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James Merritt

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James Merritt, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer for CBR International Corporation, a consultancy for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. He also serves as President and CMO for Kalos Therapeutics, a start-up. From 2003 to 2006 he served as founding CEO and Director for Imagine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of San Diego, a privately held company focused on drug delivery across the blood brain barrier to treat brain tumors. Previously he held senior positions at several innovative companies such as IDEC (since merged with Biogen), Viagene (acquired by Chiron) and Introgen Therapeutics. In short, Dr. Merritt has more than 30 years of experience in industry encompassing various management roles and has managed small companies through significant growth and change, from incubator status through to commercialization, and from private to public company status. The pharmaceutical industry is a prime example of one that must live in a state of constant change, and occasional turmoil. Frequently, individual projects fail for a variety of technical reasons and must be abandoned! And some start-ups are best dissolved. Dr. Merritt received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and his M.D. from the University of Vermont. He completed a research fellowship in Viral Oncology and a clinical fellowship at the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Merritt holds board certifications in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

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