Dr. Oye Olukotun, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA,
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Olukotun is the Chief Executive Officer of CardioVax Inc.a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative cardiovascular therapies. He is a co-founder of VIA Pharmaceuticals and served as the Chief Medical Officer since the company’s formation. He is a Board Certified Cardiologist and has more than twenty-five years of experience in clinical research and drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Olukotun has been instrumental in the submission of more than fourteen New Drug Applications, Premarket Authorization Applications, and 510k Applications. Dr. Olukotun also played leading roles in the SAVE study involving captopril (Capoten®) and the WOSCOPS, LIPID and CARE studies of pravastatin (Pravachol®). He has published more than fifty articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Before CardioVax and VIA, Dr. Olukotun founded CR Strategies, LLC, a clinical research and development consulting firm in Princeton, NJ, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2003. He also was Chief Medical Officer of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., a cardiovascular drug development company, until its acquisition by Pfizer in 2004. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Olukotun was Vice President of Medical and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Mallinckrodt, Inc. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Dr. Olukotun spent fourteen years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where he served as Vice President of two divisions focused on cardiovascular research, and was involved in the clinical development of several cardiovascular and lipid-regulating agents. Dr. Olukotun received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York and obtained a MPH degree from Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the American Heart Association. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the publicly traded biotechnology companies, Icagen, Inc. of Durham, North Carolina, SemBioSys Genetics, Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and BioImaging Technologies Inc of Newtown, Pennsylvania and privately held Milestone Pharmaceuticals Inc.of Montreal, Canada.