MaxiVAX team

Clarence Peter – Deputy CEO

A senior partner at Kellerhals Carrard law firm, he advises many national and international companies in the field of commercial and business law.

Nicolas Mach, M.D. – CSO

A co-founder of MaxiVAX and a pioneer in the field of Immuno-Oncology. Currently he is Deputy Head of Oncology at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) and Head of the Clinical Research Unit at the same hospital.

Julien Grogg, MSc – Director of Clinical Operations 

Mr. Grogg worked previously at Anecova a private biotech company based in Lausanne (Switzerland) where he was responsible for the R&D and manufacturing activities.

Salina Arope, PhD – Office Manager     

Salina Arope has previously worked at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Lausanne and EPFL, among other places. With a background in Molecular Biology, she provides general and scientific administrative support to members of the MaxiVAX team.

Emily Charrier, PhD – Scientific Collaborator 

Emily Charrier holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, specialization in immunology from the University of Montreal in Canada. She has acquired 10 years of experience in the development of immunomonitoring for anti-cancer immunotherapies. At MaxiVAX, she conducts research in cancer immunotherapy and immune reactions induced by immunotherapy.

Sirja Nelson – Office Assistant

Sirja Nelson has worked for 20 years in the finance industry. In the last fifteen years, she managed the administrative and financial tasks of an international family office. She now provides administrative and organizational support for the MaxiVAX office.

Xavier Luria, M.D. – EU Regulatory Strategy

Dr. Luria studied internal pharmaceutical medicine and biostatistics. He was Head of Safety and Efficacy at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) during 2005-2012, and previously held leadership positions in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than 18 years, covering international clinical development, pharmacovigilance, biostatistics and medical affairs.

Cindy Dinella – US Regulatory Strategy

Founding partner and President of Advyzom – a consulting company specializing in highly strategic regulatory & development advice. Dr Dinella worked at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. as Vice President of Drug Regulatory Affairs (2001-2011).

Steve Pikulin, Ph.D, RAC –  US Regulatory Strategy

President of TechReg Services Inc. since 1999. Previously held various positions in the pharmaceutical industry in Drug Discovery, Manufacturing Operations, Analytical Research, Quality Control, Quality Assurance and CMC Regulatory Affairs.

Ivor Elrifi, Ph.D. – Intellectual Property

Dr. Ivor Elrifi is the chair of Cooley’s patent counselling and prosecution practice group. He advises pharmaceutical, biotechnology, life sciences and medical device companies, research institutions, universities, hospitals and governments throughout the world, particularly in the US and Europe

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors are Scott Johnson (Executive Chairman)Clarence PeterJack Barbut and Bernard Mach.