Scientific Management

  • Rukiye Nazan Eraslan Ph.D.

    Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Disease Modeling and Oncology, Invivotek & NexusPharma

    Dr. Eraslan joined the GGG team in 2019. As the Chief Scientific Officer, function as a scientific thought-leader, provide deep domain area expertise to both internal and external stakeholders. She led the scientific negotiation and due-diligence as a first layer to deliver decisional statements and explain data driven scientific rationale in to business, Rukiye also provides program/project management and operational support for drug development programs/projects (DDPP) to maintain accurate plans and documentation. As the voice of company, regularly interact with leadership of other functional areas, board of directors and key external stakeholders, including investors, regulators, and scientific communities. She contribute to the evolution of corporate strategy and participate in corporate decision-making.
    Dr. Eraslan brings over 20 years of experience in Immunology and Oncology within multi-disciplinary matrix teams comprised of colleagues from various groups including Discovery, Safety, Clinical and Regulatory to develop and deliver biomarker strategies and potential combination therapies for immuno-oncology and autoimmune diseases assets. She is highly experienced in launching and leading new research programs and new research organizations with a growth mindset and a deep commitment to innovation. She previously held positions at Xenogen/Caliper Life Sciences as Team Leader Immunology & Inflammation, Taconic, Inc., as Team Leader/Principal Scientist Immunology & Inflammation, Team Leader at Invivotek and Bristol Meyers Squibb as a Principal Scientist in Immuno-Science and Oncology.
    Dr. Eraslan received a M.S. in Molecular Biology from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. She earned a Ph.D. in Immunology at University of Illinois in Chicago, IL. Dr. Eraslan completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Immunology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL.

  • Caroline Giordano B.S., RLAT

    Associate Director of Operations

    Caroline has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries performing in vivo studies and managing animal facilities. Caroline joined Invivotek in 2010. She was instrumental in designing, building, equipping, staffing, and developing all programs at Invivotek, including the IACUC, OHS, SOPs, and Disaster Plan. Caroline is a scientific member and coordinator of the IACUC. Caroline manages all animal facility operations, including animal health, husbandry staff, animal care and use, breeding, regulatory documents, and equipment maintenance. She is on call 24/7/365 to monitor environmental room conditions and watering systems. Caroline assures the facility complies with relevant legislation, federal regulations, guidelines and policies governing the care and treatment of animals used in research, including The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide), the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA, USDA) for covered species, the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Assurance, AAALAC, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license for Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) both Federal and State. Caroline is passionate about the work in animal care and use and was awarded New Jersey Branch AALAS Manager of the Year in 2022 by a vote of her peers. Before joining Invivotek, Caroline worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Xenogen Biosciences, and Palatin Technologies. Caroline received her B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University and AALAS certification.

  • Vladimir Khazak Ph.D.

    Head of Oncology, Patient Derived Xenograft Modelling, Invivotek & NexusPharma

    Dr. Khazak joined the GGG team in 2019. As the Head of Oncology, He oversees pre-clinical studies, drives innovative research and lead a multi-disciplinary team setting in the oncology therapeutic area. He drives the design and execution of experimental plans that inform and enable project progression.
    Dr. Vladimir Khazak is an experienced biologist with more than 20 years of working in multiple biopharmaceutical companies. He is the co-founder of NexusPharma, offers a unique collection of over 150 proprietary Patient-Derived Xenograft (PDX) and preclinical cancer models of various tumor types for in vivo efficacy studies to evaluate novel antitumor agents. He has extensive expertise in genetics and molecular oncology with a particular emphasis on protein-protein interaction, gene regulation/expression and signal transduction. He provides access to information about our extensively characterized PDX models including mutational analysis, gene expression profiles, patient treatment and drug response data, growth curves, and histology.
    Dr. Khazak has Ph.D. from the Chemical-Technical University, Moscow Institute for Genetics and Selection of Microorganisms, in Moscow, Russia. He completed his postdoctoral research at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Emily S. Arcamone B.S., RLATG

    Business Development Account Manager, External Alliance Project Coordinator

    Emily joined the GGG team in 2013. As Business Development Account Manager and External Alliance Project Coordinator, she develops proposals and assist with the execution of contracts and service agreements. To accomplish that she works with scientific project leaders and project management staff to establish and initiate new study proposals. She interacts with cross-functional scientific directors through the strategic planning and delivery of the development program, proactively identifying and managing issues in order to ensure satisfactory turn-around-time to all incoming projects.

    Emily has over 20 years of experience working in the biotechnology field, including over 15 years in a management role. She joined Invivotek’s management team as a Resource Coordination Manager from Taconic Biosciences, where she had a similar title. Emily has extensive experience in the planning, scheduling, and allocation of resources to maximize the efficiency of the team including in vivo and in vitro Research Associates.

    Emily received her B.S. in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University.

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