Dr Ramila Philip, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Immunotope Inc.
Dr. Philip is the co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer and chairman of the board of directors at Immunotope Inc. She also holds adjunct professor positions at the Drexel University, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Blumberg Institute, a non-profit research institute of the Hepatitis B Foundation. She has over 20 years of experience in biotech industry and has developed several biotherapeutic products.
At Immunotope Dr. Philip developed immunoproteomics platform technologies and immunotherapy target discovery strategies. Her work included antigen discovery for ovarian, breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers as well as infectious diseases including HBV, HCV and Dengue viruses. Her discoveries lead to Phase I clinical trials in ovarian and breast cancer patients at Duke University, North Carolina.
Prior to Immunotope, Dr. Philip was head of Research, Product and Business Development at Argonex Pharmaceuticals (now Merck Millipore), and Vice President of Product Development and Scientific Affairs at Upstate Inc. Prior to Upstate, Dr. Philip was the Senior Director of Oncology and Gene Therapy at Rhone Poulenc Rorer (RPR) Gencell (now Sanofi). Dr. Philip developed several immunotherapy and gene therapy products from research to early phase clinical testing at RPR Gencell, including a Phases I-III renal cancer cell therapy product, a Phase I gene therapy vaccine for breast cancer and a Phase I melanoma vaccine.
Prior to joining RPR Gencell, Dr. Philip was an Assistant Research Immunologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and worked at the Cancer Research Institute for 8 years. Dr. Philip earned her Ph.D. in Immunology in India and did her postdoctoral training at the Institute of Immunology, Basel, Switzerland.
She has over 90 publications in major scientific journals such as Nature and Journal of Experimental Medicine and over 10 patents. She was one of the top 50 business women in Pennsylvania awardees in 2008.