Aethlon Medical, Inc. today announced the expansion of its executive team with two key appointments: Guy Cipriani as Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer, and Steven LaRosa, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer.
Guy Cipriani brings over 17 years of biotech and pharma business development experience to his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Aethlon Medical. In his new role, Mr. Cipriani will oversee business development and partnerships, while also contributing to fundraising and corporate development.
Steven LaRosa, M.D., with over 20 years of experience as a practicing physician and infectious disease specialist, joins as Chief Medical Officer of Aethlon. He will be responsible for the clinical development of Aethlon’s Hemopurifier®, including leading clinical operations and regulatory strategy.
“The appointments of Guy and Steve enhance the breadth of experience and practical clinical and business experience of our existing leadership team,” said Charles J. Fisher, Jr., M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Aethlon. “Guy brings a remarkable scope of accomplishments and experience to Aethlon Medical, including partnering, strategy, licensing, and intellectual property development. Steve has a unique blend of clinical leadership and industry research experience to take the helm of our clinical development programs as we continue to validate the Hemopurifier in cancer and infectious diseases.”
Mr. Cipriani has served on Aethlon’s Board of Directors since June 2018. Prior to joining Aethlon as an executive, he served as the Chief Business Officer at Microbion Corporation, a company focused on the development of a new class of antibiotic therapies for difficult to treat and resistant infections. His business and corporate development responsibilities at Microbion included securing partnerships and raising dilutive and non-dilutive capital for the company’s promising clinical-stage pipeline.
Prior to Microbion, he served as VP of Business Development at Cascadian Therapeutics where he was responsible for licensing-in several promising pipeline candidates and generating external interest in the company’s clinical-stage pipeline to set the stage for future strategic transactions.
Prior to that role, Mr. Cipriani served as VP of Business Development at Cardiome Pharma Corp. where he led the negotiation of an $800 million global development and co-commercialization licensing deal with Merck & Company in 2009 around the company’s lead Phase 3 cardiovascular program. Prior to Cardiome, Mr. Cipriani served as Sr. Director of Business Development for TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where his efforts helped facilitate the company’s acquisition by Johnson and Johnson for $230 million in 2005.
Mr. Cipriani began his pharmaceutical industry career at Eli Lilly & Company as a member of their Corporate Business Development team where he completed multiple in-licensing and out-licensing transactions for commercial, clinical and preclinical state assets. Mr. Cipriani holds a B.S.E.E., High Honors from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prior to joining Aethlon Medical, Dr. LaRosa served as the Vice President of Clinical Development of Entasis Therapeutics, a spin-out of AstraZeneca focused on pathogen-targeted small molecules to treat serious multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections. In this role, he acted as medical lead and was responsible for the clinical development of multiple programs, three of which were in Phase III clinical development. Prior to joining Entasis, Dr. LaRosa was an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Disease at Beverly Hospital, Beth Israel, in Massachusetts.
Dr. LaRosa remains the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Beverly Hospital, Beth Israel. Prior to Beth Israel, he was an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rhode Island Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. LaRosa was an Associate Staff Physician in the Department of Infectious Disease at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Dr. LaRosa also served as a Clinical Research Physician for Eli Lilly and Company. Throughout his career, Dr. LaRosa has had several academic appointments. Dr. LaRosa holds his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine and his B.S. in Biology from Boston College and had five years of training at Cleveland Clinic, including the position of chief resident, and four years of career development at Harvard University.