilai, M.D.
Dr. Barzilai co-founded our Company in 2007 and has served as a member of our board of directors since our conversion to a Delaware corporation in 2009. Dr. Barzilai is the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he also holds the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research, is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Genetics and a member of the Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Barzilai is also director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. Dr. Barzilai has received numerous awards, including the Beeson Fellow for Aging Research, the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Award, the Paul F. Glenn Foundation Award, the NIA Nathan Shock Award, and the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research. Dr. Barzilai is the Director of the Institute for Aging research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, under the auspices of which he is the principal investigator of the largest of five Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Biology of Aging and the Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging.
John M. Amatruda, M.D.
Dr. Amatruda, a CohBar co-founder, has over 28 years of experience as a senior pharmaceutical research executive and scientific consultant, together with 50 years of experience in the practice and teaching of medicine. He has been a consultant and scientific advisor to more than 20 biotechnology and leading pharmaceutical companies and has been on the Board of 4 biotechnology companies since 2009. As Senior Vice President and Franchise Head for Diabetes and Obesity at Merck Research Laboratories until 2009, Dr. Amatruda had end-to-end responsibility for drug compounds from target discovery to patent expiration, including basic research, experimental medicine, clinical development, external alliances and licensing. Prior to being named Franchise Head, Dr. Amatruda led drug development groups at Merck for diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Under his leadership, the development program and regulatory approvals of Januvia™ and Janumet™ - the first compounds in the important class of DPP-IV inhibitors for Type 2 diabetes, and two of Merck's leading revenue-generating drugs - were successfully initiated and completed, and worldwide submissions for Vytorin™, Januvia™ and Janumet™ were filed. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Amatruda was Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head for Metabolic Disorders Research at Bayer Corporation for ten years, where he assisted in the approval of Acarbose, and led the discovery and advancement of several compounds into clinical development. Dr. Amatruda has also had a successful career in academic medicine, formerly as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he was head of the Clinical Research Center and a Principal Investigator on several NIH funded research projects; and currently as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He continues to see patients in a teaching capacity. In addition, Dr. Amatruda has co-authored over 160 publications, many of which have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and has served as a reviewer for several journals. Dr. Amatruda was educated at Yale University and The Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Pinchas Cohen, M.D.
Dr. Cohen co-founded our Company in 2007 and has served as a member of our board of directors since our conversion to a Delaware corporation in 2009. He served as our President from 2009 until 2013. Since April 2012, Dr. Cohen has served as dean of the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. He holds the William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology and acts as executive director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. Dr. Cohen was affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he was a member of the faculty until 2012. At the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Dr. Cohen served as director of endocrine/diabetes research and training (from 1999 until 2012), chief of endocrinology and diabetes (from 2001 until 2012) and as vice chair of research (from 2011 until 2012). Dr. Cohen was also co-director of the UCSD-UCLA Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center from 2007 until 2012. Dr. Cohen has received several awards for his work in the field of aging, including a National Institute of Aging EUREKA Award, the National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award and the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. He serves on the boards of several professional journals and societies, including the American Federation for Aging Research and the Growth Hormone Research Society.