Our core team has hundreds of collective years of experience in drug development, molecular biology, gene therapy, preclinical development, immunology, infectious disease research and medical care.



Core Team

Bob DebsMD

CEO of DNARx and creator of HEDGES. Previously, helped create nonviral DNA-based systemic gene therapy, as well as its applications for gene therapy of cancer. Also invented one of the first FDA-approved therapies for AIDS.

Daniel Dornbusch

Head of business development, DNARx. Former business development and commercial positions at Novartis, Genentech, AmerisourceBergen and Genzyme. 20 years of experience in corporate development, finance, sales, marketing, and strategy.

Tim HeathPhD

An Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Pharmaceutical Sciences Division. His research interests are principally concerned with the application of liposomes as a drug delivery or gene delivery system.

David LewisMD

Chief of Pediatrics in the Division of Immunology and Allergy and a Professor of Pediatrics focused in Immunology at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. His primary focus is in pediatric primary immunodeficiency.

Denny LiggittD.V.M, PhD

Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM), School of Medicine, at the University of Washington. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Comparative Medicine from 2004 through 2018.

Mohammed Kashani-SabetMD

MDMedical Director of Cancer Programs at the California Pacific Medical Center. He also serves as director of the Center for Melanoma Research and Treatment and senior scientist at the CPMC Research Institute. M.D.

Christopher (Kit) KaufmanJD

An attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance. He advises high technology clients including semiconductor, software and biotechnology companies, privately held startup companies, and major investment banks.

Scientific Advisors

Geoff LingMD, PhD

  • Colonel in the US Army
  • Former Director of the DARPA Biological Technologies Office,
  • Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office,
  • Recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Brain Mapping Foundation

Steven PipeMD

  • Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University of Michigan,
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology,
  • Pediatric Medical Director of the Hemophilia and Coagulation Disorders Program and Director of the Special Coagulation Laboratory,
  • Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, National Hemophilia Foundation