Director + Member, Science and Technology Committee
Dr. Jacob has over 35 years of extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries across multiple disciplines, including research and development, operations, business development, capital financing activities and senior management expertise. He is the Co-Founder and former CEO and Chairman of Synergy Pharmaceuticals and has developed broad and influential contacts throughout the biopharmaceutical, financial, banking and investor communities. He served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a Director at Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. from July 2008 until October 2017 and is the co-inventor of the FDA-approved drug Trulance® which is currently marketed in the U.S. by Bausch Health, Inc. to treat functional GI disorders. Dr. Jacob is also the former CEO and Managing Director of Immuron Inc., an Australian biotechnology company dual-listed on the Australian ASX exchange and on NASDAQ. Dr. Jacob currently is Chairman of the Board of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public NASDAQ listed company with a drug in clinical development to treat nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and also is on the Board of Directors of Trovagene, Inc., a NASDAQ listed public oncology company. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Callisto Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from May 2003 until January 2013. Prior to his involvement with Callisto and Synergy, Dr. Jacob spent a number of years at Monsanto/G.D. Searle, where he was Director of Glycobiology and a Monsanto Science Fellow, specializing in the field of Glycobiology and drug discovery. Dr. Jacob holds over 15 patents and is the co-inventor of two FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Jacob earned a B.S. in Chemistry cum laude from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.