Meet The Team

Advisors & Mentors

Régine Sitruk-Ware

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Regine’s work at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research is revolutionizing how men and women prevent unwanted pregnancies. In August, the FDA approved Annovera, a single vaginal ring that is inserted and removed painlessly by the patient and provides a full year of birth control. Now Sitruk-Ware is leading research into male birth control: a daily gel for men to lower sperm count and prevent pregnancy.

Gunda Georg, PhD

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Professor Georg and her group have published over 200 scientific articles and are involved in the design, semisynthesis, total synthesis, and evaluation of biologically active agents. Current therapeutic areas include cancer, male and female non-hormonal contraception, cancer, and epilepsy. 

These projects require the development of synthetic methods, synthesis of natural products, and structure-activity studies aimed at improving the therapeutic efficacy of lead compounds, including natural products, and hits from high throughput screening. 

Gregory S. Kopf

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Greg is the Director, Research and Development, Contraceptive Technology Innovation at FHI 360. Prior to this position he was  AVP of Contraception at Wyeth (now Pfizer). At Wyeth, his group was searching for potential novel targets for non-hormonal contraception. He also served as an adjunct professor of OB/GYN at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His academic research interests focused on signal transduction in gamete activation, fertilization, and preimplantation embryo development.

Joe Betts-Lacroix

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Joe was the primary technical founder of hardware/software startup OQO which entered the Guinness Book of World Records for building the smallest full-featured PC. His experience spans from biotech research to electronics design. Very experienced in invention, prosecution and monetization of intellectual property, he has over 80 Patents granted and pending in fields ranging from biophysics and safety systems to antennas, thermal systems, user interfaces and analog electronics. He has written numerous peer-reviewed publications in fields such as biophysics, genetics, electronics and robotics. Joe holds a Harvard A.B., MIT S.M. and Caltech research fellowship.

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