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Our Team

Reid Rubsamen, M.D., Founder, CEO, Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer 
Reid Rubsamen M.D. is a Board Certified anesthesiologist having received his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital where in 1989 he served as Chief Resident in Anesthesia.  He was also an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years, leaving in 1991 to found Aradigm Corporation. He left Aradigm in 2000 to found Flow Pharma. Dr. Rubsamen holds an A.B. in Biochemistry and Computer Science from  the  University  of  California,  Berkeley, an M.S. in  Computer  Science and an M.D. from Stanford University, and a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Rubsamen is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He is a named inventor of more than 70 issued U.S. patents, and has over 10,000 citations to his collective work.

Tikoes Blankenberg, M.D., FCAP, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Blankenberg is a board-certified pathologist and the senior partner at Shasta Pathology Associates. He attended Medical School at the University of California, Los Angeles, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science option, from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Blankenberg subsequently completed his pathology residency at the University of California, Davis and a surgical pathology fellowship at Stanford University. He has served as Chief of Staff for St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Red Bluff, California and has served on the Community Board of Dignity Health, Northern California Service Area.

Stephen Farr, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Farr is CEO of San Francisco Bay Area biotech Zogenix (NASDAQ:ZGNX). He previously held positions of increasing responsibility within pharmaceutical sciences and research and development at Aradigm Corporation before joining Zogenix. From 1986 to 1994,  Dr. Farr was a tenured professor at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, U.K., concentrating in the areas of physical pharmacy  and biopharmaceutics. He is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Stephen Farr is a registered pharmacist in the U.K. and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Wales.

Pamela Steele, M.D., M.P.H., Director
Dr. Steele is a graduate of Yale College (BS Biology cum laude), Stanford Medical School (MD) and Columbia School of Public Health (MPH). She did her Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford and Cardiology Fellowship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center. She is a Fellow and former Governor of the American College of Cardiology. During her career with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs she served as Chief, Cardiovascular Diseases for the VA nationally at VA Central Office and continues as Chief, Cardiac Devices, while also providing direct patient care in heart failure and clinical cardiology at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is an active clinician with a long interest in global public health and tertiary health care delivery. During her career in Washington she has served on many federal task forces related to medicine, heart failure and transplantation, working with agencies including Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Advisory Committee; Healthy People 2000; the Food and Drug Administration and the 1993 White House Health Care Reform Working Group. She has extensive experience running major tertiary clinical programs for the VA including organ transplantation during the 1990’s. She has been a PI or co-PI on a number of clinical trials in Cardiology and Medicine. 

Tunde Otulana, M.D., Director

Dr. Tunde Otulana is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Veloxis Pharmaceuticals. He is a Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical School as a member of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Research, Education and Innovation Board of Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC.

Dr. Tunde Otulana is a pulmonologist and seasoned senior pharmaceutical executive with distinctly unique expertise in drug development/commercialization from over 25 years combined experience at the US FDA, start-ups, small-medium biotech, and big pharma. He is internationally recognized expert in the field of pulmonary drug development and regulatory strategy with core expertise in the development of drugs and biologics for asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, IPF, bronchiectasis and pulmonary arterial hypertension, from pre-IND through approval at the FDA and from preclinical through Phase 4 product development in the industry.

Dr. Otulana has leadership roles in strategic product development planning and implementation across multiple therapeutic categories including pulmonary drugs/drug-device combinations, small molecules and proteins, immunologic agents, anti-infectives, and pain management. He also has extensive experience in the selection, development and utilization of network of key opinion leaders, scientific advisory boards, thought leaders and professional society platforms.

CV Herst, MPH, Ph.D., MBA, Chief  Science Officer
After completing his B.A. in Bacteriology at U.C. Berkeley in 1978, Dr. Herst worked at the Naval Bioscience Laboratory in Oakland, CA. His research led to the FDA approval of Miconazole and Ketoconazole as treatments for fungal infections in humans. After receiving his MPH from the University of California, he worked at Cetus Corporation as a key member of the immunology team that advanced Betaseron and lnterleukin-2 toward human clinical trials. He earned his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Northwestern in 1989 following with a post-doctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Over the next fifteen years he worked at a variety of positions in  high complexity clinical labs both in the USA and in Europe, as well as in the development of medical devices at Aradigm Corporation. 

Lu Wang, Ph.D., Data Scientist
Lu received his BA in Theoretical Physics, MS in Computer Science and PhD in Physiology and Neurobiology. He started his career at Medtronic  Diabetes  as the algorithm designer and electrochemist for the Medtronic’s continuous glucose sensing systems. In 2008 he moved to lncube Labs as a principal engineer, and participated  in variety of medical device and drug delivery projects. Starting in 2011 he was involved with several startups in the medical technology space and did consulting for VC’s and investment bankers. He is the inventor of more than 30 patents. Dr. Wang is also on Flow Pharma’s Computer Science team developing our AI deep learning model for vaccine design.

Tom Brady, VP Business Development
Tom graduated UC Berkeley in 1984 and has previously managed a web services portfolio of 800+ REIT commercial properties worth $12B USD. Tom has been focusing on interfacing Flow Pharma to sources of talent and capital. He has brought our Flow Pharma team together with government and private granting agencies, as well as investors in the USA, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Tom also serves on the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board in Southern California. 

John E. Green, Chief Financial Officer
John is an accomplished business executive with the proven ability to execute business growth and expansion of both U.S. and International operations.  He combines a compelling blend of public and private company accounting and finance management experience with highly developed performance and sales optimization capabilities.  John is extremely adaptable with proven success in intense and demanding environments experiencing rapid change, business expansion, internal growth and acquisition and divestiture.