Clinical Advisory Board
Dr. Stephen Cunningham began his career in the pharmaceutical industry 25 years ago. Stephen has led teams that delivered on the development, regulatory approval (FDA and EMEA) and launch of numerous significant products. He started his career at ICI Pharmaceuticals, holding global positions of increasing responsibility at ICI Pharmaceuticals, Zeneca, AstraZeneca then Novartis. He has global experience leading cross-functional teams in the Neuroscience, Cardiovascular, Metabolism, Respiratory, Immunology, Oncology, Women’s Health, Transplant and Clinical Pharmacology Therapeutic areas (Phase 1 through lifecycle management).
During his career, he has worked in Europe, Japan, Asia, Canada and the United States. An innovative and experienced leader, skilled in leading and developing diverse cross-functional teams that partner effectively with core business functions while at Novartis he built a world-class Novartis US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs organization supporting drug development, launch and life cycle management of products in the US and Worldwide Markets. He has broad and deep experience in setting strategic direction, delivering projects, restructuring organizations and implementing transformational organization change.
Over the past 4years, Stephen has worked in the Venture Capital arena, consulted for a select number of companies and worked as an independent director at board level.
Dr. Munzar has four decades of clinical experience as a licensed physician in Quebec, Canada.He has managed medical facilities and designed and conducted pre-clinical studies and clinical trials across the health care spectrum.His experience includes serving as Vice-President of Medical and Regulatory Affairs at Osta Biotechnologies Inc., President of Serex Inc., and Medical Director of Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation.Dr. Munzar’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Currently Dr. Munzar is an owner and medical director of Statcare Medical Clinic in Pointe Claire, Quebec. This clinic is provincially accredited and funded as a “super clinic” that sees and treats over 50,000 patients per year. Dr. Munzar is Chairman of the Board and Medical Director of The Hydropothecary Corporation (THC.X), a publicly listed and federally licensed producer and distributor of medical marijuana. THC.X has a market cap of over $700M Cdn.
Dr. Munzar brings a wealth of medical and pharmaceutical industry and business experience to the advisory board of BloqCube. He is a graduate of Bishop’s University BSc.(Hon.Organic Chemistry)and received his MD CM from McGill University in 1979.
Professor of Oncology, Mc Gill University, Director of Translation Research, Jewish General Hospital Montreal Canada.
Commercial Advisory Board
Mr. Droc currently serves as Vice President of Global Marketing for PaxVax, a privately held vaccine company based in California.
Prior to PaxVax, Mr.Droc spent 11 years at Novartis AG in a wide range of positions of increasing responsibility including Marketing and Development in both global, regional and country positions. Mr.Droc worked as Head of Portfolio Management to help manage the R&D pipeline. As Global Brand Director for Xolair© (omalizumab, mAb for allergic asthma), Mr.Droc led the expansion of product indication, as well as multiple other lifecycle management initiatives. As the Head of Global Marketing for Novartis Vaccines, Mr.Droc oversaw the launch of multiple new vaccines, primarily in the meningitis space. Mr.Droc spent three years in Russia leading the Immunology & Dermatology business and serving as ad interim Russia country head.
Mr. Droc started his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. where he worked in the New Jersey and Vienna, Austria offices as an Associate Principal, serving primarily pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on marketing, strategy, and organizational topics.
Mr.Droc holds a Masters of Business Administration from Goizueta Business School of Emory University and a Master in Social and Economic Sciences, with a focus on marketing and organization from Johannes-Kepler-University Linz, Austria.
Scott Motyka (Ph.D. Brandeis University, MBA Babson College) is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences with teaching interests in marketing analytics, research and strategy. A former research associate for Chadwick Martin Bailey, a Boston-based market research and strategy firm, Dr. Motyka has worked on projects for several major companies, including ThermoFisher Scientific, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Pfizer, CIGNA, Electronic Arts, Staples, Geico, Dell and Facebook among others. As the former Assistant Director of the Retail Supply Chain Institute at Babson College, he has co-chaired conferences on topics such as redefining the customer value proposition through social media and technological innovations in marketing.
Dr. Motyka’s primary research interests are in understanding how companies can better leverage emerging technologies (e.g., social media, online reviews, blockchain, virtual reality) and integrate them into their marketing strategy. He combines experimental- and field-based methodologies with expertise in emotional intelligence, motivation and information processing to provide recommendations in these areas. His work has been published in many of the top of international marketing journals, including the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management, Psychology & Marketing, and the Journal of Marketing Education. Additionally, he has also published a number of studies in the proceedings of major international conferences and several business cases.
In recognition of his contribution to research and teaching, Dr. Motyka has received a number of honors and awards. He has been an active member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Business Research since 2016. Also in 2016, he become the youngest scholar to be named an International Thought Leader in marketing and retailing by the Monterrey Institute of Technology. In 2017, he received the Henry E. Riggs Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for his commitment to integrating technology into the classroom to create a rich experiential-based learning environment.
I.T. & Innovation Advisory Board
Dr. Deborah Soule is an experienced technology and organizational researcher, instructor, and consultant. Her research and teaching focus on the management of technology and innovation, with particular attention to organization dynamics like change management and learning. She has conducted research at MIT and Harvard and has over 15 years of experience leading research and development projects in both industrial and academic settings. She has designed and taught graduate level management courses on information technology management and organizational behavior, and co-authored “Corporate Information Strategy and Management” (8th Ed), a graduate-level text for Information Systems Management.
Deborah has over 10 years of client facing responsibility as an organizational and technical subject matter expert. She was part of the founding team behind the Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA) at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a consortium of researchers and leading practitioners in the field of organizational learning and change. In this capacity, she led an interdisciplinary research program, facilitating collaborative learning and crafting intellectual insights for management practitioners. Earlier in her career, she gained product development and technology strategy experience working in Europe and Africa.
Deborah holds a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science from Rhodes University in South Africa.
Dr. Gita Mathur is a Professor in the School of Management in the College of Business at San Jose State University. Her research interests are in the management of technological innovation, product development, and project management processes. Her teaching interests and courses taught include strategic management, operations management, project management, product development, and management of technological innovation.
Prior to joining the faculty at San Jose State University in 2002, Dr. Mathur had several years of industry and consulting experience with technology-based companies. She held engineering and management positions in the semiconductor industry and managed a Gallium Arsenide wafer fabrication operation for Harris Corporation (1985-1991). She was a Principal with the management consulting firm PRTM where she assisted start-up and multi-division clients with the definition and improvement of their operational processes and organizational capabilities (1996-2000). She has conducted workshops and training sessions on product development at several companies and has facilitated senior management decision-making teams, product development teams, and cross-functional project teams.
Dr. Mathur holds B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1978, 1981), a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985), an MBA from UC Berkeley (1991), and a DBA in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard Business School (1996).