About Us

Management Team

Proven executive & research team at the forefront of aging-based science and clinical research

 
Jerry McLaughlin
Chief Executive Officer
Jerry McLaughlin
Jerry McLaughlin
Chief Executive Officer

Jerry McLaughlin is chief executive officer and board member of Life Biosciences, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and has been involved in the discovery, clinical development, and global commercialization of more than a dozen FDA-approved drugs with multiple successful exits. Most recently, Jerry was President and CEO for Neos Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial stage pharmaceutical company. Before that, he served as president and CEO of AgeneBio, Inc., a clinical-stage private biopharma company developing therapies for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Earlier, he held the role of senior vice president & chief commercial officer at NuPathe Inc., acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2014. Jerry began his career at Merck and was extensively involved in multiple blockbuster product launches. He holds a BA in economics from Dickinson College and an MBA from the Villanova School of Business.

 
Sharon Rosenzweig-Lipson, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Sharon Rosenzweig-Lipson, PhD
Sharon Rosenzweig-Lipson, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Sharon Rosenzweig-Lipson brings scientific depth along with strong leadership and critical strategic thinking to her role as CSO at Life Biosciences. Sharon is also the owner of IVS Consulting. She provides expertise in screening strategies, in vivo models, translation, and clinical development strategy with more than 30 years of experience developing compounds for psychiatric and neurologic indications in the pharmaceutical industry. Her career in big pharma includes American Cyanamid, American Home Products, Wyeth, and Pfizer. She has successfully led teams from the exploratory phase through to a successful Phase 2 proof-of-concept in schizophrenia and is currently completing a Phase 2B trial in mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Rosenzweig-Lipson earned her BA in biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in behavioral neuroscience from Harvard University.

 
Amit Shashank
General Counsel
Amit Shashank
Amit Shashank
General Counsel

Amit Shashank is a strategically oriented global leader, with more than 20 years of international experience in technology and business services organizations. As general counsel, he oversees Life Biosciences’ government affairs, legal, and compliance initiatives. Amit is a leader in navigating complex regulatory approvals and developing global strategic alliances that span mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and all phases of corporation financings. On two separate occasions, Amit has led companies toward commercializing and liquidity events which include initial public offerings (IPO). Most recently, Amit served as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Aricent, a global R&D engineering and design powerhouse, which under his leadership as part of the executive team, grew to over 10,000 employees. In 2018, Amit was instrumental in supporting KKR & Co. in the sale of Aricent to Altran Technologies (EPA: ALT) for $2 billion. Prior to Aricent, Amit served as executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer, and secretary at ExlService Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXLS), an operations management and analytics company with more than 20,000 employees globally, where he led the IPO and NASDAQ listing of the company. Amit began his career at Shearman and Sterling LLP after graduating from The University of Michigan Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law. Amit is also a Rhodes Scholar and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Law School.

 
Bill Sullivan
Chief Financial Officer
Bill Sullivan
Bill Sullivan
Chief Financial Officer

With more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance, strategic transactions, fundraising, and investor relations, Bill Sullivan joins Life Biosciences as chief financial officer. He was previously chief financial officer and treasurer at Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC), a publicly traded gene therapy company, where he led multiple financings and core business and finance functions. Prior to AGTC, he worked at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for 10 years and held a variety of important leadership positions including chief financial officer. At Merrimack, he led the company’s $100 million initial public offering, helped the company raise over $400 million in debt and equity capital as a public company, and played a key role in Merrimack’s asset sale to Ipsen SA for up to $1.025 billion. Prior to his role at Merrimack, Bill worked for a number of years in the high-technology sector. He holds a BA in economics from Williams College and an MBA and MS in accounting from Northeastern University and obtained his certified public accountant license while working at Arthur Andersen, LLP.

 
Michel Wathier
Vice President, Chemistry Manufacturing & Control
Michel Wathier
Michel Wathier
Vice President, Chemistry Manufacturing & Control

Dr. Michel Wathier is Vice President of Chemistry Manufacturing and Control (CMC) at Life Biosciences. With more than 20 years of experience leading the formulation development and manufacture of complex drugs, Dr. Wathier has a deep understanding and expertise in CMC program management, operation, and regulatory. His experiences encompass devices, small and large molecules, combination products, and new modalities. Dr. Wathier has experience with regulatory environments in both the United States and internationally and has led 15 compounds through successful IND filings; he co-authored 20 patents and effectively moved numerous products from R&D to human clinical studies. His development work on devices led to Adherus and OcuSeal and their successful commercialization and acquisition in the US and Europe. Dr. Wathier has a PhD in organic chemistry from Avignon University, France and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University working on biomaterials in the Department of Chemistry.