Management Team

  • Kenneth Berlin, J.D.

    Mr. Kenneth A. Berlin, President and CEO of Advaxis, joined the company from Rosetta Genomics, where since 2009 he was President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure at Rosetta, Mr. Berlin spearheaded the effort of repositioning the company for commercial success with various microRNA-based oncology diagnostic products and raised nearly $100 million in capital to fund these efforts.

    Prior to Rosetta Genomics, Mr. Berlin was Worldwide General Manager at cellular and molecular cancer diagnostics developer Veridex, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company. At Veridex he grew the organization to over 100 employees, launched three cancer diagnostic products, led the acquisition of its cellular diagnostics partner, and delivered significant growth in sales as Veridex transitioned from an R&D entity to a commercial provider of oncology diagnostic products and services. During Mr. Berlin’s tenure, Veridex received numerous awards including recognition from the Cleveland Clinic and Prix Galien for the use of its innovative CellSearch® technology in the fight against cancer.

    Mr. Berlin joined Johnson & Johnson in 1994 and served as corporate counsel for six years. He led and participated on the legal team that oversaw several mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and commercial transactions. He then held positions of increasing responsibility within Johnson & Johnson and a number of its subsidiary companies. From 2001 until 2004 he served as Vice President, Licensing and New Business Development in the pharmaceuticals group, and from 2004 until 2007 served as Worldwide Vice President, Franchise Development, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics. He has been responsible for numerous licensing and/or research collaboration deals in oncology, metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease, CNS and women’s health, including the ex-U.S. license to Millennium Pharmaceutical’s VELCADE, a first-in-class, oncology therapeutic with peak reported sales outside the U.S. of approximately $1.8 billion.  Mr. Berlin holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

  • Robert G. Petit, Ph.D.

    Dr. Robert Petit has 23 years of experience as an immunologist in all medical and scientific aspects of pharmaceutical development. He has led programs in discovery, translational development and intellectual property development and has designed and conducted U.S. and international clinical evaluation programs from Phase 1 to 4. Dr. Petit joined Advaxis from Bristol-Myers Squibb where he was the U.S. Medical Strategy Lead for the ipilimumab program, Director of Medical Strategy for New Oncology Products, and Director of Global Clinical Research. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Robert served as Vice President of Clinical Development at MGI Pharma and also at Aesgen Inc. His scientific focus has been to develop immunologic based therapies with a particular emphasis on immunologic oncology treatment. Robert has had significant FDA experience and has contributed to five NDA/BLA filings. Dr. Petit has a doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University.

  • Andres Gutierrez, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Andres Gutierrez will be responsible for all global clinical development and regulatory initiatives for Advaxis’ novel Lm-based antigen delivery platform. He has more than 25 years of experience in clinical oncology and drug development and joins Advaxis from Oncolytics Biotech, Inc., where he served as Chief Medical Officer. Prior to Oncolytics, Dr. Gutierrez was Chief Medical Officer at SELLAS Life Sciences Group and was Medical Director, Early Development Immuno-Oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he oversaw the development of translational and clinical development of immuno-oncology programs in solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Earlier, Dr. Gutierrez was Medical Director for several biotechnology companies including Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Proteolix and Oculus Innovative Sciences, leading key programs with talazoparib and carfilzomib, among others . Prior to Oculus, he served as Director of the Gene & Cell Therapy Unit at the National Institutes of Health in Mexico City and as a consultant physician at the Hospital Angeles del Pedregal.

    Dr. Gutierrez received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in biomedical science from the National University of Mexico, with board certification in internal medicine and a fellowship in clinical oncology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. He has presented clinical data at more than 85 scientific and medical meetings, has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, is a contributing author on nine medical textbooks and is named on 20 patents relating to drug development.

  • Molly Henderson

    Ms. Henderson joins Advaxis from Cedar Cliff, LLC, where she served as a financial and business consultant to high-growth entrepreneurial companies. Previously she was Chief Financial Officer at Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (formerly Lion Biotechnologies, Inc.) (Nasdaq: IOVA), an immuno-oncology company where she was responsible for all financial, SEC reporting, legal, governance, human resources and IT-related functions, and raised $100 million in equity capital. In her over twenty years of financial experience, Ms. Henderson brings to Advaxis a demonstrated set of skills that includes operational efficiency, fund raising, M&A evaluation, investor relations, accounting and financial controls.

    Prior to Iovance, for more than a decade Ms. Henderson was Chief Business & Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of VirtualScopics, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: VSCP) during a period when the company evolved from an early stage company to a publicly-traded profitable business serving the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Earlier in her career Ms. Henderson was Corporate Controller at Ultralife Corporation and an expert advisor to entrepreneurs in Switzerland. She began her career as an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Ms. Henderson holds an MBA and a BS in Accounting from the University at Buffalo. She is a licensed CPA (inactive) in the State of New York.

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